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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Targeted Summer Opportunities for: Teachers, Military, Autism & Bank of America Customers

The Autism Society of America and AMC Theaters is hosting “sensory friendly” films again this summer.  These film showings are designed to be a less overwhelming and hopefully more enjoyable experience for children with autism.  The lights will remain on low, no previews are shown, and the sound is turned down.  Families are also allowed […]

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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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The flowers are back and so are we!

I apologize for GAP’s long winter’s nap (and summer and fall too, I suppose). You all know how it goes, kids and responsibilities and all the jazz. But, with the promise of spring and warmth and color, it has inspired me to get back to work on this little site. I know many of you […]

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Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s Bunch of Events for Kids!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Northwest Philadelphia’s premiere spot for free, community events for children and adults, has a packed schedule this fall with events ranging from puppets plays to pirate parties, from excellent young adult readings to seminars teaching parents how they can pay for their child’s education. Come check us out! -Maleka Fruean, events […]

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Time to sign up for your CSA!

If you’ve ever wanted to join a CSA (community supported agriculture), now is the time to get your applications in. The movement to get your food locally, to know the farmers who produced it and that no pesticides were used, and to be involved with a like-minded community is growing in popularity every year since […]

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If you like to rummage…

Don’t miss St. Paul’s annual rummage sale this Saturday, Sept. 12th, starting at 9:00 am. St. Paul’s is a beautiful old stone church at the top of Chestnut Hill. When my family moved from Florida to Philly two years ago, we were coatless and clueless about cold weather. We happened to see a little blue […]

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Bamboo Photography- Unique School Portraits and More!

I’d like to welcome Bamboo Photography, Mt. Airy’s newest business, a photography studio that captures the essence of community — focusing on the spirit of children, the evolution of eco-consciousness, and the heart of local culture. Dana Scherer, owner of Bamboo Photography, has recently opened an office in the Green on Greene building on the […]

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Tennis

As the weather gets warmer and warmer I’ve been thinking about tennis– a sport I used to do as a kid and absolutely loved. I never took lessons and never got very good at it but I adored taking up the racket and hitting the ball as hard as I could, and then trying different […]

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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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Celebrate Earth Day with Art This Weekend!

Caroline, my four-year-old daughter, sat working so intently on her memory book. She was carefully cutting out hearts from scrap book paper to create a textured front-cover. “Mommy, I love this pink pen,” she said as she held up a fluorescent glitter pen. Meanwhile, my six-year-old daughter, Sarah, studied a plastic model of a horse […]

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Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival- This Weekend!

Greetings Germantown Avenue Parents! I’m Maleka Fruean, the events coordinator at Big Blue Marble Bookstore and mama of two children in the Germantown neighborhood. I’d like to invite you all to the biggest book event for kids in the Northwest- the Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival. It’s completely free, has events and activities for toddlers/preschoolers […]

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GAP Needs You!!

Well, we have reached 100 posts!! It’s hard to believe this site was created just last September. We have grown and changed a lot in that time. For instance, we have launched our new meetup group! If you haven’t joined yet, please do. We have 18 members so far and some fun activities planned. If […]

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This Weekend: A Fun Family Craft Day

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday? Come to the Mindy Flexer Studio School, 5225 Greene Street on March 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Workshop is free for Weavers Way Members; the cost is $10 for non-members. Join us in creating Japanese-style accordion books! This is the perfect opportunity to chronicle a […]

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Great Pediatrician Coming to East Falls!

Dr. Charlene Brock, one of the pediatricians we have featured in our earlier list of doctors in the area, is moving closer to our area. She will be in her new office in April with Dr. Eileen Tyrala. They will be at 3300 Henry Avenue in East Falls (19129).  Dr Brock is a wonderful pediatrician, […]

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AveNEWS: Maternal Wellness Center Cuts Back

We have all seen the signs of our poor economy on the avenue, literal “closing” signs, that is.  Among many other closings of beloved local storefronts, we have seen Reese’s Pharmacy, Caruso’s Market, and What a Girl Wants close their doors.  And now the Maternal Wellness Center in Mt. Airy is feeling the effects of […]

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