local entrepreneur gives natural urban play a new twist

While out to dinner one night, Rhode Island School of Design grad student Christina Kazakia recounted favorite childhood memories with her friends.  The common theme among those memories?  Outdoor play. For her thesis project, Kazakia focused her research on outdoor play.  She eventually honed in on the ways children play with fallen sticks.  Sticks provided […]

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10 ways to get kids OUTSIDE in philly this fall

It’s officially fall!  This season offers some of the best weather for heading outdoors with kids.  So pry those remotes, phones, and screens from their tiny clenched hands, don some comfy kicks, and head OUTSIDE. Getting this list down to ten highlights was a challenge, but these clickable links should help you harness the gorgeousness […]

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a recipe for bringing math outdoors
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5 Cups of Mud, 3 Striped Salamanders, and 1 Rectangular Rock A child pushes a large rock to the side. “It’s shaped like a rectangle,” he observes. Within minutes, a small circle of spectators waits in suspense. “Salamanders!’ they cry in unison. “There’s three of them!” someone notes. “No, wait, 1-2-3—-4…there’s 5!” another exclaims. “Let’s […]

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let our map of philly spraygrounds cool you off!
cooling off at the Mt. Airy Playground

  See, it’s not just a playground… it’s a SPRAYground.  Spraygrounds = playgrounds + water play… perfect for those blistering hot days.  There are six official spraygrounds in Philly…   Waterview Recreation Center at Rittenhouse and McMahon Streets   Smith playground at 2100 S. 24th Street   Ferko Playground at ”J” & Cayuga   48th & Woodland Athletic Recreation Center at 26th […]

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NW philly kids stick close to home: why?
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The poll results are in, and while the methodology was a bit less than rigorous, the numbers definitely have a story to tell.  When “do you let your child roam?” appeared on GAP on July 19, we discussed the tragedy of Leiby Kletzy, the ever-shrinking boundaries of 8 year old children over three generations, and […]

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It’s almost here: The unofficial start of summer… OUTDOOR POOLS OPENING!

thumbs up for the slide at flourtown swim club! There were 69 pools open across the 10 districts in Philadelphia last year. Here’s the list of Philadelphia Public Pools that opened in 2010; the list should be almost identical this year: http://www.phila.gov/recreation/sports/Pool_Locations.html As you figure out your own summer swimming plans, please consider contributing to the Splash and […]

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Arboreta!

Here is our first post from second grader, Mrs. Harry Potter (with artwork from younger brother, Luke Skywalker).  MHP’s advice on visiting the Morris Arboretum:  “This is me on the big net at the arboretum.” Luke Skywalker, age 4 In Chestnut Hill there are many fun places to go to and look at and play […]

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This Weekend… Pirates or Cookout?

Pirates are invading Fort Mifflin!  It’s the annual pirate day at Fort Mifflin on Saturday August 21 from 10am to 4pm.  An entire day of pirate treasures… including a scavenger hunt, musical group, pirate demonstrations, and a buried treasure! General Admission Fees:Adults $6Seniors $5Children (6 to 12) and Veterans $3Children 5 years and younger Free […]

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Rescheduled: XPN Kids Concert at Morris Arboretum this Thursday 8/19 at 6:30pm

From the Arboretum Website: Miss Amy® is on a mission to teach children about being fit! As a mom, a certified fitness instructor and an acclaimed singer/songwriter with a collection of four Grammy® cataloged children’s CDs, her programs appeal to youngsters by engaging imagination to teach basic fitness. The interactive musical Fitness Rock & Roll™programs focus […]

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Hot enough yet? Think Sprayground!

See, it’s not just a playground… it’s a SPRAYground.  Spraygrounds are playgrounds with water play… perfect for blistering hot days.  There are four official spraygrounds in Philly… Waterview Recreation Center at Rittenhouse and McMahon Streets Smith playground at 2100 S. 24th Street Ferko Playground at “J” & Cayuga48th & Woodland Spraygrounds are supposed to be operational from 11am-7pm during the hot […]

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This Weekend…

Why not take the kids across the pond to the XPN Music Festival’s Kid’s Corner at the Camden Children’s Garden?  The events start at noon, with of a lineup of wonderful music including: SATURDAY, JULY 17 SUNDAY, JULY 18 1pm – Steve Pullara   1pm – Joanie Leeds 2pm – Two Of A Kind              […]

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Summer Concert Series in Park Starts this Week: Wed. evenings 7:30pm

One of the long anticipated signs of summer is here: the Pastorius Park Concert Series.  These concerts are kid-friendly, held outside in a gorgeous natural amphitheater in Chestnut Hill, and free.  Though not designated as “kids concerts” (thank goodness?), the lineup offers something for everyone, and even the noisiest kids are no competition for this […]

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The Hidden Park

Tucked behind a large mansion and beside the Germantown Post Office is a “secret” park- the Howell Park, open to the public and part of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance! This park really is a hidden treat. Walk down the driveway of what may look like private property (at 5215 Greene Street) and find a little […]

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Smith is Open!

If you’re getting tired of your neighborhood playground, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Smith’s playground is opening for the season today! I know this is late notice to catch their “Play-a-Palooza” grand opening (10am-1pm today), but don’t fret. Here are their seasonal hours: Playground(for children 10 and under) 10am – 4pm Tuesday-Friday 10am […]

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Go Downtown: A Day of Franklin

Day of Franklin A fun afternoon or early evening with the kids can be had by doing a mini-tour of places in the city bearing the name of Ben Franklin. This past Saturday evening, ready for a shake-up from the neighborhood playgrounds, we headed in town to meet friends at Franklin Square Park, the wonderful […]

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Hansberry Garden and Nature Center Flea Market

Hansberry Garden and Nature Center is a beautiful community garden located on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Hansberry Street in the Germantown neighborhood. Its membership consists of wonderful neighbors with diverse backgrounds and gardening experience ranging from absolute beginners to experts. They’ll be holding their first Flea Market for the season on Saturday, May […]

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