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20+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line

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All Week

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30 

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


The renovated Main Fountain Garden is the centerpiece of a summer celebration. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

Through October 8

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This large-scale public art project illuminates the parkway through October. Nine hundred lanterns in a variety of shapes and sizes will light up. Thursdays through Sundays from 6 — 10 pm, you can ride up and down the parkway in the pedicabs holding all of the lanterns. Explore the diversity of cultures through the variety of the lanterns at night.

‘Centuries of Childhood: An American Story’

Through December 31; 10 am — 5 pm Monday — Saturday, noon — 5 pm Sunday

Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown


This interactive exhibit, created by the  Children’s Museum of Cleveland, lets kids connect with the the lives of five children from different eras of American history. From a 7-year-old Iroquois girl to a 10-year-old boy moving from the South to Chicago, this is a great way to introduce young children to history. It’s recommended for kids ages 2 to 6 and is included with admission to the museum.

Day Out With Thomas

September 18 — 24, trains on the half hour from 10:15 — 1:15 Monday — Friday, 9:45 am — 2:45 pm Saturday, 10:15 am — 1:45 pm Sunday

Strasburg Rail Road, 301 Gap Road, Ronks


Bring your Thomas lovers to see the cheeky little tank engine in person. Percy will be there, too. Tickets range from $21 to $32.

2017 Fringe Festival

September 7 — 24

Various locations, Philadelphia


Enjoy over 100 theater, dance, comedy, visual art, and musical performances in September throughout Philadelphia. Check out the website for performances around the city and in your neighborhood.

Tree Tales

Weekends through November 18, 11 and 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Learn about the historic trees at Tyler Arboretum with one-hour guided tours highlighting all of the changing colors. These tours are free with admission to the arboretum.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

September 18 — 21 , 7 am and 6 pm

September 22, 7 am

September 23 and 24, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia


Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis. 


Daily through November 5, 8 am — 8 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


This local fall favorite is back with with hayrides, candy apples, a petting zoo, face painting, and other autumn activities. Admission to Pumpkinland is free, but additional fees may apply for activities.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St, Philadelphia


Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park. And check out the free classes on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.


Constitution Day

September 18, 8:30 am — 5 pm

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia


Celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Constitution with free admission to the museum and lots of activities. There’s even free cake!

Bird House Adventures

September 18, 1 — 2:30 pm

Liberty Lands, 913 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia


Make decorative birdhouses in the park to celebrate the sounds of birds getting ready for fall. Enjoy bubble time, a story time, and a nature talk with all supplies included to decorate your own bird house. Price is $12 and registration is required by emailing registration@letsgooutdoors.net.

Pirate Party!

September 18, 4 pm

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia


Enjoy pirate-themed activities and stories at the library and practice your best pirate voice! This event is free.

Crack the Code

September 18, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Kids in grades 2 — 5 can learn all about coding on and off the computers. This event is free but registration is required.


Homeschool Days: Seeds & Plants

September 19, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Connect with other homeschool families and learn about the life cycles of plants by exploring the trees around the arboretum. This program is geared towards children ages 5 — 12, and is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19, 11 am — 9 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Come to the library for free pirate-themed activities and crafts all day long.


Toddlers in Nature: Busy Little Squirrels

September 20, 10 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Learn all about squirrels and how they prepare for the winter with a story and nature exploration time at the arboretum. This event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Book Nook Storytime

September 20, 10 — 10:30 am

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia


Partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Early Literacy program, come by the Reading Terminal Market for a free story time in the Book Nook. It’s a great excuse to stay for lunch!

Community Night

September 20, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia


Come to the Franklin Institute for free! Enjoy all of the fun, science-themed activities free of charge and $6 parking!

A-Z Magic

September 20, 6:30 pm

Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy a free family magic program at the library that will entertain all ages!


Day Off Camp: Canoeing

September 21, 8 am — 3 pm

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia


Students of the Philadelphia School District have off of school today and tomorrow, so they can spend the day exploring the wetlands of the Schuylkill if you still have work! Pack a lunch, water bottle, and appropriate clothes to canoe the waters of Philadelphia. Price is $52 for members, $62 for nonmembers, and an additional $15 for additional care until 6 pm.

ARTime Storytime: ‘Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig’

September 21, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Come to the Barnes Foundation for a story time about a backhoe trying to make it in the big city and create some art. This event is free, but registration is required, and is geared towards ages 2 — 5.


Day Off Camp: Fall Colors

September 22, 8 am — 3 pm

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia


Need somewhere to entertain your kids on their day off? Send them on a nature hike to collect leaves and seeds to press into nature journals. Price is $52 for members, $62 for nonmembers, and an additional $15 for additional care until 6 pm.

Family Outdoor Movie Night, ‘Moana’

September 22, 6:30 — 9:30 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy a fall night outside with guided twilight garden tours and movie in the garden. This event is free.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Family Weekend

September 23 and 24, noon — 4 pm

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia


New Leash on Life partners with the historic prison to learn all about how animals have been important in prisons, a themed scavenger hunt, and even meet some dogs that are up for adoption. Explore the prison and enjoy these activities for a reduced price ($10 for ages 7 — 12, $14 for adults), but children younger than 7 are not permitted on-site.


‘Honk! Jr.

September 23, 10:30 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia


Think of The Ugly Duckling in musical form: the story of a duck that doesn’t quite fit in, who learns how to accept what makes him different and love himself! This show is 1-hour-long and tickets are $15 each.

Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Show

September 23, 11 am — 4 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia

Enjoy a day of pumpkin painting, apple cider-making, and crafts at this all-day free festival.


Discovery Day at Adventurewoods

September 24, 11 am — 3 pm

Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia


Celebrate the grand opening of Adventurewoods, a natural materials playscape, by building fairy houses, making s’mores, and exploring the new playground. This event is free.

Fall for the Arts Festival

September 24, 11 am — 5 pm

Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove avenues, Philadelphia


The annual Fall for the Arts Festival brings local music, vendors, and food for the whole family. Children can make their own sand and wood art and enjoy amusement rides. Admission to the festival is free.

Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Apple Festival

September 23 and 24, 8 am — 7 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


The fall fruit is finally in season at Linvilla, so celebrate by picking apples fresh off the tree, enjoying Pumpkinland, and maybe entering a pie-eating contest (ages 8 and up!) This event is free.


Conshohocken Funfest

September 23, 9:45 am — 6 pm

Fayette Street between 1st and 6th avenues, Conshohocken


The annual Funfest returns to Downtown Conshohocken, starting out with a Fun Walk and a 3-mile run, and filled with vendors and live music throughout the streets. Entrance to the Fun Walk is $20, and it’s $30 for the 3-mile run. Admission to the festival is free.


Ardmore Oktoberfest

September 23, 2 — 8 pm

Cricket Avenue, Ardmore


Celebrate German traditions with food, live music, and a beer garden for adults! Kids can enjoy the arts and crafts center and face painting, and there will be babysitting with activities for the kids. Admission to this event is free.

Family Camp-Out

September 23, 6 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne


This family camping event is perfect for campers of all experiences levels who want to camp on the Main Line. Riverbend will help you set up your tent and campfire, and will do the rest providing food and activities. The price for this is $100 per family, registration is required, and remember to bring your own sleeping bag and tent.


Native American Day

September 24, 10 am — 3 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown


Enjoy Native American crafts, games, and please-touch items to learn more about the culture. There will be cultural performances and artifacts on display. This event is free.



Photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute. 



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