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

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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.

Family Festival: Sukkot

October 4 — 11

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Celebrate the fall Jewish holiday at the Please Touch Museum with themed crafts, storytimes, and building activities. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Free Demo Class Week

October 9 – 15

Young Sports, 133 Sugartown Road, Wayne


Come out to Young Sports to experience some of their award-winning classes for free! If your child is aged 15 months to 7 years, call to set up a time to discover a class that will enhance their love for movement.

Coming Out Week Storytime

October 12 — 15, 1:30 — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


In light of National Coming Out Week, children at the museum can participate in this free storytime activity all about accepting yourself and others, located at the ‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’.

‘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.

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 9 — 12 , 7 am and 6 pm

October 13, 7 am

October 14 and 15, 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.


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.


Columbus Day Camp

October 9, 9:30 am — 5 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia


Do the kids have the day off but you don’t? Drop them off for a day camp filled with playing, singing, and crafting. This camp is for ages 2 — 5, and is $90 per child from 9:30 — 3:30 pm (extended fees apply, and there are sibling discounts.)

Fire Safety Prevention Week Storytime

October 9, 10:15 — 11 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Local firefighters are visiting the library to teach kids about fire safety. There will be displays and giveaways to teach kids what to do in case of a fire. This event is free and for all ages.

Tiny Tots Explorers: Hatching the Past

October 9, 10 am — noon

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This small event aimed at 3- to 5-year-olds includes activities and museum exploration. It’s $20 per adult-child pair for members and $25 for non-members.

Family Wildlife Explorer

October 9, 11 — 11:30 am

Liberty Lands, 913 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia


This outdoor exploration program is designed to get children acquainted with nature in a safe space. This program encourages discovery and is a great way to make friends. This event is free.

Fun With Food

October 9, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


The library is celebrating Health Literacy Month with three food-themed kids’ workshop hosted by a local nutritionist. This activity is free and for all ages.

Reading With Animals

October 9, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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


Pals for Life is coming to the library to bring some furry friends to read with. Readers pick the book of their choice and can practice their reading skills with puppies. This event is free, but registration is required, and is for ages 5 — 12.



Family Storytime

October 10, 10 — 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Watch the leaves change from the Lookout Loft with a season-themed storytime, songs, and puppets. This program is designed for children ages 3 — 5, and is included with admission to the gardens.

Family Puzzle Night

October 10, 6 — 8 pm

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Road, Bala Cynwyd


This event encourages families to get together to solve problems and step away from the screens for a night. The library will provide puzzles for the whole family to put together. This event is free.



Homeschooler Days: Revenge of the Snowbirds

October 11, 10 am — noon and 1 — 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


Who stays and who leaves during the fall months in Philadelphia? Learn about the migration pattern of birds and those who flock to warmer places in the colder months. This event is $12 per student or free for those at the family

Have You Seen Trees?

October 11, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


This tree-themed activity day at the park will teach you all about trees, and even includes a leaf matching game and craft. This event is for children 3 and older, and is $5.

3D Printing as Assistive Technology

October 11, 6:30 — 8 pm

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


3D printing has completely changed the way the medical industry can assist those with disabilities, and students have the opportunity to learn all about how it works in a way that encourages critical thinking and design. Maybe you will design something that can change people’s lives! This workshop is $20 for members and $35 for non-members.


ARTime Storytime: ‘Pattern Fish’

October 12, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This children’s book comes alive with a colorful fish-themed storytime and craft activity. This event is free and geared towards children ages 2 — 5, but registration is required and spots fill up quickly!

Makerspace Thursday

October 12, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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


This “Open Makerspace” event provides kids with all of the craft materials they need to get creative and make their own art, inventions, and crafts. Materials include building supplies, circuits, robotics, and more, and this event is free.

Night Skies in the Observatory

October 12, 7 — 10 pm

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


Night Skies is back with Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, calling all future astronomers to explore the night sky with telescopes in the Bloom Observatory (cash bar for adults too!) This event is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.


Tall Trees Nature Playscape Playdate

October 13, 4 — 5 pm

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


Come explore the all-natural playscape with digging, art-making, and creative activities. This event is free.

Teen Advisory Council Meeting: Spooky Night Hike

October 13, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia


This is the first meeting of the year for a teen meeting that gets Philadelphia teens together to improve their local communities. This night hike will include a campfire and a dinner, and a hike through the environmental center, and it’s free!

Fairy Ball

October 13, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road #100, Cherry Hill


Upon your arrival to the Fairy Ball, your name will be announced to everyone in the court, and you can meet fairy princesses, play games, and dance all night. Costumes are encouraged. This event is $30 for nonmember children, $25 for member children, $5 for adults, and registration is required.

Jazz Night

October 13, 7 — 9 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia


Spend your friday night with a free jazz show the whole family will enjoy, presented by Jazz 180.

Philly High Five!


Philly Fall Nature Fest

October 14, 9 am — 3 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


Come by the refuge for a day of outdoor fall activities including guided nature walks, archery, food, live music, animals and more. This event is sponsored by River Days, a four-week celebration of the Delaware River watershed, and is free.

Kids Explore Meadow Magic

October 14, 10 am — noon

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


This free playtime adventure is for kids to explore the woods on their own (supervised with a watchful eye, of course) to climb over trees and run through a field and express themselves. This event is free and designed for ages 6 — 12, but registration is required.

Ratboy Jr. 

October 14, 10:30 am

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia


This band from NYC comes to Philly to entertain all ages with music that sets the tone for creativity and imagination to begin. Tickets are $8 each.


Harvest Fest

October 15, noon — 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


This fall festival includes hayrides, cider pressing, cooking and canning workshops, and more fun for the whole family. This event is free and for all ages.


October 15, 1 — 2 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia


Children ages 2 — 6 can play with new friends and explore nature-themed activities. This event is free.

Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Pumpkin Days Celebration

October 14 and 15, 10 am — 5 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


This annual fall festival returns to Tyler Arboretum with two days of crafts, food, face painting, and more! Members of the arboretum have free admission, nonmember admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for children and students, and free for children younger than 2.


Footsteps for Friends 5k Race and 1-Mile Fun Run

October 14, 7:30 am — noon

Friends School Haverford, 851 Buck Lane, Haverford


Run for a good cause! All benefits of this race will go towards the scholarship fund for Friends School Haverford families. Lots of fall fun will follow the race, including arts and crafts and field games.

Goshen Friends Open House and Harvest Fair

October 14, noon — 3 pm

Goshen Friends School, 814 N. Chester Road, West Chester


Celebrate fall at Goshen Friends School with face painting, games, food, music and more. This event is free, but registration is required for non-Goshen families.


Open House Pumpkin Painting and Scarecrow Workshop

October 15, 1 — 4 pm

The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown


This historic site is hosting a day of fall activities, each costing $5 to participate. Stick around for a tour of the site and check out the gift shop for fall gifts.

Scarecrow Making

October 15, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown


Make your own scarecrow at the park with some friendly competition to see who can make the scariest creation, but make sure to bring your own clothes. This event is for children 5 and older, and is $5.


Photograph courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 



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