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

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All Week

Yuletide at Winterthur

Through January 7

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

 

Enjoy sparkling holiday displays and gorgeous tree displays. This event is free with admission to Winterthur.

A Longwood Christmas

Through January 7

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

You want holiday lights? Longwood has some of the region’s most beautiful, in breathtaking displays around the gardens. Timed admission tickets are required.

Wintergarden

Daily; Rothman Ice Rink open noon — 9 pm

Monday — Thursday; noon — 11 pm

Friday; 11 am — 11 pm Saturday; 11 am — 8 pm Sunday

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., (west side of City Hall), Philadelphia

 

This great Center City fun spot is back, just in time for the cold weather! Ice skate, share a hot cocoa in the cabin, tour a garden maze, and more. Stick around after dark for the new light show, too. It’s one of Philly’s best holiday events.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 4

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Winterfest returns with ice skating, arcade games, a cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is free, but activities are an extra cost.

‘Peter Pan’

Through January 28

The Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

J.M. Barrie’s classic comes to life in this show for children ages 6 and up. 

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

Through January 6

Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am — 9 pm

Sundays 11 am — 7 pm

Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

 

This Bucks County village lights up with magical holiday fun and elaborate gingerbread houses. Enjoy festive holiday shopping and fun in this cute holiday town. Admission is free.

‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’

Daily through January 15

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.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Select dates through January 14

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

This beloved classic comes alive on stage at The Media Theatre with songs to entertain the whole family. Tickets range from $33 — 58.

‘Annie’

Through January 7

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This much-loved musical classic comes to Philadelphia’s main stage for a show that will entertain the whole family. Tickets vary by date and time.

‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’

Through January 7

People’s Light, 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

This silly show is fun ages 5 and up. Tickets are $42 for kids and $47 for adults.

Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys

Through January 25, Monday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm

The Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

This is a historical exhibit of children’s toys, but it’s far from a dry experience. Everyone can get their hands on creating things, and enjoy building and other skills. This exhibit is free.

Brandywine Christmas

Through January 17

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Come for the fantastic model train layout, and stick around for the Victorian dollhouse exhibit — and the rest of the museum’s gorgeous collection. This exhibit is free with museum admission 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.

Monday

Mummers Parade

9 am — 5 pm

 

The music, the ornate costumes, the revelry — this Philly tradition is the most iconic and colorful of them all.  You can catch them strutting south on Broad Street from City Hall all day long, so you’re sure to see something entertaining no matter when you get there. After the parade, you can get tickets to watch the Fancy Brigades perform their finales at the Convention Center (there’s also a family-friendly performance at 11:30 am, if your little ones can’t make it to the evening show).

New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel Center

300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

10 am — 5 pm

 

The Kimmel Center opens its doors for a free all-day New Year’s party with fun for the whole family. There are live performances all day, including kids’ concerts, Latin dance music, and Broadway songs. Kids will have plenty to do, including facepainting, balloon art, and more.

First Day Hike

10 — 10: 30 am

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington, Delaware

 

If you’re brave enough, bundle up and start the new year off with a bracing hike. Kids can talk to a zoo educator and learn about how they care for the animals in the winter. This event is free with zoo admission.

Family Time at the Art Museum

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

11 am — 3 pm

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be doing a very manageable one-hour Family Tour of the galleries at 11 am, then you can drop into the art studio for some creative time together until 3 pm.

New Year’s Day Open House at Lilypad

1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

10 am — 3 pm

 

South Philly’s indoor playgroup is opening its doors to the public for free on January 1. Come in for some free playtime (and free coffee).

Tuesday

Warm Winter Tales for Cozy Storytimes

Independence Library, 18 S. 7th St., Philadelphia

10:30 am

 

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers for storytime with cheery sing-alongs, movement activities, and make-and-take crafts.

Face & Body Flipbooks Workshop at Sue’s Art Class

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

10 am — 12:30 pm

 

Spend the morning creating your own flipbooks with three sections– mix and match silly and creative heads, torsos, and legs.

Musical Storytime at Bala Cynwyd Library

131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

10:30 — 11:15 am

 

Bala Cynwyd Library’s storytime takes on a New Year’s celebration theme. Children will dance and sing to the beat of the drum and celebrate 2018 with a parade. Musical elements of rhythm, dynamics, and tempo will be used with instruments to represent characters in the stories.

Trail Tuesdays at Valley Forge

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

10 — 11 am

 

Brave the cold for a nature walk through Valley Forge National Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome, as are dogs and strollers! In case of inclement weather the walk will be canceled, so register online to be contacted in that case.

Wednesday

Little Explorers at Bartram’s Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

10 — 11:30 am

 

Get cozy in the Bartram Barn for stories, activities, performances, snacks, and a walk through the garden (weather permitting). For kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers.

Sled Skating at Rothman Rink

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

10:30 am — noon

 

This collaboration with Magee Rehab is bringing accessibility to Rothman Rink. With sled skating, adults and children with disabilities can reserve a sled to use during the scheduled sessions. Reservations are required.

First Wednesday at the Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

4 — 7 pm

 

Get $2 off tickets and enjoy two extra hours of fun at the museum.

Wii Wednesdays at South Philadelphia Library

1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

4 pm

 

Bring the kids after school for to play video games on the big screen. Learn new steps, play Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii, and get encouraged to get moving!

Thursday

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

10:30 am — noon

 

Drop into the studio with your little one for creative experimentation in a non-class structured environment. Best of all: no cleanup!

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

10:30—11 am

 

Bring your little music monkeys to sing, dance, laugh, and move with this 30-minute interactive concert.

Friday

‘Daniel Tiger Live: King for a Day’

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

6:30 pm (also January 6)

 

Everyone’s favorite tiger takes the stage with the rest of his friends from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in this musical show about friendship and kindness.

First Friday Craft at Ludington Library

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

10 am — noon

 

Bring your little ones for a morning of arts and crafts in the junior room at Ludington Library.

Family Happy Hour at PlayArts

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

5 — 7 pm

 

Evil Genius Brewery will be pouring, DJs Eleet and Linz&Mars will be spinning, and your kids will be playing!

Parents Night Out at Nest 

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

6 — 9 pm

 

Drop your (potty-trained) little ones off for a fun-filled theme night including pizza, crafts, gym time, and more while you get out for some adult fun!

Philly High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Dinosaur Time Trek

January 6 and 7, 9 am — 7 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Time trekkers can jump into the world of dinos and dragons, with hands-on exhibits. Cuddle with a baby dinosaur, test your knowledge in our live-action, family game show, have a close-up encounter with a life-like, roving dinosaur skeleton, and more. Tickets are $19 for kids over 2, and $14 for seniors.

Treecycling

Get that old Christmas tree out of your house with treecycling events all around town! See our guide for events and locations.

Saturday

Winter Fest

January 6, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

This all-day pop-up event brings special programing through a partnership with Vetri’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen. Families can sizzle, sauté, and stir with food-based art, literacy, and STEM activities.

Storytime at the Lodge at Winterfest

January 6, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come to the cozy Lodge at Penn’s Landing for musical storytelling and sing along with instruments!

Sound All Around: Brass

January 6, 10 am and 11:15 am

Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Sound All Around is a great introduction for youngsters and features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger will demonstrate the instruments of the brass family. The Saturday version of this family-friendly concert (the same program runs on Monday) is designed for kids with sensory sensitivities, and open to all. Tickets are $10.

Daniel Tiger Live: King for a Day’

January 6, 11 am and 2 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Everyone’s favorite tiger takes the stage with the rest of his friends from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in this musical show about friendship and kindness. (Click here for our tribute to Mom Tiger in all her glory.) Ticket prices depend on seat location.

Preschool Yoga Storytime

January 6, 10:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Beth Heed from Oak and Acorn Wellness will host a class filled with stories, yoga and fun for 2- to 5-year-olds. Move, play, and explore your body in creative ways.  Bring a mat if possible.

Peanut Butter and Jams: Gustafer Yellowgold

January 6, 10:30 am

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

A concert of all-ages alternative music with whimsical songs filled with super-catchy narratives explaining the life of a friendly alien from the Sun who now resides in a wildly imaginative version of the woods of Minnesota!

Three Kings Day Celebration

January 6, 5 pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center host this free celebration of Three Kings Day. Enjoy an evening of activities, piñatas and a piece of traditional “Rosca de Reyes” bread, which will be the largest one ever made in Philadelphia!

Sunday

Wonderlandscapes

January 7, 10 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia

 

Get inspired by painted landscapes and create a wonderland of your own at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s family festival.

Free Open House at Sue’s Art Class

January 7, 1 — 3:30 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

Explore the CREATE studio at this free artistic open house. Prior RSVP is preferred.

Junior Ranger Winter Tree Bark Walk

January 7, 10 am — noon

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Join a Refuge Ranger on a nature walk to discover wildlife in the wintertime! Make bark rubbings and learn about how to identify trees even when they are bare. For ages 9-15. Dress for the cold!

 

Main Line High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Trains at the Grange Estate

January 6 and 7, 1 — 4 pm

The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown

 

It’s your last chance to see the holiday trains layout before next fall, so take the kids this weekend.

Saturday

‘Play it Safe’ Kids’ Self-Defense Workshop 

January 6, 2 — 4 pm

Main Line United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 52 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore

 

PlayItSafe teaches students to respond appropriately to challenges like bullies, friendship drama, conflict resolution, appropriate touch, stranger awareness and abduction defense. This two-hour empowering class teaches children to be aware of their surroundings, project confidence, set boundaries, use their voices and trust their intuition. This is reinforced with hands-on, repetitive training. Students will role-play with a mock “stranger” and a mock “bully” while being coached by an instructor. Recommended ages 6-11 years. Pre-registration is required.

Family Day of Clay

January 6, 1 — 2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Make a clay planter and give it a silly face. Plants will be provided for the planter.

Block Calendar Workshop

January 6, 9 am — 12 pm

Home Depot, 181 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

and

200 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken

 

Get organized for 2018 in a hands-on workshop where you and your child can assemble and decorate a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year.

Sunday

National Skating Month Open House 

January 7, 1 — 2:30 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

 

The Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society is celebrating National Skating Month with an open house. Enjoy free admission, free skate rental, and tips from the coaches.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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