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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.

Pop Up Holiday Programming: Fall Finale

October 31, 10 am — 5 pm

November 1, 10 am — 7 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The seasons are changing, and celebrate the ending of fall with a two day festival incorporating First Wednesday hours. Make crafts, enjoy storytimes, and play with fall-themed activities, all included with admission to the museum.

‘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.

‘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

October 29 — November 2 , 7 am and 6 pm

November 3, 7 am

November 4 and 5, 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 amongst 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

Music Monday with Mr. Adam

October 30, 10:30 — 11 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s Casita is hosting a music circle with Mr. Adam, and it’s free with admission!

Halloween Party

October 30, 4 pm

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The library is hosting spooky storytime, crafts, and snacks, and it’s all free!

Halloween Hike to the Lost Cave of the Wissahickon with Kris Soffa and Kevin Eikov

October 30, 5 — 7 pm

4900 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore the trail that inspired Edgar Allen Poe, and encounter bats, owls, and maybe even some spooky ghosts. Bring a costume and a camera to really get into the spirit (no pun intended.) This event is geared towards ages 12 and older.

Tuesday

Preschool Costume Parade & Storytime

October 31, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

Parade in your best Halloween costume throughout Rittenhouse Square, followed by a storytime. This event is free.

Storytime and Spider Craft

October 31, 10 — 11 am

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

 

Make a fun Halloween craft with Ms. Roseann after a storytime. This event is free.

Halloween Party

October 31, 2 pm

Free Library of Springfield Township, 1200 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor

 

Celebrate Halloween with spooky arts and crafts, treats, and stories. This event is free, but for ages 4 and older.

PlayArts Halloween

October 31, 3 — 5 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Ghoulish games, sensory activities, and lots of fun! Come in costume and enjoy $1 pizza slices. All ages are welcome, and drop-in prices apply.

 

Ready to trick-or-treat? Check out our lists of where to go in Philly and the Main Line.

Wednesday

Toddlers in Nature (18 months to 3 years)

November 1, 10 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Spend a morning with a bat and learn all about these crazy winged creatures. This class includes a story and exploration, and is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

MudRoom Studio

November 1, 11:30 am — 12:15 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Join the MudRoom Studio at the library for a pottery-painting activity! Paint a pumpkin plaque and learn how to use glaze at this free event for grades K — 5.

Anime Day

November 1, 2:30 — 4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Learn all about Japanese culture by eating Japanese snacks and drawing manga. This event is for grades 6 — 12, and is free for all.

Thursday

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour: ‘Art and Max’

November 2, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Kids and their grown-ups can listen to this David Wiesner book, see the museum’s art, and make their own creations. It’s free for members and $5 for non-members, with one adult admitted free for each child. Please register by calling 610-388-8382 or emailing to education@brandywine.org.

Tiny Trackers (Ages 4 — 6)

November 2, 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

What are some defining features of some of our favorite animals? Learn all about their scales, claws, and paws in this workshop that involves nature exploration and a craft. This class is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Friday

MCHD Safety Walk

November 3, 10:15 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

The Montgomery County Health Department will be at the Elmwood Park Zoo with Otto the Auto to teach kids in grades K — 2 about traffic safety. This event is free with admission to the zoo, but preregistration is required.

Parents’ Night Out: Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang Thanksgiving

November 3, 6 — 9 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Looking for a good excuse for a date night? Drop the kids off at Nest Center City so they can enjoy some themed craft and play activities, and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The cost is $35 per child with sibling discounts, and for ages 18 months to 6 years old (although all children must be potty trained.)

First Friday Family Films

November 3, 7 — 8:30 pm

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

 

Come to the library to watch Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie for free.

Philly High Five!

Saturday

LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day

November 4, various times

Parks in Philadelphia

 

Check out this website to see what local parks are looking for volunteers on a city-wide mission to clean up our green spaces! Get the whole family involved to do a good deed for the day.

Make-a-Thon

November 4, 9:30 am — 5 pm

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


The first-ever Make-a-Thon is coming to The Franklin Institute! Challenge your STEM skills with hands-on activities that you can take home. Come by yourself or create a team of 10. This event is free with admission to The Franklin Institute, but space is limited so come early!

Miss Nina Meets the Jungle Gym Jam

November 4, 10:30 am

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Peanut Butter and Jams presents a YouTube star who brings children’s books to life! Sing along with puppets and props on a Saturday morning and get grooving! This show is $8 per person.

Holiday Season Kickoff With ‘Nutcracker 1776’

November 4, noon — 4 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Get an early start to the holiday season with The Rock School and Philly’s newest museum. Dancers will perform scenes from Nutcracker 1776, a Revolutionary War-themed adaptation of the holiday classic. Plus, families can watch chocolate-making demonstrations and enjoy some special holiday treats. This event is free with museum admission.

Sunday

Feast Your Eyes

November 5, 10 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Dance at the museum with Recess Monkey and get creative with food-themed art projects. Performances will be at 11:30 am and 3 pm, and admission is Pay What You Wish for adults (ages 12 and younger are free.)


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

LEGO Star Wars Days

November 4, 10 am — 7:30 pm

November 5, 10 am — 6 pm

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

 

Join in on the Star Wars Fun with big build activities, photo opportunities, and prizes! This event is free with admission to LEGOLAND.

Saturday

Kids Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

November 4, 9:30 am — 12:30 pm or 1 — 3:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 412 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Discover ways to incorporate kids in the Thanksgiving cooking fun. This workshop will inspire kids to get involved with what happens at the dinner table. Price is $75 per child/adult, and $25 per additional child.

Main Line Parent Early Childhood Education Fair

November 4, 11 am — 2 pm

St. Davids’s Episcopal Day School, 765 Valley Forge Road, Wayne

 

Looking for education and enrichment programs for your little ones? Main Line Parent is hosting a fair with some of the best toddler and kindergarten schools on the Main Line, with a workshop hosted by Woodlynde school, a student panel, and the kickoff of this year’s Plaid Pajamas Project drive. This event is free.

Full Moon Hike

November 4, 7 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown

 

Explore the sights of fall by the light of the full moon with this nighttime hike. This will be a 2 – 3 mile hike, and is geared towards ages 8 and older.

Sunday

First Sundays for Families: Pirate Adventure Day

November 5, 10:30 am — 2 pm

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

 

Who says it’s time to put the costumes away now that Halloween is over? Come to this gem of a museum for crafts, a treasure hunt, and a performance of “Storytime Peter Pan” by the Hedgerow Theatre. Best of all, it’s free!

 

 

Photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw. 

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