Wee Bits: Awesome Kiddie Pools, Raising Book-Lovers, Harry Potter 20 Years On, and Mocktails You Actually Want to Drink

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Cool story in Philly.com about two entrepreneur moms who founded the (wildly successful) Dreamland Fairy Kits. (The kits, by the way, are adorable.)

We’re old: It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter came out. Here are snippets from the first reviews, via the Independent.

Speaking of: You’ll be shocked at how hard this H.P. quiz from Quirk Books is.

Thanks, Strategist, for this look at the most most enthusiastically rated backyard pools on Amazon. 

Kids at Play is celebrating the Fourth with a little carnival, complete with snow cones and prizes.

The Cut wonders: What Does Your Favorite Celebrity Baby Say About You? 

Hey, this forthcoming dining/shopping/working space on the Delaware River sounds (and looks) really cool! (From uwishunu.)

Here’s how to get free summer meals for kids and teens who might need them. 

Nice piece in the NYT: How to Raise a Reader. 

Reasonable advice on breastfeeding, via NPR.

As a pregnant person who’s sick to death of club soda with lime, I appreciate this catalog of 30 awesome mocktails more than I usually would. Thanks Town & Country. 

Camp alert number one: July 5 through 14, the Arabic Language and Cultural day camp will be back for its 16th summer, this time at The Philadelphia School. Grades K-8 enjoy Arabic, singing and music, art, drumming and science/nature. Info here. 

Camp alert number two: It’s registration time for the summer-long Zoom Dance camp, which runs eight weeks and has some ADORABLE-sounding themes, from “The Wacky World of Dr. Seuss” to “Sharks Mermaids and Other Sea Friends” to “Welcome to the Circus” … and more. They offer full or half days, and the rest of the info is here!

From BizPhilly: Here’s where CHOP ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the country.