Wee Bits: Shady Ladies, Cool Glowing Pumpkins, Free Art Classes, a Baby-Sling Workout and a Pumpkin-Spiced Disaster

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My sources tell me that Fairmount Park’s The Glow is really, truly awesome. (It certainly sounds awesome in the Philly.com story, with “pumpkins stacked into 18-foot-tall dinosaurs; carved into skeletons on motorcycles; piled into archways; sculpted into musical instruments; and fashioned into Philadelphia icons such as the Mummers, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, and street art.”) I’m in!

Another good one to have on the radar (and it’s FREE): The Wagner Free Institute of Science is hosting its annual RAPTORS! A Spooky Creature Feature — an event for kids of all ages focusing on “the sky’s most fearsome predators.”  Saturday, October 21, from noon to 4 p.m., there will be live bird demonstrations, scavenger hunts, crafts and more. Costumes are encouraged! And did we mention it’s FREE? Preregistration is encouraged but not required and can be done here.

One more Halloween-y thing: Sing Along Princess Parties (a company that specializes in kids’ parties) is throwing a little Halloween Bash off of Cottman Avenue on October 28th from 1 to 3 p.m., and — squeee! — Moana, Sophia, Beauty, Cinderella and Rapunzel will all be there. Tickets ($30/kid and $10 for adults) include snacks, singing, dancing, trick-or-treat-bag decorating and more.

I loved (LOVED) this photographer’s series in the New Yorker of his wife breastfeeding their kid. It’s beautiful and intimate and maybe the realest thing I’ve seen in a while.

Baby Wordplay lovers, here’s a fun new development: Starting next week, Miss Pam is pairing up with  Honeypie Cooking to host an awesome-sounding Family Dinner & Book Club, a four-week series open to all ages that combines a child-friendly meal with themed book-readings, songs, discussions, hands-on food activities, and ideas/tips for serving little kids veggies. Sounds cool, no? Read more about it (and register) here.

Why in heaven’s name are preschoolers being expelled?

Speaking of Whaaaa? topics: Louboutin now makes baby shoes. (Via Parents.com.) Some of them evidently are going to debut on Goop.com, which seems right.

This woman accidentally got included on a group text with a bunch of soccer moms. What happened next is AMAZING. (And hilarious.)

How Sesame Street is helping traumatized children. Via NPR.

Hey y’all: Free trial classes at Philly Arts Center!! 

Not an Onion headline, believe it or not: “Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener Leads to School Evacuation.” 

I want to take this Shady Ladies Tour of the PMA SO MUCH.

From the Strategist, here are the 20 toys to buy now before they sell out for the holidays. (Admittedly, there’s some good stuff here.)

How cool is this? Holly Waters of Fitness Alive is doing a baby-sling workout for moms … followed by mini spa treatments and a light brunch. Benefiting Susan Koman Foundation. October 21; details here.

And speaking of workouts: Hey Fit4Mom devotees: Friday, October 13, you can head to Glen Mills for a massive, FREE master class led by Fit4Mom’s founder Lisa Druxman.

Got sleep questions? (Who doesn’t?) Get yourself to PlayArts on October 16 for a FREE Q and A session with sleep coach Maria Lopez of Not a Peep, which offers parents all sorts of sleep support for babies and kiddos.