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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.

‘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.

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.

Family Festival: Sukkot

October 4 — 11

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Celebrate the fall Jewish holiday at the Please Touch Museum with themed crafts, storytimes, and building activities. This event is free with admission to the museum.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Select Days from October 6 — 27

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.

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.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

October 2 — 5 , 7 am and 6 pm

October 6, 7 am

October 7 and 8, 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.


Scarecrow Making

October 2, 10 — 11 am

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia


Nest Chestnut Hill is decorating a scarecrow as part of the Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum, and they want your help! Come by and help decorate the scarecrow while having a fun day at Nest. This event is part of admission.

Wind Chime Adventure

October 2, 1 — 2:30 pm

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


This outdoor activity starts with bubbles and nature walk, and involves a craft decorating wind chimes and show off your work in a performance! This event is $12 per child.

Building Community

October 2, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


This community service workshop benefits local animal shelters, where kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can make dog toys to be donated!


Garden Stories & Songs

October 3, 10:30 am

Momo’s Tree House Fitler Square, 2207 South St., Philadelphia


Come by on Tuesdays for musical storytimes in the backyard garden at Momo’s. This event is free and for ages 0 — 3, and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Wow! Wee Ones at Winterthur

October 3, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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


This educational series for children ages 3 — 5 incorporates nature themes into music, movement, and storytelling. This event is free for members and children 2 and younger, $10 for non members per child/adult pair, and additional adults are $15.


Little Explorers: Apple Cider, 18th Century Style

October 4, 10 — 11:30 am

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


Toddlers can learn how apple cider is made by crushing their own apples and tasting their creations afterward. This event is free for members at the family level, and $12 otherwise.

Squeaky Wheels

October 4, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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


Take a stroller walk through the garden while learning about Winterthur. This event is free for members and children 2 and younger, $10 for non members per child/adult pair, and additional adults are $15.

Farm Day

October 4, 10 am and 1 pm

Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Landsdale


Live life like the farmers did and step into the 1700s. Preschoolers can fetch water and feed chickens and get a glimpse of what living on a farm used to be like. This event is $5 per child.

Daniel Tiger Meet-and-Greet

October 4, 1:30 — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Meet your favorite tiger at the new exhibit at the Please Touch! This is free with admission to the museum.

First Wednesday

October 4, 4 — 7 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Visitors can enjoy extended hours of the Please Touch Museum for only $2 per person.

Girl Power: Raising Happy, Healthy, Independent & Confident Daughters in 2017

October 4, 7 — 9 pm

Haverford Middle School, 1701 Darby Road, Havertown


This panel discussion for parents will open the floor for conversation on how to raise young girls to become strong young women. Topics will vary from body image to social and intellectual development, and there will be a panel of coaches and counselors to provide support. Cost is $10.


Meet a Famous Artist

October 5, 11 am — noon

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Learn about an artist and create a work of art in their style! This event is free, but registration is required. This is open for grades 1 — 8.

Makerspace Thursday

October 5, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn


Come to the library for an open art club and sew a bookmark! This event is free and supplies will be provided.

Robots and Friends

October 5, 6 — 7:30 pm

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


This program is designed for children ages 6 – 10 on the Autism spectrum to learn about robotics and basic engineering. This event is free, but registration is required.

Full Moon Hike

October 5, 7 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


Join Ranger Dave for this two-mile-hike under the Harvest Moon. This event is free and recommended for ages 8 and older.


First Friday Music & Craft

October 6, 10 am — noon

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Come to the library for the first Friday of the month to enjoy free music and arts-and-crafts fun.

BYOB & Pizza Night

October 6, 4 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Lulu’s stays open for extended hours, and will have a pizza ready for you and your family! This event is included in admission.

Hayride to the Witches’ House

October 6, 5:30 — 8:30 m (nightly until October 30)

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media


This hayride isn’t haunted, and is designed especially for younger kids uo to age 10 or 11. Take a trip, sample some fall goodies, and get shivers, not chills. Rides leave throughout the event, and the are about 15-20 minutes long. Tickets are $9 per person.

Parents’ Night Out

October 6, 6 — 9 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

A perfect excuse to have your kids nearby while you and your SO have a date night in Center City! Kids can enjoy fall-themed activities, open gym, and pizza. This event is for potty-trained children ages 18 months to 6 years, and is $35 for one child, $50 for two children, and $60 for three or more.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Fall Festival

October 7 and 8, 10 am — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Make your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, and learn about animals with the Elmwood Park Zoo On Wheels! There will also be a family fitness class both days at 11 am. This event is free with admission to the arboretum, but some activities may have an additional fee.


Revolutionary Germantown Festival

October 7, 10 am — 4 pm

Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


Learn all about the Battle of Germantown with this neighborhood-wide event. Step into history with reenactments of the battle, performances and demonstrations. This event is free.

Philadelphia Indigenous Celebration

October 7, 10 am — 4 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


In partnership with the Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac group, this festival will raise awareness about indigenous cultures and have food, dancing, music, and vendors. This event is free.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

October 7, noon — 8 pm

13th Street, Philadelphia


Come into Center City for a day of vendors, food, music, and a kids corner in the vibrant Midtown Village section of the city! This event is free.


Old City Fest

October 8, 11 am — 6 pm

Third and Arch streets, Philadelphia


Enjoy local art and food at this free street celebration.

Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

‘Dear Edwina Jr.’

October 7, 2 and 7:30 pm

October 8, 2 pm

Variety Club Performance Hall, 2950 Potshop Road, Worcester


From the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical, this “show within a show” is all about girl power and the joy of growing up. Tickets are available online.

‘Captain Louie’

October 7, 5 pm

October 8, 11 am

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore


The story of the new kid in town who uses his imagination to take flight will delight all ages. Adults ages 12 and older are $10, children ages 3 — 11 are $8, and ages 2 and younger are free.


Apple Butter Frolic

October 7, 9:30 am — 4 pm

Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville


This is the 44th year of the Apple Butter Frolic, and it will be filled with children’s activities, crafts, and Pennsylvania Dutch food. Kids can make their own pinch pots, shake their own butter, visit the petting zoo, and more. Stop by early for an Apple Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 — 10:30 am. This event is free for ages 6 and younger, ages 6 — 12 are $2, ages 12 and older are $8, and the Apple Sausage Breakfast is priced separately.

Family Day of Clay: Three Pumpkin Luminaries

October 7, 1 — 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Make jack-o-lantern faces in this clay activity workshop for the family! This event is $45 per adult/child pair.


Animal Habitat Restoration Project

October 8, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


Do something good this weekend. Help restore animal habitats at the park by removing invasive plant species. This event is free, and recommended for ages 9 and older. Bring your own work gloves!
Photograph courtesy of Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. 



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