Wee Bits: Philly Pools, the New Rail Park, Boozy Popsicles, Fun Summer Reading, the Best Baby Play-Mats, and Cool Library Makeovers

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If y’all have been reading everything I have — and I’m sure you have, how can you not? — then we know that we’re not yet out of the woods with this nightmarish family separation business. (Nowhere near out of the woods, it would seem.) Bearing that in mind, here are some ways to help the kids and families who were separated. 


Great, fun Philly.com story about the Rock and Roll Playhouse at Ardmore Music Hall. If it appeals (how can it not?), here’s the schedule. In July, it’s Tom Petty!

Thanks, Philly Mag, for a map of all 71 public pools in Philly, and a list of their opening dates!

The Rail Park is open!!! Here’s what you need to know, via Philly.com.

Spiked watermelon popsicles seems like what we need right now, right?. 

So proud of our city/school district for this story on NBC.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand (and youngest female world leader) just had her baby! 

Hey, guys — remember Jenzy, the brilliant kids’ shoe-sizing and buying app we wrote about? Well, it’s set to launch next week. (They’re aiming for a June 26 launch date!) A few things to remember: They’re available just on iPhone and iPod touch devices right now; they’re optimized for kids 0 to 6 years old; and you can get to them at jenzy.com or @shopjenzy or #sizeeasily.

Happy news in the new baby giraffe at the zoo! Welcome, Beau!

Cool library makeovers! (PlanPhilly)

The best baby play-mats, according to The Strategist. 

Also from The Strategist, because I’m always looking for good summer reads: Here are some books that fiction editors are “reading for fun” (although some of these look decidedly serious, but whatever). 

From Philly.com: “After hazards were exposed, Philadelphia school district launches massive summer cleanup. 

Remember the NYT Modern Love last year, written by the children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthal? She was dying? The piece was titled You May Want To Marry My Husband. (WEEP.)  Well, her husband just published a follow-up, and it’s great and ALSO WEEP.

Theater fans: The (famed!) Upper Darby Summer Stage kicks off July 3 with The Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr. Details here!

And speaking of cool artsy things to do, how great does this live-art, hands-on installation — “Figmago” — sound? Described as an “art adventure”, the collaboration between famed muralist Meg Saligman Studio and equally famed dance company, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, will feature secret passageways, color-changing murals, live dancing shadows, acrobatic dance and more totally out-of-the-ordinary art for families to enjoy.

FYI: Guys! Shoe Carnival is hosting a donation program right now in Philly. Right now, local shoppers can choose to donate 10 percent of their total purchase to one of 71 participating schools in the area. Check out the list of participating schools here!