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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Two Great Options
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  This week, go psychedellic with Cheers Elephant!  I’ll admit, I am nowhere cool enough to know this band, but with a name like that, they’ve GOT to be cool.  7:30pm on July 13.  Pastorius Park.  Bring your own cooling system! And the Chestnut Hill Library will host an entertaining talk for kids of all […]

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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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And even MORE this weekend… 7/9-7/10
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So we covered the kids-eye-view for the Chestnut Hill Book Festival this weekend here.  Lots of great authors, illustrators and events! But there’s more going on this weekend in Germantown and Mt. Airy… as you wish… Tonight one of the all-time greatest movies, The Princess Bride, plays outside at the Lovett Library Garden in Mt. […]

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Kids’ Guide to the Chestnut Hill Book Festival
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This weekend marks the 3rd annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival, and with the success of the previous two, I’m sure this event will be around for many more years.  This is a showcase event for The Hill, bringing nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators to the Avenue. These authors and illustrators are locally grown (or stationed), […]

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Two great choices for tonight…
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The Quakertown Band will be hitting the stage at Pastorius Park tonight at 7:30pm.  This community band has a very rich history, dating back to 1877 (with different members, of course).  Bring your picnic basket and blanket, and be prepared for overtures, Broadway and movie show tunes, big band, swing, and Dixieland music. If for some reason, […]

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The 4th of July Sparkles in Chestnut Hill
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Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club, the 4th of July in Chestnut Hill was a sparkling success!  As per tradition, the day’s events started out with a flag ceremony.  After the crowd pledged their allegiance, volunteers started lining up the groups for the parade and decorating contest. the Heiress (who […]

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More on the weekend… downtown edition.
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Come on, you know part of the reason you decided to live in this area was its proximity to downtown.  A really great reason, but one that only works if you actually GO downtown!  Check out the listing of the remaining programs from the Welcome America! lineup: http://www.welcomeamerica.com/category/events/ Saturday July 2 Go 4th & Learn […]

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How to Enjoy the Weekend- Locally

Chestnut Hill 4th of July Celebration! This year marks the 95th annual Fourth of July parade and Celebration in Chestnut Hill.  Families gather at the intersection of Devon Street and Hartwell Lane for a recitation and flag raising at 9:00 a.m., followed by children parading down Hartwell Lane to the Water Tower Center (a nice […]

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Tonight: Nice weather. Dancing music.
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Looks like the perfect forecast to enjoy tonight’s Pastorius Park concert!  At 7:30pm, Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble will take the stage, getting the audience up and moving with cha-cha, mambo and tango tunes. Click for a preview: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_4668350

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This Weekend… food, with dessert. and art.

marshmallows and sprinkles and gummies, oh my! Sniff, sniff… this Friday marks the last Decorate-a-Cupcake night at Bredenbeck’s Bakery.  Unless, of course, they extend it again.  (hint, hint!) 6-8pm… free for kids. Friday and Saturday you can feast at the Wyck Food Festival and Symposium.  Friday from 4-7pm, it’s festival time, as the Wyck hosts […]

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Does your kid have the Thomas bug?

Symptoms include: a passion for numbered railway cars, an affinity for names like Gordon, Henry, and Percy, and a yearning for all items in a certain hue of blue.  Whether you’re trying to cure or enable this serious condition, you might want to head on over to the Morris Arboretum tonight.  Tonight is “Train Enthusiasts […]

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Summer "Bucket List"- what’s on yours?

BEACH “bucket list” This year, we made it official.  Each kid brainstormed a few places they wanted to go, things they wanted to do, and what they wanted to learn more about this summer.  They all wrote them down in a notebook, and this now officially serves as our summer “bucket list.”  As in beach […]

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Summer Safety: Pools

A GAP reader requested that I post this story and information.  I was torn, because while I know it’s vital safety information (it’s summertime and drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5 and the number two cause in children under 18), it is so tragic that I […]

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Wyndmoor Community Carnival

It’s back again!  The Wyndmoor Carnival runs through Saturday night.  We went last year and had a blast.  The one thing I would recommend is viewing the fireworks from a distance, rather than on the fairgrounds.  They were way too loud for us at the fair. Since we’re short on time and long on graduations […]

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Judy Moody Sneak Preview Movie Ticket Give-away!

Ok, if the monster truck madness wasn’t your thing, here’s a truly kid-friendly give-away that might be more your style.  The winner will receive four tickets to an advance screening of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.  The tickets are good for the showing Saturday June 4 at 10am at the Ritz East Theater. […]

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This Weekend…

After the recent heat we’ve experienced, my first bit of advice would be to stick by a pool, ocean, or at least a some large water fountain.  I personally recommend the Swann Memorial Fountain downtown in Logan’s Circle.  Love that place! no swimming or wading allowed.  oops. Speaking of fountains, and also fitting in under […]

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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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