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15+ Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: January 16 – 20

Need something to do this week? Fill up your calendar with more than 15 events we hand picked for you both in the suburbs and in the city.

All Week:

Ambler Restaurant Week

January 16 — 23
Main Street Ambler

Casual, BYOB, prix-fix, lunch, or dinner — there’s something for everyone in Ambler for their annual restaurant week. Take the kids out to try some new food or take your SO or best pals out for a date! RSVP to the event on Facebook to receive real time notifications on deals from participating restaurants and be entered to win a gift card. See here for a full list of restaurants and menus.

‘Eat Like a Pirate’

January 18 — 20, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Want to teach your kids how to eat healthy the sneaky way? There’s a new show coming to the Please Touch Museum this Wednesday and will be running through March 26. Join Captain Cook and his crew on a journey through food pyramids, sandwich islands, and more. This event is included with admission to the museum.


Skin & Skulls

January 16, 9 am — 3 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 15 Painter Road, Media

This day-off camp is for kids who love a bit of nature exploration with their leisure time. The kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realize they’re spending the day learning! This camp is best for children ages 6 — 9. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Register here. Note: kids are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Looking for other day-off camps for the holiday? Click here for a full list. 

Songs for Seeds Drop-In Classes

January 16, 9:30 am and 12:30 pm

219 Sugartown Road, Wayne

If you want to rock out with your kids for the holiday, try Songs for Seeds’ special classes, aimed at children 6 and younger. These classes feature live music and plenty of hands-on instrument time. It’s $30 per family; email waynepa@songsforseeds.com to register.

Martin Luther King Day at the Franklin Institute

January 16, 10 am — 5 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th St., Philadelphia

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s great works this Monday at the Franklin Institute. They will be screening the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, hosting a fun kids’ scavenger hunt and coloring activities, and more. This event is included with general admission. (Click here for a full list of MLK Day events.)

OrKID Days

January 16, 11 am — 2 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

The weather has been behaving oddly the past few weeks, but that’s not a problem at Longwood Gardens, where the greenhouse is kept a consistently pleasant temperature all year round. Children are invited to take part in an Orchid Quest where they can find out all sorts of facts about orchids and collect stamps at each activity, which they can turn in for a prize! This event is included with admission to the gardens.

Little Brushes: Mod Holiday Penguin

January 16, 1 — 3 pm
Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion, 20 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore

This drop-off event for ages 6 — 12 invites children to paint a stylish mod penguin on their day off. The cost is $35 per painter and includes snacks and drinks.


Baby and Toddler Storytime

January 17, 10:15 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 South 7th St., Philadelphia

Have a child 14 months old or younger? Get them out of the house this Tuesday morning and into the library! There will be songs for bopping, stories for soothing, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Lilypad Playgroup

January 17, 4 — 5:30 pm
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Join Lilypad for playgroup this Tuesday evening for fun open play with children your child’s age. This event is designed for children kindergarten through 4th grade only. This event is free for members and $10 for the public.

PAWS For Reading

January 17, 4 — 5 pm
Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

If your child is an enthusiastic but still developing early reader, take them to the PAWS for reading event this Tuesday in Media. Children are invited to read to a specially trained therapy dog in 10 minute slots. To reserve a time for your child, call 610-566-1918. This event is free.


Children’s Workshop: Explore the Masters: Kurt Schwitters

January 18, 4 — 6 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

Go gaga over Dadaism this Wednesday at the Wayne Art Center. Collage artist Kurt Schwitters will inspire the artwork, and Abby Ober  will help you create it together. The cost is $35 per person and is best for ages 8 and up. Registration is required, you can do so here.

Yoga for Kids

January 18, 5:30 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

Find balance and flexibility this Wednesday and relax with your kids in a free yoga class! This event is open to all skill levels and is designed for children ages 12 and under. Parent/caregiver participation is encouraged!

Dinner with Aliza Green

January 18, 6:30 — 9 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Join the pioneer of the farm-to-table movement and bring date night to the next level. This dinner and Q and A at the Academy of Natural Sciences will bring the best of both worlds: exotic foods and cooking styles with knowledgeable know and how to bring it back home. Tickets are $75 per person.

Sweet Nectar Kitchen Series

January 18, 6 — 8 pm

Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen, 547 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

Leave the kids at home and get together with some city women for wine, snacks, desserts, and a conversation about setting goals and following through in this new year. Terri Matthews, founder of the autism advocacy and support organization Jaden’s Voice, will be speaking and leading the discussion. Tickets are $20.


ArtTime Storytime: Artful Reading

January 19, 10:30 — 11 am or 11:30 am — noon
Seminar Room A at The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Children love a good relaxed storytime. This Thursday, bring them to the Barnes Foundation for a free reading of Artful Reading by Bob Raczka. While this event is free, advance registration for the first or second time slot is required.

Lego Club

January 19, 4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

This event is perfect for children ages 6 — 12 who have an enthusiasm for building with Legos. Join Ms. Keyonia for building and fun as part of the Margaret S. Halloran Family Literacy Programming series.


Inauguration Day

January 20, 9:30 am — 3 pm
The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

There will be a bunch of fun and educational programs to commemorate this day in both historical and modern contexts. Take the kids to the activity tables, give them a briefing on the Constitution in Constitution 101, and children can also take the oath themselves in the “Story of We the People” Exhibit. This event is included with admission to the museum.

Baby Bird Playdate

January 20, 10:15 am — 11 am
Education Studios 1 and 2, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Toddlers love this weekly event! Enjoy a tour of the museum’s works designed just for little eyes. There will also be a chance for the little ones to create their own art, as well as enjoy some tunes. This event is included with admission to the museum.

Tiny Tots Explore: Things That Go

January 20, 11 am — noon
Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

Get your kids started on science early on at this fun event! Kids will learn about the basics of gravity, force, and more with every day objects and toys they’ll be familiar with. This event is best for ages up to 5 years old, and is free to attend, but they advance registration is required.

Community Book Club

January 20, 10 — 11 am

Westtown School, lower school, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester

Parents are invited to discuss Erika Christakis’ book The Importance of Being Little with lower school principal Kristin Trueblood. Register here.


Little Ones for Literacy Open House

January 21, 10 am — noon
The Learning Spot, 203 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon

Learn more about Little Ones 4 Literacy and A First Foundation at this free open house! There will be an informative tour, delicious hot cocoa, and if you’re impressed with what you see, pre-registration for the program begins at the event so you’ll get first dibs. Register here.


Photograph by James Goins.


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