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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.

‘Annie’ at the Walnut Street Theatre

November 7 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.

‘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.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Daily through December 31, 4 — 8:30 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Don’t miss the “Electrical Spectacle” light show, which runs every 30 minutes starting at 4:30. There’s lots to do, plus food and drink. Admission is free, some activities and food cost money.


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. It’s one of Philly’s best holiday events.

UniverSoul Circus

Select dates through November 26

Fairmount Park (at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue), Philadelphia


This hip-hop circus brings a fun twist to the big top, with lots of music and dancing amid the traditional death-defying acts. The circus offers morning shows from Tuesday to Thursday that are especially good for kids.

‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’

November 15 — January 7

People’s Light, 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern


Get in on the beginning of this silly show’s run and save — tickets to the November 15 — 17 preview performances are only $29.

‘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.

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.


Ms. Val’s Storytime

November 13, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Come to the library for this weekly story time event with Ms. Val. This story time is for young children and is free for all.

Autumn Celebration

November 13, 4 pm

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., Philadelphia


Enjoy free stories and crafts at the library.

Software Programming for Kids

November 13, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


This free software programming workshop is available for kids 8 — 12 who have an interest in STEM activities and computers. Learn basic coding with LEGO activities to make their own virtual pets, games, and interactive stories.

Nature Preschool Open House

November 13, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

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


Learn about the curriculum for this nature-based preschool to be hosted at the environmental center. This information session is free.


Storytime & Craft

November 14, 10 — 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Come to the orchards for a free story and craft (registration is required).

WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur

November 14, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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


This early childhood series incorporates stories and songs for ages 3 — 5 to play and sing along to. Price is free for members and children 2 and younger, and $10 per adult/child pair.

The Saturday Club Holiday Market

November 14, 5 — 9pm

The Saturday Club, 117 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne


Get your holiday shopping off to an early start at this popular event, which features local vendors and plenty of great goodies. It’s free and open to the public.

Create a Unique Thanksgiving Centerpiece

November 14, 7 — 8 pm

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


Come to the library to express yourself in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a unique centerpiece to bring to the table this holiday season. This event is free and for all ages.


Chinese Pop-Up Class

November 15, 9:30 — 11:30 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia


This is the last pop-up class for the season at PlayArts. Children will learn the Chinese language through stories and sensory play. Each class is 30 minutes long, and is included with admission to PlayArts.

Book Nook Storytime

November 15, 10:30 — 11 am

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


Come to Reading Terminal Market for a pre-lunch storytime. This event is free and for ages 3 — 5.

LiterARTy Kids

November 15, 4 — 5:15 pm

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


Kids ages 6 — 8 can create drawings based on a storytime. This event is free but registration is required by calling 610-566-1918.

Community Night

November 15, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia


Community night returns with free admission to The Franklin Institute and $6 parking.



ARTime Storytime: ‘I’m a Little Teapot’

November 16, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This weekly storytime event features the story of a spunky teapot with a wild imagination. Ages 2 — 5 and their caregivers can enjoy a story and a craft for free with admission to the museum, but space is limited so preregistration is recommended.

Tiny Trackers: Gift from Trees

November 16, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


This workshop focuses on being thankful for all of the gifts that trees bring us. This workshop is for ages 4 — 6 and is $15 per child.

Makerspace Thursday

November 16, 4:30 — 5:45 pm

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

Late Night With Local Fashionistas

November 16, 5:30 — 8 pm

Little Nest Portraits, 134 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne


You deserve a night out, so spend it with local fashion stylist Ashley Meyers, the Main Line Fashionista! Little Nest Portraits will be taking photos, and you can shop for women’s apparel at the Passionista Fashion Truck.


This week’s instillation is all about origami. Make ninja stars or balloons and test and explore your ideas. This workshop is free and for grades 5 — 12.  


Terrific Turkeys

November 17, 10 am

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, Route 113, Upper Providence


Wild turkeys roam around the park this time of year. Learn all about their diets, habits, and make a craft. This event is for 3 — 7, $4 per child, and pre-registration is required.

‘Frozen’ Night

November 17, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Franklin Square,  200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Bring your Elsas and Annas for a theme night at Franklin Square. They can even have tea with the princesses; tickets are $15.


November 17, 6:15 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia


Where else can you camp out next to a giant heart? Unroll your sleeping bags at The Franklin Institute for a night of fun shows, and receive a patch that brings you back for free! Price is $39.50 per member and $49.50 per non-member.

‘The Nutcracker’

November 17, 7 pm (also running November 18 and 19)

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill


Join the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet for one of the earliest Nutcrackers of the season! This 90-minute show is great for kids. Tickets are $10 to $23.

Philly High Five!


Holiday Fair and Craft Bazaar

November 18, 10 am — 5 pm

Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 6000 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia


This school fundraiser is great fun for kids, who will love the crafts and activities — and the children’s shopping room, where they can pick out gifts for everyone on their list! Adults can enjoy shopping, too, since this bazaar draws local and regional artisans. This event is free, but most of the activities cost money.

Kitchen Science Day

November 18, 10 am — 4 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia


This special event celebrates the science of food with free programming all day from local culinary organizations in Philadelphia and free samples. This event is free with admission to the museum. 

Family Festival: Friendsgiving

November 18, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Get ready for Thanksgiving with friends and Daniel Tiger. Come to Please Touch for songs, play, crafts, and stories. This event is free with admission to the museum. While you’re there, check out the new and improved supermarket area — now featuring a pizza kitchen and bakery, and new bilingual signage!

Window Unveiling and Family Fun Day

November 18, 3 — 8 pm

Macy’s, 1300 Market St., Philadelphia

Start off your holiday fun with Macy’s. There will be music and balloon activities for kids, face painting, and holiday-themed crafts, and purchases over $35 will give kids a special prize. This event is free to attend.


Sights and Sounds

November 19, 11 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Tune into your senses and make art, play games, and explore the museum. This event is free with admission to the museum, and children 12 and younger are always free.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

‘The Nutcracker’

November 18, 11 am and 3 pm

November 19, 1:30 and 5:30 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill


Join the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet for one of the earliest Nutcrackers of the season! This 90-minute show is great for kids. Tickets are $10 to $23.

‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’

November 18, 7 pm

November 19, 2 and 7 pm

People’s Light, 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern


This theater’s holiday tradition is back with a silly version of the classic tale. Tickets start at $52 for adults.


DJ Mixup

November 18, 10:30 am

Radnor Township Building, 301 Iven Road, Wayne


Comedy and improv will entertain ages 3 and older at this free event for the whole family.


Thanksgiving Centerpieces

November 19, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


Have older child? Make a Thanksgiving craft with your teenagers 14 and older at the park. Work with fresh or dried flowers and other nature items, just bring your own container and clippers. Price is $5 per person and pre-registration is required.

Delaware Valley Rocks! Painting Party

November 19, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

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


Paint rocks to bring along with you on your adventures (read more about this group here). This free event is for ages 3 and older.



Photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw. 



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