4th of july: chestnut hill, germantown or downtown?
50 free things to do with kids in philadelphia this summer
Whether you choose to stick to the NW or head downtown, there are tons of ways to put on those stars and stripes in Philly over the next week. Here are our top picks: Sticking close to home: It’s all fun & games at the Chestnut Hill 4th of July Celebration! This year marks the […]
it’s not about the money. or is it?
Summer in Philadelphia means many kids have lots of free time on their hands. Here are 50 free and local ways to keep them busy and happy. And if you’re new to Philly or just stopping by for a visit, there are some great insider favorites in here too: 1. Spend the day […]
this weekend: ring in solsitice
As parents, our basic job is to give our children the tools they need to become productive members of society. Throw healthy and happy into the end result and it could be reasonably said that it was a job well done. We want our kids to live the bright futures they deserve. When we […]
flag day, juneteenth and more this weekend…
Horray! Summer is finally here. In many ancient cultures, the first day of summer, or the summer solstice, is embraced with ritual, celebration, and the blazing sun. The intense heat on this special day nearly made many is just want to “stand still” as the word solstice implies. Summer solstice is also known as […]
100 things to before september! only 99 to go…
Most schools are out and the kids are ready for the summer fun. Why not kick off the summer with a patriotic salute to our Grand Ole Flag! Flag Festival 2012: A Turn of the Century Celebration at the Betsy Ross House The Betsy Ross House is celebrating Flag Day with a patriotic […]
what to do in a park?
Ok, I’ll admit… choosing 100 things to do before September sounded way too ambitous for our (slacker) version of summer. But a friend passed the idea along (she’s doing it with her teen daughter), and my the kids (ages 4, 6, 9, and 13) were FULL of great ideas. I warned them that the […]
rebirth! the germantown Y becomes GLEC
Access to an open yard is limited to many kids in Philadelphia. If houses do have yards, they tend to be small patches We frequent a small “secret” park a few blocks down from us in Germantown, secret because although it is a public park and owned by the City of Philadelphia, it is hidden behind two […]
are boys really better at sports?
“Independent,” “community-driven,” and “homegrown” are all words Maurice Walls, CEO of the Germantown Life Enrichment Center, uses to describe the organization formerly known as the YMCA of Germantown. He went from appointment, to volunteerism, to nomination; from board member, to Board President, to Assistant CEO to CEO. All within a seven-year time frame. It […]
this weekend: start with a run!
Recently, The University of Indiana reported the results of a study it conducted looking at childhood athletic abilities. The study reported that for kids before the age of 8, there is no difference in athletic abilities between boys and girls. Fancy that. “The study found no difference in swim performance in children younger than 8. […]
This weekend there are many opportunities to serve the community, enjoy summer fruit, and have fun with your family! Friday, June 1st, 5-7pm Kids Run for the George Fund: Enjoy a fun-filled family carnival atmosphere while helping terminally ill children. The 3rdAnnual Kids Run is for the whole family. Children ages 1-14 participate in […]