Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 14th, 15th and 16th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 14th, 15th and 16th







Friday

1. Christmas at Longwood Gardens


Saturday 

2. 
Arasapha Farm Holiday Hayride


3.  WCU Live  presents Cashore Marionettes 


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4. Family Holiday Movie Day- Rudolph at Downingtown Library

5.   A Brandywine Christmas at Brandywine River Museum

6. 
Head to Michaels to make 
some Christmas Frames or Christmas T-Shirts


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7. Storytime and Activites featuring "Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes" at Barnes and Noble Exton

8. Brandywine Ballet presents the Nutcracker




Sunday  

9. Cinderella: A Musical Panto at People's Light

10.  Santa's Express on the West Chester Rail Road




* Check out our calendar for more ideas

**Don't forget our Holiday Event Guide for family fun this holiday season

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Break Camps in Chester County














Are you looking for some fun for the kids during Winter Break? Here's some great Winter Break Camps for you to check out!




December 26-28

Please join us at The Center on Central for our In-Service and Holiday creative arts camp for children in grades K-5, as we continue our Summer Camp fun on selected school days off!

Full day, half day and extended day morning/afternoon options are available



 Dec 26-28

It’s always difficult to figure out what to do with your kids during those times when they are off from school during the year. We have the solution. Kids who love our summer camp are just as excited about our School Camp!!! School Camp is similar to our summer camp program and is held during the school year when school is not in session. At Chester County Sports Arena spring break camp, kids enjoy such activities as skating, sports, moon bounces, hamster balls, and gaga ball. 


United Sports 

December 26th and 28th
January 2nd -4th

Our United Sports Camp staff knows how important it is for parents to have quality care for their children when school is not in session. We are offering you a safe and fun environment for your school-aged children on these days.

Friday, December 7, 2018

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 7th and 8th

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 23rd - December 24th

This year marks our 26th 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 to find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.







Jack Frost at the Media Theater
Sundays at Noon from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30

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. 









December 24th - December 31st



Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!





NOW – DECEMBER 23

On one remarkable Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who show him past, present—and possible future. You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long musical adaptation for kids that uses traditional songs to highlight Dickens’ magical story. Deck the halls as our holiday spirits travel beyond the footlights, right into your very own heart.





November 4 - January 6

Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People’s Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As “the nation’s primary creator of such specialized tomfoolery” (Newsworks), we invite you to cheer our heroes, “boo” the bad guys, and sing along as we transport the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers to the roaring 1920s.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 7th, 8th & 9th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 7th, 8th and 9th







Friday

1.  Country Christmas First Friday in Downtown Oxford


Saturday 

2. 
Christmas at Longwood Gardens

3. SantaFest at
The American Helicopter Museum


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4. Breakfast with Santa at East Brandywine Fire Company  (reservations required)

5. Santa Visits The Mill at Anselma

6. 
Head to Michaels to make 
some Dashing Reindeer

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7. Storytime and Activites featuring "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" at Barnes and Noble Exton

8. Brandywine Ballet presents the Nutcracker




Sunday  

9. Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion

10.  Santa's Express on the West Chester Rail Road




* Check out our calendar for more ideas

**Don't forget our Holiday Event Guide for family fun this holiday season

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nutcracker Performances in the Philadelphia Area

Make memories with the kids by watching the Nutcracker come to life on stage this holiday season.


December 15th and 16th 

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 7 - 10 a.m.
December 8 - 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
December 9 - 2 p.m.
December 13 - 10 a.m.
December 15 - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 16 - 5 p.m.


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



December 7th - 31st

What would the holidays be without George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®? Whether it’s your first or thirty-first time seeing Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of the classic, watching the timeless story brought to life is always a delight. From a festive family party, to the exciting battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and the delectable journey through the Land of Sweets, Marie’s magical story is thrilling for the young – and young at heart.




Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy

Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm


Saturday, December 15th at 2:0 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™!


December 8th and 9th 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 and a Sensory Friendly Abridged on December 8th at 11am


Monday, December 3, 2018

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 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th and  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 23rd - December 22nd

Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA, and back.




Nov 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures: Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 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!





Trips run November 23,24,25, 30 
December 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16

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 November 25th  - December 23rd

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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Light Displays in the Philadelphia Area




Everyone loves to watch the twinkling lights displays in the area. For more holiday events check out our Holiday Event Guide.



Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly November 30th through Jan. 1st 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 22nd - January 6th


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 2018 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 2018

November 22nd  – 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 15th- 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 8th

Independence Seaport Museum annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 8th. 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.



2018 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 17 through Jan. 6
5 pm to 10 pm

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2018 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).