Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 15, 16, and 17

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 15th, 16th and 17th



1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2. Visit Longwood Gardens for a Longwood Christmas


Head to Michaels to make candy cane decorations

4. Chick-fil-A Lionville Breakfast with Santa Cow and Elf Cow

" River Rose and the Magical Christmas" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light

7. Skate with Santa at Chester County Sports Arena

8. RTC presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play


Brandywine Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker at WCU

10. Drive through the beautiful Herrs Factory Light Display

* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Review of Arden Children's Theatre Presents Peter Pan

Are you looking for an adventure this holiday season? Maybe one that will take you to “where dreams are born, and time is never planned.  Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Neverland.”  I know just the place that will take you to Neverland. Arden Theatre Company celebrates the 20th Anniversary Season of Arden Children’s Theatre with Peter Pan.  

My family and I had the chance to see this amazing show.  If you have been to the Arden Theatre for a show before you know that they always add a different perspective to the original story.  With Peter Pan, the story is the same but it's brought to life in a new way.

The story starts out with Wendy as a mother raising her daughter Jane.  Some of my favorite characters from Peter Pan are also grown up.  Michael, Wendy's brother is there and so is Charlotte, Wendy, and Michael's mother.  Wendy's daughter asks for the family to tell her a bedtime story about Peter Pan.  The family recounts their past adventures with Peter Pan.  As Jane falls asleep the audience is taken back in time to when Wendy first met Peter Pan and how she and Micheal flew to Neverland with Peter.  Don't fret Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys and even Tiger Lily are all part of the story.

I always love how creative the Arden Theatre is about how they tell a story.  It's always outside of the box, which I feel helps the children in the audience to encourage them to use their imaginations.  My two favorite creative effects in the story were the lights they used for Tinker Bell and the camper becoming the crocodile.

I grew up reading and watching the movie Peter Pan as a child but seeing it as an adult/mother, the story took on a whole new meaning.  As a child, I thought that going to a magical place with no responsibilities or parents meant a world of fun and adventure.  As a mom, I realized that when Wendy allowed Jane to go to Neverland with Peter Pan she was letting go as a mother and allowing Jane to grow up and spread her wings.  

Don't miss the chance to see an amazing show with your family this holiday season.  Peter Pan is now playing through January 28th.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Theater/ Holiday Shows in the Philadelphia Area

Carve out some family time this holiday season by catching some great shows that are happening in the Philadelphia area this holiday season.

December 8th and 9th

The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – a performance group featuring the region’s most talented teens – brightens the holiday season with the family show.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Shooting Stars as they light up the stage with the annual Holiday Show

November 24th - December 24th

This year marks our 24th annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from miser to man who honors Christmas in his heart, as adapted by internationally known playwright Nagle Jackson. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.

Jack Frost Saves Christmas at the Media Theater

Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon from Nov. 26 through Dec. 31

The rollicking, merry, and heartfelt musical is all about a boy who is unique because everything he touches turns to ice. Jack Frost appears out of a snow bank and meets four humorous animals: a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a raccoon. He then escapes from the North Pole and finds himself in a ‘mistaken identity’ situation. Featuring Austy Hicks as Jack Frost and Roger Ricker as Mr. Holly.

November 22 - January 21 

Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in the film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new production that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination. Join Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no chores, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, a horde of mischievous Lost Boys, Nana the dog, and – last but not least – a very hungry, ticking crocodile.

December 24th - December 28th

Celebrate what’s possible as the adventures of five daring Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her estranged sister Elsa sets her on a perilous journey to mend their bond, and stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel breaks out of her tower and teams up with an unlikely companion, Flynn Rider, as she goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Armed only with courage, Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s rough exterior. With help from her friends and a little magic, Cinderella is determined to make the wish in her heart come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

*photo courtesy of Arden Theatre

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nutcracker Performances in the Philadelphia Area

December 16th and 17th
The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Nutcracker is an expertly choreographed and beautifully executed masterpiece that is as family friendly as it is unique. This “Children’s Nutcracker” showcases the breadth of talent being cultivated within the studios of the academy, with soloist and semi-soloist roles being played by pre-teen and teen ballerina’s in training.

December 9th and 10th at 2pm

Description:'Tis the season for magic, family, and fun as the beauty and joy of the Nutcracker Ballet comes alive once again at the beautiful 300-seat Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University in Aston, PA. International Ballet Classique presents two full-length performances on December 9th and 10th, 2017 at 2pm.

December 8 - 10 a.m.
December 9 - 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
December 10 - 2 p.m.
December 14 - 10 a.m.
December 16 - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
December 17 - 5 p.m.

Performances are at The Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University

A magical tea time with the cast!

Sat, Dec 10th at 2:30 pm

Sun, Dec 11th at 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 17th at 12:30 pm

Join Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and many other characters of The Nutcracker for a special pre-performance tea party full of delights! Enjoy tea sandwiches, fruit tray, cookies, favors and don't forget to bring your camera! The Tea is held at The Philips Memorial Library. Simply walk downstairs to the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall for the performance of The Nutcracker!

December 8th - 31st

Be enchanted by the Philadelphia region's most beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. For 47 years, families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet's production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes by Peter Horne and Judanna Lynn and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. The renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir raises their voices with the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra to bring Tschaikovsky's unforgettable score to life.

Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy
Sunday, December 1o at 2:30 pm

Saturday, December 16 at 12 pm

Join the star of Philadelphia's most anticipated holiday tradition for a magical afternoon of tea and tutus. Enjoy a delectable buffet and photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy and experience a captivating matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™!

*photo courtesy of Brandywine Ballet Company

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Light Displays in the Philadelphia Area

The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly Dec. 1 through Jan. 7th in Rose Tree Park, Route 252, in Upper Providence.  Free admission. For information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 610-891-4455

Christmas at Longwood Gardens
November 23rd - January 7th

Half a million outdoor lights and holiday magic await you during Longwood's incomparable Christmas display. Enjoy dazzling trees and seasonal concerts. The Music Room hosts a special, themed holiday display. Kids of all ages will delight in a miniature Garden Railway decked out for the holidays. Thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, artemisia, begonias, cyclamen, hybrid lilies, kalanchoes, paperwhites, red-berried plants and many other flowers flourish inside acres of heated glass conservatories. Living wreaths, swags, and live floral trees adorn rooms throughout the Conservatory. Included in Gardens admission.

Holiday Light Show and Dickens Village Macy's Center City

THE 2017 CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW runs hourly from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve day check website for times. The DICKENS VILLAGE (Floor 3) is open continuously during the same period from 10am to 7pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2017

November 23rd  – January 1st
Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
15-minute shows at the top of each hour
(Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.)

The magic of the holidays come alive in “The Comcast Holiday Spectacular,” a must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia, entertaining people of all ages and spreading holiday cheer.

Herr's Christmas Snacktacular

Take a ride in the comfort of your car and drive through the beautiful light displays on the Herr's property.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 9 - December 31st

Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 9 - December 31st, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for handmade, artisanal gifts at the Holiday Market.

Seaport Parade of Lights
December 9th

Independence Seaport Museum annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 9th. The lighted boat parade features our working port, with tugboats and other vessels decorate within lights. Before the parade, spend the day inside the Museum for holiday activities and entertainment. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River.
December 1st and 2nd

Get in the holiday spirit with caroling, a puppet show, a jazz ensemble, bake sale, Santa visit, tree lighting, horse and carriage rides, hayrides, gingerbread house making and much more

2017 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 18 through Jan. 7
5 pm to 10 pm

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2017 Holiday Light Show!
Encounter whimsical holiday displays and familiar characters.
Drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting).
Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up some s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, marshmallows, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market).

November 20-January 1
5:30pm  -9:30 pm

New to Dilworth Park this season! Center City District, in collaboration with 6abc, brings City Hall to life this holiday season with the Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross. This FREE nightly choreographed light show, projected onto Philadelphia's Historic City Hall, happens every hour on the half hour and more frequently on weekends through January 1, 2018.

Following each show, City Hall will remain in color, in order to highlight the architecture of the building until the next show begins.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Train Rides With Santa in the Philadelphia Area

Make some holiday memories take a train ride with your family and Santa or even hop on the Polar Express.  Order your tickets early because many of these experiences sell out early.

Night Before Christmas Train

November 30th
December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th  21st and 22nd

This very unique train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk as the train rolls along. After the train ride, children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car.

Santa’s Paradise Express

November 24th - December 17th

Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA, and back.
November 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures on Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23

All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on our heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap inside the station. Remember your cameras! Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa!

The Polar Express on The Delaware River Railroad

Trips run November 24,25,26 
December 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17
Friday 6 & 8 pm, Saturday 2,4,6,& 8 pm, Sunday 2,4,6 pm
Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express. Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE.
Experience the joy of singing songs with our roaming hobos, be amazed at our Juggling Chef and make your wishes in person to Santa himself!

Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas 
10:30 a.m. (Dec. 16 ONLY),
12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Our top 10 picks for this weekend  December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd



 Register to make a Gingerbread House at Home Depot

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light

7. Santa’s Paradise Express on the Strasburg Railroad

8. Go on an adventure to Neverland during Peter Pan at the Arden Theatre


Celebrations Around the World at the Penn Museum

10.   The Narberth Dickens Festival 

* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Fun at the Amusement Parks

Have some holiday fun riding your favorite rides, watching holiday shows and hanging out with your favorite characters this holiday season.

Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas

November 18th - December 31st

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place! For a one-of-a-kind family-friendly celebration with everyone's favorite furry friends. The fun starts with 3 special Christmas shows, awesome music and twinkling lights all around. Plus, you'll find more than 300 Christmas trees, including a huge celebratory tree decorated Sesame Street-style. The street will glow with festivities and come to life at night with our illuminated Street Party Parade. And the fun continues with a special Christmas menu, super holiday shopping and, of course, a visit with Santa.

Dutch Winter Wonderland

November 18th - December 30th

Dutch Winter Wonderland offers themed rides, games, and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights! Indoor activities include cookie decorating, voting for your favorite gingerbread house, and sharing holiday wishes with Santa. 

Hershey Park Christmas Candyland

November 10th - January 1st

The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's
 Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Breakfast With Santa in the Philadelphia Area

Make your reservations early to have an extra special meal with Santa this holiday season.

Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo
December 9th and 10th

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake breakfast with Santa. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and bring your camera to take photos. Make decorations and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters, all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early.

Breakfast with Santa at Chester County Historical Society
ecember 2nd

Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa! Children get to sit with Santa, share their Christmas lists, and of course, take photos.
Must register for this event!

Brunch with Santa at the Springfield Country Club

December 10th and December 17th

Enjoy a yummy brunch with Santa.  Reservations required 

Breakfast With Santa at the Philadelphia Zoo
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Seatings at 8am and 9am

Philadelphia Zoo guests are invited to celebrate the magic of the holiday season and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa Claus as he travels the globe to visit America’s first zoo. Tell Santa all your holiday wishes and be sure to bring your camera to capture the memories at this exclusive festive celebration. Professional photographer services will also be available for purchase at the event.