Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Delaware County Fall Events Guide

The kids are back to school and cooler weather is on the way. There are plenty of hayrides, apple festivals, pumpkin picking, and much more fall events happening in the area this fall.

October 7th

The 18th century comes alive during this annual event, with the sights, sounds, and smells of colonial America. This event features demonstrations of various historic skills and trades, including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, Native American skills, and much more. Listen to music by the Colonial Revelers, learn colonial dancing, and have your silhouette made. Visitors can shop in the festival’s Colonial Market for handmade goods, including cornmeal ground in the site’s 1704 grist mill. Young visitors will especially enjoy painting a pumpkin, taking a hay ride, and seeing interactive performances by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre! The Fall Harvest Festival is a full day of fun for all ages.

September 9th through November 5th

An annual trip to Pumpkinland has been a family tradition for generations of Delaware Valley Residents. During the months of September and October, Pumpkinland takes center stage at Linvilla Orchards. Larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, local history and some of the many stories of pumpkins and apples.

Now through November 4th

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a 15-acre farm located in Lancaster, with 50+ Farm Fun activities, including the Hay Chute Slide and Straw Bale Racer, Jump Pillow, Farm Tour Wagon Ride, Petting Zoo and Farm Experience Center, Corny’s Ball-cade, and everyone's favorite the Corn Maze.

September 23rd -October 29th

Visit Pumpkin Garden where your kids will love the pillow bounce, moon bounces the brand new barn bounce and pumpkin jump. Have a blast with the corn cannon. Mine for gems at our all new gem mining experience. Visit with the animals at the Petting Zoo. With train rides, pedal carts, hay bale mazes, and more the kids are sure to have fun! But the fun doesn’t end there! Take a hayride down to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your own pumpkin. Or see if how quickly you can find your way through the 5-acre corn maze.

September 22nd -October 30th

Linvilla Orchard's famous Hayride to the Witches’ House is a hayride to visit the friendly Witches’ House in the woods. The witch tells stories and jokes and gives all of the kids a treat. The hayride ends at a campfire where you receive a sample of apple cider and marshmallows to roast.

October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th

Philadelphia Zoo is adding a little green to your Halloween with the return of Boo at the Zoo!
Enjoy festive fall offerings available for purchase throughout the Zoo: hot apple cider, reusable Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bags and much more!
Set out on a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and discover your favorite animals in the form of life-size scarecrows!

September 22nd -October 31st

For 26 years, the Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been scaring its visitors with amazing props, digital FX, great actors and extraordinary professional makeup. The Haunted Hayride is a 25 minute, action packed, heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm.

September 16th - November 5th

Hayrides, Corn Maze, the Pumpkin Patch and all other attractions return on Sept. 16th. 
The Great Train Adventure Corn Maze -- Take a fascinating ride through the history of the railroad in America! Discover the role of early steam locomotives in the expansion of a newly formed nation. Maze design includes a dynamic view of a steam locomotive.

September 16th - October 30th

Every Weekend in the Fall. Activities including 
    Face paint, Scarecrow building (we provide clothes and hay, you assemble and can take home, Sand art, KidKorral and Hayrides  

October 19th-21st

Watch local artists carve huge pumpkins (5-9PM). See candle-lit carved pumpkins Fri.-Sat (5-9PM). All Three nights of family fun, food, live music, and hayrides!

November 17th -19th

Climb aboard our larger-than-life steam train and enjoy a 45-minute, round-trip ride through the tranquil Amish countryside to Paradise, PA, and back. Marvel at more than 1,000 acres of farm fields as they pass by your window.

October. 28th at 2pm [rain date: Oct. 30]

Everyone’s a kid again when it comes to Halloween horrors and freaky fun! Bring the family for another one of Media’s ‘monster’ street festivals. 

October 25th at 7pm

Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starts at 7pm for the West Chester Halloween Parade in downtown West Chester. Parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street.

September 11th - October 29th

Stroll among the scarecrows on display throughout the Village.

Pumpkin Days at Tyler Arboretum

October 14th -15th

Celebrate the season with Tyler’s Pumpkin Days celebration. Enjoy two days of family fun with music, games, crafts and more! Assemble your own scarecrow, pick a perfect pumpkin, and enjoy a hayride tour through Tyler’s fall colors. With stilt-walker-extraordinaire Samantha Hyman, face painting, balloon animals, and haunted tree houses there’s something for everyone.

September 30th -October 31st

See, touch, and say cheese for a festive fall photo with our pumpkins! Be sure not to miss our largest pumpkin on display, weighing in at more than 800 pounds in the Idea Garden's vegetable garden.

September 30th

The OPC Apple Festival is the perfect fall day trip destination! This free event for all ages will feature live entertainment, 80+ crafters, artisans, and vendors, demonstrations, delicious food (including food trucks and dozens of homemade apple pies!), kettle-cooked apple butter made on premises, old-fashioned pressed cider, silent auction, barrel train rides and lots of other fun activities for kids!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Delaware County Top 10 Weekend Events for September 15th, 16th and 17th

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



1.  Dance Me a Story at Middletown Free Library (registration required)

A New Twist on an Old Favorite: Family Game Night at the Penn Museum


3. Head to Michaels to make a fall leaf sign

4.  "Back to School Ready Everyday & ABC Yoga" with Allison DeSalvo’s YogAmi

5. Visit Pumpkin Land at Linvilla Orchards

6. Go on an adventure with Treasure Island at Hedgerow Theatre

7.  Family fun at the Devon Fall Classic

8.  Storytime and Crafts at Barnes and Noble  Broomall


9. Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road

10. Last chance to take a ride on the West Chester Railroad during the Summer Picnic Special

* Check out our calendar for more ideas 

Photo courtesy of Allison DeSalvo's World of Song

Monday, September 11, 2017

Register for 1st Start Lacrosse this fall

Register for 1st Start Lacrosse this fall!

Looking for a way to get your child interested in lacrosse? Are you looking for a starter program to get them comfortable and excited to run around and play the game??

After a fun spring season, 1st Start Lacrosse is moving to 3 different locations this fall!

1st Start Lacrosse is a program where the basics to the game are broken down and taught in a fun and exciting environment. It’s for children ages 3-7 and it will be coached by all former players now educators in the Philly area who have an extreme passion for the game.

1st Start is a 6 week program on Sundays starting September 24 where each session will be 60 minutes long. Lacrosse sticks (plastic) as well as our own 1st Start STARTer sticks will be provided at every session along with a 1st Start STARTer pack, where each child will receive a 1st Start T-Shirt, Sweatband, and Sticker!

There will be 3 different 1st Start locations this fall:

The Episcopal Academy
Class of 1940 Daniel Dougherty Field House
Newtown Square, PA
Time: 9-10 AM

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
Time: 11-12 PM (CLASS SOLD OUT!)
Time: 12:30-1:30

Bonner & Prendie High School
Drexel Hill, PA
Time: 2-3 PM

Make your child’s 1st Start at lacrosse one they will NEVER forget!!

Any questions about the program please contact John Bodnar at coachjohn@1ststartlacrosse.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Delaware County Top 10 Weekend Events for September 8th, 9th and 10th

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



1. Stock up on fall and winter clothing at the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale (all weekend)

2. Play K: Kindergarten Readiness at the Media-UP Free Library


3. Head to Michaels to make clay pot critters

4. Commemorate the Battle of the Brandywine during Chadds Ford Days (Saturday and Sunday)

5.  Pumpkin Land opens at Linvilla Orchards

6. Go on an adventure with Treasure Island at Hedgerow Theatre

7. Ridley Park's annual Victorian Fair at the Lake in Ridley Park. 

8.  Storytime and Crafts at Barnes and Noble  Broomall


9. Super Sunday in Downtown Media

10. Take a ride on the West Chester Railroad during the Summer Picnic Special

* Check out our calendar for more ideas 

* Photo courtesy of Just Between Friends Consignment Sale

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Just Between Friends of the Delaware Valley Consignment Sale

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
September 7th -10th

Do you have baby/children’s clothes, toys, and furniture that have been outgrown? Do you want to get rid of them and earn extra cash? If so, Just Between Friends is right for you.

Anyone can consign during this semi-annual event. Just register online, tag your items before the day of the sale using their on-line tagging system, and then drop them off at the sale. JBF does the rest.
  •  Consignors make 60% of their sales (consignors who also volunteer make 70%).
  • You set your own price and decide if your item is discounted during half price days
  • Consignors will receive a presale pass to shop before the public.
  • The fee to consign is only $10.
  • Consignors are required to have a minimum of 20 items or $100 worth of items.
  • With the on-line bar-coding system (www.myjbftags.com), it is easy to enter your tags and print them off.
  •  You will then be able to track your sales during the event
  • They accept seasonally appropriate clothing items during the sales as well as toys, books, and furniture.
If you don’t want to consign, you can shop for great deals on quality items.

Dates and Times for Shopping:

Wed., Sept. 6: 10 am–9 pm Presale Day
Thurs., Sept. 7: 9 am-7 pm (SALE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC)
Fri., Sept. 8: 9 am-7 pm – Public Shop (New Merchandise )
Sat., Sept. 9: 9 am-4 pm – Public Shop
Sun., Sept 10: 8 am-4 pm – Public Shop(50% OFF DAY)

Shopping Tips & Information
  • Wear comfortable shoes so you can get the good deals quickly.
  • Bring your child's measurements and a tape measure to check the items you are buying.
  • We prefer Cash but also accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover. 
  • Children are welcome during the public shopping hours however it gets very busy. If possible, we recommend getting a babysitter so you can enjoy your shopping experience.
  • We have a holding area and extra-large shopping bags for your convenience.
  • We are unable to allow children to play with the toys at the sale. Items are the property of consignors and if they are broken or separated they cannot be sold.

I participated in many of Just Between Friends sales and it really is a convenient way to de-clutter your house. I sold a ton of my girl’s clothes and even two strollers. What I really loved was that you could check exactly what was sold through the JBF website.

Check out this great sale September 7th - 10th at Brandywine Youth Club, 41 Thornton Road - Glen Mills, PA 19342

$10 for Two Open-Jump Sessions at Pump It Up Springfield ($20 Value)

Tire the kids out and save some money!  $10 for Two Open Jump Sessions ($20 value)

Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape.

The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.

For more info: https://www.groupon.com/deals/pump-it-up-springfield-1 

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