Got a Kid With a Big Imagination?

They will absolutely love the PHIT Comedy’s Kids & Teens classes Read more

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Plays, dress up, stand up, storytelling, role-play. Does this sound like downtime at your house? If you have a child that loves creating characters and improvised plays (and keeps your family entertained), you should know about PHIT Comedy, an alternative comedy theater group that’s been around since 2005. PHIT Comedy is known for their work with children, and their Kids & Teens program — a new session starts in March! — offers developmentally appropriate improvisation classes for children of all ages. PHIT creates a safe, nurturing environment where young improvisers can comfortably express themselves dramatically through improvised games, scenarios and storytelling. The emphasis is placed on character creation, expressive use of voice and body, and solid teamwork through listening and agreement. The younger kids (K-3rd grades) culminate in informal class demonstrations, while the older elementary and teen classes celebrate the semester with improvised performances for family and friends. Read more →

It’s CityKids Consignment Sale Time!!

The sale is right around the corner … and NOW is the time to get ready to sell your stuff Read more

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We never stop getting excited to announce an impending CityKids Consignment Sale. The biannual event hosted by Lilypad (formerly the South Philly Parents Resource Center) is, simply put, one of the biggest, most helpful shopping events of the year for city parents.

The spring sale is running on April 1 and 2 in South Philly, and — just like every sale — there will be a boatload of amazing deals on everything from clothes to games to strollers and cribs and more (way more!). The sale is entirely volunteer-run (run by community moms!). and proceeds go to support Lilypad in South Philly, an adorable meeting space for playgroups, classes and more. And it’s not just great for shoppers — it’s great for consignors who want to make a little cash, and NOW is the time to sign up to consign! There are 125 slots for sellers, and they actually fill up fast, so you want to sign up ASAP.  You can register here, and read all about the process of consigning here — it’s an extremely well-organized system, as you will see. They also accept both volunteers (who are rewarded with early admission to the shopping!) and donations, if you want to go that route. See the site for details!

In any case, whether you sell, donate or just show up to shop, it is such a worthy event to plan your calendar around. (We do every season!) See you there!

 

Gear Up: Our Favorite Toddler Things

A few favorites that make life with a toddler easier, cuter, better Read more

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Every so often we here at Wee HQ like to do our version of Oprah’s favorite things — only, alas, without all the free swag and surprise tropical vacations and $500 cashmere socks and audience freakouts. (Haha, remember this?) Okay, so maybe our version of favorite things isn’t much like Oprah’s version of favorite things … except for that both show some heartfelt love for products that have made our own lives better or easier or maybe just a little cuter. And in this case, we’ve zeroed in on some of the goods that we’ve really loved for the toddler stage — that long period of messy, busy, into-everything, curious, portable little people. Read more →

PREVIEW! A Revolutionary Local Babysitting App

Could this change everything? Read more

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You have to hand it to Wharton student, entrepreneur and mama Divinity Matovu: Her app, Watotolly is a really cool idea. What it does, in a nutshell, is offer parents who use the app a low-cost, time-saving solution for finding sitters in the form of other parents in the user’s community. In short, a user can meet other parents and exchange babysitting services, thus saving a little cash while (hopefully) connecting to other moms and dads. You can — and should! — watch the explanation of the whole thing here, on the site.

A little background here: Divinity (pictured above!), who moved from Los Angeles to Philly to attend Wharton a couple years back, struggled (as many of us do) with finding and affording childcare for her daughter, especially in a new city where she couldn’t rely on friends or family. She recalled the time she spent in East Africa, where she lived and worked for four years as the director of a youth development nonprofit. There, she says, a more communal approach to childcare didn’t just help parents take care of their kids, it bonded the community together, as well. Thus the idea for Watotolly was born (she is a Wharton entrepreneur, after all): Watoto is “children” in East Africa. “Watotolly is creating the modern village, drawing on the spirit of the ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ philosophy,” Divinity writes on her site.

So. What does this mean for you? At this moment, the app is still in beta testing, with its only users being Penn-affiliated parents. But parents who are interested now can sign up for the waitlist as the app expands in coming weeks into more areas, growing outward around the city.

The cost to access the app will be $10 a month, and will allow users to book babysitting from other Watotolly users in your community. Every single user goes through a professional background check, and answers a series of questions (Are there pets in the house? Guns? Smokers?). Once you are accepted as a user, you will be able to see the profiles of other parents within your community who have children within your child’s age range — and those communities are arranged using connections you already have, so perhaps these are people in your neighborhood, or in your office, or at your child’s school. Chances are good that you already know some of the parents in your network, but if not, parents can arrange to meet in person before any babysitting happens.

So. Sounds intriguing, no? To have an app that can ease the way for a whole new network of convenient childcare options (options that involve other parents) that don’t cost a fortune? Like we said … a very cool idea.   

 

Wee Bits: Family-friendly Meal Kits, Expert Tantrum Advice and a Doll Undies Scandal

The week’s reads, news, happenings and other tidbits for Philly parents Read more

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Hey good news for Stonyfield yogurt fans: Fortune reports that they’re working on lowering their (rather high!!) sugar content.

Awesome Brandi Davis webinar coming up, guys — one of the most popular topics: Tantrums! It’s a $10 “Turn No Into Yes” webinar on February 28, 8:30 p.m. Drink your wine,  wear your PJs (nobody can see ya!), and pick up some helpful parenting secrets all from your couch.

From NPR: Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half the Wealth of White Single Parents. It’s a pretty shocking story, even if you think you already know all of this. The data is damning.

Oh, good. Something else to worry about. Measles!

Not going to lie. I don’t understand the hubbub over the American Girl permanent undies. (But maybe that’s because I’m not parent to an AG lover?)

Parents.com had THE BEST round-up of family-friendly meal kits. A helpful guide. Read more →

Hey Runners (or Walkers!): You’re Going to Want to Know About This Gym

Introducing the treadmill studio … with classes Read more

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While you all know that Wee Wander’s primary focus isn’t fitness (haha, I wrote that while literally dunking a Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patty into a cup of chocolate milk), we love news of new, cool, convenient options for, well … escaping and for focusing on oneself for a bit. And the new Incline Running  sounds both cool and convenient so far as workouts go. (And for my money, it also a bit less intimidating than some boutique fitness studios — power walking was the primary exercise I felt comfortable doing when I was pregnant and then after I gave birth.)

Here’s the deal: The two-week-old Haverford treadmill fitness studio focuses on, yes, running and walking. The concept is similar to your typical spin class, only instead of biking, you’re jogging, running or walking in a class setting, complete with the awesome soundtrack and a roaming instructor who can help tweak your technique and help push you. Owner Joshua Hirshey — Philly native, Penn Valley resident and dad of two — says he really wanted to combine “that class environment, that awesome camaraderie when people get together for group fitness” with the workout that a treadmill provides. The treadmills at Incline, however, aren’t just any treadmills; they’re Woodway treadmills, which are specially designed to be easy on the knees, joints and connective tissues. “I wanted a place to go run when it’s snowy out, or when my knee has flared up, or when someone like my mom, who’s in her 70s, wanted a place to go and work out, a place people could go with their friends and enjoy the experience and the energy,” Hirshey says.

There are currently five classes on offer: RUN I, which is sort of the basic running class (you can also walk!); DISTANCE; HILLS (great for backsides, obvs); POWER WALK (it’s walking, yes, but it’s not a cinch, Hirshey says); and CLASSIC WALK. “We wanted to make sure we had specific classes that would bring everyone in,” he says. In all classes, you can determine your own speed.

Two more things you should know: 1) Your first class at Incline Running is FREE. 2) Hirshey is planning a second location in Center City, though details on exactly where/when are still TBD. Stay tuned.

You can see more about the place, including prices and sign-up info, here.