Wee Bits: Scary Breastpumps, a Fall Music Class Extravaganza, Peanut Allergy Help and Fruit Snack Shockers

Reads, news, happenings and other tidbits for Philly parents this week Read more

Neat NPR story about the benefits of home visits for new families. 

A mom created much-needed party supplies with some diversity, and the story about it here on Parents.com made me cry.

Okay, so did this one, via the Atlantic: “My Son Wears Dresses; Get Over It.”

Did you guys know that Mister John’s Music has a new venue in the Italian Market? It looks AMAZING. He’s hosting an open house tomorrow (Thursday, August 24) from 4 to 7 p.m. — and classes will start on August 28!  (PS: The space is available for parties, concerts and recitals, too!)  

Speaking of open houses (it’s that time of year): Settlement Music School is hosting a series of open houses in mid-September — and they’re focusing specifically on early childhood classes at all their locations in and around Philly. You can expect demo lessons, performances, meet-and-greets with teachers and more — and check out the specific dates/locations here!

Another local gem, Play Arts, is turning one — and they’re celebrating with a whole bunch of awesome fun stuff. Saturday September 9 is dollar-play day ($1 per kid; $0 per adult! — just remember to RSVP!). Sunday, September 10 is the big b-day party, with play, prizes, discounts and more, from 10 a.m. to noon. (Regular drop-in rates and playspace hours apply. Again RSVP!)  And that’s just the weekend … the preceding week is packed with special events and deals, too — you can check them all out here!

Curbed maps cool abandoned buildings in Philly, and it’s fascinating/depressing.

Eeeek, breastpumps through the ages. (Via HuffPo.)

Scary report, via Philly Mag. Just FYI for all us parents.

I realize this piece from Fast Company is about an ad for the Kind brand, but good Lord, look at all the sugar kids consume. (And … really? “Most parents” don’t realize that fruit snacks have added sugar? That seems fishy?)

A cure for peanut allergies? (Wouldn’t that be life-changing!?)