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15+ Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: December 12-16

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Santa’s Village at the Franklin Mint Credit Union

December 12 — 16, 3 — 7 pm; free

Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, 100 West State St., Media

 

Meet Santa this week at the Franklin Mint Credit Union in Media! Bring your family and a camera, that’s all you’ll need. This event is free and open to the public. (Looking for other places to see Santa, besides the mall? Check out our list.)

Hershey’s Christmas Candylane

December 12 — 15, 5 — 9 pm; included with park admission

Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey

 

See Hersheypark illuminated during the evening hours! Amusement rides are lit up, plus you can meet Santa Claus and his nine reindeer (reservations required), and enjoy Hershey during the holiday season. This is included with park admission.

Hershey Sweet Lights

December 12 — 15, 5 — 10 pm; $19.05 per car

Between Route 39 and Sand Beach Road (follow signs to Boathouse Road to entrance), Hershey

 

If you’d rather drive, enjoy more than two miles worth of holiday lights from the comfort of your car! Pick up some hot cocoa, make a holiday mix (remember those?) and drive through the dazzling lights with your kids.

“I Believe in Scuba Santa”

December 12 — 16, 11:30 am; included with aquarium admission

Adventure Aquarium, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden

 

Ever wanted to see Santa scuba diving among hundreds of ocean creatures in the Adventure Aquarium’s 760,000-gallon tank? Well, now you can! Children are also invited to write a letter to Scuba Santa and drop it in the special mailbox in the ocean realm. If you want a response, include a valid email address and send your letter by December 22. This event is included in the Christmas Celebrations at the Adventure Aquarium.

A Longwood Christmas

December 12 — 15, timed tickets available 9 am — 8 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

See the holiday delights of Longwood Gardens during off-peak hours this week — before the real crush begins. You’ll see smaller crowds before 2 pm on weekdays, so be sure to visit then. You’ll adore seeing the gardens lit up in all their glory, and walking through the warmer climes of the greenhouse in the chillier weather.

 

Photograph by Harold Davis, courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

Monday

All Level Yoga with Amy Dolan

December 12, 7 — 8 pm; free

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

This family-friendly yoga session will ease the holiday stress and introduce your children to yoga. Whether you’re a yoga instructor yourself or just starting out, this all-levels session will be open to all.

Tuesday

Preschool Storytime

December 13, 11 am; free

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch; 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Get out and get down with Miss Leigh, who will have stories, songs, and movement. Ideal for children ages 2 to 5; younger siblings welcome.

Overly’s Country Christmas

December 13 — 15, 5:30 — 9 pm; $15 per car of family van, cash only

116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg

 

Dozens of fun activities await a short drive from home. Enjoy strolling the sights and seeing the lights all around the village, then visit Santa’s workshop and play in the Kids Express playground.

Wednesday

Philadelphia Museum of Art Stroller Tour

December 14, 11 am; free with museum admission

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Stroll the museum’s galleries with your little one during this special, kid-friendly tour. Baby a bit fussy? No worries! This circuit is designed with a little noise in mind.

Homeschooler Days: Mysteries of Navigation

December 14, 10 am — noon or 1 — 3 pm; $12 per student or free for members

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn about human and animal navigation at one of these fun and informative sessions, aimed at kids between the ages of 5 and 12. The lessons include activities, snacks, and a walk through the gardens if the weather is good. At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children, as is pre-registration.

Holiday Mingle and Gift Show

December 14, 5 — 8 pm

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Haven’t had time to shop yet? Here’s your saving grace: The Play Café and Chirp Kids Clothes have teamed up to offer a chance to catch up! All the toys in the 3,000-square-foot space will be tucked away, leaving plenty of room for shopping with local vendors. You’re sure to find the perfect gift.

Environmental and Climate Justice

December 14, 6:30 — 8:30 pm; free

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences invites you to hear Jacqui Patterson speak for a Town Square lecture on environmental justice. Patterson is the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program and will discuss how climate change is a human and civil rights issue. The space will open up post-lecture for any questions you have to ask on the topic. This event is free of charge but registration is required.

12 Days of Christmas Movie Nights: ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 14, 7 — 11 pm; free

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Cuddle up at the RiverRink’s lodge for dinner (priced separately) and the Jim Carrey version of Charles Dickens’ classic story.

Thursday

Fairmount Park Trolley Tour

December 15, 10 am — noon and 1:30 — 3:30 pm

Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

 

Take a tour of the historical homes of Fairmount Park by trolley! Visit Woodford, the Historic Strawberry Mansion, and Cedar Grove. Guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a timely departure. Admission is $40.

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

December 15, 10 am — 3:30 pm; $5 for non-members (includes museum admission), free for members

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

It’s the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights! Join the National Constitution Center for discussions on the Second Amendment, protecting America’s founding documents, and the Constitution today.

Christkindlmarkt

December 15, 11 am — 6 pm

645 E. First St., PNC Plaza, Bethlehem; $9 for ages 13 and up, $5 for children 6 — 12, $8 for Seniors (65+), and free for children 5 and under.

 

This is a bit of a drive, but well worth it. Christkindlmarkt is recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. There will be live Christmas music, authentic food from German and Austrian vendors, as well as shopping opportunities for beautiful gifts.

 

And the finale…skating and peppermint hot chocolate, then a swing around Christmas Village. What's your holiday #phillyfave?

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Friday

Masha and the Bear at Christmas Village

December 16, 1 — 4 pm

Christmas Village in Philadelphia, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia

 

See YouTube sensation Masha and the Bear at the Christmas Village Friday afternoon. There will be opportunities for a photo op, and then you can stay and enjoy everything the City Hall area has to offer, from  a cute carousel to Rothman Ice Rink to the dozens of artisanal vendors to shop with. Don’t forget your souvenir mug!

Barnes Open House and Pop-Up Holiday Market

December 16, 5 — 8 pm; free walkup admission

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

You’ll need a sitter for this one, so we gave you some advance notice. Join the Barnes Foundation for an open house and pop-up holiday market for FREE this Friday evening! See their newest exhibition of French photography, Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950. Walk through the holiday market full of local vendors, sip wine, and take selfies with their #LiveandLifePhoto hashtag to be featured with their favorites.

Pajama Party Fiesta

December 16, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

This event is also a release party for As the Seasons Go, a local songwriting duo. Each family will receive a copy of the new album and a special storytime with Ms. Val. Adults should BYOB, and kids can enjoy a hot chocolate bar — and as a bonus, they’ll already be in their PJs when you head home!

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Photograph by Russ Brown Photography, Courtesy Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

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