Wee Bits: So Much Halloween Hoopla, The Pain of Seasonal Clothing, Raising Boys Who Respect Women, And A New Delaware Waterfront Destination

News, happenings (including SO MUCH Halloween stuff), reads and other tidbits for Philly parents this week Read more

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Nice Slate piece about raising boys who respect women (and act according to that respect).  I don’t know a single mother right now — moms of boys, girls, whatever — who isn’t thinking about this.

The New York Times reminds us that this wretched situation is not over, not hardly. 

I know we all saw this story about how the planet is a second away from obliteration (sorry, I’m a party in a bag today, right?), but I appreciated in this BBC story, at least, a few tips of what we can do NOW while we wait for more people in charge of running the world to grow brains (or, more likely, until we elect different people in charge of running the world). Anyway: Meatless Mondays and vegan cheese and air-dried laundry, here we come.

Okay, for something that doesn’t make you want to go lie in a darkened room for a time: This funny piece from Dorothy at Tankini Files is ALL OF OUR LIVES. (At least, all of the lives of us people who have small closets.) I am surrounded by clothing tubs as I type this.

I’ve only seen snippets of this Kiera Knightly essay about motherhood that she wrote as one of the many essayists in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), but the snippets I’ve seen are great.  (Via Refinery.)

There’s a new space to hang on the Delaware Waterfront, y’all, and it sounds wonderful. Welcome (back), Cherry Street Pier, which opens today!

The Philly Tweens website we mentioned last week — a new, much-needed site for parents of kids aged 8 to 14 — is officially live!

It’s that time of year again, everyone: A TON of Halloween stuff to know about. So here goes:
— South Philly peeps: The 7th annual East Passyunk Fall Fest (and Spooky Saturday) is happening October 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — you can expect the usual festivity: child (and dog!) costume contest, live music, pumpkin painting, treat bags for the first 400 kids, street food and drink, a craft fair, trick-or-treating along the street, and more.
— Meantime, the same day is also the South Street Headhouse District’s PumpkinFest and South Street trick-or-treating, from noon to 5:00 p.m. It centers around the Headhouse Shambles, and includes neighborhood trick-or-treating, performances from Philly School of Circus Arts, costume contests, a magician, pumpkin decorating, hay-wagon rides, pumpkin-pie eating contests (gag), straw mazes and more!
— That day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is ALSO the Rittenhouse Row Halloween celebration — kids (and grownups) can come in costume for trick-or-treating at Rittenhouse Row stores, restaurants, hotels and more. (At Capital One, between noon and 3, there will be stories read on the hour in the back of the cafe, and afterwards, kids decorate a pumpkin-frame magnet to take home.) You can check the website the day before to see participating stores, or look for the cats in the windows of participating businesses.
— The annual, family-friendly SWCC 5K is a (Halloween-themed!) little series of runs that raises money for a couple of our public schools — Stanton and Chester Arthur. This year’s 10th annual race happens on, yes, October 27, at 8 a.m., at Stanton Elementary. There’s a 5k, but also two kids’ fun runs, the Monster Mile (a 1.5-miler for kids aged 6 to 14, starting at 8 a.m.) and the Spooky Sprint (a 100-yard dash for kids under 6, which kicks off at 8:45 a.m.). There’s also a “fan zone” with games, trick-or-treating, and the Schmear It bagel truck. Sounds fun, no?  Sign up here!
–And finally: On October 26 and 27, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Schuylkill Center is hosting their annual Halloween hikes and hayrides festival, which includes a hike through a candlelit forest to meet nocturnal animals. (Eeek!) Afterwards, there’s hayrides, crafts, food trucks, s’mores and more. $5 online pre-registry for members only; $10 tickets at the door for the general public.

Fun news — Historic Philadelphia just announced that the Franklin Square fountain will be getting a renovation, and a new fountain show including music, lights and dancing water. ETA: This summer.

And for this weekend: Please Touch Museum is hosting its OutFest Family Festival this Saturday, October 13, celebrating LGBTQ families, allies and the “many ways families come together.” There’ll be drag queen story time! (Among other things.)