Destination: Germantown!
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Destination Germantown by Elizabette Andrade In the first two parts of our series, we travelled back in time. Allowed nostalgia to take its course. Got inspired, I hope, with tigers, magic carpet ride adventures and even an early visit from Santa. So you’re probably wondering, what’s next in Freedom’s Backyard? Let’s fast-forward to what’s happening […]

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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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Germantown LIVE!
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  Germantown LIVE! by Elizabette Andrade There it was…as clear as quartz in my mind’s eye, sitting on the corner of Pulaski and Rittenhouse, basking in the scent of gasoline, confined but very much… alive, warmed by excited children and passersby.  I perked my ears to make sure my senses weren’t deceiving me, could it […]

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how to purge, donate & recycle with kids
five from a five year old: goodbye magic wand, leapster, dollar store nerf gun, duplicate hex bug, and prince of persia lego minifgure

It happens every year in early January.   We look around the playroom, the living room, and the kids’ bedrooms and find that we just have too much stuff!  Between December birthdays and Santa’s generosity, our home is full of too many toys, books, clothes and lots of other stuff. There are many philosophies on […]

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top five worth the drive: holiday edition
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Here are 5 sights within an hour of the GAP area that are “worth the drive” (or ride) this time of year, particularly if you carpool… 1. Longwood Gardens! Their illuminated walkways, decorated trees, fountain show and plant-induced splendor is absolutely sure to please young and old alike.  It’s not a “kiddie” experience by any means, […]

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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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new! membership at the little treehouse
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The GAP area is so fortunate to have such an amazing indoor/outdoor playspace right in our area.  This fall, The Little Treehouse Play Cafe has created a varitey of membership packages, ALL OF WHICH INCLUDE UNLIMITED FREE PLAY.  There will be offering a range of high quality classes and early enrichment activites designed to help children explore, grow and […]

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summer slide tip #2: visit!

Strategy #2 in battling the “summer slide” is… VISIT! This is Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom.  There are amazingly interesting sites within a stone’s throw of your house.  Really, grab a rock and give it a try.  The depth of history is astounding.  You can choose to stay “hyperlocal” for this.  Check out the “Freedom’s […]

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Extreme Makeover: GAP Edition
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  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use such a cheesy title.  Many of you noticed last week that the site was down for several days. My apologies, but it was all for a very good reason.  The amazing Zoe at A Quick Study  worked tirelessly to revamp and upgrade the website.  The result?  Come and […]

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The Kroc Center in Philadelphia: Rates and Review
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Wow.  Just wow.  The place is off-the-hook, first-rate, state of the art, just amazingly impressive.  At least for me it was.  As someone who grew up in suburban YMCA’s, this was like suddenly being in prime time.  A beautiful facility. The Salvation Army Kroc center is very conveniently located for GAP area families.  From Chestnut […]

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Pastorius Meeting-Monday July 11 @ 7pm
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Please join us Monday night for a meeting of people hoping to create a people and dog-friendly park culture in Pastorius Park.  The story behind the meeting can be found here.  Anyone interested in brainstorming a solution where the park can be used by ALL community members is welcome to attend: Date: Monday July 11Time: 7pmPlace: Pastorius […]

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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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Pastorius Park: gone to the dogs?
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see?  plenty of room for everyone. When we began looking to move Chestnut Hill almost two years ago, we were attracted to many things.  We loved how green it is while still being a party of the city. We loved its history and proximity to both Mt. Airy and Germantown.  We loved that it is […]

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CHYSC Soccer. Sign-up.

I know, it’s difficult to believe.  Now, just when we’ve finally seen our first taste of real spring weather, it’s time to sign up for fall soccer.  And yet, it’s true.  The Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club registration for fall soccer is now open.  It will be open for a few months, but if you’re […]

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Consign on a dime…

Two local opportunities to turn clothing into cash and/or score some great deals on baby and kids clothing, gear, and accessories. The first “hyperlocal” opportunity is this Saturday.  For a $10 donation, you can bring in your in-good-condition hand-me-downs, and take home as many items as you like. (All sizes & all seasons!) The Spring Clothing […]

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Two Local Benefits for Children with Autism

Proceeds from both events go to Fight Autism Now Supporters (FANS).  FANS is dedicated to providing structured social skills and therapeutic programs in a supportive and  nurturing environment for children on the autism spectrum. http://www.fightautismnowsupporters.org/aboutus.html ART FOR AUTISM SHOW & BENEFIT @ St. Peter’s Nursery School Tuesday, April 12th 6:00-8:00pm Raffles for Phillies tickets, Restaurant Certificates and […]

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Spring Cleaning Opportunity for a good cause!

Drop-off lasts all this week for the second annual Kids Stuff Giveaway!  The actual giveaway will take place at Germantown Jewish Centre on Sunday, April 3 and will benefit the Haitian Relief Fund. Drop off your gently used kids clothes, books, toys, games, equipment, etc. to Germantown Jewish Centre between Sunday 3/27 and Friday 4/01. […]

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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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