food trucks, faeries, wizards & more this weekend… food trucks, faeries, wizards & more this weekend…
six banned children’s books my children loved six banned children’s books my children loved
pirates, peace, plants & art this weekend… pirates, peace, plants & art this weekend…
philly family weekend fun: hay bales, fringe arts, music & fairs! philly family weekend fun: hay bales, fringe arts, music & fairs!
events #childrensmarch this saturday

#childrensmarch this saturday

The Northwest Philly Children’s March for Love & Justice was organized to help create a local, family-friendly event as a response to the tragic events and lack of justice in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and around the country. This march is focused on working together to hold a child-friendly action […]

schools Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights

Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights

Parents at the Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia have taken a stand against high-stakes standardized testing. Using their legal right to opt out, one in five parents at Feltonville are now refusing the spring administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) for their children. The parents […]

Social Good giving tuesday: ten philadelphia non-profits to consider

giving tuesday: ten philadelphia non-profits to consider

After a day of giving thanks and then four days of shopping madness, the first Tuesday in December challenges us to give instead of buy. 2013 marks the second annual Giving Tuesday, a movement towards a national day of giving.  http://givingtuesday.org   This roundup offers ideas for ten Philadelphia-based non-profits […]

parenting parenting after ferguson

parenting after ferguson

Like every parent, I often feel lost. When I do, I try to find a way, an angle, or a path to follow because even when it’s not the perfect path, I feel comforted when I am doing something. But with the recent grand jury verdicts, I worry that the […]

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Students, Teachers and Parents Test-in to Opt-out

Students, Teachers and Parents Test-in to Opt-out

Energized by the growing momentum of the standardized testing Opt-out movement in Philadelphia, the crowd at the Free Library on Thursday night was considerable. Organizers were originally expecting 40 people to attend the “Test-in,” but the event drew almost 75. Organized by education groups from across the city, the Test-in […]

children’s march community gathering this saturday!

children’s march community gathering this saturday!

The Philly Children’s March was started as a way to build a community response to #blacklivesmatter and to build a community around racial awareness and justice in NW Philly. We’d LOVE to see your family at our first community gathering! We will meet this Saturday February 21 inside the Grace […]

hands-on learning at temple sholom

hands-on learning at temple sholom

This is a guest post from Jason Edelstein about an innovative new program at a local synagogue: “They get in the car and they’re actually excited—I can tell they were having fun and truly engaged.” Mindy Haenn isn’t recalling a day her kids spent at an amusement park or a […]

Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights

Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights

Parents at the Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia have taken a stand against high-stakes standardized testing. Using their legal right to opt out, one in five parents at Feltonville are now refusing the spring administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) for their children. The parents […]

weekend family fun

weekend family fun

Although the winter lull has creeped in, Philly still has some family weekend fun to help cure that cabin fever: Saturday & Sunday: Valentine Make-in  This works as a drop-off for kids ages six and up, or as a family activity for younger children. Tap into your creative side and […]

Photo courtesy of Camden Aquarium

ideas for philly family loooong weekend fun

  With a long weekend for some, it’s a good thing there’s plenty to do! This week’s themes seem to be nature & service to others: Friday Night: Owl Prowl  Though it may be a wee bit cold, this might be cool enough to brave the elements. Head over to […]

#childrensmarch this saturday

#childrensmarch this saturday

The Northwest Philly Children’s March for Love & Justice was organized to help create a local, family-friendly event as a response to the tragic events and lack of justice in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and around the country. This march is focused on working together to hold a child-friendly action […]

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new years eve 2014… with kids in philly!

New Year’s Eve may be the traditional party night for grown-ups, but there’s plenty of kid-friendly New Year’s fun to be had in the city as we head into 2015. Our top picks include: New Years EVE: :Countdown to Noon at Nest  Little revelers will enjoy a DJ, Photo Booth, […]

local teens reflect on march in washington

local teens reflect on march in washington

How long will America tolerate this? How long will we tolerate it? These are the questions we asked ourselves on the night of November 24th and then again on December 3rd. This was the same familiar feeling we had just over a year and a half ago when George Zimmerman […]

parenting after ferguson

parenting after ferguson

Like every parent, I often feel lost. When I do, I try to find a way, an angle, or a path to follow because even when it’s not the perfect path, I feel comforted when I am doing something. But with the recent grand jury verdicts, I worry that the […]

9 spots to shop small, shop local, and shop for kids on small business saturday!

9 spots to shop small, shop local, and shop for kids on small business saturday!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday.” Families living in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown rely upon small businesses to create a walkable shopping community, so Saturday offers a rich opportunity to give back. To generate a list of local, kid-friendly small business holiday shopping options, […]

philly phamily weekend phun: those holidays are creeping in!

philly phamily weekend phun: those holidays are creeping in!

It’s starting to happen. Like it or not, the holidays are sneaking up, so why not embrace it with these fun weekend events around the city: Friday: Gingerbread Houses Friday is the final day for the Fairmont Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display at the Shops at Liberty Place. See how […]

seek-and-find along the wissahickon on love your park day!

seek-and-find along the wissahickon on love your park day!

If your little ones are a wee bit small to be blazing a new trail for the Friends of the Wissahickon, they can still fall in love with the park this Saturday. Lace up, bundle up, and head out to the start of Forbidden Drive for your very own seek-and-find […]

weekender: sphinx, nature, art & ballet!

weekender: sphinx, nature, art & ballet!

Friday: Sleep under the Sphnix! This is about as unique an opportunity as you can dream up (excuse the pun). Take the kids to sleep overnight underneath the third largest granite sphinx in the world! 40 Winks with the Sphinx at the Penn Musuem invites kids and their grownup chaperones […]

philly’s own chosen as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2014

philly’s own chosen as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2014

Every year, CNN recognizes people around the country as “everyday heroes who change the world.” This year, one of Philadelphia’s own has been nominated. Dr. Wendy Ross, a developmental pediatrician in the Philadelphia area, has been recognized as a “Top Ten CNN Heros of 2014″ for her inclusive community work […]

parade, monsters, mermaids & day of the dead this weekend

parade, monsters, mermaids & day of the dead this weekend

As if Halloween itself isn’t enough excitement, the city has lots more fun to offer families this weekend. Friday: Krispy Skremes! Come to Krispy Kreme Donuts dressed in costume and receive a free donut! Customers in costume will be treated to their choice of one free donut. We highly recommend […]

harry potter weekend!  (and some other stuff)

harry potter weekend! (and some other stuff)

Philly in Fall offers so many kid-friendly activities, and this weekend is no exception: Friday and Saturday: It’s HARRY POTTER WEEKEND!!!!!! It’s basaaaaack! The magical time of year when Muggles and Wizards unite in Chestnut Hill for the annual Harry Potter Festival! Ok, so your little ones may be a […]

photo courtesy of Philadelphia Seaport Museum

weekend family fun: ships, pics, food & fairs

The long weekend in Philadelphia offers a smorgasbord of fun and unique ways to explore the city. Here are just a few offerings: Friday: Philly Photo Day This year marks the fifth year of this wonderful tradition! Anyone of any age can participate, so hand over that cellphone or encourage […]

top weekend picks: flamenco, spooky golf, revolution & festivals

top weekend picks: flamenco, spooky golf, revolution & festivals

  This is just a small sampling of what’s available this weekend… what will your family choose?   Friday Night: Flamenco Fiesta at The Barnes Enjoy Philly perfumers, De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble and be inspired by the sounds, rhythms, and energy of Spain. Hear a talk and demonstration on the […]

teaching STEM through legos: wilbert mckinley’s TEACH FLEET

teaching STEM through legos: wilbert mckinley’s TEACH FLEET

  Earlier this month, my two young reporters and I had the distinct privilege to interview a Lego Master Builder. Ever since my eight year old saw the Lego Movie, the concept of a Master Builder has been fascinating to him. So to meet one in person, well… dream come […]

philly fab fun this weekend: legos, thomas, bees & fleas!

philly fab fun this weekend: legos, thomas, bees & fleas!

Friday through Sunday: Honeybee Festival Follow the buzz over three days in three different locations.  The Philadelphia Beekepers Guild presents its 5th annual Honneybee Festival,  Friday September 5, kids can enjoy a morning homeschool program from 10-noon and parents can enjoy an evening honey-themed happy hour from 5-7pm.  Saturday, the cool […]

top labor day weekend picks: solid as a rock!

top labor day weekend picks: solid as a rock!

Friday Afternoon: Visit the Weaver’s Way Farmstand at Saul Tap a bit more into the farm side of the farm-to-table movement.  Bring the kids shopping at the Weaver’s Way Farmstand.  This weekend’s offerings include scallions, peaches, peppers of the rainbow, tomatoes, plums, and the first hints of apples.  You’ll also be […]

philly phamily weekend phun: august 9-10

philly phamily weekend phun: august 9-10

Head to Manayunk for the Farmers Market on Saturday Morning Take the kids to Pretzel Park for a feast for their eyes and bellies.  Check out the harvest of cucumbers, squash, peppers, and cherry and zebra tomatoes!  How many edible colors of the rainbow can you find in one spot?   […]

philly family fun: weekend edition (ogres and dragons, oh my!)

philly family fun: weekend edition (ogres and dragons, oh my!)

Friday August 1 First Friday in Manayunk Why not stroll around, grab a bite to eat and take in the sights during Manayunk’s First Friday?  More shops, restaurants and galleries than you’ll have time to take in!   Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 Shrek!  The Musical at Upper Darby’s […]

carousels, magic carpets & more this weekend!

carousels, magic carpets & more this weekend!

This weekend looks pretty promising weather-wise, so why not slip on those flip-flops and head out to enjoy summer activities in and around the city? Friday July 25 Catch a free ride on National Carousel Day Franklin Square Park, home to the city’s only outdoor carousel, is honoring National Carousel […]