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My Main Line: Why The Arnold Family Loves Malvern

Geisa and Tom Arnold appeared on the cover of the 20th issue of the Fall Education Guide. Find out more about this Malvern family, and share your favorite spots in this quaint town.

MLP: What drew you to your neighborhood?

We are big fans of farms and the outdoors, and love that Tredyffrin Township has a nice country feel while still being close the city.

MLP: What was the most important thing you considered when picking your kids’ school?

We moved to this area not really knowing much about the schools and ended up buying in the T/E School District which is one of the best school systems in the state. This seemed like a great place for our little guy to start.

MLP: What does a typical weekend look like for your family?

We are part owners of a brewery in Malvern called Locust Lane Craft Brewery, so most of our weekend revolves around working there. Outside of this, we try to keep our son busy with sports and other activities.

MLP:  Which membership (museum, playspace, etc.) does your family get the most use out of?

The membership we got the most out of was at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Our son has loved trains from a young age, so this was our best investment.

MLP:  What is your go-to gift for kids’ birthday parties? Or your go-to shop to find them?

We’ve gotten quite a few gifts at Lakeshore Learning Center. Outside of this, we usually hit Barnes and Noble or Target. The gifts tend to change based on who is getting it.

MLP: What is your favorite kid-friendly restaurant in your neighborhood?

We frequent Christopher’s in Wayne. For nicer nights out, we’ll hit Fogo de Chao for the Brazilian experience (Geisa is from Brazil), or Founding Farmers since again they usually have our beer.

MLP: What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve received?

We were told and agreed with friends and family that we should be sure to teach our son to speak Portuguese despite it being difficult. We are bilingual household, and have kept to this advice.

MLP:  You have friends visiting from out of town. What are your must-do local attractions?

Above and beyond the brewery, we always take guests through Valley Forge Park. The other normal visits are to Longwood Gardens and into Philadelphia.

MLP: Tell us about a family tradition you’ve started.

We make a family trip to Brazil every year to visit the family farm.

Photo by Emily Brunner

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