beyond goldiblox: toys that empower girls AND boys
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I’m sure you’ve seen the fabulous GoldiBlox video/ad and the surrounding unfabulous copyright controversy.  The video is really cool, but the copyright stuff isn’t.  And more relevant to me, the GoldiBlox toys in and of themselves have some issues. I ordered them before they even came out, feeling very excited by the feminist buzz over […]

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book review: baba didi and the godwits fly
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Now THAT’s a name for a book, right?  The title just begs you to come in and explore what lies between the book covers.  And what lies between the covers of Nicola Muir’s new book is a very unique children’s story, chock-full of lessons for kids of all ages. On the surface, Baba Didi and […]

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mighty mike at the adventure aquarium

He’s big! He’s bad! He’s dominating Philly billboards and commercial time. Although he hails from the Florida Lakes, you won’t have to travel that far to meet him. For a fraction of the cost, you can meet this 800ft, 14 foot guest right over the bridge. The one, the only, Mighty Mike! The Adventure Aquarium […]

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comic book spurs food fight!

Amid the variety of foods, crafts and flowers that makes Reading Terminal a sought after experience in Philly, there is a spot, Miscellanea Libri, which satisfies appetites with the rarest titles, hard to find and never heard of new and used books. My visit to the Reading Terminal seven years ago, led me to one […]

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showing all kinds of love through children’s books
Owen and Mzee, Scholastic Press

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about chocolate overload or mylar balloons or Hallmark’s version of what true love is. Classic children’s books celebrating love are wonderful, but there is more than enough love to go around.  Here’s a list of five books to share with children that present a wider perspective of what love […]

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kids book review: 11 Experiments that Failed

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99) Reviewer: Maleka Fruean Here’s another sassy picture book by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter, who also created 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore. The main character, a highly mischievous and utterly curious little girl, becomes a home scientist and […]

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mt. airy night market photos
Alley, Naya, Loren, Nafrah and sleepy Nate

  I’m pretty sure the organizers can count the first ever Mt. Airy Night Market as a resounding success.  We walked over at about 7pm and could not believe the crowd!  There was music on two different stages and many food vendors… everything from Food for All to the Geechee Girl to a VERY fancy […]

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Pastorius Concert Review- West Philly Orchestra
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What fun music!  Although we only caught the first set of the West Philadelphia Orchestra at last night’s Pastorius Park concert, we all really enjoyed hearing them.  The band’s cast of characters were all casually dressed, looking like they could have jumped out of the audience, but they were definitely ON once they started playing. […]

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This Weekend… movies!

Well, we’ve pretty much covered the in-theater movies you might be waiting in line to see this weekend here and here.  (For shorter lines, I’d go with the bear).  But as always, there’s more to do in and around the Northwest: As repayment for last weekend’s forced cancellation, tonight is going to be a BEAUTIFUL […]

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Kids Review Winnie-the-Pooh

July 15 is not only about Potter.  There’s another flick that litrati children on the more G-rated end of the spectrum are eager to see.  My two preschoolers and I were treated to a sneak preview of the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie (tickets were free, but the opinions are entirely our own… no honey was exchanged […]

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Cars 2 Sneak Peek Reviews!

It’s almost here, the official opening of Cars 2!  This long awaited sequel (really long awaited if you’re a preschooler… pretty much your entire LIFE) debuts in theaters this Friday June 23.  You can check it out locally at either the Manayunk or Plymouth Meeting Mall theaters this weekend.  But we here at GAP are […]

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Monday Mix: Me…Jane Book Review
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Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown, $15.99) What an amazing and beautiful picture book written and illustrated by the creator of the Mutts comic strip Patrick McDonnell. It’s a simple story about the true childhood life of Jane Goodall, a curious girl who loved nature and discovery, started a club called the Alligator Society, and […]

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Papa GAP’s Pastorius Park Concert Review

The 63rd annual Pastorius Park summer concert series started with a twang as noted singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines proved that rock ‘n roll is more about soul than amplification, with his powerful solo performance. Surrounded by evergreens and 20 or so haphazardly strung lights, the Harrisburg native commented to the crowd that he was here ‘to participate in the event, not dominate […]

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