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

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‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’

Daily through January 15, 2018

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Kids can step into Daniel Tiger’s world in this cute, hands-on exhibit. It’s free with admission to the museum and for members.

Halloween In Outside In

October 24 — 31, 10 am — 4:30 pm

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

 

The animal exhibits at the academy will get a spooky makeover for Halloween, with different enrichment activities that will keep them entertained. There will be Halloween art activities and scavenger hunts, and everyone is encouraged to come in costume. This event is included with admission to the museum.

‘The Beanstalk’

October 20 — 29, Various Times

Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton

 

This whimsical fall tale incorporates many fables to create one unique story for all ages. There are special “relaxed” shows, and showtimes vary.

‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’

Daily through January 15

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

 

Find out more about the beginning of the dinosaurs’ life cycle at this neat exhibit. Kids can see and touch real and replica fossils, excavate their own eggs, and even dress up as a dinosaur parent. Admission starts at $13.95, and it’s a $3 fee for museum members; click here to buy tickets.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Select Days through October 29

States Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Take a stroll down Jack’s path to see carved pumpkins like you’ve never seen it before. Explore under-the-sea lanterns, dodge a ghostly pirate ship, and maybe spot some princesses. Tickets are available online and vary in price (click on the link for our special reader discount!).

Boo at the Zoo

Weekends through October 29, noon — 3 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Celebrate Halloween at the zoo with costume contests and trick-or-treating this October. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

‘Terror Behind the Walls’ at Eastern State Penitentiary

Through November 7

2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore the prison where Al Capone stayed, and prepare to be scared when this historic site turns into a haunted house! Tickets start at $19 and vary by day.

Fall Family Days

Through October 28

Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

 

Celebrate fall with live music, hay rides, and plenty of kids crafts and activities. Children ages 3 — 12 are $10, adults ages 13 and older are $4.50, children 2 and younger are free.

‘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.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Through October 29

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Get ready for Halloween by dressing up in your favorite costume and enjoying Halloween-themed shows and activities with special opportunities to dine with your favorite characters.

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.

 

Pumpkinland

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.

Monday

Family Wildlife Explorer

October 23, 11 — 11:30 am

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

This free nature program is designed to introduce children to nature exploration in a safe and friendly way.

Pumpkin Painting Party

October 23, 4 pm

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., Philadelphia

 

The library is hosting spooky stories and pumpkin painting projects that are free and for all ages.

Fall Family Movie Night: ‘Hocus Pocus’

October 23, 6 pm

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Come to the library to watch this favorite fall film with light refreshments. This event is free and for all ages (movie is rated PG.)

Diwali Celebration

October 23, 6 — 7:45 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights with a night of displays and storytimes. This event is free, but registration is required for storytime.

Tuesday

Wow! Wee Ones at Winterthur

October 24, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

Children ages 3 — 5 can explore active learning through music, stories, and sensory objects, with themes that relate to nature and the gardens. Members and children 2 and younger are free, $10 for nonmember child and parent pair.

Halloween Craft and Story with Nahjee Grant

October 24, 4 — 4:30 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Enjoy a peaceful story and craft at the library, and even bring your own pumpkin to decorate! This activity is free and for ages 3 and older.

Wednesday

Chinese Popup Class

October 25, 9:30 — 11:30 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Children can learn Chinese with a sensory experience including stories, singing, and playing. Registration is required for a 30-minute session.

Bats, Owls, and Black Cats

October 25, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown

 

Halloween activities come to Norristown Farm Park with stories, crafts, and even a trick or treat. This event is $5 per child 3 and older, and pre-registration is required.

Mummies, Me and Nature: All Things Spooky

October 25, 1 — 2:30 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia

 

Parade around the park and make your own apple cider! Costumes are encouraged, but no masks, and each participant should bring four apples. This event is free and for ages 2 — 5.

Origami Days

October 25, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Celebrate World Origami Day by learning how to make different animals out of origami paper. This workshop is free and for grades 1 — 5.

 

Thursday

Science Time: Science Surprises!
October 26, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Learn all about science with hands-on activities at the library. This workshop is free and for all ages.

Magic Tree House Adventure Club

October 26, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This weekly group focuses on reading aloud and fun activities, and snacks will be provided. It’s free, but for children in grades 1 — 5, and registration is required.

Yoga for Kids

October 26, 4:45 pm

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

School-aged children can enjoy all of the benefits of yoga at this free class at the library. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you wish. This class is free.

 

Friday

Free Storytime in the Arboretum

October 27, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come to the arboretum for an outdoor storytime that reflects the changing seasons. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Family Stories and Puppet Show: A Little Bit Spooky

October 27, 11 — 11:45 am

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Enjoy stories, finger puppets, and music with your little ones. This event is free and for ages 5 and younger.

Boo Snooze

October 27, 5 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

The zoo is hosting a Halloween sleepover! Make new friends and sleep over with the animals. This event is $34.95 per member and $49.95 per nonmember.

Nestival

October 27, 5 — 7:30 pm

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Come in costume and celebrate Halloween with crafts, games, photo booths, and food and drinks for all ages. Price is $15 for Purple and Premium members, and $35 for all other members and non-members, and includes price for one child and two adults.

Whispers Along the Wissahickon

October 27, 5 — 8 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This fall party at the Wissahickon will feature hayrides, face painting, live music, and more. Tickets include food, beer, and wine. Tickets are $45 per adult, $20 per child, or $100 for two adults and two children.

Halloween Hikes and Hayrides

October 27 and 28, 6 — 10 pm

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

 

Come to the environmental center for nighttime hikes, crafts, and food trucks for dinner. Learn all about the nocturnal animals that live nearby and finish the night with s’mores by a campfire. This event is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Halloween Hootenany

October 27, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road #1000

 

Trick or treat, dance, and make crafts at the museum for this Halloween night. Price is $5 per adult, $10 per member child, and $15 per nonmember child.

Halloween Campfire and Party

October 27, 7:30 — 9 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a night of campfire activities, apple cidering, and stories and songs. This event is $5 per child, and space is limited so registration is required.

Philly High Five!

Saturday

Monster Mash

October 28, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Halloween at Please Touch with fun crafting activities and scavenger hunts. This event is free with admission to the museum, and costumes are welcome!

Healthy Halloween

October 28, 10 am — noon
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Bring some healthy choices to this candy-coated holiday time at this fun event. Join a “Thriller” dance party, enjoy some good-for-you treats, learn about nature, and more! Tickets are $10 for non-members; it’s free for Smith members and ACCESS Card holders.

South Street Fall Pumpkin Fest

October 28, noon — 5 pm

Second and Lombard streets, Philadelphia

 

This Halloween event features circus performers, hay rides, and seasonal bites and activities for all ages. This event is free to attend.

Sunday

Halloween on the Hill

October 29, 1 — 3 pm

Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

Look for the trick or treat signs to collect goodies all along Chestnut Hill, and make sure to dress in your best costume. This event is free.

Liberty Lands Family Fall Festival

October 29, 1 — 4 pm

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

This Northern Liberties park is hosting a fall festival with interactive musicians, moon bounces, family yoga, a costume parade, and more! This event is free and for all ages.

 


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

High Tech Pumpkin Hunt

October 28, 10 am — noon

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Use a GPS and clues to find a hidden pumpkin in the arboretum. Borrow a GPS or bring your own. Price is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and is for ages 4 and older.

Witches of Narberth

October 28, 1 — 4 pm

Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth

 

Search Narberth for the witches that live there in the fall and collect Halloween treats along the way! This event is free.

Horrorfest

October 28, 2 — 5 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Kids in grades 6 — 12 can meet new friends and get spooked by coming to the library for a screening of Ouija, making fake blood, and staying for a field trip to Bates Motel from 6 — 9 pm. This event is free, but registration is required for the field trip portion.

Sunday

Enrichment Workshop

October 29, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington

 

Learn all about how animals stay entertained at the zoo, and even make your own enrichment activity to bring home to your furry friends! This workshop is for ages 7 and older, and is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

STEM Halloween Party

October 29, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Come to the library for free arts and crafts, and feel free to wear a costume! This is suited for ages 3 and older.

 

Photograph by M. Edlow courtesy of Visit Philadelphia. 

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