top seven for weekend family fun
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NORTHWEST    Philadelphia Dance Theatre Presents “A Philadelphia Nutcracker” Friday, November 29th 7pm & Saturday, November 30th at 1pm and 4pm Kurtz Performing Arts Center at William Penn Charter School   The only local version of The Nutcracker will be staged by PDT as a distinctive production set in the late 19th century and featuring authentic period streetscapes, […]

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beyond goldiblox: toys that empower girls AND boys
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I’m sure you’ve seen the fabulous GoldiBlox video/ad and the surrounding unfabulous copyright controversy.  The video is really cool, but the copyright stuff isn’t.  And more relevant to me, the GoldiBlox toys in and of themselves have some issues. I ordered them before they even came out, feeling very excited by the feminist buzz over […]

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3 and 3 this weekend: lights, theater and disco action
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Downtown Walnut Street Theater Presents: Elf Walnut Street Theater 825 Walnut Street Let your laughter lose and find your inner elf at Broadway’s  Elf Musical adapted for the holidays. Saturday, November 23rd: 2/8p.m. Sunday, November 24th: 2/7pm $10-75 http://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/season/elf.php   Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacular: A Holiday Light Show Franklin Square 6th & Race Street Benjamin […]

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book game
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I saw this meme going around on Facebook with the last book adults read (for the record, I am Norah, from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).  It was fun to see everyone’s responses, so it made me wonder what it would look like in the world of children’s books read aloud. Our family’s answers: Bean, […]

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this weekend…
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Arden Theatre Community Day at Hamilton Family Arts Center Sunday, November 17, 10a-2pm Arden Theatre   Check out the Arden’s new Arden Drama School, meet Arden Drama School faculty and take a Drama School Class for free.  Join in reading stories with your favorite Arden Children’s Theatre characters including The Mouse, Cinderella, and Tinkerbell.  Tour […]

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book review: baba didi and the godwits fly
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Now THAT’s a name for a book, right?  The title just begs you to come in and explore what lies between the book covers.  And what lies between the covers of Nicola Muir’s new book is a very unique children’s story, chock-full of lessons for kids of all ages. On the surface, Baba Didi and […]

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do you have a favorite parenting book?
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Do you read parenting books?  If so, what is your favorite parenting book?  What spoke to you or challenged you to think differently about your parenting?   The book that really woke me up from my behaviorist slumber was Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting.  Though I’d long been an Alfie fan in the educational realm, I […]

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this weekend… for kids in philly
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Downtown   Day of the Dead Saturday, November 2nd Penn Museum 3260 South Street Bring your family to celebrate Mexican culture. Enjoy music, arts, crafts, and other hands-on activities. 1p.m. $15 for adults, $10 for children http://www.penn.museum/press-releases/902-day-of-dead-2012.html   Dinosaurs Unearthed Saturday, November 2nd Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Bring your family to […]

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