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Top 10 Weekend Activities for Families Around the Main Line, May 20–22

Consult our Top Ten List to help you make the most of your weekend!

Drum corps perform on Bridge Street in Phoenixville during the Dogwood Parade.

It’s time to start thinking about the weekend! And right here is our handy Top Ten List of weekend activities help you make some plans. Just so you know, the Phoenixville Dogwood Festival & Parade is back this year and runs Thursday, May 18 – Saturday, May 21. So if you’ve been meaning to take the kids to this small-town, big-fun event, now is the time! Scroll down to see what else we’ve rounded up for this weekend!

If you’re looking for even more family-friendly activities, explore to our COMMUNITY CALENDAR where you’ll find suggestions for every day of the week!

Looking to make a trip into Philly or Bucks County? Then check out what’s happening on our community calendars at Philly Family and Bucks County Parent.

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out to any weekday or weekend activity!

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The TOP TEN List of Weekend Events

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Friday Activities

Thrill Park Carnival

May 20, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

The midway at the Thrill Park Carnival

The Thrill Park carnival is in Oaks from May 12 – 21 for ten big days of family fun! The fair is held at the The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center grounds and will feature over 20 awesome carnival rides for all ages by Tons of Fun Shows, mouth watering festival food and treats, carnival games and prizes, and more. Admission to the carnival is $5 per person (free for children 5 and under and for seniors 65+). Daily wristbands or individual tickets are available to purchase for the rides.

Drive-In Movie: Ghostbusters (1984; PG-13)

May 20, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mermaid Lake Park, 1002 Jolly Road, Blue Bell

Whitpain Township is hosting a drive-in movie night on Friday, May 20, at Mermaid Lake Park in Blue Bell. The featured movie is “Ghostbusters” (1984). The cost when your pre-register and pay online is $10 per car for residents or $15 for non-residents. Admission at the gate is cash only and costs $20 for residents or $25 for non-residents. The drive-in movie will be held in the parking lot off Jolly Road, which opens at 6:30 pm. Movie starts at dusk.

Saturday Activities

Family Farmyard at Garrett Williamson Barn

May 21, 9:30 am – 11:00 am 
Garrett Williamson Barn, 395 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square

Families and friends are invited to visit the Garrett Williamson Barn. Through self-guided activities, families will explore and engage with the farm’s sheep, alpacas, horses, and chickens. In spring, visitors will also be able to engage with goats and pigs. As long as the weather is safe, all activities will take place outside—rain, snow, wind, and sunshine, so please dress accordingly. Layers are key! The cost is $5 per adult and child; children under 2 are free. For more information, visit their website.

Drawing Animal and People Faces Workshop with Mark Gruener

May 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne

Kids learn to draw expressive faces in the workshop at Wayne Art Center.

Discover how to draw dogs and cats with expressive faces. You will also learn how to draw a human face using Mr. Mark’s simple techniques. There will be many faces to choose from including caricatures, Disney princesses, superheroes, or just realistic faces. Different mediums will be used. Registration is required.

Friends School Haverford Spring Fair

May 21, 1:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friends School Haverford, 851 Buck Lane, Haverford

The FSH Spring Fair is a time-honored tradition for the entire community. Highlights of this year’s Spring Fair include balloon sculptures, face painting, photo booth, kids crafts, carnival games, food and treats, an artisan bazaar, and a plant sale! Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Order tickets in advance order by noon on Wednesday, May 18 to avoid the line and take advantage of discounts. Advanced sale tickets may be picked up at the welcome booth on the day of the fair. Parking is available at the Memorial Church of God on Buck Lane, The Haverford School and Haverford College.

Penn Valley Civic Community Spring Fair

May 21, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
933 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth

Come out and enjoy the Penn Valley Community Spring Fair, hosted by the Montgomery Avenue Business District Revitalization. The Spring Fair will be located in the back lot of Staples. Highlights will be a live band, live performances from Dance Xpress, native plant sale and free veggie seedlings, local art photography sale, chalk art contest, local vendors, and local treats.

Tadpole Transformation 2022

May 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

Tadpole time at Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne

It’s that exciting time of the year again when Riverbend’s ponds fill to the brim with squirming tadpoles! Join Riverbend’s educators for this fascinating annual rite of spring that happens each year here. Learn about the lifecycle of the amphibians that live at the Preserve and see the tadpoles in action. This fun event is open to individuals and to families with children of all ages. The event runs from 1 – 3 pm and guests are encouraged to visit at their own pace and stay as long as they want. It’s important to note that this is a “pay what you wish” event, but please register in advance.

Phoenixville Dogwood Festival & Parade

May 21, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Reeves Parks, 148 3rd Avenue, Phoenixville

Students from Phoenixville Area School District who earned royalty status will be part of the Dogwood Festival Parade on Saturday, May 21.

The Phoenixville Dogwood Festival and Parade are back! This year will be the 79th annual Dogwood Festival, which will take place in Reeves Park from Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, May 21. The Dogwood Parade happens on Saturday, May 21, at 1 pm. Bring the family for carnival rides for kids of all ages, midway games and vendors, more than 25 food vendors, nightly live music, and specially scheduled events like the beer garden on Thursday, May 19. See event website for all the details!

Sunday Activities

Biscuits & Bluey

May 22, 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
The Barn Yard, 305 2nd Avenue, #212, Collegeville

Bring you little one to The Barn Yard play space for a meet and greet with Bluey this weekend! While you are there, enjoy biscuits and refreshments and open play in the Barn Yard. Pre-registration and payment required. See event link for more information.

What Lives in the Pond?

May 22, 1:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

What lives in the pond at Tyler Arboretum? Frogs and more!

As you stand on the deck of Tyler’s pond and take a look around, you are likely to see frogs and fish, along with the tiny aquatic plant called duckweed. There might be turtles and other wildlife alongside them, such as water striders or spiders on the water, patiently waiting for a meal. Red-winged blackbirds and herons favor this environment, as do dragonflies and damselflies. Join Tyler volunteer Sue Fredrick this weekend as she helps you look at your water samples with your very own magnifying glass. She will lead you on a leisurely-paced tour as you learn about many animals and plants that thrive in and near the water. Pre-registration required, see event link for admission cost. For families with children 6 – 11.

DISCLAIMER: HEY PARENTS, PLEASE CHECK THE SPECIFIC EVENT WEBSITE FOR TIME CHANGES, RAIN DATES, COVID POLICIES, AND EVENT CANCELLATIONS.

Lead photo courtesy of Phoenixville Dogwood Festival.

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.

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