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

Find fun for the whole family with our weekly list of activities.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Daily through December 31, 9 am — 5 pm

LOVE Park, Philadelphia


Kick off your holiday festivities with stage performances, Santa photos, and vendors at this German Christmas village. This runs through Christmas Eve.

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.

Breakfast with Santa

December 1 and 3 (Also December 8 — 10, 15 — 17, 23 and 24)

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Enjoy a special breakfast buffet at Longwood Gardens with a ton of fun food stations and photos with Santa. Price is $34 for ages 12 and older, $23 for ages 2 — 11, and infants are free.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Through December 31, 10 am — 8 pm

Macy’s, 1300 Market St., Philadelphia


The annual light show has multiple performances every day (except for Christmas Day). This light show is free.

Holiday Bricktacular

Weekends through December 31

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Meet Lego Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and build your own Lego ornament at this holiday event (come dressed in your favorite ugly sweater.) This event is included with admission to the Discovery Center, and if you’re a Supporting Member of Family Focus Media, you get 30 percent off on tickets!

Holiday Garden Railway

Through December 31, 10 — 11 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


The Holiday Garden Railway is all decked out for the winter holidays, and runs daily through December 31 (closed on Christmas Eve and Day.) This is included with admission to the arboretum.

‘Willy Wonka Kids

December 1, 7:30 pm

December 2, 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr


This local theater company is hosting a special take on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with new and old songs. Tickets are $10.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Through January 1

Dilworth Park, Philadelphia


Dilworth Park transforms into a holiday wonderland with local vendors and special holiday foods throughout the holiday season.

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. Stick around after dark for the new light show, too. It’s one of Philly’s best holiday events.

‘Peter Pan’

November 22 — 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. In previews until December 2.

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

Through January 6, 2018

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.

A Very Furry Christmas

Select dates through December 31

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Sesame Place’s holiday celebration includes train rides, holiday-themed parades, and fun games for the family. Ages 2 and older are $32, and you get a second visit 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.


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.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Through December 23

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia


This Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production of Dickens’ familiar tale has a new script for its 18th year and includes local actors. Tickets are $15 — 18.

‘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.

‘My Fair Lady’

Through December 17

Quintessence Theatre Company, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


The Lerner and Lowe adaptation of Pygmalion has delighted audiences for decades, and we’re guessing your kids will like it, too. Tickets are $40 for adults and $18 for kids.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Through January 1, 10 am — 8 pm on the hour daily (no 5 pm show on weekdays) through New Year’s Eve, 10 am — 6 pm New Year’s Day


The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia

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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

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.


Ms. Val’s Storytime

November 27, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Come by the library for this free weekly storytime with Ms. Val.

Software Programming for Kids

November 27, 4 — 5 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


Ages 8 — 12 can learn all about how to program games, virtual pets, and interactive stories with a special program created by MIT and Lego. This workshop is free.

LEAP: Get Moving Mondays

November 27, 4:30 pm

Thomas F. Donatucci Library, 1935 Shunk St., Philadelphia


This free after-school enrichment program gives kids a space for homework help and literacy activities, or a way make new friends with Wii games and yoga.  


Storytime & Craft

November 28, 10 — 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Enjoy a nature and farming-themed story and craft activity at the orchards. This free event is geared towards preschoolers, but the whole family is welcome.

Fusion Academy Ardmore Lunch and Learn

November 28, 11:30 am — 1 pm

Seasons 52, 160 N. Gulph Road #101, King of Prussia


If you have a child who learns differently, join the brand-new Fusion Academy Ardmore for this free event. Enjoy lunch and a discussion about how to cater to kids with learning differences. This event is free, but an RSVP is requested. 

Toddler Storytimes with Make and Take Crafts

November 28, 10:30 am

Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia


Introduce your little ones to a historic library, maybe even help them open up their first library card! The event will include sing alongs, storytime, and movement activities in addition to making a craft, and it’s free.

Giving Tuesday Free Concert With the Philadelphia Orchestra

November 28, 6:30 pm

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


This family-friendly, 60-minute free concert is the orchestra’s holiday gift to the community. It’s a great chance to expose your kids to classical music in a relaxed environment.


Storytime at Christmas Village

November 29, 11 am

Christmas Village, JFK Plaza, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia


As part of this winter’s Christmas Village programming, kids of all ages can come for songs, stories, and fun at this authentic German market (and it’s free.)


November 29, 2 — 7 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


It’s National Novel Writing Month. Try your hand at writing as many words as you can with prompts and word sprints. All ages are welcome and writing materials and worksheets will be provided.


November 29, 3:30 pm

Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia


Come by this awesome neighborhood toystore for a storytime and play with new friends. This event is free.


Tiny Trackers (Ages 4 — 6)

November 30, 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


This week’s Tiny Trackers workshop focuses on winter hibernation. Where do the animals go when it starts to get cold? Learn, explore, and play with nature exploration and a craft. This workshop is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Exploring the Library for Homeschoolers

November 30, 1 — 2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and learn some skills to enhance your library experience. This workshop is free and for grades 1 — 8.

Makerspace Thursday

November 30, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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


This week’s installation of the construction-themed activity will be about making your own squishy toy. This event is free and for grades 5 — 12.

Old City Historic Holiday Nights Kickoff

November 30, 5 — 8 pm (also every Thursday in December)

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia


Get in the holiday spirit with a tree lighting, cider sampling and other treats, and festive fun in Philly’s Old City. Each week, area restaurants and businesses will run specials and offer extended hours to shoppers looking for something special. It’s also the first chance to see “Illuminating Liberty,” the new illuminated window display at the Museum of the American Revolution, which will run through the end of December.

Fifth Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour

November 30, 5:30 — 8:30 pm

Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia


Visit the decorated mansions of Fairmount Park by trolley car, followed by hors d’oeuvres and desserts with this special holiday event. Price is $49.95 per ticket.

‘Polar Express’ Read-Aloud Pajama Night

November 30, 7 — 8 pm

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


Put on your pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while this holiday classic is read aloud. Tickets are $6 for members, and $15 for non-member adults and $8 for non-member children (includes museum admission).


Friday Night Lights

December 1, 4:30 — 7:30 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


The Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum will be lit up for the evening to celebrate the holidays. Prices are $10 for member adults, $5 for member children, $18 for nonmember adults and $9 for nonmember children.

Cricket Cringle

December 1, 5 — 9 pm (also December 2, 10 am — 6 pm)

Cricket Avenue, downtown Ardmore


Enjoy music, activities, food and drink, and plenty of holiday shopping at this event, which is reminiscent of an old-fashioned holiday market. More than 40 outside vendors will join the Cricket Avenue businesses, and parking is free at meters and Ardmore lots after 6 pm.

First Friday Bryn Mawr

December 1, 7 pm

Downtown Bryn Mawr


Santa arrives at 7 to kick off the fun for all ages, including a tree lighting and a reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Christmas Tree Lighting

December 1, 5 — 7 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


This free event at the zoo will celebrate the beginning of Christmas season with arts and crafts and a visit from Santa.

Kids’ Night Out

December 1, 5 — 8 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia


Parents need a night out to start some holiday shopping? Kids can come to the environmental center for crafts, flashlight hunts, and snacks. Price is $10 for ages 6 — 12.

Malvern’s Victorian Christmas

December 1, 5:30 — 8:30 pm (also December 2, 10 am — 3 pm)

Burke Park (South Warren Avenue and Roberts Lane), Malvern


See Santa, take a hayride, and watch the 6 pm tree lighting at this free community event.

Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO

December 1, 6 — 9 pm

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


First Friday kicks off with a night of performers, ice skaters, and a grand tree-lighting ceremony. This event is free to attend, but activities may have additional cost.

First Friday Family Films

December 1, 7 — 8:30 pm

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


Come to the library for a free viewing of Leap (rated PG). This event is free and for all ages. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

December 1, 7 pm

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


Theatreworks USA presents a musical version of the timeless story. Tickets for this one-night-only show are $10 to $12.

Philly High Five!


Make and Take: Natural Holiday Gifts

December 2, 10 am — noon

Dilworth Park, Philadelphia


Create a holiday wreath with natural materials and enjoy the events at Wintergarden. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. As long as you’re in the area, pop over to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, which will be holding its 10th anniversary celebration.

Holiday Hooray

December 2, 9 am — 5 pm

St. Peter’s School, 319 Lombard St., Philadelphia


Snag your Christmas tree, wreath, and greens, buy books, and have some family fun, to benefit St. Peter’s financial aid program. From 10 am — noon, there will be special activities for families and photos with or without Santa.

The Cat’s Pajamas Album Release Spectacular

December 2, 10:30 am

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia


Peanut Butter and Jams hosts an all-ages musical event with an animal parade (bring your own bear) and tons of awesome music. Tickets are $10 each.


A Very Philly Christmas: Family Day

December 3, 10 am — 4 pm

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia


Tour some of Philly’s most beautiful old mansions, decked out for the holidays, and enjoy family-friendly activities and treats all day. Santa will even make an appearance, and it’s all free for kids under 12. A family day pass gets everyone into Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford for $30.

Free First Sunday: The Artist’s Process

December 3, 10 am — 5 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This monthly family-friendly event is always at the top of our weekend fun list, but this month’s edition is especially awesome, because Mo Willems, one of the true superstars of modern-day children’s literature, is coming to town. He’ll read, sketch, and chat alongside his new collaborator, Bryan Collier. They’ll also sign books during their 10 am — noon appearance. The rest of the day features music and art activities. Tickets are free, but available in a limited quantity, and available at the museum beginning at 9 am.

Main Line High Five!


Cricket Cringle

December 2, 10 am — 6pm

Cricket Avenue, downtown Ardmore


This fun gathering features food, shopping, activities, and more. It’s free and great for all ages.

Malvern’s Victorian Christmas

December 2, 10 am — 3 pm

Burke Park (South Warren Avenue and Roberts Lane), Malvern


See Santa, take a hayride, make a gingerbread house, and much more. This event is free but some activities are paid.


December 2, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr


Come to the movies on a Saturday morning for a special viewing of this classic film with special prices ($5 for adults and $4 for kids.)


Narberth Dickens Festival

December 3, noon — 4 pm

Downtown Narberth


This free event is going to be filled with fun scavenger hunts, storytelling, performers, crafts, and more. Stick around for a showing of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker and maybe take a carriage ride through Narberth.

Full Moon Hike
December 3, 7 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


The leaves are mostly on the ground, and the visibility is better than ever. Take an evening walk by the light of the full moon. This event is free and for ages 3 and older.


Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia. 



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