8 ideas for winter birthday parties

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 By Jen Bradley In the early days, being pregnant with a winter baby seemed strategic. The hot summer months passed by before I felt huge, and I got to use all those cute accessories for my end-of-January newborn. I could pile the blankets on under the snuggly fleece car seat cover. I […]

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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, I crowdsourced on the Germantown […]

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two great camp fairs coming up in the NW!
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  Whether you’re planning to take the kids or want to  have fun “shopping” camps with a friend, there’s a camp fair coming to NW Philly for you!   Take the Kids: SCH Camp Fair This is Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s 23rd annual camp fair.  The event is free and open to the public and […]

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chestnut hill soccer hosts alex’s lemonade stand this saturday
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  October is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and this Saturday September 21, from 11am-2pm, some of the youngest Chestnut Hill Youth Soccer Club members will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  The stand will help to raise money to find cures for childhood cancer.  The stand will also honor one little girl, currently battling cancer right […]

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50 free things to do with kids in philadelphia: summer 2013

  For the 2014 list, please click here: http://germantownavenueparents.com/2014/07/50-free-family-activities-for-kids-in-philly-this-summer/ This was a popular post last summer, so here’s an updated rundown of 2013’s 50 free and local ways to keep kids busy and happy.  Whether you’ve been here all along, you’re new to Philly,  or are just stopping by for a visit, there are some great […]

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story up! empowers children as storytellers
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Meet Martha Cooney, Founder and Director of StoryUP!  StoryUP! aims to entertain, educate, and empower young children and their families through the interactive art of telling, acting and writing stories. StoryUP brings interactive improv, storytelling, and themed StoryPlays to literacy workshops for young children and adds drama to children’s parties and events. Martha studied educational […]

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philly mama, philly snacks.

It’s the little things in life, right? That’s definitely what my kids think, especially after a long day at school. They’re tired. They’re jumpy. They’re hungry. And sometimes, they come home with an immediate bad attitude. After weeks of frustrating behavior right after school, and some challenging behavior in school, I came up with an […]

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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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rebirth! the germantown Y becomes GLEC
Maurice Walls, CEO of Germantown Life Enrichment Center

  “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 […]

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mother’s day ideas for shopping locally
the studio and shop at bumble beads in chestnut hill

  Are you wondering what to do for that special mom in your life? Well, we’d love to see you shop locally for Mother’s Day. Here are recommendations and wish lists from the moms at Germantown Avenue Parents.   Maleka says she’d be happy with goodies from: Grumblethorpe Farmer’s Market. Get me some delicious local brown eggs, […]

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molefi kete asante instititue in germantown
Dr. Molefi Asante

  A new resource has arrived in Germantown, and it’s for everyone. For parents who want to learn more about African culture and pass it on to their kids. For teachers, who want to incorporate and enrich their world history curriculum. For homeschooling families, who need research guidance through structured classes. Essentially, it’s for anyone […]

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easter egg hunts philadelphia and beyond!

      Are you hunting for an Easter Egg Hunt for 2012?  Bring your baskets and come check out one of these events in Philly and beyond: This Weekend: Easter Egg Hunt in Narberth Park  Saturday March 31 at 12:45. They even have a “Little Hunt” for the little hunters!  Be sure to arrive early! West Laurel […]

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FREE ice skating at philly’s rinks!
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  It’s February. Its 50 degrees outside – temperatures Philadelphia has enjoyed for several weeks now. Daffodils and snowdrops are budding, Spring is definitely on the way.  But, we can still ice skate. That’s right, the Department of  Parks & Recreation operates five ice rinks throughout the city, all which have public skating sessions that are free […]

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