Weekend Bits: The Genius of Onsite Childcare, a Walnut Street Theatre Casting Call, and Helping Syrian Families

News and quickie reads for your Saturday Read more

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I know you’ve all seen it, and I certainly have nothing profound to add here. I just can’t stop looking at this little guy, whose eyes remind me of my son’s. (Doesn’t he remind everyone of their own children?) A devastating reminder, lest we forget why Syrians are fleeing their homes. Here’s the International Rescue Committee website, where you can donate money to aid Syrian families.

In better news: The onsite childcare that Patagonia provides to many of its employees is super awesome — especially when, as this Fast Company story reports — they end up recouping more than 90 percent of the money they spend doing it. It proves that if a company wants it enough, innovation that favors employees is possible. You gotta read this story; it’s amazing.

Love this list from the Washington Post on 24 books, for preschoolers through high-schoolers, that show the value of empathy and kindness.

Great news per Be Well Philly: There’s a new pedestrian/bike bridge that connects the Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge National Historical Park! 

The Philadelphia Zoo is busy baby-proofing the gorilla exhibit for the new baby gorilla coming this fall. It’s pretty adorable.

The Walnut Street Theatre has issued a casting call for little “munchkins” for The Wizard of Oz, which starts production in November.

Hey parents — the Philly Art Center has just unveiled a new line-up of classes, after-school sessions and vacation camps, and online registration for the fall is now open!

Fun event alert: Kids at Play in East Falls is hosting a “parents night out/kids night in” Thursday, August 25. Open to kids aged 4 and up — one kid is $35, the second is $25. Check out details here.

Well this is adorable: Your kids can call the mayor to tell him about the books they’ve been reading this summer.The mayor!