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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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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on raising little yogis
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  Winter Yoga with Kids by Kim Pacini Yoga is an excellent tool for kids to learn, and winter is a perfect time to get the mat out for our little yogis. In this winter season, yoga is an all-inclusive good thing, as just about every aspect of it increases immunity- from promoting more restful […]

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arabic and arts saturday program!
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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is offering a Saturday Arabic and Arts Program on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:50pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.  Classes are open to Kindergarten through 7th graders.  The program focuses on Arabic instruction and reinforcement of the language through the arts. The teachers are Arabic speakers and will incorporate the language throughout […]

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Little Treehouse Spring Classes… start this week!

The Little Treehouse Classes Spring 1: February 28th – April 22nd Spring 2: April 25th – June 17th Sign up for both sessions and get free play ALL summer!  Not ready to commit to both sessions? Sign up for ONE session and siblings still receive 20% off of their registration (cannot be combined with other promotions).  Tumbling, dance, music & Yoga For class […]

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Looking for something different?

Here are some less typical classes in and around the NW to help make your winter a bit brighter.  While they won’t melt the snow or prevent ice storms, they will help chase the winter blues away.  If you can get there. Capoeira Angola Classes With instructor Ras Michaiah Hall – ongoing.  Capoeira Angola is […]

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Creative Dramatics for Children with Autism and Aspergers

O’Doodles Toystore   WINTER SESSION 2011 Six Saturdays, January 22 to February 26 2:00 – 4:00 PM The fee for the six week series is $195 The Family Stages Creative Dramatics Program is designed to improve skills for processing language and emotions. Music and movement games help develop physical coordination and response to auditory stimulation. Acting out […]

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Dance Away the New Year…

Thanks to those of you who contributed to our plea for dance class locations!  Please feel free leave a comment to add more.  You’ll find a wide range of levels, styles, and even an all boys class.  Here is our start list thus far:Wissahickon Dance Academy 38 E. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA  19144    Tel: 215-849-7950   Fax:  215-849-3117  […]

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Your input needed… dance classes?

In trying to decide between a number of options for my own kids, I realized it might be helpful to GAP readers to have this information too.  Please leave a comment below if your child has attended local dance classes, which programs have you tried, what age/level/style of dance, and what was your experience?  Also, […]

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Winter Break: Hoop it up!

Matt Paul Basketball (www.mpbb.net) is hosting a WINTER BREAK CAMP for boys and girls in grades first through eighth.  Sessions are held at Chestnut Hill Academy from Monday, December 27th through Thursday, December 30th from 9am – Noon.  In a fun and challenging atmosphere, players will develop and refine basketball skills.   Sessions include fun and interesting drills […]

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Winter Break: Run Off and Join the Circus!

And you don’t have to run very far at all!  Instead of sitting at home, children can run off and join the circus during winter break. Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA) presents “Kids Day at the Circus” on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 and Wednesday, December 29, 2010. The workshop runs three times per day, at […]

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Music Class at the Mt. Airy Co-op

All Around This World: Mt. Airy  All Around This World is a unique, interactive music class for children 0-8 years old that encourages kids to explore the world by enjoying international children’s music, games and stories. In weekly, 45 minute sessions, kids and their parents/caregivers sing, dance and play together while experiencing different languages, cultures […]

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Free Trial Week Next Week @ The Little Treehouse

Try out  Classes for FREE!!  All Week from September 13-September 17 MUSIC, KIDS YOGA, BABY SIGN LANGUAGE, DANCE, TUMBLING, FINE ART, WALDORF CRAFTS, AND MORE! There’s something for everyone – 0 to 12yrs. old.  Space is limited, so call or email and reserve your spot. Get a free ten visit card when you sign up for classes […]

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Fall Opportunity for Children with Autism

WEEKLY SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP FOR CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: Building on the success of the camp (photo above) earlier this summer, the FANS social skills group uses fun and exciting topics to motivate children to increase their social skills and ultimately increase self-esteem by applying the following skills in the natural environment: Eye contact Spatial Awareness […]

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Language Classes coming to CH and Mt. Airy this fall…

There’s a new Language program in  Philadelphia and Jenkintown, with classes starting in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill this fall.  Lango provides opportunities for children from eighteen months old through the early elementary years to learn a new language, make developmental strides, and explore other cultures and make friends.  The highly engaging language classes use music, games, […]

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Local Swim Lessons

Learning to swim and not having a fear of water is one of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children. And not only that, but playing in water can be one of their happiest childhood memories.  One of the easiest ways to teach our children to swim is through swim lessons.  Those of […]

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Looking for Parenting Support?

The Center for Parenting Education in Abington has several classes scheduled in May.  The Center offers workshops, activities, coaching and online programs to parents with children of all ages.  Through interactive sessions, parents are encouraged to balance unconditional love with limit setting. Family memberships are available for $45/year, but are not required to register for classes (though […]

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Sing and Tumble at the Little Treehouse!

The Little Treehouse Play Cafe at Germantown Ave. and Gravers Lane in Chestnut Hill recently expanded their play areas to include several top-notch downstairs rooms. One space is a full mini-gym for the preschool set, connected to a smaller adjacent room for warm up time. The other space is a nicely equipped music room with […]

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What is MALT?

Mt. Airy Learning Tree is a community-based “school” that draws on the human, geographical, and architectural resources of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. Students enroll for $5.oo per term and can participate in classes that range from swimming to computer basics to aromatherapy. Classes may run for 2 hours on an afternoon or for […]

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