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15+ Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: December 19-23

Not sure what you're doing this week? We've got it all mapped out.

What are you doing this week? If you’re still planning, we’ve got you covered with family fun all around the Main Line and in Philadelphia this week.

All Week:

Winter Camp

December 19 — 23, 10 am — 2 pm

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

Get your kids off the couch and into the Play Café! If they want to be active and partake in karate or yoga, or would rather relax and create crafts, or would like to keep up with schoolwork and study up some zany science, they’ll have plenty of fun! Cost of admission is $50 per child for the day or $225 for the whole week.

Creative Clubhouse Workshops

Waterless Snowglobes Workshop

December 19, 9:30 am (ages 2 — 4), 1 pm (ages 4+ drop off), 4 pm (ages 4+ drop off)

Glitter Trees Workshop

December 20, 12:30 — 2:30 (ages 4+, $25)

Owl Ornament Workshop

December 20, 5:30 pm (ages 4+ drop off)

Wooden Snowman Workshop

December 21, 12:30 — 2:30 pm (ages 4+, $25)

Holiday String Art Workshop

December 22, 12:30 — 2:30 (ages 4+, $25)

Creative Clubhouse, 2402 Hirst Terrace, Havertown

Join the Creative Clubhouse for their holiday-themed workshops this week! Whether you want to get rustic with wood or fanciful with glitter, all crafters will enjoy these. Classes are $18 per child and $15 for siblings enrolled in the same class. For each additional enrollment receive 10% off. Registration is required for all workshops.

Holiday Lights Show at Shady Brook Farms

December 19 — 23, 5 — 10 pm

Shady Brook Farms, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley (Bucks County)

Drive through the delightful holiday lights show at Shady Brook Farms, just a short northbound drive from the city. If you want to get extra rustic, they have wagon rides through the farm which you can partake in for $12 per person. The cost to drive through the farm is $25 per carload, $30 per mini-bus, limo, or RV, and $100 per bus.

 

Home Alone with the Philadelphia Orchestra

December 20, 21, and 22, 7 pm

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad St., Philadelphia

If you love the movie Home Alone, then you don’t want to miss seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra playing the movie’s score LIVE as you watch! Book your tickets by choosing the date you’d prefer and the seats you’d like here, prices range from $40 — $90 a seat.

A Christmas Story

December 20 — 23, various times
The Media Theater, 104 E. State St., Media
See the classic tale of a boy, his controversial Christmas wish list, and one of the most absurd Christmas imaginable this week at the Media Theater. Showtimes and ticket prices vary — see box office.

School’s Out Day Camp

December 21 and 22

Full Day: 9 am — 3:30 pm

Half Day: 9 am — noon or 12:30 — 3:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 513 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

Join the Wayne Art Center for arts and crafts, clay molding, or drama! Classes are dependent on which teachers are available, so call ahead to see what might most interest your child. The cost is $45 for a half day and $80 for a full day. Registration is required.

Monday

Storytime with Mr. Bruce

December 19, 3:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street West Branch, 201 S. 40th St., Philadelphia

This isn’t your ordinary storytime — mix song, dance, and laughter with this exciting storytime brought to you by Mr. Bruce and the Free Library of Philadelphia. This is best for toddlers through preschool-aged children.

Tuesday

Toddler Tuesdays: Classical Christmas

December 20, 10:30 — 11:30 am
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Wear your pajamas, write Santa a letter, drink hot chocolate, and craft at this event, which is perfectly timed for a toddler’s schedule.

Family Stories & Puppet Show: Christmas

December 20, 6:30 — 7 pm

Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

Drop in and enjoy an interactive puppet show this Tuesday evening at the Media Upper Providence Library. No registration is required — this event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday

Breakfast & A Show

December 21, 9:30 — 11 am

Songs for Seeds Classroom, 219 Sugartown Road, Wayne (inside Club La Maison)

Start your Wednesday off right with the most important meal of the day, followed by a joyous show by Songs for Seeds. This is a family event, and everyone is welcome to join in, young and old. Registration is required, and tickets are $30 per family, payable by cash, check, or credit at the door.

Bilingual Story Time & Music Circle

December 21, 10 — 10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Join the amazing Ms Val. for stories and music, so your kids can get some exposure to the Spanish language and have a great time! This event is included with the regular cost of admission to Lulu’s Casita.

 

Kids Art Workshop (Stag and Doe Night for Parents)

December 21, 6 — 8 pm

PAFA Northwest, 8514 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Have your children join PAFA for an evening of artistic expression and learning! They’ll love the workshop, and you can go off and finish your holiday shopping during Chestnut Hill’s final Stag and Doe Night of the year. Registration is required, and is $30 per child. (Note you must escort your child inside to complete registration.)

Yuletide Jazz & Wine

December 21, 6 — 8:30 pm

Galleries Reception Atrium, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

Have a classy evening at Winterthur this Wednesday. This week, the Bruce Anthony Collective, known for their unique, yet familiar sound is performing. This event is included with a regular admission Yuletide ticket. If you’re not attending Yuletide beforehand, tickets are $15 and include admission to the galleries.

Thursday

Hanukkah Storytime

December 22, 10 — 10:30 am

Little Theater, Upper Merion Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

This relaxed storytime is perfect for little ones ages 2 — 5 and their caretakers. Learn about the story of Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights through storytelling, song, and more. This event is free, but they ask you register in advance.

Old City Historic Holiday Nights

December 22, 5 — 8 pm

Old City District, Philadelphia

Join the participating shops in Old City this Thursday evening. Finish up your holiday shopping (see the list for all the deals taking place during this evening at over 30 locations!), take in the spirit of the season, and walk around Old City decked out in all its holiday decorated glory. Bonus: Customers will receive $3 off skating admission at the Blue Cross RiverRink down at the waterfront.

Friday

Family Gingerbread House Making

December 23, 11 am — noon

Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

What is this season if not the perfect time for gingerbread house making? But instead of the flaky and tough gingerbread, you’ll be using graham crackers at this fun event. Pre-registration is required to prepare the supplies, but this event is free to attend!

Holiday Tours at the Grange Estate

December 23, 1 –4 pm

The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown

See the holiday decorations, find something perfect in the gift shop, and check out the model train display. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for kids.

BYOB Pizza Night

December 23, 4 – 7 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Take a breather before the Christmas and Hanukkah fever takes over. Head to Lulu’s Casita Friday night so the kids can get our their energy in the play area, and you can relax with your drink of choice and some delicious pizza. Catch up with friends, sit back, and enjoy. This event is included with the regular cost of admission.

Festival of Lights

December 23, 5 — 8:45 pm

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one of their highly anticipated Art After 5 events this week. The Great Stair Hall will transform into a holiday spectacle, and this Friday will be brought to life with live Klezmer music played by the West Philadelphia Orchestra. This event is included with the cost of admission.

 

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Feature photo by M. Fischetti, courtesy of  Visit Philadelphia. 

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