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15+ Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: December 5-8

We combed the calendar for the must-do events.


America’s Garden Capital Maze

December 5, 9 am — 9 pm; free
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

The temperatures are dipping, but gardens are still the focus for this unique and fun maze. It’s the perfect spot for hide-and-seek on a weekday outside City Hall, the epicenter of holiday cheer in Philly this year. While you’re there, explore the Christmas Village, or try skating at the Rothman Ice Rink (or just duck into the “cabin” alongside for a snack). The maze will be open until the end of February.

Skate With Santa

December 5, 1 — 5 pm, $3 admission, $10 for skate rental
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Score that family photo with the big guy early this year, and in a fun, picturesque setting. Can’t go today? Santa’s around through December 18.


Music and Movement Storytime

December 6, 10 am; free
Philadelphia City Institute branch of the Philadelphia Free Library, 1905 Locust St., Philadelphia

Independent movers can dance and wiggle while they listen at this fun get-together. Siblings are welcome.

Family Morning

December 6, 10 am — 1 pm; free
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

Spend some time in the beautiful playhouse (the playground is open Friday-Sunday this time of year) when it’s quieter because there are no groups visiting. Don’t miss Smithville downstairs!

Toddler Tuesdays: Decorate December

December 6, 10:30 — 11:30 am; $15 for member parent and child; $20 for non-member parent and child (prices include admission)
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Do some holiday bonding and make a gingerbread house, then stay and enjoy all the zoo has to offer.


Toddlers in Nature: Ellie the Evergreen

December 7, 10 — 11 am; $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Tyler Aboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Learn about what makes evergreen trees so special, and hike through the arboretum.

‘Peter Pan’

December 7, 10:30 am; $12 for ages 3 and over
Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

This one-hour version of the classic tale is tailor-made for young kids.

Babies on Board: ‘Allied’

December 7, 2:30 pm; $8 (babies are free)
PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St., Philadelphia

At this special weekly screening, moms and babies can catch the latest Brad Pitt flick without getting a sitter. The volume is lower and nobody cares if there’s screeching.

Kids’ Art Workshop/Stag and Doe Night

PAFA Northwest, 8514 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill)
December 7, 6-8 pm; $30 per child

You get two hours to holiday shop, socialize, or grab dinner and a drink, while your kids get a hands-on workshop with artists and educators at this pop-up PAFA outpost. Everyone’s home by bedtime — and you can park for free in the local city lots.

‘A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail’

December 7, 7 pm; $15 for adults, $12 for kids
Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

Eeyore loses his tail, and mirth and a sweet story of friendship ensues.

Night Skies in the Observatory

December 7, 6 — 9 pm; $5 for non-members, free for members
Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

Bring kids age 8 and up for this monthly event, led by Derrick Pitts, the Franklin’s chief astronomer. Look through five different telescopes in the rooftop observatory to get a great view, and spend some time in the Fels Planetarium learning more about what’s up there. It’s smart to get tickets in advance.


Photograph by Jacques-Jean Tiziou, courtesy of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Photograph by Jacques-Jean Tiziou, courtesy of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Children’s Christmas Party

December 7, 6 –8 pm; $12, adult members; $15, adult non-members; $5, non-member children ages 3–11; free for member children and children under 3.
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

Hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy cookies, face painting, and more holiday fun.


Soccer Shots Demo and Playtime

December 8, 10 — 11:30 am; free
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Is your little one interested in soccer? Here’s a great chance to try out the growing Soccer Shots program, which brings the sport to the smallest local kids.

‘Click, Clack, Moo’

December 8, 10:30 am; $14
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

See this favorite children’s book brought hilariously to life.

ARTime Storytime: Lots of Dots

December 8, 10:30 — 11 am or 11:30 — noon; free but requires a reservation
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to this fun event: kids listen to a story, then make a craft based on the book’s theme. Everyone must have a ticket.

Santa Arrives in Ambler

December 8, 7 pm; free
Ambler Train Station, 35 West Butler Pike, Ambler

Watch Santa arrive by train, then head into the new Borough Hall for milk, cookies, and a story from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sculpting in the Square

December 8, 5:30 — 7:30 pm; free
Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

Watch ice carving, see ice sculptures, and celebrate this lovely park’s 10th birthday! Plus, it’s prime time for the beautiful Electrical Spectacle holiday light show.


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Photograph of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest by Matt Stanley, courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. 



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