The mom: Paige has owned her eponymous public relations firm for over a decade, where she works with clients who “contribute to a sustainable world and positive change”. (The good people!) She’s also the author of “Spit That Out, The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt”. She’s also dedicated to convincing non-believers that raising your kids in the city can work. (Sing it sista!) Paige lives with her husband and kids, Sam (4) and Evelyn (10 months).
Neighborhood of residence: Washington Square West
Hidden gem: Philadelphia Magic Gardens is my favorite tourist attraction for grown-ups and kids.
Rainy day go-to: The “Inside Out” top floor at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Kid-friendly restaurant: The kids meal at Percy Street BBQ includes mac & cheese, carrots, French fries, and an ice cream sundae. It is my 4-year-old’s favorite meal.
Warm weather outing: Sister Cities Park. And last summer the city had great “pop-up” venues like at Eakins Oval and the PHS Pop Up Garden. Can’t wait to see what pops up this year!
Kids’ class: Early parenthood classes with Joanie at Nest, and parent-coached community Taney baseball for the older ones.
Place for baby/kid clothes: I pretty much refuse to buy new clothing for children. I get most of my stuff secondhand through swaps with friends and neighbors through local bulletin boards and even Craigslist. There are also pop-up kids consignment sales like the recent CityKids sale through South Philly Parents Resource Center.
Toy store: I like to buy locally at Happily Ever After on Pine Street. Whole Foods has a decent selection of eco-friendly toys and there are occasionally great sales on Zulily.
Cannot live without item: Good walking shoes.
Person/professional I cannot live without: The amazing teachers at Moonstone preschool.
Exercise class: Crossfit South Philly.
Stroller or carrier or transport of choice: Joovy with the kickstand option for when the older one is being lazy.
Special snack for the kids: Philly Flavors, Shake Shack, More Than Just Ice Cream, and the crazy chocolate concoctions at Max Brenner.
One thing you wish Philly had that it doesn’t: More and better public transportation, especially a better, cleaner subway system.
My favorite part of living in Philly with my wee one is: We can walk almost everywhere we need to go – preschool, the playground, the gym, Whole Foods, restaurants! The playground offers built-in playdates and we can barely walk down the street without seeing familiar faces. Philadelphia can really feel like a small, walkable town!