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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week: September 27-October 3

At home and in person, plan your week!

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

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Center City Restaurant Week

September 18-30

 

Center City Restaurant Week is offering diners a three-course dinner for $40, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $25 at dozens of great restaurants around town. Participating restaurants are offering their multi-course prix-fixe menus for dining in (both indoors and outdoors), and takeout. Check out our top picks for the week!

2021 Fringe Festival

September 9-October 3

Citywide (and virtual)

 

This annual citywide celebration of contemporary art and performance will feature hundreds of both live and streaming performances throughout the city. While many performances are more for adults, there is something for everyone! Family-friendly picks include circusShakespearedance, and more. Streaming and virtual options include The Greatest ShowmanThe Frog Prince, and a scavenger hunt!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds. Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins; their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

Dragonbutter

September 2-October 3

JUNK, 200 Spring Garden St.

 

Dragonbutter is a thrilling and immersive performance that puts you deep inside a sci-fi adventure. Throughout the experience, visitors will explore a multitude of experimental themed rooms, which include live dance performances, mazes, and puzzles, all leading up to the grand finale, a final fight against the “Boss.” For ages 13 and up. Tickets available online.

Candytopia

Now through December 31

901 Market St.

 

This immersive– and highly instaworthy– pop-up devoted to all things sweet returns to Fashion District Philadelphia for a second limited run. Jump in the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions, and much more– plus candy in every room! Advance tickets required online. 

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

Through November 1; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 11
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A quarter-mile of track weaves its way through an intricate display featuring Philadelphia-area landmarks made of natural materials like bark, pinecones, and stones. Model trains and cable cars navigate the tunnels, bridges, and turns all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. 

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through November 28

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.


Monday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

September 27, 10 am

Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Ave.

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Creative Babies in the Park

September 27, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Share bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music. Meet at the Youth Services entrance and walk to the park together. Bring your own blanket. Free; pre-register online.

Baby Storytime with Parkway Central Library

September 27, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.

 

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine Street) for Baby Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for kids ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Weather-permitting. 

Gladwyne Toddler Storytime

September 27, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park

 

Bring a blanket and meet at Gladwyne Park for storytime for ages 0-4. Pre-register online.


Tuesday

Schuylkill Center Sprouts

September 28, 9:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Together with a favorite grown-up, Sprouts will discover and explore the wonders of nature through sensory-focused classes. This six-week series for little ones ages 2-3 years features walks, songs, and stories. Pre-register for the full series, or drop in for $30 (if space allows).

Mister John’s Music at Kith + Kin

September 28, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy. all full of surprises and set to your favorite tunes from your favorite artists! This is an all-ages, BYO instruments class. Pre-register online ($25 for drop-in).

Outdoor Storytimes in Starr Garden

September 28; 10 am (toddler and preschool) and 11 am (baby)

600 Lombard St.

 

Join Ms. Lindsay from Charles Santore Library for stories, songs, and movement. Toddler and preschool storytime at 10 am; baby storytime at 11 am. In case of bad weather, cancellations will be noted on the library’s Facebook page.

Toddler Time in the Park

September 28, 10 am

Outside of Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Stories, finger plays, puppets, rhymes, dancing, and music liven the atmosphere as concepts such as colors, numbers, and letters are introduced. The program is about 20 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor Yoga Storytime

September 28, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, located on the Parkway, across the street from Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St.

 

At Yoga Storytime with Ms. Becky, children will learn how yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathing can help them manage their emotions, self-soothe, and experience a more meaningful life. Incorporating yoga poses into read-alouds of picture books, move along with children’s yoga music and guided meditations by Bari Koral to help build strength, flexibility, and literacy. Wear something comfy and be ready to move, play, and have fun! Mats are available to borrow, or you can bring your own. Best for ages 2-5.

Storytime in Lovett Park

September 28, 10:30 am

6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs, and silliness. Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers. This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.

Imagine More: Story Adventures with Thembi Palmer

September 28, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park, 921 Youngs Ford Rd., Gladwyne

 

Children ages 3-5 will be immersed in “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” through expressive movements with instruments, actions, and songs. Space is limited to 15 children. Only one caregiver per child. Registration required.

Outdoor Storytime at Belmont Hills Library

September 28, 10:30 am

120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Bring your blanket and join the Belmont Hills Library for a special outdoor storytime on the lawn.

Little Yogis

September 28, 11 am

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue

 

Take a fun and playful yoga journey led by Sarah of Surya Moon Yoga. Learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and strong, healthy bodies. Children and parents will practice how to center themselves through breathing and relaxation. This class is designed for families with kiddos aged 2 to 5 years old, but anyone is welcome. Bring your own yoga mats and/or beach towels to practice on. This program will take place outside, at the library. Physical distancing and masks are required.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

September 28, 11 am

1935 Shunk St.

 

Join Miss Sunita for Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday. Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket. Weather permitting.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

September 28, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

September 28, 1 pm

 

Join Museum educators to investigate the natural materials, symbols, and making process of tapa cloths through close study of barkcloth in the Museum’s collection. Plan a design with drawings of animals, flowers, or patterns you see in your own community. This 45-minute session with the Penn Museum is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.


Wednesday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

September 29, 9:30 am

811 Bowman Avenue, Wynnewood

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Stories and Songs for Pre-Walkers  in the Park

September 29, 10 am

Outside of Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

This gentle yet lively story time features bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music while young babies sit comfortably close to their caregivers. This is exclusively for pre-walkers. Free; pre-register online.

Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

September 29, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine Street

 

Join Ms. Naomi at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine Street) for songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement! This program is intended for ages 6 and under and their caregivers. Adults and children over 2 must wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and stay home if they are unwell.

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

September 29, 10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Señora Maureene for a mini fiesta and storytime at Lulu’s!

 CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

September 29, 11 am

420 S. Perth St.

 

Babies and toddlers (ages 0-5) will learn Spanish songs and stories at this weekly outdoor playgroup. Bring your own blanket! $10 per family.

Outdoor Movie Night at Sunset Social: ‘Captain Marvel’

September 29, 6 pm

129 S. 30th St.

 

Ride the elevator to the top of the city, and gather on Cira Green for movie night with a view. Lawn games begin at 5 pm, and movies begin at 6 pm. Food and drink are available on site.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

September 30, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

From shakers to tambourines and drums, choose your favorite musical instrument to join the band and rock out with Sandcastle Fun Co. as they take kids ages 1-5 on a rock and roll journey. Drop-in passes available online.

Preschool Stories in the Park

September 30, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Sing, dance, imagine, learn, and, of course, read stories. A different letter of the alphabet will be featured each week. The program is about 30 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor Storytime at Franklin Square

September 30, 10:30 am

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Children under 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Independence Library’s Ms. Betsy at the Franklin Square Park in the pavilion (west of the mini golf course) for storytime.

Outdoor Storytime in West Philly

September 30, 10:30 am

40th and Locust streets

 

Join Ms. Echo and Mr. Bruce for outdoor storytime on Locust Walk! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

September 30, 10:30 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. For babies with caregivers; siblings welcome.

Preschool Storytime in Malcolm X Park

September 30, 11 am

5100 Pine St.

 

Stories, songs, and fun for ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Please follow current masking guidelines. 

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

September 30, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

STEM Shenanigans for Teens

September 30, 3:30 pm

Upper Darby Library – Sellers Branch, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Teens will create and test catapults. This program will take place in person, under a canopy tent, outside the Sellers Memorial Branch of the Upper Darby Township Library. All participants and facilitators will be masked and socially distanced. Free; pre-register online.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

September 30, 5–8 pm

Main Street, Manayunk

 

For the last time this season, Manayunk will host vendors, live music, live art, and more as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. Restaurants and businesses on the street will also have special deals for the night.

Virtual Pirate Fairy Story Time

September 30, 6:30 pm

 

Join Bala Cynwyd Library and the pirate fairy for some Pixie Hollow adventures as well as pirate lessons for this fun interactive storytime. Free; registration required for Zoom link. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.


Friday

Dilworth Park Hay Maze Opens!

October 1

1 S. 15th St.

 

The Albert M. Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth celebrates the arrival of autumn with a limited time pop-up the whole family can enjoy! Plus, beginning at noon, shop the Philadelphia Marketplace for unique finds from local small businesses and makers.

Sand Jam Music and Movement

October 1, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

In this Jamboree style class, kids ages 1-4 will explore engaging movement activities through a dynamic musical lens with Sandcastle Fun Co. Drop-in passes available online.

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

October 1, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Join Baby Wordplay for their SPark (Storyplays in the Park) series! Baby Wordplay storyplays are literacy-rich, fun opportunities to engage your little one with reading, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Best for ages 6 weeks to 5 years but all ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket and water, and wear a mask. $20 drop-in (if space allows).

Members’ Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences

October 1, 3–9 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Chat with museum experts, participate in unique activities, and enjoy the museum after hours! Members’ Night is an annual family-friendly open house for Academy members only. Timed, advanced registration is required online to control capacity.

Koresh Kids Dance Free Outdoor Class

October 1, 3:30 pm

DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th St.

 

Join Koresh for a free kids’ dance class at the playground! Pre-register online, or just show up!

American Street First Friday Fall Fest

October 1, 5 pm

American and Jefferson streets

 

Visit with over a dozen local makers and artists selling their products right outside of New Liberty and Punch Buggy, and enjoy live music. This month, the event will also feature a spooky fall theme!

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square

October 1—31, 6—10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises! While you’re there, the Franklin Square Fountain runs shows every 30 minutes with synchronized lights and music. Advanced timed tickets are required available online at historicphiladelphia.org.    

Parents’ Night Out Drop-Off Care at Primp and Play

October 1, 6–8:30 pm

1520 Locust Street, Second Floor

 

Go on a dinner date meet up with a friend or just take a few moments to yourself while you child hangs out at Primp & Play for a special evening. Kids will enjoy making crafts, a fun snack, and a movie while you go and do whatever you choose! Space is limite, so pre-register online.

Rent

October 1, 7:30 pm

Facetime Theatre, 400 Franklin Avenue, Suite 109, Phoenixville

 

This 90s Broadway favorite comes to Phoenixville, and is great for teens and up. Tickets available online.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes: ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’

October 1, sundown

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.

 

Enjoy $7 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a 1950’s campy sci fi movie in the courtyard! Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited, and you may bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie. Buy tickets online.


Weekend Events

Franklin Fright

Weekends from October 1–31

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Spooky science, scary live shows, and other frightfully fun, family-friendly festivities take over the museum this October. Come dressed in your best costume and trick-or-treat indoors, through iconic exhibits with surprises behind each of the festive doors! Meet monsters, mummies, and magicians while collecting tasty treats! Included with admission; bring your own bag for trick-or-treating. Masks are required for all guests age 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through November 28

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square

October 1—31, 6—10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises! While you’re there, the Franklin Square Fountain runs shows every 30 minutes with synchronized lights and music. Advanced timed tickets are required available online at historicphiladelphia.org.    

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat

October 2 through November 14

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Celebrate the spookiest time of the year at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Create your own LEGO pumpkin, pose with Bonesy, find all the scary scenes in a Miniland scavenger hunt, and much more!

Caretoons Family Weekend at National Liberty Museum

October 2 and 3, 10 am-5 pm

321 Chestnut St.

 

In honor of the Caretoons exhibit now on display at the NLM, Caretoons Family Weekend is all about celebrating and giving back! Enjoy comic-inspired games, prizes, photo ops, artist spotlights, and creative workshops.  Pay-what-you-wish tickets available online.

Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest

September 24–October 30

Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

Fall Fest at Morgan’s Pier always brings a full month of special events, fall food and drinks, and family fun to the waterfront. Events include weekend pumpkin carving (pick a pumpkin for $5 to $10 and carve it!), fall decor, seasonal treats, and local brews. Reservations are recommended for table service; walk-ins are welcome for all bar areas.

Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

October 2-31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 14th year with the 2021 theme, Heroes! The creative scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum, and visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 7

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun! The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards and Hayrides to the Witch’s House

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys, and fall decorations of all kinds. Visit the friendly Witch’s House in the woods. She tells stories, jokes and gives all of the kids a Halloween treat! Join a campfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy apple cider.  Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins; their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

Shady Brook Farm Fall Fest

Wednesdays through Sundays, September 24 through October 31

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

In addition to picking fresh apples and pumpkins, kids can also have fun with the giant corn maze, playground, pedal go-carts, and more. Tickets available online.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates from September 24 through November 13

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

 

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, this brand-new seasonal festival offers more variety with 15 different spooky attractions, transforming abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into immersive, interactive environments. The experience includes two haunted houses (which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience), a 3D fun house, two immersive walkthrough experiences, three live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections. Visitors can also take a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison’s complex history. ‘Halloween Nights’ is recommended for kids 12 and older; children under the age of seven are not permitted. Tickets available online. Masks are required in all indoor spaces,  regardless of vaccination status.

2021 Fringe Festival

September 9-October 3

Citywide (and virtual)

 

This annual citywide celebration of contemporary art and performance will feature hundreds of both live and streaming performances throughout the city. While many performances are more for adults, there is something for everyone! Family-friendly picks include circusShakespearedance, and more. Streaming and virtual options include The Greatest ShowmanThe Frog Prince, and a scavenger hunt!

Dragonbutter

September 2-October 3

JUNK, 200 Spring Garden St.

 

Dragonbutter is a thrilling and immersive performance that puts you deep inside a sci-fi adventure. Throughout the experience, visitors will explore a multitude of experimental themed rooms, which include live dance performances, mazes, and puzzles, all leading up to the grand finale, a final fight against the “Boss.” For ages 13 and up. Tickets available online.

Safety Weekend at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 2 and 3

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Learn all about safety and the heroes that serve our community. On Saturday, visit with the Fire Department (and explore firetrucks), and on Sunday the Police Department visits. Included with admission.

Seussical, Jr.

October 1 – 3

Methacton Community Theatre, at Variety Club Recreation Hall, 2950 Potshop Road, Worcester

 

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

Through November 1; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.


Saturday

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

October 2, 10 am—4 pm

51 N. 12th St.

 

Reading Terminal Market will shut down Filbert Street food and beverage specials, scarecrow stilt walkers, face painting, and free arts and crafts activities.

Chester River Festival

October 2, 10 am—3 pm

Subaru Park, 1 Stadium Dr., Chester

 

A day of family fun and watershed learning along the Delaware River Waterfront. Try your hand at water quality testing, take a tour of the stadium to learn how the turf is sustainably managed, and visit the nearby community garden. Plus crafts, music, pizza, and more.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

October 2, 10 am—4 pm

Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave.

 

A day of family entertainment, food, music, and re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown at this historic site.

Artisan Food Pop-Up Market

October 2, 10 am – 2 pm
Wayne Picnic Grove Tent, 111 North Wayne Ave, Wayne

 

Support local! Culinary Harvest is hosting its first-ever pop-up market. Typically an online subscription marketplace that is a co-op of many small, local, artisan food purveyors and more, this time they’re hosting these same partners for you to shop in person! Don’t miss vendors like Kismet Bagels, Milk Jawn, Sweet Jazmines, Eclat Chocolate, and more!

Peter Pan

October 2, 10 am

Hedgerow Farmhouse, 146 W. Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley

 

Join Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell for this family-friendly show full of adventure, friendship and pixie dust! Make sure to bring your favorite beach chair and blanket for this outdoor performance. Advance tickets required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Chalk Mob in Linwood Park

October 2, 10 am–2 pm

Linwood Park, Ardmore

 

The theme this year is “Live. Life. Loud.” It’s a powerful sentiment that encourages you to make the most of every moment and be yourself. Artists will outline simple drawings with uplifting and positive messages, and will encourage members of the community to add color.  This is truly a community event and all ages are asked to participate.

Kids Build It: Halloween Light Up Project

October 2, 10 am

Nailed It DIY Studio, 256 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

 

Art-Tenders will guide your child through building their very own Halloween Light Up Project. Choose from one of eight spooktacular designs and your child will choose colors, and lights during their session. This project is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Tickets available online.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

October 2, 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.

Create Your Own Magical Unicorn or Dragon Terrarium

October 2, 10:30 am

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore

 

This workshop will introduce young gardeners to plant care and responsibility all while exploring the magical miniature world of terrariums. Containers, plants, gardening materials, and care sheets included in ticket price ($15 per terrarium).  This class is recommended for children ages 5-12. This workshop will be held outdoors (and under the protection of a tent in case of inclement weather). Pre-registration required online. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ardmore Costume Dog Parade

October 2, 11 am

Schauffele Plaza, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore

 

A juried Costume Dog Parade with prizes! After the parade, enjoy face painting, balloon artist, music, sidewalk sales, food specials, and more throughout downtown Ardmore and Suburban Square.

Parkway Pals: Hip Hop Fundamentals

October 2, 11 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Young visitors will learn the building blocks and history of hip-hop dancing through an interactive and educational performance.

River Days at The Discovery Center

October 2, 11 am–2 pm

3401 Reservoir Drive

 

Enjoy hands-on activities throughout the day and stay for a live performance of the Cultural Heritage Fund Group, comprised of citizens of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape tribe.

Autumn Bounty Festival at Terrain

October 2, 11 am–4 pm

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; and 138 Lancaster Ave., Devon

 

Join Terrain at both locations for shopping, entertainment, performances, kids’ activities, and more.

Pennypack Fall Festival and Arts and Crafts Show

October 2, 11 am–4 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.

 

Art vendors fill the parking lot to display their creations. There will also be cider pressing, pumpkin painting, and other fun for the whole family.

Italian American Heritage Festival

October 2, 11:30 am–6:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, Media

 

Join the Coalition of Italian American Organizations of Delaware Valley for a day of music, food, and family fun.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

October 2, noon–3 pm

Cira Green, 129 S. 30th St.

 

An afternoon of cartoons on the big screen, lawn games, and food and drink specials atop the city.

Drag Queen Storytime at Out & About in MNYK

October 2, 1 pm

Main Street, Manayunk

 

Part of Manayunk’s weekend celebrating National Coming Out Day and highlighting LGBTQ+ organizations, join Miss Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia for stories of love, acceptance, and individuality.

Upper Darby International Festival

October 2, 1–5 pm

100 block of Garrett Road, Upper Darby

 

Stroll the street and discover Upper Darby’s rich cultural diversity through food, live performances, and fun activities for the whole family. The festival will feature one main stage to watch a roster of cultural performances – from dancing to martial arts and live music – and a Parade of Nations ceremony featuring flags representing the dozens of home countries of Upper Darby’s residents.

Fall Festival and Concert at Tacony Creek Park

October 2, 1–5 pm

Olney Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue

 

Gather at the park for live music, nature games, arts and crafts, giveaways, and more. The event is part of River Days of the Alliance for Watershed Education.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Halloween Town’

October 2, 7 pm

Campbell Square, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave.

 

Bring a chair or blanket for a free outdoor movie night to get you in the Halloween spirit and kick off spooky season!

Rent

October 2, 7:30 pm

Facetime Theatre, 400 Franklin Avenue, Suite 109, Phoenixville

 

This 90s Broadway favorite comes to Phoenixville, and is great for teens and up. Tickets available online.


Sunday

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

October 3, 10 am-5 pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes! Plus, learn how wellness relates to art and creativity through fun family activities. And don’t miss Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair happening outside the museum! Free; pre-registration online.

Frozen, Jr.

October 3, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street, Media

 

Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Tickets available online.

Fall Foliage Express at West Chester Railroad

October 3, noon and 2 pm
230 E Market St., West Chester

 

Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley from their heated train as you take a 90-minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills and return.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

October 3, 1–4 pm

The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St.

 

Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum! Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and more.

Tredyffrin Roots Festival

October 3, 3–5:30 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

 

Bring a blanket and gather outside behind the Tredyffrin Public Library to enjoy live music, water ice and treats, a celebation of the new rain garden, and more. The event is free to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person; all money raised supports the Environmental Advisory Council and Parks Foundation.

Jazz on the Parkway

October 3, 4 pm

Capriccio Café and Bar at Cret Park, 110 N. 16th St.

 

Local jazz ensembles will perform every Sunday afternoon at Cret Park. Grab a drink or snack, or just grab some lawn seating to enjoy the music.

 

 

 

Photograph by J. Fusco, courtesy of Historic Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer

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