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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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

November 6 — 9 , 7 am and 6 pm

November 10, 7 am

November 11 and 12, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

This is the last week of the free yoga on the pier! Roll out your mat and stretch with other Philly yogis to close out this wonderful outdoor season!

Monday

Family Movie: ‘Sing’

November 6, 11 am — 12:45 pm

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

 

Come to the library to watch a movie about spunky animals on a mission to save their theater! This movie is free.

Building Community

November 6, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can get involved with community service by making dog toys for animal shelters and place mats for the homeless for Thanksgiving. This event is free and all materials will be provided.

Reading With Animals (Ages 5+)

November 6, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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

 

Children are encouraged to read aloud, but to a different crowd: puppies! Registration is required, but this event is free.

Mozzarella Making with Alex Jones

November 6, 6 — 8:30 pm

Culinary Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

The Franklin Institute presents this fun workshop all about making cheese! Learn the science behind how it’s made and leave the workshop with a few delicious recipes in your arsenal. This event is free.

Tuesday

Day Off Camp: Walking the Wissahickon

November 7, 8 am — 3 pm

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

 

Kids can explore the hidden trails of Wissahickon Valley and learn about water quality. This camp is $52 for members and $62 for non-members, but space is limited, so sign up early!

Pop-Up Holiday Programming: Kids’ Choice Election Day

November 7, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Now kids have the the chance to participate in the political process patriotic stories, sticker sketching, and even voting. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Year-Round Exploration Camp

November 7, 9:30 am — 3:30 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

While parents are at the polls, kids can learn all about democracy by electing the best animal to represent Riverbend! This event is $75 per child with additional pricing for extended hours care.

Let’s Have a Political ‘Party!’

November 7, 10:15 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

To celebrate Election Day, the library will be hosting a day of storytimes and crafts to teach children about the importance of politics. This event is free.

Squirrel Signs

November 7, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown

 

Gray squirrels are out and about in late fall. Go on a search for them and make a squirrel-themed craft. This workshop is for ages 3 and older and is $5 per child.

‘Untangled: Parenting Teenagers’

November 7, 7 — 9 pm

Woodlynde School, 445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Prepare yourself for the teenage years with this talk from adolescent development expert Lisa Damour, Ph.D. She’ll pull back the curtain on the teenage years to explain why your child’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. This free event is part of the school’s Literacy Institute Speaker Series; please register in advance.

Wednesday

Chinese Pop-Up Class

November 8, 9:30 — 11:30 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

In this pop-up class, children will learn the Chinese language through stories and sensory play. Each class is 30 minutes long, and is included with admission to PlayArts.

Little Chefs

November 8, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids can learn how to make a popular Thanksgiving dish with cranberries in this cooking and snacking workshop. Price is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Homeschooler Day: Scientific Method

November 8, 10 am — noon, 1 — 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn how to design experiments to test yourself and come up with solutions to problems. This workshop is $12 per student or free for members at the family level.

Thursday

Day Off Camp: Mad Scientists

November 9, 8 am — 3 pm

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

 

What kinds of experiments can you create? Make some gooey creations and take them outside into the forest. This camp is $52 for members and $62 for non-members.

Laurent’s Story Time

November 9, 10 — 10:30 am

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

 

Enjoy stories and songs with the “King of Loud Style” at the library. This story time is free.

ARTime Storytime: ‘Jamberry’

November 9, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Read a story about a berry loving boy and his bear friend, and stay for an arts and crafts activity. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour: ‘Over and Under the Pond’

November 9, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Get a closer look at this charming book, and the museum’s art, at this parent-child event. It’s free for members and $5 per child for non-members (one adult is admitted free for each child). Please register by calling the education office at 610-388-8382 or emailing to education@brandywine.org.

Opening Night of Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 9, 4 –8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Kick off the holiday season with the first night of this beloved park’s light show. The first edition of this year’s “Electrical Spectacle” is at 4:30 pm, the last at 8. The nighttime extravaganza runs through December 31. It’s free, but goodies like hot chocolate cost money.

Night Skies in the Observatory

November 9, 7 — 10 pm

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

 

Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts at The Franklin Institute for a night filled with planetary activities in the Bloom Observatory (there’s also a cash bar for adults.) This event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Friday

Day Off Camp: Geocaching

November 10, 8 am — 3 pm

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

 

There are so many hidden treasures out in nature. Kids will use GPS trackers to find the prizes out in the forest. This camp is $52 for members and $62 for non-members.

Kids Day Off Program: Changing the Climate

November 10, 9 am — 4 pm

Overbrook Environmental Education Center, 6134 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids can spend their day off rock climbing, making fun arts and crafts, and collaborating with other kids their age about what they can do to stop climate change. This program is for ages 9 and older, and is free!

Fall Zoo Camp: Enrichment Engineers

November 10, 9:30 am — 4 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington

 

If your kids are off for Veterans Day, it’s a great excuse to send them to the zoo to learn all about animal enrichment. Kids will find ways to keep the animals at the zoo entertained. Price is $50 for non-members and $40 for members.

International Science Center and Science Museum Day

November 10, 9:30 am — 5 pm

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

 

Celebrating the role that science has in shaping our future, The Franklin Institute is hosting a day of exciting workshops about K’Nex, 3D printing, synthetic biology engineering, and more. These workshops are free with admission to the museum.

Opening Day of Wintergarden

November 10, noon — 11 pm

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

 

Welcome the chillier weather with the return of this fun Center City hub. Skate at the Rothman Ice Rink, tour the America’s Garden Capital Maze, and warm up with a hot cocoa (with a little schnapps for adults!). It’s free to roam the area; skating admission is $3 for kids 10 and under and $5 for adults, and skate rental is $10.

Camp-In

November 10, 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 nonmember.

Philly High Five!

Saturday

Veterans Day at the National Constitution Center

November 11, 9:30 am — 5 pm

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Observe Veterans Day with some up-close scrutiny of our nation’s founding document, plus some special events. Thanks to Macy’s, admission is free all day. Stop in to write a postcard thanking a veteran for his or her service, make a patriotic craft, enjoy a noontime USO concert, and more!

Peanut Butter and Jams: Alex and the Kaleidoscope

November 11, 10:30 am

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Sing and dance along with this local kids’ band that will entertain all ages. Tickets are $10 each.

Second Saturdays: Mythology

November 11, 10 am — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3620 South St., Philadelphia

 

Explore mythology through the ages at this family workshop. This event is free with museum admission and for members and Penn Card holders.

Sunday

PECO Family Jams: Recycled Wonders with the Resource Exchange

November 12, noon — 4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Use recycled materials to make extraordinary objects. This event is free with admission to the gardens.

Open Arms 2017

November 12, 6 — 8 pm

Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road Suite 100, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

 

Children on the autism spectrum can come to the museum for a night of sensory-friendly fun and activities with other families. This event is free.

 


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Chrystanthemum Festival

November 11 and 12, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

This is the second-to-last weekend of this breathtaking spectacle, so swing by this weekend so you don’t miss it. Enjoy the fall colors in the garden’s gorgeous outdoor spaces, then come into the conservatories for the beautiful blooms.

Saturday

Dewey Decimal Dash 5K & Fun Run

November 11, 8 am — noon

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This dash and fun run will help the library’s upcoming renovations, and is a great excuse to get outdoors for the morning! The cost is $30 per person for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.

‘Sing’

November 11, 11 am

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

 

See this cute, music-packed movie on a big screen in a kid-friendly environment. And tickets are only $ for kids and $5 for adults.

Sunday

El Bruncho with Elmo

November 12, 10 am — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 5 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Where else can you have mimosas and all-you-can-eat food with Elmo? Price is $15 per child and $20 per adult.

Justin Solynka

November 12, 2 — 3 pm

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

People of all ages will enjoy this musical performance featuring original folk and rock songs with a blend of jazz and rock influences. This event is free and for all ages.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of the Please Touch Museum. 

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