Wee Bits: The New Philly Zipline, Beach Smoking, the Best Shoes for Traveling, and Dangerous Childbirth

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The new zipline in Fairmount Park is OPEN wheee! (And it sounds awesome, and there’s a course just for littles. All via BeWellPhilly.)

You probably read a looooot of Mother’s Day stories this last week, about being a mom (or not), having a mom (or not), wanting to be a mom (or not). One of the pieces that stood out to me was this one, about being a “near-mom”, from the Times.

The CDC reminds us how to remove ticks, because it’s that time of year. (SHUDDER.) (Also, I bought these things.)

Speaking of the great outdoors, Philly’s long-awaited rail park opens in June. (Well, part of the long-awaited rail park.) Via WHYY.

Tickets for the famed Upper Darby Summer Stage shows go on sale on May 21, y’all. What a fun way to introduce your little ones to theater.

This report from NPR and ProPublica about how many moms die in childbirth — and how many moms almost die — is shocking, particularly when you read the individual stories of the women who are featured. I feel like we should all be talking about this much more than we are.  (Related: America’s black moms are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white counterparts, via the NYT.) All sorts of insanity here.

Truth. (Via the Cut.)

Please, PLEASE ban smoking on public beaches, New Jersey! (From WHYY.)

The Strategist gives us the best shoes for traveling. Helpful!

Another Cut piece — a wonderful, really smartly written piece on pelvic floor pain and why often women are just expected to (or expect to) live with it after childbirth.

And sorry, Cut overload here, but I love Sharon Horgan’s Catastrophe SO MUCH and this interview about her new show Motherland is fascinating. Sounds like a good one.

Heads up: You can register now for a very cool-sounding STEM enrichment program at offered by the Franklin Institute and Glaxo Smith Kline and held at a handful of local libraries. The FREE classes, aimed at second- through sixth graders, will focus this year on the Science of Space via “fun hands-on activities that teach the basic concepts behind spectroscopy, micrometeroids, rocketry and more.” Sounds cool, no? Pre-registration required!

OMG, it’s the new black-and-blue/gold-and-white dress: Yanny or Laurel? (From Vox.)

Has your family ever realized that you’re raising a bear you (wrongly) believed to be a dog? No? Well then you’re doing better than some folks. (People.com.)

Here’s a really fun one for the calendar: On June 9, from noon to 5 p.m. along the South Concourse Drive of West Fairmount Park, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Mural Arts Philadelphia and West Park Cultural Center are hosting the 11th annual FREE West Park Arts Festival, complete with dancers, musicians, singers (West Philadelphia Orchestra, for one; Patrice and The Show for another — plus way more), plus guided historical trolley tours, art-making, food and craft vendors and a showcase of the Franklin Institute’s new exhibition “Game Masters.”

And now, please indulge us in a moment of bragging: We were very honored to be included in Feedspot’s top 25 Philadelphia blogs. Yay us (and y’all, for reading!).