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

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All Week

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30 

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


The renovated Main Fountain Garden is the centerpiece of a summer celebration. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

Through October 8

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


This large-scale public art project illuminates the parkway through October. Nine hundred lanterns in a variety of shapes and sizes will light up. Thursdays through Sundays from 6 — 10 pm, you can ride up and down the parkway in the pedicabs holding all of the lanterns. Explore the diversity of cultures through the variety of the lanterns at night.

‘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

September 25 — 28 , 7 am and 6 pm

September 29, 7 am

September 30 and October 1, 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.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St, Philadelphia


Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park. And check out the free classes on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.


Family Wildlife Explorer

September 25, 11 — 11:30 am

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


This free outdoor program is designed to give families access to outside activities with activities that get children comfortable with nature.

Franklin Institute: The Human Body (K – 12)

September 25, 7 — 8 pm

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


Learn all about the human body with the Franklin Institute at the library. This all-ages event is free.


Family Storytime

September 26, 10 and 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Enjoy nature-themed stories in the Lookout Loft Treehouse amid the beauty of the gardens. This story time involves puppets and songs, and is for ages 3 — 5 and free with admission to the gardens.

Monarch Butterflies

September 26, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown


Fall monarch butterflies live longer than their summer friends, so go search for butterflies and make a themed craft. Pre-registration is required, and it’s $5 for ages 3 and older.

Garden Sprouts: Our Amazing Meadow

September 26, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Explore the garden maze at the arboretum and create a craft from plants you picked. This workshop is for ages 4 — 6, and is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Storytime & Craft

September 26, 2 — 3 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


This free, preschool-aged children’s workshop includes a story and a craft, and is always free!


Creative Corner

September 27, 1:30 — 2:15 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Enjoy dramatic play and get creative with this free event at the library for ages 4 and 5.

Explore Master Artists Series: Marvelous Matisse

September 27, 4 — 6 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave,, Wayne


Paint a still life in the style of Henri Matisse. Learn how to arrange objects and transfer a design onto canvas to create a colorful masterpiece. Price for this event is $45 and is geared towards ages 8 — 12.

Special Sensory Event

September 27, 5 — 7 pm

Legoland Discovery Center, 500 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Children on the Autism spectrum can enjoy Legoland with quiet spaces, sound and light reduction in certain areas, and a reduced capacity.


Museum Adventures at the Rosenbach

September 28, 10 am

The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia


Read a story and go on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach with fun games, stories, and snacks. This event is free, but geared towards children ages 2 — 4.

Makerspace Thursday

September 28, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

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


Come to the library for an open art club to make new friends and make new things. Materials such as art supplies, circuits, robotics, and more will be provided.


Homeschool Day

September 29, 10 am — 2 pm

Graeme Park, 859 County Line Road, Horsham


Discover what it was like to live in 18th Century America with demonstrations about cooking, military drills, and colonial games and toys. This event is free for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

September 29, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy a free nature-themed story time held outdoors (weather permitting) to celebrate fall. This storytime is free with admission to the arboretum.

Drive-In ZOO-vie: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

September 29, 7:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Come to the zoo to watch a movie on the big screen from your car, and pets are welcome! Lawn tickets are $5 each, members are $15 per car, and nonmembers are $20 per car. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended, as space is limited and may run out.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

‘Tiny Titans’ Opening Weekend

September 30 and October 1, 10 am — 5 pm

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


“Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies” is opening, and to celebrate, there will be tons of fun activities all weekend, such as an egg drop challenge, reptile shows, team activities, and more. These events are free with admission to the museum.


Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet

September 30, 10:30 — 11 am, 2 — 2:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Explore the new “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: a Grr-iffic Exhibit” at the Please Touch Museum and meet Daniel himself! This event is free with admission to the museum.

Intro to Nature Play with NaturePHL

September 30, 2 — 3:30 pm

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


In partnership with NaturePHL, this educational playdate will educate the whole family on how to get outside more. An environmental educator and a CHOP pediatrician will be there to teach you all the benefits of getting your children outdoors. This event is free.


Enchanted Forest

October 1, 10 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Enjoy performances of ‘Snow White’ at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm and make your own magical work of art. This also happens to be Pay-What-You-Wish Sunday for adults, and children 12 and younger are always free.

Philadelphia Family 2017 Education Fair

October 1, 11 am — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Are you looking for the perfect school for your child? Meet local independent, then stay for admission to the museum! This event is free for members of the Please Touch Museum, $15 for non-members, $12 for Supporting Members of Philadelphia Family or Main Line Parent, and $19 at the door.

Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Lego Ninjago Weekend

September 30, 10 am — 7:30 pm

October 1, 10 am — 6 pm

Legoland Discovery Center, 500 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Complete your ninja training with Ninjago-themed activities, giveaways, creative workshops, and more. This event is free with admission to the center.


National Public Lands Day

September 30, 7:45 am — noon

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Lane Drive, King of Prussia


Participate in America’s largest volunteer day which helps improve more than 600 acres of public land. Get involved by helping clean up our national park. This event is free.

Souderton Art Jam

September 30, 10 am — 5 pm

Souderton Community Park, Reliance Road and Wile Avenue, Souderton


Come for local art, vendors, and a lot of food and live music. Poets and musicians will share their art and there will be a chalk art contest for children.

Curious George Party

September 30, 2 — 3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Enjoy a story and themed craft at the library for a calm Saturday afternoon! This event is free.


Family Day at the American Birding Expo

October 1, 7 am — 3 pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks


This weekend-long event hosts Family Day on Sunday with bird walks, vendors, and a birds-of-prey demonstration with live birds. Admission to the expo is free for children 16 and younger, and $10 for adults.


Photograph by Kelly & Massa Photography, courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia. 



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