Wee Bits: A Parent’s Supper Club, Philly’s Terrible Sidewalks, Tree Lightings Everywhere, Smartphone Angst and Blake Shelton Shade

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Guys! Do y’all know that Philly is getting Nibble & Squeak? For the uninitiated: It’s a parent-focused dinner club designed to accommodate little kids, to introduce them to great food and dining out, and to let their parents enjoy great meals with the kids in tow. Basically, the whole family can eat in a pressure-free environment with other families, at some of the best restaurants in town. The thing kicks off at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons on December 9. (Kids under 8 eat free!) Read more and get tickets here. (Future events will be at Barcelona Wine Bar, and A Mano … to name a couple.)

Agree with op-ed from Philly.com this wholeheartedly: Philly is only walkable if you are an able-bodied adult with no stroller. (In other words? Fix the sidewalks and rampant crosswalk parking, please, Philadelphia.)

Because who doesn’t need a giggle right now? This Elle.com take on Blake Shelton’s new title has made me laugh every day for a week now.

Fascinating Atlantic piece about the grasp six-month-old babies actually have on language. (Amazing!)

We just wrote about Rachel Baiada, the owner of Shoo Fry, so it seems especially apt to mention the special Thanksgiving poutine y’all can get for the rest of the month of October at Shoo Fry. It’s got turkey, stuffing, cranberries and — of course — cheese curds and gravy. All proceeds go to CHOP.

This Lifehacker piece hits close to home for some of us, no? “Should You Move To the Suburbs Once You Have Kids”?

Very cool: Temple gets its first Rhodes Scholar. (Via Philly.com.)

It’s tree lightings a go-go, y’all: The PMA is doing their lighting tonight starting at 5 p.m. (please also note at this link that the museum is offering make-your-own card stations on Wednesday nights, as well as a bunch of family activities over winter break!); Rittenhouse Square’s tree lighting is at 5 p.m. on November 28th; and the city’s big tree at City Hall is being lit on November 24th at 5 p.m. Visit Philly has an awesome list of these and all the other lighting in the area.

More holiday happenings: December 2 is the Philly Orchestra’s Christmas Kids’ Spectacular, and the lineup is really something: They’re playing Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Rouse’s “Little March of the Three Kings” and the Dreidel Song and some Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker, natch) and Silent Night and several more festive tunes your kids will like.

And another fun thing: Smith Playground’s Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 9, will feature an ice-carving demo, “messy arts”, s’mores and live music. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per kid. (Members and Access cardholders get in free!)

How old should a kid be when he gets his first smartphone? (Via NPR.)