gorgeous weather and lotsa weekend fun!
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  PHILADELPHIA   Saturday, May 31st & Sunday, June 1st, 11:00-8:00pm Collegiate Rugby Championship    The premier college rugby tournament in the country.  Over 20 of the top college team compete in 44 matches.  Winner receives the Pete Dawkins trophy and players include future Olympians.   PPL Park 1 Stadium Drive, Chester 19013 Collegiate Rugby […]

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free (or almost free) philly camps!

  Finding camp opportunities for your soon-to-be-sprung student doesn’t have to break the bank.  There are several free or low cost programs throughout the city designed to open doors and allow kids to build new skills while they meet kids from all around the city.   Rowing Camp:  Run by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, […]

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yes. and no.
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One of my favorite books is a book by Judy Logan called Teaching Stories.  In it, she recounts her work teaching adolescents with collaboration, grace, and patience. I remember reading it before I became a parent and being particularly drawn to the chapter where she decides to “say yes whenever possible.”  It’s a radical thing […]

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beyond the books: more weekend ideas
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Downtown   ANTBOY Philadelphia Film Society Saturday, May 17th 10-11:30am Saturday Day Morning Special and Screening of Antboy, a pre-teen bitten by a special ant and transforms into a superhero. $9 adults $1 kids 12 and under http://filmadelphia.org/events/smsantboy/   Art in the Open Philadelphia Schuykill Banks Saturday, May 17th-Sunday, May 18th 11 am-2pm Enjoy the […]

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big blue kids lit festival this weekend!
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This weekend, the Big Blue Marble Bookstore will be hosting their annual Kids’ Literary Festival.  Attendees will be treated to authors, books, improv games, raffles, a Pizza and PJs bedtime stories party, a Harry Potter party, and much more!   The list of authors includes a variety of Philly’s well established and up-and-coming children’s book […]

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my mother’s day request…

Long before I became a mom, I was a teacher. I taught preschool-aged children in Baltimore City. I remember the hearing daunting statistics that loomed over the children I taught each day. My colleagues and I were determined to help prevent those “facts” from becoming reality for our kids.   The facts on the benefits […]

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weekend ideas: mother’s day edition

Mother’s Day Brunch Franklin Square Sunday, May 11th 11-1pm Fun for the whole family in honor of Mother’s Day with food, flower crafts, rides,  Philly miniature golf and Liberty Carousel. Cost: $25 http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/what-to-see/   Sunday, May 11th 1:00pm-4:00pm Wadjet Necklace   Kids and families are invited to join for a drop-in workshop. The wadjet, or […]

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re-homing the family dog

This will likely be an unpopular post, but I’m hoping it will help other families struggling with similarly painful decisions know that they’re not alone.   After a good deal of research and debate and one false start, our family adopted a puppy last spring.  We read a ton about “best breeds” for kids.  Our […]

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