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Weekend Fun for Families Around the Main Line: 30+ Things To Do With Kids December 31-January 02

Start the new year with FUN! We've gathered plenty of activities to enjoy with your family this weekend like "Countdown to Noon" celebrations for the little ones, roller skating and ice skating, musicals, and MORE!

Want to really unplug and connect with your kids? Explore 30+ family-friendly events with this roundup of weekend fun for Main Line and Western Suburban families below and fill your calendar with things to do! For even more options, visit Philadelphia Family’s Weekend Fun Roundup and plan ahead with our NEW Community Calendar at mainlineparent.com/events, which will be updated each week!

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!

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THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY AROUND THE MAIN LINE ALL WEEKEND LONG

Dutch Winter Wonderland
2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster

Dutch Winter Wonderland is a fun, winter wonderland event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, warm holiday drinks, and The Royal Lights Show! Take in thousands of twinkling lights as the kingdom is fully decorated for a truly royal holiday!

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

A holiday favorite since 1972, the Brandywine Railroad offers something for everyone with its dazzling array of both toy and scale model trains made by Lionel, Williams, Atlas, Mike’s Train House, K-line and others. The display features trains running on 2,000 feet of track with more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small village, a farm, factories, and even a carnival and a drive-in movie theater. Interactive components are also incorporated into the display, operated by hands-free foot pedals that allow for further engagement.

Flight on Ice!
Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink 4901 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

Flight on Ice is an outdoor ice skating rink and entertainment center in Delaware County. New this year, you can expect fun for the whole family including ice skating sessions, a lounge area, a heated tent, and great food and beverages. During the holiday season, Flight on Ice entertainment center will be open everyday at 11 am through January 2nd, 2022. See the website for a schedule of events.

Walking Trails at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon

Bundle up and go for a winter walk with your family at the John James Audubon Center. The 200+ acre Mill Grove estate contains five miles of marked nature trails along the Perkiomen Creek for anyone to enjoy. Visit any day from dawn to dusk, and bring your binoculars to spot more than 175 species of birds that frequent the property. 

A Longwood Christmas – Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice
Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, enjoy live holiday music on select dates, and visit the whimsical Garden Railway for some added magic throughout the season. Timed admission tickets are required.

People’s Light Presents “A Christmas Carol”
People’s Light 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Callous Scrooge, shackled Marley, and the haunting spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future spring vividly to life in our fresh adaptation of a favorite yuletide ghost story. Featuring a vibrant mix of original songs and newly arranged nineteenth-century English carols, this music infused retelling captures the magic, joy, and generosity of Dickens’ beloved classic. For People’s Light holiday veterans, A Christmas Carol is not a panto, but it is music-filled, interactive fun for every age—whether you believe in spirits or not.

Wineberry Lane Christmas Light Display & Toys for Tots Collection
Wineberry Lane 1590 Wineberry Ln., West Chester

Looking for some Christmas spirit this holiday season? Come on by and view this display of 20,000 lights and 24 inflatables from 5 – 10pm, every day until on NYE. In return, please place a new and unwrapped toy in the designated bin that is located along the street. These toys will benefit Chester County’s Toys for Tots. 

Friday

Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Radnor Memorial Library
December 31, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Radnor Memorial Library 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

Go on a magical wintry adventure and help the Gingerbread Man get safely to his gingerbread home by solving clues hidden around the Radnor Memorial Library children’s area! Download a scavenger hunt guide on the library’s website (available December 18-31) or pick one up from the Youth Services Desk. Once you complete all the activity challenges, pick up a small prize at the children’s desk to continue the holiday fun at home! No registration required.

Countdown to Noon Party at Lulu’s Casita
December 31, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lulu’s Casita West Chester 109 N. High Street, West Chester

Countdown the Noon Year is the biggest party of the year at Lulu’s Casita! This celebration for the little ones includes face painting, a balloon drop, and a tiny tot dance jam party. This year it’s a White Fiesta, so wear something white to bring good luck for the new year! Included with your admission are snacks and a toast with apple juice for the kids and champagne for adults. Space is limited, please RSVP early.

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
December 31, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

A holiday favorite since 1972, the Brandywine Railroad offers something for everyone with its dazzling array of both toy and scale model trains made by Lionel, Williams, Atlas, Mike’s Train House, K-line and others. The display features trains running on 2,000 feet of track with more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small village, a farm, factories, and even a carnival and a drive-in movie theater. Interactive components are also incorporated into the display, operated by hands-free foot pedals that allow for further engagement.

Treehouse World Kid’s New Years Eve Party!
December 31, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Treehouse World 1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester

Watch Twiggy drop from the sky at noon to ring in the New Year! Admission is $25 and includes all treehouses, ziplining, tree climbing, bungee trampoline, Warriors Woods, obstacle course and a whole lot of fun! Purchase passes online.

Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia
December 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—meet LEGO Santa, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, go on a holiday scavenger hunt, and more! 

Penn Wynne Library Candy Land!
December 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Penn Wynne Library 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood, PA

Come play Candy Land at Penn Wynne Library! Get the die from the front desk then follow the game board all through the Children’s Room. Stop at the five different stations along the way to make guesses, play a game, or do a craft.

Noon Year’s Eve at BounceU Collegeville
December 31, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
BounceU of Collegeville 130 W Main Street, Collegeville

Looking to give your kids the New Years experience but at a more reasonable time? Join BounceU Collegeville for the big countdown to Noon! Includes bouncing, balloon drop, a special New Year’s party favor and a sweet treat.

Noon Years Eve at Sweet & Sassy Collegeville
December 31, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Sweet & Sassy Collegeville 250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

Kids celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with a New Year’s updo, a sparkly make-up application, shimmery polish, a craft, and a dance party!

Flight on Ice!
December 31, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink 4901 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

Flight on Ice is an outdoor ice skating rink and entertainment center in Delaware County. New this year, you can expect fun for the whole family including ice skating sessions, a lounge area, a heated tent, and great food and beverages.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Penn Wynne Library
December 31, 11:30 am
Penn Wynne Library 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

The Penn Wynne Civic Assoc. and the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company is hosting a Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve celebration featuring a treat-filled ball drop from a fire truck ladder in front of the Penn Wynne Library. The ball drop begins at 11:30 am. Stop in at the library at 11 am for some coloring fun before the ball drop.

Perkiomen Valley Library Preschool New Year (Countdown to Noon!)
December 31, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville 290 2nd Street, Schwenksville

The New Year will start early! Join the fun and get ready to make lots of noise at noon. Masks required, registration requested. Contact 610-287-8360 or PerkValLib@gmail.com to sign up!

Belmont Hills Library Countdown to Noon! (Online)
December 31, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Belmont Hills Library 120 Mary Watersford Road, Bala Cynwyd

Welcome in 2022 with a New Year’s story and song with Miss Gwen. Take-home project kits (including a prize and a treat) will be available through Thursday, 12/30. There will be 75 bags, so first come, first served, but kits are not needed to participate—just wear a fun hat and use a noisemaker!

Dutch Winter Wonderland
December 31, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dutch Wonderland 2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster

Dutch Winter Wonderland is a fun, winter wonderland event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, warm holiday drinks, and The Royal Lights Show! Take in thousands of twinkling lights as the kingdom is fully decorated for a truly royal holiday! 

Mamma Mia!
December 31, 2:00 pm
The Media Theatre 104 E. State Street, Media

It’s the holidayIt’s the holiday show you’ve been waiting for—Mamma Mia! at the Media theatre playing November 17th – January 16th. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit.  Tickets available online.

People’s Light Presents “A Christmas Carol”
December 31, 2:00 pm 
People’s Light 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Callous Scrooge, shackled Marley, and the haunting spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future spring vividly to life in our fresh adaptation of a favorite yuletide ghost story. Featuring a vibrant mix of original songs and newly arranged nineteenth-century English carols, this music infused retelling captures the magic, joy, and generosity of Dickens’ beloved classic. For People’s Light holiday veterans, A Christmas Carol is not a panto, but it is music-filled, interactive fun for every age—whether you believe in spirits or not.

BYOB & Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
December 31, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lulu’s Casita Ardmore 6 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

Lulu’s is open until 7:30pm for more fun, BYOB, and pizza starting at 4 pm, with regular admission price. You can now place your pizza order ahead of time, give us a call, let us know what you want and we will have your pizza waiting for you!

Wineberry Lane Christmas Light Display & Toys for Tots Collection
December 31, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Wineberry Lane 1590 Wineberry Ln., West Chester

Looking for some Christmas spirit this holiday season? Come on by and view this display of 20,000 lights and 24 inflatables from 5-10pm, every day until on NYE.

Midnight in the Square & Mushroom Drop
December 31, 7:30 pm 
Kennett Square State & Union Streets, Kennett Square

The Mushroom Festival and Kennett Area Restaurant & Merchant Association are hosting the 9th Annual Mushroom Drop at State and Union Streets this year. Bring the kids for the opening celebrations beginning at 7:30 pm with food from On The Roll, entertainment in the “Circle” (under the Mushroom) including Kevin Pierce, KMC Dancers, and Jack Marshall, and the raising of the lighted mushroom at 8:55 pm. More entertainment and a laser light show will continue until 12:30 am.

Family Friendly NYE at Revival Pizza Pub
December 31, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Revival Pizza Pub 240 Windgate Drive, Suite A7, Chester Springs

Ring in 2022 with a family friendly celebration from 8 – 10 pm at Revival Pizza Pub. The celebration kicks off with our very own ball drop at 8 pm before anyone falls asleep (kids included). Adults 21+ will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and happy hour food and drink specials. Make a reservation to join the party!

Saturday

Walking Trails at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
January 1, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm 
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon

Bundle up and go for a winter walk with your family at the John James Audubon Center. The 200+ acre Mill Grove estate contains five miles of marked nature trails along the Perkiomen Creek for anyone to enjoy. Visit any day from dawn to dusk, and bring your binoculars to spot more than 175 species of birds that frequent the property.  

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
January 1, 2022, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

y and scale model trains made by Lionel, Williams, Atlas, Mike’s Train House, K-line and others. The display features trains running on 2,000 feet of track with more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small village, a farm, factories, and even a carnival and a drive-in movie theater. Interactive components are also incorporated into the display, operated by hands-free foot pedals that allow for further engagement.

Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia
January 1, 2022, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—meet LEGO Santa, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, go on a holiday scavenger hunt, and more!

A Longwood Christmas – Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice
January 1, 2022, 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season.

Flight on Ice!
January 1, 2022, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink 4901 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

Flight on Ice is an outdoor ice skating rink and entertainment center in Delaware County. New this year, you can expect fun for the whole family including ice skating sessions, a lounge area, a heated tent, and great food and beverages. During the holiday season, Flight on Ice entertainment center will be open everyday at 11 am through January 2nd, 2022. See the website for a schedule of events.

Christmas at The Historic Grange Estate
January 1, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
The Historic Grange Estate 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown

When you come to the Grange, you’ll leave the modern pace behind and experience memories of Christmas with a pronounced Victorian sensibility. The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery, and a nod to the mid-century. The Gift Shoppe will be filled with unique hand-crafted items made locally and shoppers will find many Christmas items, distinctive home decor, wearables, and some clever old-fashioned solutions to modern needs.

Dutch Winter Wonderland
January 1, 2022, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dutch Wonderland 2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster

Dutch Winter Wonderland is a fun, winter wonderland event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, warm holiday drinks, and The Royal Lights Show! Take in thousands of twinkling lights as the kingdom is fully decorated for a truly royal holiday! 

People’s Light Presents “A Christmas Carol”
January 1, 2022, 7:00 pm
People’s Light 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Callous Scrooge, shackled Marley, and the haunting spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future spring vividly to life in our fresh adaptation of a favorite yuletide ghost story. Featuring a vibrant mix of original songs and newly arranged nineteenth-century English carols, this music infused retelling captures the magic, joy, and generosity of Dickens’ beloved classic. For People’s Light holiday veterans, A Christmas Carol is not a panto, but it is music-filled, interactive fun for every age—whether you believe in spirits or not.

Sunday

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
January 2, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

The display features trains running on 2,000 feet of track with more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small village, a farm, factories, and even a carnival and a drive-in movie theater. Interactive components are also incorporated into the display, operated by hands-free foot pedals that allow for further engagement. 

Holiday Garden Railway
January 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Morris Arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

The Holiday Garden Railway exhibit is an outdoor miniature display, included with Garden admission. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. 

Learn To Roller Skate
January 2, 2022, 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Ringing Rocks Roller Rink 1500 Ringing Rocks Park, Pottstown

The Learn To Roller Skate class is available the first Sunday of every month from 11:00 – 11:45 am. This class is available for all, ages 5+. Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up. $15 per session. Includes rental skates and FREE ADMISSION to the public skate session held immediately afterwards from noon – 5pm. Please bring a valid ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination for admission into the class.

Flight on Ice!
January 2, 2022, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink 4901 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

Flight on Ice is an outdoor ice skating rink and entertainment center in Delaware County. New this year, you can expect fun for the whole family including ice skating sessions, a lounge area, a heated tent, and great food and beverages. During the holiday season, Flight on Ice entertainment center will be open everyday at 11 am through January 2nd, 2022. See the website for a schedule of events.

New Year’s Resolution Healthy Hike
January 2, 2022, 1:00 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

Start your new year with a healthy hike! Ranger Ben will guide you through refuge trails and explore some winter wildlife with you.

Victorian Christmas Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills
January 2, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville

A holiday tour at Pennypacker Mills celebrates the best in vintage Christmas décor and history. Recalling a time when electricity was not available, visitors will enter an early 1900s family home resplendent in shine with sparkling glass ornaments and gold and silver Dresden foil ornaments. Stop in at the Museum Shop and browse glass ornaments and icicles, felt ornaments, Wilbur Bud chocolates, Dresdens, toys, Victorian Scrap images to decorate presents, and much more! All tours must be pre-registered and confirmed by a staff member. Call 610-287-9349 or email PennypackerMills@montcopa.org.

Christmas at The Historic Grange Estate
January 2, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Historic Grange Estate 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown

When you come to the Grange, you’ll leave the modern pace behind and experience memories of Christmas with a pronounced Victorian sensibility. The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery, and a nod to the mid-century. The Gift Shoppe will be filled with unique hand-crafted items made locally and shoppers will find many Christmas items, distinctive home decor, wearables, and some clever old-fashioned solutions to modern needs.

Sunday Afternoon Holiday Ice Skating
January 2, 2022, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society 220 Holland Avenue, Ardmore

Join PSCHS for ice skating at special holiday sessions at the Philadelphia Skating Club in Ardmore. Admission is $10 per person and skate rentals are $5 per person. See you on the ice! 

Mamma Mia!
January 2, 2022, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
The Media Theatre 104 E. State Street, Media

It’s the holiday show you’ve been waiting for—Mamma Mia! at the Media theatre playing November 17th – January 16th. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit. Tickets available online.

People’s Light Presents “A Christmas Carol”
January 2, 2022, 2:00 pm
People’s Light 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Callous Scrooge, shackled Marley, and the haunting spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future spring vividly to life in our fresh adaptation of a favorite yuletide ghost story. Featuring a vibrant mix of original songs and newly arranged nineteenth-century English carols, this music infused retelling captures the magic, joy, and generosity of Dickens’ beloved classic. For People’s Light holiday veterans, A Christmas Carol is not a panto, but it is music-filled, interactive fun for every age—whether you believe in spirits or not.

Dutch Winter Wonderland
January 2, 2022, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Dutch Wonderland 2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster

Dutch Winter Wonderland is a fun, winter wonderland event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, warm holiday drinks, and The Royal Lights Show! Take in thousands of twinkling lights as the kingdom is fully decorated for a truly royal holiday!

DISCLAIMER: HEY PARENTS, AS WE WELL KNOW, THINGS CHANGE DAY TO DAY… EVEN HOUR TO HOUR SINCE WE HAVE ENDURED A GLOBAL PANDEMIC TOGETHER. PLEASE CHECK THE SPECIFIC EVENT WEBSITE FOR TIME CHANGES, RAIN DATES, COVID POLICIES, AND EVENT CANCELLATIONS BEFORE YOU PACK UP THE WHOLE CREW OR GATHER AROUND THE LAPTOP TO LOG ON.

Lead photo courtesy of Dutch Winter Wonderland.

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

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