Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Library Programs, Farm Fun, The Glow October 2-6

Even though the weather has been unseasonably hot, Philly families know that October is here. Cornstalks, chrysanthemums, and pumpkins adorn neighborhood homes. Halloween candy is stacked on grocery store shelves. And, the Mommy Poppins event calendar is brimming with great activities for fall.

This week offers lots of amazing opportunities to learn and discover new things at local libraries. For example, younger children can participate in a music and movement storytime at Philadelphia City Institute while teenagers can head to the Teen Center at Parkway Central Library for an afternoon of creative fun. Tweens and teens can also play video games on the big screen at South Philadelphia Library. For children who may feel overwhelmed by crowds and noise, are on the autism spectrum, or have sensory processing issues, Fumo Family Library hosts a 30 minute sensory storytime.

After visiting the library, embrace some fall fun at farms throughout the Delaware Valley such as Hellerick's Family Farm and Varner Farm. Each offer hayrides, corn maze fun, and pumpkin picking. Older kids may enjoy being spooked by a Ghost Tour of Philadelphia while younger ones can play a round of Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square. The end of the week brings the opening night of The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience, an experience everyone in the family can appreciate.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Monday, October 2

Maker Monday- Philadelphia, PA
Parkway Central Library hosts an afternoon session for teens to be creative. Using provided supplies, teenagers can make their own works of art or follow along in a pre-determined art project.

Pajama Storytime- Philadelphia, PA
Little ones can put on their favorite cozy pajamas and cuddle up for an evening storytime at South Philadelphia Library.

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Tuesday, October 3

Museum Playdates- Philadelphia, PA
On the first Tuesday of the month, Penn Museum welcomes young learners to special programming which includes dramatic play, stories, and a snack. The theme for this month's session is Rome.
Photo courtesy of Penn Museum

Evenings at the Museum- Yorklyn, DE
Older kids can get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the historic collections at the Marshall Steam Museum. This evening features the history of auto license plates.

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Wednesday, October 4

First Wednesdays- Philadelphia, PA
Please Touch Museum offers deeply discounted admission on the first Wednesday of the month. This is a wonderful time to explore the interactive displays and see newly featured exhibits such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grrr-ific Exhibit.

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Thursday, October 5

Read Aloud Tours- Chadds Ford, PA
During Brandywine River Museum's Read Aloud Tours, little ones can listen to the featured book, Triangle, by Mac Barnett, explore the museum, and participate in a craft.

October Fun at Storybook Land- Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Kids can take a hayride, wander through Elmer's Hay Mazing Maze, and pick a pumpkin at Storybook Land.

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Friday, October 6

The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience- Philadelphia, PA
It's opening night for this one-of-a-kind Halloween event in which talent artists transform over 5,000 pumpkins into spectacular works of art.


Photo courtesy of The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience

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Header photo courtesy of Varner Farm