Wee Bits: Throwing Your Kid’s Art Away, the Gift of Philly Crossing Guards, the Best Kids’ Bikes and Free Fall Fun

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I am a believer in framing some of the greatest kid art, and then throwing away the rest of it. Thanks, Atlantic, for assuaging the pangs of guilt I sometimes feel for doing this.

From KYW: Philadelphia City Hall hosts pop-up statue addressing gun violence in schools. 

Hey! The Phield House now has family memberships!

Could not love this very insightful Inky op-ed about crossing guards from Dena Ferrara Driscoll (hey, we know her!) more. Crossing guards are an undervalued, wildly important asset in this city.

I also really love the Strategist shopping guides, as everyone who reads this website knows. And this week, they’ve given us a guide to the best kids’ bikes and ALSO the best toy-organizer ideas from professional organizers.

Heads up, parents! This year’s fall CityKids Consignment Sale — that biannual source of gently used, wildly inexpensive kid gear — is a bit early: Mark your calendars for September 29 and 30th. We’ll give a reminder and a preview leading up to the event, but if you’re in the market for, well, anything kid-related, you won’t want to miss this sale, which benefits Lilypad, the family center in South Philly.

Speaking of calendars: The lineup of free (or very cheap), kid-friendly events at Franklin Square beginning in October is impressive — from spooky mini-golf to pumpkin decorating to a trick-or-treat event. Y’all might consider planning a weekend jaunt sometime next month.

There’s also the Friends of Wissahickon’s Whispers Along the Wissahickon event on October 12 (from 5 to 8 p.m.): There’ll be hayrides, face-painting, jugglers, live music, beer and bluegrass. (Costumes are encouraged!) Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis to FOW members and include food, beverages, beer and wine, and access to all the fun fall activities. Tickets: $45/adult, $20/child, or $110/family (including two adults and two children). Not a member? Tickets are now available to non-FOW members and prices include a one-year FOW membership (with all the benefits) -$60/adult and $130/family (including two adults and two children), $20 for each additional child. 

Very helpful Philly recycling rules and wisdom from Philly Voice!