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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.

‘The Beanstalk’

October 20 — 29, Various Times

Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton

 

This whimsical fall tale incorporates many fables to create one unique story for all ages. There are special “relaxed” shows, and showtimes vary.

‘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.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Select Days through October 29

States Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Take a stroll down Jack’s path to see carved pumpkins like you’ve never seen it before. Explore under-the-sea lanterns, dodge a ghostly pirate ship, and maybe spot some princesses. Tickets are available online and vary in price (click on the link for our special reader discount!).

Boo at the Zoo

Weekends through October 29, noon — 3 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Celebrate Halloween at the zoo with costume contests and trick-or-treating this October. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

‘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.

Fall Family Days

Through October 28

Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

 

Celebrate fall with live music, hay rides, and plenty of kids crafts and activities. Children ages 3 — 12 are $10, adults ages 13 and older are $4.50, children 2 and younger are free.

‘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.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Through October 29

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Get ready for Halloween by dressing up in your favorite costume and enjoying Halloween-themed shows and activities with special opportunities to dine with your favorite characters.

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

October 16 — 19 , 7 am and 6 pm

October 20, 7 am

October 21 and 22, 9:30 am

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

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River among other Philly yogis.

Pumpkinland

Daily through November 5, 8 am — 8 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

This local fall favorite is back with with hayrides, candy apples, a petting zoo, face painting, and other autumn activities. Admission to Pumpkinland is free, but additional fees may apply for activities.

Monday

Fun with Food

October 16, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

The library is celebrating Health and Literacy Month by hosting a local nutritionist to help kids enjoy healthy eating! This event is free.

Software Programming for Kids

October 16, 4 — 5 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This class will introduce coding and programming to children with an educational program produced by MIT and Lego. Kids will learn how to program games, interactive stories, and more. This workshop is for children 8 — 12 years old, and free to the public.

Tuesday

Homeschool Days

October 17, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

This homeschool day is all about investigating soil. See decomposition at work and learn about different textures of soil. This program is designed for ages 5 — 12, and is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Costume Crafting

October 17, 4:30 pm

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia

 

Haven’t figured out a costume yet? Children ages 11 and younger can make a mask or hat for free at the library.

Tech Tuesday: Cubelets

October 17, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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

 

Kids can explore robotics with cubelets, which snap together and make unique robots with every combination. This event is for grades 5 — 12, and it’s free.

Wednesday

Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet

October 18, 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Ugga mugga! Daniel-worshiping little ones will love this chance to see their favorite tiger up close. Be sure to be ready for the perfect photo! This event is free with museum admission and for members.

A Halloween Haunted House — Outbreak at the Urgent Scare

October 18, 4 pm

Fumo Library, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Mutant zombies are taking over the library, and it’s up to you to help stop the outbreak! Enjoy crafts, games, and snacks at the library, all for free.

Locked In Junior

October 18, 4:30 — 5:15

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

 

Kids can enjoy all of the fun of an escape room, using teamwork and problem-solving skills to escape the room before time runs out. This event is for grades 3 and 4, and is free.

Community Night

October 18, 5 — 8 pm

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

 

Come to The Franklin Institute FOR FREE! Enjoy all of the educational activities and special programs free of cost, and parking is only $6.

Thursday

ARTime Storytime: ‘A Big Mistake’

October 19, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This storytime is all about an artist who turns a mistake into a masterpiece. Enjoy this storytime with an arts and crafts activity. This event is free, but registration is required, and space fills quickly.

Tiny Trackers

October 19, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

This program is designed for ages 4 — 6, and introduces children to nature with a craft and nature exploration time. This event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Book Bingo

October 19, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This is a great opportunity for kids to make friends and get inspired to check out new books from the library, and it’s completely free.

Friday

Baby Bird Playdate

October 20, 10:15 — 11 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy songs and art with your little one while making new friends at the art museum. Admission is free for those 12 and younger.

Wands & Wizards Night on the Avenue

October 20, 5 — 10 pm

Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

Harry Potter Weekend kicks off with a night filled with magic and plenty of including photo booths, costume contests, science activities provided by The Franklin Institute, and even a family movie night. Special activities run at certain times, and some activities are pay-as-you-go.

Investigating the Paranormal

October 20, 7:30 — 9:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Learn all about how to sight the unsee-able with a free workshop at the library that will take you on a ghost hunt. This event is free and for ages 12 and older.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Boo at the Zoo

October 21 and 22, 10 am — 4 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3500 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Put on your costume and come to the zoo for a weekend filled with Halloween fun. Learn about extinct species of animals, enjoy fall treats, and run through the hay bale maze. This event is included with admission to the zoo.

Saturday

Harvest Festival

October 21, 10 am — 4 pm

Reading Terminal Market, Filbert Street, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy Pennsylvania harvest foods, and climb on a real tractor in Center City! There will be live music and tons of seasonal treats. This event is free.

Harry Potter Festival

October 21, 10 am — 4 pm

Germantown Avenue between Cresheim Valley Drive and Chestnut Hill Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

The wizarding fun continues with an expanded 12-block footprint and tons of performances, activities, a cake show, and a Quidditch tournament. There will be beer gardens and plenty of food trucks. The event is free to attend, but some activities may have a cost.

Pumpkin Patch

October 21, noon — 2 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Pick a pumpkin from the patch and decorate it with spooky designs, for free!

Sunday 

Fishtown Flea

October 22, 10 am — 5 pm

1220 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore the Fishtown Flea Market with local vendors and some activities with PlayArts. This event is free.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Cricket Boo

October 21, 9 am — noon

Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

 

Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli are hosting a children’s Halloween party in Downtown Ardmore, with arts and crafts, a parade, games, and even a sensory station. This event is $15 per child.

Fall Fest

October 21, 10 am — 5 pm, 6:30 pm

Northern Star Farm, 112 E. Third Ave., Trappe

 

Northern Star Farm is hosting a day of family fun, with daytime autumn activities such as pumpkin painting, pony rides, and more. At night, the farm opens for hayrides, a night maze, and bonfires. Daytime activities are free, but nighttime activities are $12 per person.

Fall Festival at Suburban Square

October 21, 11 am — 2 pm

Suburban Square, Ardmore

 

Come to Suburban Square for live music, crafts, and fall family photographs, all for free.

Shiverfest

October 21, 4 — 8:30 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Riverbend is hosting a nature and fall festival with pony rides, storytelling, and a trick or treat trail. Tickets are $15 per person (kids under 3 are free), and must be bought in advance. 

Sunday

Clover Market

October 22, 10 am — 4 pm

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

The Clover Market returns to Bryn Mawr with tons of vendors, food, and children’s activities. This event is free.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.

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