It’s hard to tell the truth

AUGUST 13, 2015 by Layney Wells I’ve never been particularly good at lying. Perhaps it’s the guilt or the fear of being found out, but each time I’ve found a lie leaving my lips, I am almost immediately stricken with panic and find myself backtracking to replace it with the truth. This trait has played […]

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The road to suburbia: From Northwest Philly to Abington

JULY 13, 2015 By Layney Wells My parents moved to Germantown in the mid-80s to get out of a neighborhood that at the time was very segregated. Raising their kids in a racially and economically diverse community was really important to them, so they bought a fixer-upper between the park and the police station. Growing […]

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‘Black Lives Matter’ march in Northwest Philly

MAY 16, 2015 By Jen Bradley The Philly Children’s March was organized through social media last December to create a local, family-friendly response to the tragic events and lack of justice in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland,Ohio; New York City; and around the country. The first march was held in Mt. Airy on Jan. 3. It was […]

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Miquon hosts multi-school diversity day

APRIL 30, 2015 By Jen Bradley Students from seven schools arrived at The Miquon School in Conshocken under a blue and sun-drenched sky earlier this month for a joint Diversity Day. The other participating schools included Community Partnership School, Frankford Friends, Germantown Friends, Gladwyne Montessori, United Friends, and Goshen Friends. For Jeri Bond Whatley, her […]

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Students, Teachers and Parents Test-in to Opt-out

Energized by the growing momentum of the standardized testing Opt-out movement in Philadelphia, the crowd at the Free Library on Thursday night was considerable. Organizers were originally expecting 40 people to attend the “Test-in,” but the event drew almost 75. Organized by education groups from across the city, the Test-in encouraged parents, teachers, students, and […]

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children’s march community gathering this saturday!
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The Philly Children’s March was started as a way to build a community response to #blacklivesmatter and to build a community around racial awareness and justice in NW Philly. We’d LOVE to see your family at our first community gathering! We will meet this Saturday February 21 inside the Grace Epiphany Church @ 224 East Gowen […]

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hands-on learning at temple sholom
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This is a guest post from Jason Edelstein about an innovative new program at a local synagogue: “They get in the car and they’re actually excited—I can tell they were having fun and truly engaged.” Mindy Haenn isn’t recalling a day her kids spent at an amusement park or a birthday party. She’s describing what […]

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weekend family fun
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Although the winter lull has creeped in, Philly still has some family weekend fun to help cure that cabin fever: Saturday & Sunday: Valentine Make-in  This works as a drop-off for kids ages six and up, or as a family activity for younger children. Tap into your creative side and use a variety of materials […]

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ideas for philly family loooong weekend fun
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  With a long weekend for some, it’s a good thing there’s plenty to do! This week’s themes seem to be nature & service to others: Friday Night: Owl Prowl  Though it may be a wee bit cold, this might be cool enough to brave the elements. Head over to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental […]

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#childrensmarch this saturday

The Northwest Philly Children’s March for Love & Justice was organized to help create a local, family-friendly event as a response to the tragic events and lack of justice in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and around the country. This march is focused on working together to hold a child-friendly action in response to these events, […]

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parenting after ferguson

Like every parent, I often feel lost. When I do, I try to find a way, an angle, or a path to follow because even when it’s not the perfect path, I feel comforted when I am doing something. But with the recent grand jury verdicts, I worry that the path of outrage that every […]

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weekender: sphinx, nature, art & ballet!

Friday: Sleep under the Sphnix! This is about as unique an opportunity as you can dream up (excuse the pun). Take the kids to sleep overnight underneath the third largest granite sphinx in the world! 40 Winks with the Sphinx at the Penn Musuem invites kids and their grownup chaperones to embark on a trek […]

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parade, monsters, mermaids & day of the dead this weekend

As if Halloween itself isn’t enough excitement, the city has lots more fun to offer families this weekend. Friday: Krispy Skremes! Come to Krispy Kreme Donuts dressed in costume and receive a free donut! Customers in costume will be treated to their choice of one free donut. We highly recommend the Ghostbusters donuts. Halloween Parade […]

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harry potter weekend! (and some other stuff)
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Philly in Fall offers so many kid-friendly activities, and this weekend is no exception: Friday and Saturday: It’s HARRY POTTER WEEKEND!!!!!! It’s basaaaaack! The magical time of year when Muggles and Wizards unite in Chestnut Hill for the annual Harry Potter Festival! Ok, so your little ones may be a wee bit young for the […]

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pirates, peace, plants & art this weekend…

This weekend’s round-up offers everything from light banter to exploring nature to appreciation for and celebration of the deeper side of life: Friday: Free Donuts for Pirates! In observance of Talk like a Pirate Day, all Philadelphia Krispy Kreme locations will be giving out free donuts to customers who break out their pirate speak and […]

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philly fab fun this weekend: legos, thomas, bees & fleas!
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Friday through Sunday: Honeybee Festival Follow the buzz over three days in three different locations.  The Philadelphia Beekepers Guild presents its 5th annual Honneybee Festival,  Friday September 5, kids can enjoy a morning homeschool program from 10-noon and parents can enjoy an evening honey-themed happy hour from 5-7pm.  Saturday, the cool bess head over to the […]

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top labor day weekend picks: solid as a rock!

Friday Afternoon: Visit the Weaver’s Way Farmstand at Saul Tap a bit more into the farm side of the farm-to-table movement.  Bring the kids shopping at the Weaver’s Way Farmstand.  This weekend’s offerings include scallions, peaches, peppers of the rainbow, tomatoes, plums, and the first hints of apples.  You’ll also be able to spot locally made/grown […]

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philly phamily weekend phun: august 9-10

Head to Manayunk for the Farmers Market on Saturday Morning Take the kids to Pretzel Park for a feast for their eyes and bellies.  Check out the harvest of cucumbers, squash, peppers, and cherry and zebra tomatoes!  How many edible colors of the rainbow can you find in one spot?   Hippity Hop to the Free […]

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