Guys! This coming fall (2019), a new public charter will open its doors — and we’re getting the word out now, because they’re currently accepting applications. Welcome, Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School! The school will offer an academically rigorous curriculum that includes instruction in the Hebrew language and will teach kids of all backgrounds to become global citizens. Read more →
If you are devastated by the heartbreak and horror in Pittsburgh (who’s not?!), and also, the horror and heartbreak in Louisville, and the pipe bombs … well, there is this ray of goodness to cling to. Not because it fixes what’s broken, but because we need to see the goodness, too. (Via NYT.)
Guys — next weekend is the Love Your Park Fall Service Day, and you can sign up to help clean, plant, mulch, garden and do any number of things at any number of Philly parks, from Starr Garden to Rittenhouse Square to Belmont Plateau and way, way more. A great way to contribute without a massive amount of commitment.
Also: The election is, of course, this Tuesday. Phield House is offering vacation camp for kids out of school — as are several of your other favorite vacation-day camp spots (Philly Art Center, the Schuylkill Center, the Arden, and the Handwork Studio, for example) and also, interestingly, Fairmount Water Works.
Parents.com gives us a list of the best cars for car seats.
Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness. Powerful piece from NY Mag.
Oh, how I love the Strategist’s roundups. My fave this week? The 14 best removable wallpapers. So good!
From The Notebook: More than half of PA districts have no teachers of color.
Hey, this sounds cool: On Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can hit up the Philadelphia Acton Children’s Business Fair at the First Unitarian Church at 21st and Chestnut. It’s a showcase of 16 businesses that are run by kids ages 5 to 12, and they’ll be selling a variety of products. (Paintings! Baked goods! Slime! Pet toys! Lip balm!) Sounds intriguing, no? (More details here!)
Brilliant: A dentist-sponsored candy buy-back program! (via Philly.com.)
Dare to dream: A short list of dreamy family-perfect trips from the NYT.
Really, there’s only one thing you need to know about this new waterfront destination: There are over-sized, illuminated seesaws. They are right there, when you first walk in, and your kids (and you!) will love them.
After 1,000 turns, keep walking, because there’s plenty more to explore at this just-opened park on the Delaware River. There are working artists, interactive art installations, food trucks, a bar and a ton of programming, like craft workshops, antique markets and a pop-up play event on November 4th. (They also have a holiday market, where you can get a Christmas tree, all sorts of delish-smelling greenery and holiday decorations.)
And if none of that sounds like a nice way to spend a few hours with the fam? Well, you should go just to see how much the DRWC has improved this once-desolate waterfront. It’s amazing to see how many people are hanging on Race Street Pier (just next door to Cherry Street Pier) and walking around Penn’s Landing—and their landmark project (this big park) hasn’t even broken ground yet.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about kicking off the holiday season (wasn’t it the first day of school like yesterday?), but here we are. It’s nearly November, and we’ve got the scoop on a really special outing that will help everyone transition from fall to winter in the most festive way possible: On Sunday, November 11, the Rock School for Dance Education is hosting an event they’re calling the Land of Sweets — a party that’s themed around their well-known annual Nutcracker 1776 performance. There’ll be sweets, treats and lots to do, from crown-making to sword-decorating to gingerbread house-building … and more.
The highlight of the afternoon, though, promises to be the live dance performances, which will feature the ethereal Sugar Plum Fairy as she engages in her beautiful battle with General Mouse Howe, leader of the redcoat mice. Kids (and their adults) have the opportunity to watch rising dance stars from around the world dressed in gorgeous costumes, and then actually meet the General, Ben Franklin and some of the other dancers who are featured in this very special, Philly-centric rendition of The Nutcracker.
There are two opportunities to participate in the Land of Sweets fetes on November 11 — there’s a 1 p.m. start time and then another at 3 p.m. In both cases, the party promises to be a lovely way to introduce the children to dance, or to the The Nutcracker, or to The Rock School, which one of the region’s premiere institutions for dance training. And at very least, the event sounds like a fun, festive afternoon for the whole family, no!? And I should mention: There’s FREE PARKING in the Rock School lot at 1226 Broad Street.
ALSO! Through November 9, Wee readers can get a special pricing deal: Wee readers get an extra $20 off every purchase. Just email Rick Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of the offer, which is valid through Nov. 09. (They’re also offering a 50 percent discount for veterans and active U.S. military personnel.) You can read more about the parties here, and buy your tickets here.