Wee Bits: Five-Minute Workouts, Teacher Training for Shootings, Another Use for Nipple Pads, and Super Bowl Mania

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Small announcement, guys: Starting today, the super-awesome, super-popular trainer Holly Waters is dropping a quickie five-minute workout on Wee Wander Insta EVERY WEDNESDAY. It’s designed just for you, mamas! If you don’t follow us there, well … follow us! And check it out … the workouts are awesome!

Great news, all: Rhythm Babies has new classes in Fairmount (Fridays!) and Queen Village (Saturdays!). Details are here … but YES, there are drop-in options!

Thanks to WashPo for excellent, wrenching reporting on the devastation Puerto Rican schools are still very much grappling with. Forget WiFi — these kids and teachers don’t even have lights. “When it rains, they get anxious the school will flood,” [one teacher] said. “You have to calm them.”

I guess this program for training teachers to deal with shooters is good news (?), even though it made me cry. (Bia NYT)

Another Times story, this one more fun, and also relevant to Philly, where we have day cares squeezed into rowhomes: “Don’t Mind the Day Care Downstairs.”

Slate asks “Just How Philly Was Philly After the Super Bowl?” And while I am a bit exhausted of people acting as if Philly is notably worse in such moments than other cities, I have to admit: This piece was amusing.

Heads up: The great Music Monkey Jungle is hosting a Sunday Family Sing-Along on Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m., and if you mention that you read about it on Wee, they’ll give y’all FREE music download cards. The sing-along is happening at Old Pine Community Center, and it’s $15 per kid (6 months and younger get in free!). In addition to singing? There’ll also be balloon art, snacks and more fun.

Maybe this is overload (?), but there have been so many good shopping round-ups on The Cut lately: The highest-rated pregnancy pillows on Amazon; a freaking brilliant second use for those bamboo nipple pads; and last-minute V-Day gifts under $50 on Amazon.

Be Well Philly tells us how to get free green hair extensions for the parade on Thursday!

Something totally fun and different for y’all: Saturday, March 3, Modero Company (a dance company that has branched into food and community events) is hosting an Indonesian food festival at St. Thomas Aquinas, featuring Indonesian specialties, performers, music, raffles and more. Details here!!What a cool way to take advantage of living in this city.

And paging all Sesame Street fans (and parents of Sesame fans): The Sesame Street: F is for Friends Pop-Up Tour will come to Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem this Saturday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It’s a 15-minute show your Elmo fan will LOVE, featuring, yes, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, as well as stories, songs, meet-and-greets, digital activity stations, photo ops and more. And! It’s FREE!

Finally: If you’re starting to think about summer camp (and you probably should be), you should know about the early bird deal at the Handwork Studios in Philly, Narberth, Rosemont and West Chester: Sign up before February 28, and you’ll get 15 percent off. What sorts of programs are we talking about? Themes include a “Glamorize Your Doll” camp, one for fashion and machine sewing, a fashion bootcamp, a STEAM-based sew-tech camp … and more. Check it out here.