Wee Bits: Exquisite Libraries, Flu Shots While Pregnant, The Magic of Big Bird, Halloween Nature Hikes, and Peak Leaf-Peeping

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Love these lists of kids’ gift ideas from The Strategist. This edition? Great gifts for 5-year-olds.

“I need cheese for my egg” is my new work mantra. (Via The Cut.)

Parents.com gives us everything we need to know about getting the flu shot while pregnant.

This NYT story about Caroll Spinney — the man who has always played Big Bird on Sesame Street, and who is finally retiring — made me cry. It is very lovely.

Thanks Philly Voice, for telling us how to make a Gritty costume.

Speaking of Halloween: This Saturday (October 27) from 10 a.m. to noon, you can take the kids — in costume of course — for a fun stroll on Forbidden Drive. You can expect an easy, 1.5-mile guided hike (courtesy the Friends of Wissahickon), and also a chance to register in a drawing to win a kid’s party in your home, complete with a clown, balloon twisting and face-painting. The hike begins at the Cedars House Cafe below Northwestern Avenue, and registration is recommended. PS. Wear appropriate shoes! For more information contact Cesali Renn at renn@fow.org.

The Atlantic‘s photo tribute to exquisite libraries is really something spectacular.

Huh. Peppermint bark Oreos actually sound amazing. I’m in. (People.com.)

And now for something completely different: When was the last time you read beautiful poetry? You might appreciate this one. (I did!)

Rhythm Baby fans — from 10/29 until 11/3, every single class Julie teaches will include the annual Halloween costume contest. The most creative baby costume (ages 4 months to 3 years) wins 10 FREE music classes! (Winner will be announced the weekend after Halloween!)

Hey guys, were you aware that “peak fall foliage” in the greater Philadelphia region is likely going to be in the third week of October through the end of the month, with some species into early November? Me neither! But that’s what the director of horticulture at Morris Arboretum says, and that makes me want to plan a trip there.

And finally — a deal for great music classes in and around Philly. We Kids Rock is open for winter registration now, and there’s a discount!