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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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All Week

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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

‘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.

Monday

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.  

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.)

NaNoWriMo

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.

Storytime

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.

Thursday

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

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!

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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!

Saturday

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.

‘Grease’

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.)

Sunday

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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