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15+ Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: December 26-30

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.

It’s a vacation week for most kids — and some adults — so there’s plenty to do. Here’s our hand-picked guide to what’s happening.

All Week:

Fore! The Planet Indoor Mini Golf

December 26 — 30, 9 am — 5 pm
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

Who needs to be outdoors to golf? Not you! Test your skills at an 18-hole course. Each new challenge teaches children about environmental issues, from butterfly metamorphosis to dinosaur extinction and more. And all this takes place inside Linvilla Orchards’ Garden Center. The cost is $5.95 for ages 10 and younger and $6.95 for ages 11 and older.

Winter Break Programming

December 26 — 30, 9:30 am — 5 pm
The Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

What better way for children to enjoy their week off from school than learning about the founding of our nation? Join the constitution center for daily programming, including costuming and daily wear throughout the years, learning about Revolutionary War soldiers and historical military training, arts and crafts, and dress up photo ops! This event is included with general admission.

The Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker

December 26, noon and 5 pm
December 27, 2 pm
December 28, noon and 5 pm
December 29, 2 pm
December 30, noon and 5 pm
The Academy of Music, 240 South Broad St., Philadelphia

If you’d still like a chance to see The Nutcracker performed with George Balanchine’s iconic choreography, tickets are still available for this week at the Academy of Music. Allow the music to transport you, and extend that holiday magic just a little bit further.

Play in a Day

December 27 — 29, 10 am — 3 pm
The Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

Your children will adore the award-winning class at the Arden Theatre Company where participants are invited to create their own play! Each day is unique to the new young thespians joining in, so it never gets old. The cost is $50 per child per day.

All-Star Days

December 27 — 30, 10 am — 4:30 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Each day this week has a theme: bugs and butterflies on Tuesday, dinosaurs on Wednesday, fur, feathers, and scales on Thursday, and a special “Weird-Things-In-Jars Day” on Friday (yes, you read that correctly.) Join in on demonstrations, take part in crafting, and fill your day with educational fun all week! This event is included with the cost of general admission.

 

Photograph by Mike Servedio, courtesy Academy of Natural Sciences.

Winter Camp

December 27 — 30, 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.

Monday:

Winter Family Studio

December 26 — December 30, 10 am — 3 pm
Great Stair Hall Balcony, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Join the Philadelphia Museum of art this week from Monday through Thursday for art creation and tours for the family. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 26, 11:30 — 1 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Elwood Park Zoo is having a party to celebrate Hannukah this Monday. Join them for an animal show, crafting, games for children, and of course, the lighting of the menorah. This event included with general admission to the zoo.

Tuesday:

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 27, 9 am — 5 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Join the Please Touch Museum for their holiday celebration for Kwanzaa.  Enjoy incredible performances by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and get your craft on. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Community Hanukkah Candle Lighting

December 27, 4 pm
The Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

This fun and family-friendly candle-lighting commemorates the fourth candle of the festival of lights this Tuesday. You’ll tap your feet to a performance by Lolly & YoYo, the kids will love the crafting, and light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.

Lego and Duplo Free Play

December 27, 10 am — noon
Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

Building with Legos and Duplos is for all children to enjoy, and if you’d rather not mess up your children’s play area with the small toys, take them to the Media Upper Providence Library this Tuesday for free play. This event is free and no registration is required. This event is for children ages 2 and up.

Stay & Play

December 27, 12:30 — 2:30 pm
Creative Clubhouse, 2402 Hirst Terrace, Havertown

The kids (ages 4 and up) get time to hang out and play, you get to take some time to yourself. The cost is $18 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. Registration is required.

Tweens Cook: Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 27, 4:30 — 6 pm
Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

Learn to bake delicious cookies this week at the Media Upper Providence Library, all without dairy or eggs! This event is free, but pre-registration is required. This event is for children ages 9 — 12.

Wednesday:

Bilingual Story Time & Music Circle

December 28, 10 — 10:30 am
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Join the amazing Ms. Val for this weekly event, which is included with the regular cost of admission.

Piriccirillo Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams

December 28, 10 am
Radnor United Methodist Church, 930 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr

Who needs a song of ice and fire when you can learn about the science behind both ice and fire this Wednesday morning? The Radnor Memorial Library invites children ages 5 and up to learn more. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Winter Movies

December 28, 11 am — 1 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

If you’re in need of a reason to get out of the house this week but still want to relax, take your child to the Haverford Free Library to enjoy a wintry children’s movie. While you’re out, be sure to pick up a library book! This event is free, no registration is required.

Dinner and a Disco

December 28, 4:30 — 6:00 pm
Songs for Seeds Classroom, 219 Sugartown Road, Wayne (inside Club La Maison)

Boogie oogie on down to the Songs for Seeds classroom this Wednesday evening for music and dancing followed by a hearty pizza dinner. And if you’re into it, the event is BYOB for parents. This event is $30 per family, and pre-registration is required.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting

December 28, 5:15 pm — 6 pm
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah together at Rittenhouse Square, and join in on the lighting of the large menorah. Participants are asked to bring a clothing donation for the homeless and less fortunate with them to the event, cleaned and in plastic bags. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday:

School Day-Off Camps: Art in the Arb’

December 29, 9 am — 3 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 15 Painter Road, Media

The Tyler Arboretum planned a day full of fun for children ages 6 — 9 this Thursday for those who are out of school! Create artwork by sculpting or painting, explore nature, and take your creation home. Registration is required, and costs $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 29, 9 am — 5 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

The Please Touch Museum is hosting many holiday celebrations this week, and their Hanukkah celebration lands on Thursday. The West Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing, there will be lights galore for the festival of lights, and dreidels to spin! This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Stay & Play

December 29, 12:30 — 2:30 pm
Creative Clubhouse, 2402 Hirst Terrace, Havertown

See the Tuesday listing for details.

Friday:

Friday Night Lights

December 30, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

Join Morris Arboretum for their final Friday Night Lights of the season! See the Garden Railway all lit up, enjoy hot cocoa and coffee, and take in the decorations around the arboretum until it comes back next holiday season. Advance tickets are strongly recommended, and cost $9 for adults members and $3 for children members, $16 for adult nonmembers and $8 for children nonmembers. 

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Photograph by Mark Stehle, courtesy of Morris Arboretum. 

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