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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week (November 16-22)

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Have some fun with our roundup of this week’s in-person and virtual activities!

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Winter at Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February 2021

1 S. 15th St.

 

Dilworth gets activated with the opening of Rothman Ice Rink and Cabin, and the picturesque Wintergarden. The Cabin will feature a new, open-air layout and warm heat lamps—and as always a seasonal menu including a kids’ menu for little ones and cocktails for their grownups. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, a new online reservation system and limited rink capacity will be put in place for skating. The new online reservations system will provide safe contactless purchasing opportunities with scheduled timed, 90-minute skating sessions in order to control the rink capacity for skaters.

Holiday Magic at Brandywine

October 31—January 10

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Returning early this year with exciting new additions and features, the model Brandywine Railroad has been a holiday family favorite for generations. Slightly modified this year to provide a safe and socially distant experience, the Brandywine Railroad will still feature plenty of trains, miniature details and the engaging elements that everyone loves—including interactive components operated by hands-free foot pedals.  In addition to the Brandywine Railroad, see Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse, which features six rooms filled with three-dozen dolls and hundreds of miniature objects that will delight visitors of all ages. After seeing the whimsical display, explore the rest of the museum, including expansive views of the Brandywine River and changing colors of fall. Reserved tickets are required to ensure social distancing.


Monday

Free Online ‘From Head to Toe’ Kids Yoga

November 16, 10 am

 

Kula Yoga Kids hosts a free yoga class for ages 2-6. Pre-register online.

PlayArts’ PlayMusic Plus

November 16, 10:30 am

 

Each Monday PlayArts will introduce the theme of the week through song, dance, and play. So grab your musical instruments and materials (listed in event) to join! Register to get access to the class.

Elmwood Park Zoo Online

November 16, 10:30 am

 

Kids in grades K-3 can engage with a zoo educator on Zoom and learn about interesting animal artifacts and live animals. Free; pre-register online.

Angelina Ballerina Storytime

November 16, 11:15 am

 

Join LeRoux School of Dance instructors Miss Taylor and Miss Kelly over Zoom for a virtual storytime and dance class featuring the adventures of Angelina Ballerina.

Free Intro to Martial Arts Class

November 16, 6:15 pm

 

Join Action Karate for a free intro class for ages 3 and up over Zoom. Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot.


Tuesday

Spanish Storytime

November 17, 9:30 am

 

Sing songs, play a game, and read a book in Spanish with Spanish Exploradores. Free on Facebook Live.

Princess Storytime with Newtown Public Library

November 17, 10 am

 

Best for ages 2-5. Join a princess from Happily Ever After Celebrations for fairy tales and fun! The princess will interact with kids and take questions after reading. Pre-register online to receive the Zoom info.

Kids Yoga Adventures with Jitterbugs (Ages 2-12)

November 17, 10 am

 

Join Ms. Amy from Jitterbugs Music and Movement, as she takes you on a yoga storytelling adventure which consists of a warm-up, adventure, and relaxation. During the story, children will work on 20-25 yoga postures. Registration required online.  An email with the password and Zoom link will be sent on the day before the program.

Virtual Toddler Time with Anna

November 17, 10 am

 

Join Princess Anna on Zoom for songs, interactive dances, and storytime. Pre-register online.

PlayArts’ Virtual Movement Lab: Weather

November 17, 10:30 am

 

Join Teacher Margot on an exploration of the weather through basic movement and dance concepts! With playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and interactive games get ready to move with your little one at home! This class is adaptive for infants up through 4-year-olds. Pre-register online.

Virtual Storytime with Parkway Central Library

November 17, 10:30 am

 

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun for children ages 2-7 and their caregivers. Storytime with a yoga and mindfulness twist! Storytime will be posted on the library’s Instagram (@freelibraryccd).

Abraham Lincoln and the 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 17, 11 am

 

Meet Abraham Lincoln (Bob Gleason Actor with American Historical Theatre) and discover how Thanksgiving became a national holiday in this free, live event from the National Archives’ Young Learners Program.

Kiddo and Me Zoom Workout

November 17, 11 am

 

Be Well With Beth’s classes give parents a full-body strength and flexibility workout using body weight, bands (or whatever you have laying around), and even your little one as resistance. Come for a great work out, stay for the play, social time, and conversation with other parents and kids! Plus, stay online at the end for an additional 15 minutes to discuss nutrition and meal planning with Beth, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist!

At-Home Anthro: Weaving

November 17, 1 pm

 

Join Museum educators to learn more about weaving techniques from around the world and then try some paper weaving on your own. This 60-minute session is perfect for elementary to middle school kids. Free; pre-register online.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

November 17, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin’s new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Share stories, ask hard questions, and more. Pay what you can; join on Zoom via Kith + Kin’s website.

Virtual Cooking Class: Fried Rice Bowls

November 17, 4 pm

 

Pre-register online and learn how to make fried rice bowls inspired by Korilla BBQ. For ages 7 and up.

In Person: Furry & Bright Christmas Drive-Thru at Sesame Place

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, through December 23

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

If you’re looking to kick off the holiday season as soon as possible, head to Sesame Place! From the comfort of your own car, journey through a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, holiday décor, a festive Christmas soundtrack, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their warm winter best. To cap off the trail, guests can wave to Santa Claus as he wishes everyone a happy holiday season! Tickets are required in advance.

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

November 17, 7 pm

 

Grab your jammies and a special friend and get ready for some stories before bed! Join free on Facebook.

Baby-Led Feeding Basics Q & A

November 17, 7 pm

 

Join BLF expert, Tegan Bernstein for this informal session to get your questions answered. Size of class is kept intentionally small to accommodate individual questions and situations. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website to reserve your spot, and join over Zoom.


Wednesday

Music with Miss Jill: Thanksgiving

November 18, 10:30 am

 

Music with Miss Jill is a lively interactive music program for toddlers through kindergarten. Activities consist of songs, fingerplays, props, musical games, and puppets. Free; pre-register online to receive the Zoom link.

Creating Space: A Feeding and Parenting Support Group for Black, Indigenous, People of Color

November 18, 2 pm

 

A safe space to talk, be heard, listen, and find community. The focus is feeding and parenting, but all topics are welcome. Join on Zoom via Kith + Kin.

In Person: Furry & Bright Christmas Drive-Thru at Sesame Place

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, through December 23

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

If you’re looking to kick off the holiday season as soon as possible, head to Sesame Place! From the comfort of your own car, journey through a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, holiday décor, a festive Christmas soundtrack, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their warm winter best. To cap off the trail, guests can wave to Santa Claus as he wishes everyone a happy holiday season! Tickets are required in advance.

‘Dachshund Reacts’ Storytime

November 18, 4 pm

 

Watch Penny the Dachshund react to picture books about dachshunds and other dogs. Read along with Penny and Ms. Becky on the Free Library’s Instagram and Facebook stories!

Sattriya Dance Company at Penn Museum

November 18, 4 pm

 

In this workshop, a performer from the Sattriya Dance Company takes you on a journey through a 600-year-old dance tradition. Students will learn stories from Hindu mythology through the dance, led in movement exercises, and will learn some vocabulary of this ancient Indian tradition. Free; pre-register online.

Center for Aquatic Sciences Virtual Visit

November 18, 6:30 pm

 

Discuss mythical creatures and then meet their real life counterparts, with plenty of time for questions and interacting with the museum educator. This program is best for children 5 and up. Free; pre-register online.

Advocacy 101 for Teen Girls Webinar

November 18, 7:30 pm

 

Advocacy 101 for Teen Girls Webinar is an advocacy and fundraising webinar designed for the passionate young activist. For girls ages 13 to 17, this class begins with an introduction to the policy-making process then explores the ways to advocate and issue campaigns. The class concludes with fundraising planning. Pre-registration required online.


Thursday

2020 Main Line Parent & Philly Family Virtual Community Builders’ Luncheon

November 19, noon—1:30 pm

 

Do you lead a local school, business, or nonprofit organization that markets to local parents and families? Join us for networking, tips, and more! Tickets available online.

Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo-a-thon

November 19

 

Tune in to 6abc, as well as the Zoo’s and 6abc’s digital channels for a day of inspirational, fun, special guests, amazing animals, fundraising, and more.

Virtual Dinosaur Lesson

November 19, 10:30 am

 

Learn about dinosaur fossils and get to see what they’re all about with the Delaware Museum of Natural History.  There will be plenty of time for questions as well. Free; pre-register online.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

November 19, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin moves their group online so you can continue on your journey while you’re home. Facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success, the group meets on Zoom (call-in info in the link in title); pay what you can over Venmo.

Global Philadelphia’s Heritage Storytime

November 19, 1 pm and 4:30 pm

 

Global Philadelphia will be at the African American Museum in Philadelphia reading the book My Name Is Oney Judge by local author Dr. Diane Turner to learn all about Oney’s daring escape from slavery in George Washington’s house in Philadelphia. Then, learn more about slavery in America with a tour of the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery in Germantown. Best for ages 4-8. Pre-register online.

Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

November 19, 2 pm

 

Join Philabundance, Chef Char Nolan, and the Culinary Literacy Center to learn how to harness the colors of the rainbow to create delicious, healthy side dishes for the coming holiday. Using seasonal ingredients and common pantry items, brighten up your Thanksgiving table and talk about how color and nutrition intersect when it comes to food. Recipes will be provided on Facebook prior to and after the program.

Create Your Family Tree

November 19, 4 pm

 

Talk about what makes a family and work together to create your own family trees. This program is designed for ages 5 to 12 years old. Pre-registration is required. To save a spot or for questions, contact Ms. Meredith at mcgovernm@freelibrary.org.

Free Thanksgiving Craft with The Little Mermaid

November 19, 4 pm

 

Join Ariel for a free craft and singalong on Facebook Live.

In Person: Winter in Franklin Square Light Show Debuts

November 19, 5 pm

Franklin Square

 

More than 100,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square’s updated fountain show, timed to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS. There are two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 5 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the square’s holiday activities, you can catch them both.

Community Organizing for Girls (Ages 12-17)

November 19, 5 pm

 

Teen girls will learn about community organizing and how it can be used as an effective tool for change. Students learn how to craft messaging that has impact, build a base of support, develop leadership teams, form coalitions with community partners, and plan events. Pre-registration required online.

In Person: Dashin’ thru the…Lights!

November 19, 5-9 pm

Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Take a family fun two-mile run/jog/walk through the spectacular Holiday Light Show! To keep everyone safe and healthy this year, there are have two dates and timed ticketing starting at 5 pm and ending at 9 pm. Pre-register online for your timeslot.

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

November 19, 7 pm

 

Known for lush works of poetic sensibility, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers grace the Annenberg Center virtual stage with a program including the world premiere of The Wind. Tickets available online.

Virtual Potty Training 101 with Miss Catherine

November 19, 7:30 pm

 

This workshop will help you learn the simple tools, tips, and steps to start potty training with your little one. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website, and join over Zoom.

Live with Carnegie Hall: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

November 19, 7:30 pm

 

Hosted by multiple Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard—and featuring an interview with Justice Ginsburg’s children, alongside remarks and performances by Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, and Patrice Michaels—Carnegie Hall celebrates and honors the groundbreaking icon who gave so much of herself to ensure a more just world for us all.


Friday

In Person: LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

November 20, 11 am-5 pm

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—grab your family photo on the LEGO sleigh, meet new LEGO reindeer, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, and more! Advance timed tickets required.

Art Museum Virtual Playdate: Feast Your Eyes

November 20, 10:30 am

 

In this live virtual program, engage in playful discussions, sketching challenges, and other fun activities. Look at food-filled works of art, compare a historical kitchen to your own, sketch festive feasts, and create wacky surrealist recipes.​ For ages 4–7 and their grown-ups. Free; pre-register online.

STEM with Miss Ashley

November 20, noon

 

Miss Ashley does an Aging Apple Experiment on Facebook Live. You will need an apple, containers, vinegar, and water.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Fish!

November 20, 2 pm
Join Harmonica Sunbeam for a virtual, accessible Drag Queen Story Hour program. A visual schedule guides your child through a fish-themed program that includes stories, songs, and a fish craft activity.

In Person: Wild Lights Opens at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 20, 5-9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

With new lights and decorative attractions, and with more animals on exhibit, this year’s Wild Lights is sure to be brighter than ever! Take a stroll through a glistening forest, or visit with big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself (this year, Santa will appear at the window of his workshop to greet guests and pose for photos). Advance tickets and masks required.

In Person: Dashin’ thru the…Lights!

November 20, 5-9 pm

Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Take a family fun two-mile run/jog/walk through the spectacular Holiday Light Show! To keep everyone safe and healthy this year, there are have two dates and timed ticketing starting at 5 pm and ending at 9 pm. Pre-register online for your timeslot.

In Person: Winter in Franklin Square Light Show

November 20, 5-10 pm

Franklin Square

 

More than 100,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square’s updated fountain show, timed to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS. There are two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 5 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the square’s holiday activities, you can catch them both.

Bedtime Story with Elsa

November 20, 7 pm

 

Join Queen Elsa free on Facebook Live for a bedtime story and lullaby.


Weekend Events

Winter in Franklin Square

November 19—December 31

Showtimes: Every half-hour from 5—9 pm (Sunday—Thursday), 5—10 pm (Friday—Saturday)

200 N. Sixth St.

 

More than 100,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square’s updated fountain show, timed to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS. There are two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 5 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the square’s holiday activities, you can catch them both. And you’ll definitely want to because this year in addition to the carousel, Franklin Square is debuting Chilly Philly Mini Golf, a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Masks and social distancing are required.

Winter at Dilworth Park and Christmas Village

Through February 2021; Christmas Village previews this weekend, and then runs Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve

Dilworth Park and LOVE Park

 

Dilworth gets activated with the Rothman Ice Rink and Cabin, and the picturesque Wintergarden. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, a new online reservation system and limited rink capacity will be put in place for skating. The new online reservations system will provide safe contactless purchasing opportunities with scheduled timed, 90-minute skating sessions in order to control the rink capacity for skaters. This weekend, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market arrives in Dilworth, along with Christmas Village’s preview weekend. Shop one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from Philly makers and international vendors, take a ride on the carousel, and more. See our preview for COVID restrictions and more information.

Holiday Market at Terrain

November 21 and 22

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Terrain gets in the holiday spirit as their festive tree yard opens. Plus, the Glen Mills location will have a weekly Market featuring some favorite makers and artisans offering their most special wares, as well as Terrain décor and lighting. Live music will accompany the festiveness, and look out for some snow at the market too—they’ll have the snow machines running to create some winter magic!

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 20—December 30, 5—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

With new lights and decorative attractions, and with more animals on exhibit, this year’s Wild Lights is sure to be brighter than ever! Take a stroll through a glistening forest, or visit with big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself (this year, Santa will appear at the window of his workshop to greet guests and pose for photos). Advance tickets and masks required.

A Longwood Christmas

November 20—January 10

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Stroll among a winter wonderland of half-a-million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, enjoy live holiday music on select dates, and visit the whimsical Garden Railway for some added magic throughout the season. Timed admission tickets are required.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 21—January 10

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, take a stroll through musical, dancing lights of Candy Cane Lane. And be sure to visit the farmer’s market for treats, too! Tickets available online.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

November 21—January 3

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

During the holidays, Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

 


Saturday

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

November 21, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Virtual Family Wellness Hour

November 21, 11 am

 

Family members of all ages are invited to join Team Nourishing Literacy in literacy, movement, and cooking activities! Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Snapology: The Great Tower Challenge

November 21, 11 am

 

Join Penn Wynne Library and Snapology online for a free LEGO-based class for ages 6-11. Pre-registration is required, as spots are limited.

Virtual Baking Class: Soft Pretzels

November 21, 1 pm

 

Kids will learn how to make their own pretzel dough and shape it into sticks, nuggets, or classic pretzel shapes and create their own custom creations – sweet or savory! Baking class is for ages 5 and up (with parental help). Pre-register online.

Virtual Drag Queen Story Hour: Trans Awareness Week

November 21, 4 pm

 

Featuring books celebrating trans youth, including Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff, and My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal and Trinity Nea, join Miz Jade on Instagram Live for a free Drag Queen Story Hour celebrating Transgender Awareness Week.

Virtual Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

November 21, 6 pm

 

Join Santa virtually for a special reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, a performance by NFA’s Note-ables, and a countdown to the Woodmere Museum tree lighting. Pre-register online for access to the virtual event.

Virtual Free Bedtime Story with Belle

November 21, 7:30 pm

 

Princess Belle will share a bedtime story, sing a song, and wish your little ones goodnight in this free Facebook Live.


Sunday

Virtual Cooking Class: Homemade Doritos

November 22, 11 am

 

Pre-register online for this family cooking class that will teach you how to make gameday snacks! Each week is a different snack, so check back for your favorite.

Virtual Hamilton Dance Class: The Schuyler Sisters

November 22, 11 am

 

Work, work! Kids ages 8-13 can learn the dance for “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton in this online class. Pre-register online.

Virtual Sundays on Stage: Keepers of the Culture

November 22, 2 pm

 

Celebrate the African and African-American oral tradition, with storytelling from the Philadelphia ensemble group, who inform, educate and enrich through their rich tapestry of tales. This show will be shared live on Free Library of Philadelphia’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FLPYouthServices/).

Virtual Family Cooking Class: DIY Pizza Night + House Salad

November 22, 5 pm

 

Sunday nights are a great time to set aside to make dinner together. This week, it’s pizza and salad! Pre-register online.

Virtual Princess Storytime with Gladwyne Library

November 22, 7 pm

 

Join the Gladwyne Library and a mystery princess for a special fairytale bedtime storytime. Free; pre-registration required.

Virtual Disney World Escape Room

November 22, 7 pm

 

In this one-time class, kids ages 9-14 will solve cryptograms and ciphers to escape from Magic Kingdom. Students will travel around Magic Kingdom solving clues, and visit all kinds of great locations throughout the park to escape! Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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