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Enjoy Live Music at Sister Cities Park During Pairings on the Parkway BYO Thursdays

Every Thursday this summer, come to Sister Cities Park, from 5-8 pm, for the BYO event Pairings on the Parkway, featuring singer-songwriter style live music from 5:30-7:30 pm. Take a seat at one of the tables inside or outside the cafe or bring a blanket and find a favorite spot under a tree or on the grass. Logan Square Café inside the park will offer a special summer grilling menu. Bring the whole family and enjoy the Children’s Discovery Garden open late on Thursdays.

For more details, visit sistercitiespark.org.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: June 28, 2016

May 31st - June 3rd Celebrate Nanny Appreciation Week at NEST

This event is dedicated to celebrating all the wonderful things that nannies do!  The weeklong event is FREE for all members and is included with the purchase of a day pass!

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Location: Nest Philadelphia

Tag: Events

Posted: May 25, 2016

June 25th Animatronic Dinosaurs Invade the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

June 25th, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg, and the ever-popular coprolite. This exhibit, back by popular demand will include brand-new interactive displays, such as a multi-touch table and a scale that tells you how you measure up to different dinosaurs. A dig site for young paleontologists, a Dino Detective touch-screen quiz, chances to control dinosaur movements, and other activities encourage exciting hands-on exploration. This exhibit runs through January 2017 and requires an addition fee from museum admission.

To learn more, visit www.ansp.org/visit/exhibits/dinosaurs-unearthed.

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tag: Events

Posted: May 25, 2016

Sister Cities Park Programming is in Full Swing for Summer

Many great programs are on tap at Sister Cities Park this summer and into the fall. Stop by the park at 18th Street & the Ben Franklin Parkway for one or more of the many programs we have lined up.

See the complete list below and for more details, visit SisterCitiesPark.org. For up-to-date information on programs, events and updates for parks maintained by CCD, follow us on twitter @CCDParks.

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Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: May 25, 2016

Take a Tour of the World's Largest Outdoor Art Gallery

The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program offers tours year-round. See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during a Mural Arts Program tour. Public tour options include walking, trolley, train and even segway. Tours include details about the murals, the artistic process, the artists, and the history of the diverse communities that serve as the backdrop for this unique art form.

For more details and a full schedule of tours, visit muralarts.org.

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Location: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Tag: Events

Posted: May 23, 2016

Easter Brunch in the Sky!

Enjoy a fun and delicious Easter Brunch with the family at Top of the Tower Sunday March 27 from 10am - 1:30pm. Indulge in the offerings at the seven buffet stations while taking in the spectacular views. The Easter Bunny will join the fun and there will be a Photo Booth and more! Easter Brunch is $75/pp, Kids $1/year. Excludes Tax and Tip. No deposit required. $10/pp charge for no-shows. And a bonus for parents, the first round of cocktails are on the house.
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Posted: March 17, 2016

CCRA’s Panel Discussion on what to Look for in an Elementary School

The Center City Residents’ Association (CCRA), is holding a program on choosing the right elementary school for your Center City child on next week Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.
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Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: March 11, 2016

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park Is Open Now Through February 28

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park has proved to be extremely popular and will be open through February 28. If you have not had the chance yet to bring the kids to Dilworth Park to skate, there’s still plenty of opportunity to experience the rink in the grand setting of Dilworth Park at City Hall. The Rothman Rink is open 7 days a week.

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Location: Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2016

February 6 & 21 Take the Mural Arts Program's African American Iconic Images Trolley Tour

In observance of African American History Month, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is partnering with the African American Museum of Philadelphia to offer a special mural trolley tour of the Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection. This rich collection of images gives a visual autobiography of Philadelphia and of iconic African American figures of the past and present. Tours will begin and end at the African American Museum of Philadelphia on 701 Arch Street, February 6 & 21. The cost of the tour includes same-day admission to the Museum. Advance tickets required.

To purchase tickets please visit MuralArts.org/tour or call 215.925.3633. Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for children ages 3-12.

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Location: The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2016

Winter Warm Up Sale at the National Constitution Center Through March 31

The National Constitution Center is having a Winter Warm Up sale through March 31. For just $10 (usually $14.50) and $5 for children ages 4-12 (usually $8), visitors can experience the Center’s main exhibitions, take in the live production of Freedom Rising before it closes for renovations, view a rare copy of the Bill of Rights in the Constituting Liberty exhibit, and discover how freedom of religion became a fundamental right in Religious Liberty and the Founding of America.

For more information, visit ConstitutionCenter.org

Photo by D. Cruz for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Location: National Constitution Center

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2016

New One Liberty Observation Deck Offers Family Fun For Four Package Now Extended Through March 31

Give your family a bird’s eye view. $49 for two adults (ages 12+) and two youths (ages 3-11). This promotion runs through March 31, 2016. Available for purchase at ticketing counter.

Soaring 883 feet above street level, the One Liberty Observation Deck offers 360-degree views of Philadelphia’s Center City and far beyond. After a quick, narrated elevator ride to the 57th floor, visitors encounter a super-sized Benjamin Franklin sculpture, Philadelphia-focused listening stations and multi-lingual touch screens that enable them to zoom in on a single point hundreds of feet below.

For more information, visit phillyfromthetop.com/packages-and-events.html

*Additional discounts cannot be combined with packages.

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Location: One Liberty Observation Deck

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2016

The Science Behind Pixar at The Franklin Institute Now through September 5th

Experience a unique, first-time look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their unforgettable characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen.
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Location: The Franklin Institute

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2016

Holiday Happenings in Center City Philadelphia

This holiday season bring the whole family to Center City Philadelphia for a fun-filled day of shopping, eating and activities. Stop by the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and Christmas Village for holiday shopping and tasty snacks. Then take in one of the many shows or programs running throughout the season. Read More »

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Posted: November 23, 2015

December 5 and 12 Have Brunch with Santa at Sister Cities Park

Visit with Santa this holiday season at Sister Cities Park’s Logan Square Café. On December 5 and 12, kids can have brunch with Santa and share their wish lists. Brunch includes giveaways, a free carriage ride around Logan Square and free passes for children who are 10 and under to the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Reservations and pre-payment are required, so call Logan Square Café today at 215.665.8600 to reserve your seats. For menu, pricing, seating times and other information on Brunch with Santa, visit SisterCitiesPark.org. Sister Cities Park is located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: November 23, 2015

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park Is Open Now Through February 28

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park has proved to be extremely popular and will be open through February 28. If you have not had the chance yet to bring the kids to Dilworth Park to skate, there’s still plenty of opportunity to experience the rink in the grand setting of Dilworth Park at City Hall. The Rothman Rink is open 7 days a week.

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Location: Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: November 23, 2015

Join the Santa Express on November 27

This exciting Philadelphia holiday tradition continues this year at Dilworth Park. Join SEPTA and the Center City District for fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Regular weekday fares apply to ride. Visit SEPTA.org for more details.

Location: Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: November 23, 2015

Fall Family Fun with Furry Friends Presented by TD Bank October 10 & 17

Celebrate fall with music, family-friendly activities and a salute to our furry friends! The fun includes: Free hay rides, face painting, balloon twisting and toasty and tasty treats from the Logan Square Cafe.

• Free hay rides around the park
• The Franklin Institute
• Dog Safety and Bite Prevention for kids as well as free nail trims from Central Bark Doggy Day Care
• Adoptable animals from PAWS, PSPCA and Morris Animal Refuge
• Animal Care and Control Team
• A chance to meet live animals from The Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo on Wheels!
• Dog training and tricks demonstrations with Opportunity Barks Behavior and Training
• KYW KidsCast (11am-1pm)
• Animal Song Sing-a-long from Grammy award winner Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band
• Complimentary doggy treat samples from Mydoggy.com

Throughout the month, see the scarecrow festival on exhibit presented by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation after school program.

Sponsors: TD Bank, Unleashed by Petco, MyDoggy.com and Petplan.

Tag: Events

Posted: October 9, 2015

Every Thursday Enjoy Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park

Every week this summer, come to Sister Cities Park, from 5-8PM, for BYO Thursdays. Take a seat at one of the tables inside or outside the cafe or bring a blanket and find a favorite spot under a tree or on the grass. Logan Square Café will offer a special summer grilling menu. Bring the whole family and enjoy the Children’s Discovery Garden.

Jun 4 - Matt Duke
Jun 11 - Pat Mcgee Band/Matt Santry
Jun 18 - Jason Adamo
Jun 25 - Amy Faden/Alexis Cunningham
Jul 2 - The Plants
Jul 9 - Matt Cusson
Jul 16 - Matt Santry
Jul 23 - Ernie Halter
Jul 30 - Minverva
Aug 6 - Birds Over Arkansas
Aug 13 - Kwesi K
Aug 20 - Tim Williams
Aug 27 - Eric Himan
Sep 3 - Nelly’s Echo
Sep 10 - Andrea Nardello

For more details, visit sistercitiespark.org.

Tag: Events

Posted: May 26, 2015

Sister Cities Park Programming Begins for the Summer

Many great programs are on tap at Sister Cities Park this spring, summer and into the fall. Stop by the park at 18th Street & the Ben Franklin Parkway for one or more of the many programs we have lined up. See the complete list below and for more details, visit SisterCitiesPark.org.

Mondays, 10:30am
Story Art

Join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia for a nature-inspired story and craft. A new nature theme - frogs, flowers, fish and more - will be featured each week as kids discover the fun of being read to outdoors and creating their own make-and-take nature craft. Free.

June 4, 15 & 22, 10:30am
Nature in the Park

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University at Sister Cities Park every other Tuesday at 10:30am for fun-filled natural science activities for your budding young scientist! Free.

Wednesdays, 10am
Children and Nature: Growing Up Green

Outdoor play inspires a greater connection with the outdoor world. Each week a different activity will be introduced by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Children, ages 3 and over are encouraged to attend. Free.

June 3, 11am-1pm
Historic Philadelphia Storytelling

The Once Upon A Nation program has transported adults and children alike back in time with true stories of Philadelphia's past. Now it's your chance to create and tell your stories! Kids 7-12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme, "My History Hero or Heroine." Share your stories with the public after a fun day of training with Once Upon A Nation storytellers. For more information, go to: historicphiladelphia.org.

June 17, 10:30pm
ArtSee in the Park

Grow your imagination muscles with delightful ArtSee activities and stories from your friends at the Barnes Foundation. Take a line for a walk! Discover space! Find colors! Light the way with play! With plenty of projects designed to tickle your creativity, there is much to see, do, and try as you explore the wonderful world of art and nature. Free.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: May 26, 2015

Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park Presents Family-Friendly Movie Offerings for Free

Get lost in the latest Hollywood blockbusters right in the cozy confines of William Penn's new front yard. Bring your own chair or a blanket, grab dinner at Rosa Blanca Café, and then settle in for a one-of-a-kind cinema experience. June features family-friendly movie offerings in the shadow of City Hall.

June 9: Into the Woods PG
June 16: Night at the Museum-Secret of the Tomb PG-13
June 23: The Boxtrolls PG
June 30: Annie (2014) PG

For more information, visit ccdparks.org

Location: Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: May 26, 2015

Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Now through August 30, explore all things gross at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's exhbit Animal Grossology. Based on Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling children’s book series Grossology, this hands-on 3-D exhibit oozes with disgusting science and provides a slightly off-kilter view of the animal kingdom. Learn why cows chew cud and why snail and slug slime might provide scientists with more insight into treating cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, check out all the things you aren’t allowed to discuss at the dinner table!

For more information, visit ANSP.org or call 215.299.1000.

Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tag: Events

Posted: May 25, 2015

Soccer Shots Begins Their Spring Session at Sister Cities on March 8

Soccer Shots is a positive introduction to soccer for children ages 2-8. The program focuses on the skills and lessons of the game by offering non-competitive classes. Each child learns the fundamentals of the game through principled instruction, creative and age appropriate games, scrimmaging, and soccer fun!

Soccer Shots registration has opened for their Sunday morning sessions at Sister Cities Park. The spring season runs from 9am-11am, March 8 through May 17.

Soccer shots costs $120 per child per 10 week session. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit SoccerShots.org/philadelphia or contact Thomas Rockett at trockett@soccershots.org or by phone at 484.707.9962.

For up-to-date information on programs and events, visit SisterCitiesPark.org/events or follow us on twitter @CCDParks.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: March 2, 2015

Soccer Shots Spring Session at Dilworth Park Starts on March 26

Soccer Shots is a positive introduction to soccer for children ages 2-8. The program focuses on the skills and lessons of the game by offering non-competitive classes. Each child learns the fundamentals of the game through principled instruction, creative and age appropriate games, scrimmaging, and soccer fun!

Soccer Shots registration has opened for their Thursday morning sessions on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth Park. The spring season runs from 9:30am-11:30am, March 26 through May 21.

Soccer shots costs $120 per child per 10 week session. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit SoccerShots.org/philadelphia or contact Thomas Rockett at trockett@soccershots.org or by phone at 484.707.9962.

For up-to-date information on programs and events, visit DilworthPark.org/events or follow us on twitter @CCDParks.

Location: Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: March 2, 2015

Tweetheart Social benefiting PAWS

Nest is holding their annual Tweetheart Social benefiting PAWS, a pre-Valentine’s party for families. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from Chef Chris Gouty. There'll be a candy bar, a photo booth and kids can make “love potion” jars to take home, snack on heart shaped rice krispie treats, dance in the upstairs party room and meet loveable animals available for adoption through PAWS (who will be held in a private room).

A silent auction will benefit PAWS.  Wine and beer will be served for grown ups.

The Tweetheart Social will be held on February 13th, 4-6:30pm, at Nest, 1301 Locust Street. Discounted parking is available at the EZ Park lots at 1309 Locust Street and 1213-1219 Walnut Street.

Guests are requested to bring any of the following items to donate to PAWS: bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, heavy duty trash bags, clay cat litter, Kong brand dog toys, canned dog, cat and kitten food (no dry food please), cat and kitten toys, fleece blankets, new or used dog crates and carriers of all sizes.

Tickets are $35 per family. $30 for basic and green Nest members. Nest purple members can attend at no charge, but a donation for PAWS is requested. Tickets are available at www.nestphilly.com.

Tag: Events

Posted: February 3, 2015

Rothman Ice Rink open through February 22

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park has proved to be extremely popular and will be open through February 22. If you have not had the chance yet to bring the kids to Dilworth Park to skate, there’s still plenty of opportunity to experience the rink in the grand setting of Dilworth Park at City Hall. The Rothman Rink is open 7 days a week.

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Location: Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Tag: Events

Posted: January 21, 2015

Support Chester Arthur School at FoCA Night Out

On April 25, join Friends of Chester Arthur for an adults only night out where parents, teachers and community members will gather, socialize and support FoCA and Arthur’s Playworks program. Tickets are $50 (plus processing fees or $60 at the door) and include beer, wine, food, a silent auction, entertainment and games. This event will be held at the The Rock School, 1101 South Broad Street.

For tickets and more information, visit FriendsofChesterArthur.org.

Location: The Rock School for Dance Education

Tag: Events

Posted: January 20, 2015

PFS Hosts Saturday Morning Kids Movies

The Philadelphia Film Society Theater at the Roxy is offering special movie programming for kids. Upcoming films are listed below and tickets for kids 12 and under are only $1.00!

Upcoming Films
January 31 Little Giants (USA)
February 1: Little Giants (USA) (sensory-friendly)
February 14: Ponyo (Japan)
February 15: Ponyo (Japan) (sensory-friendly)

Learn more here: filmadelphia.org/event/

Location: The PFS Roxy Theater

Tag: Events

Posted: January 20, 2015

FrostFest at Sister Cities Park

Join us December 13 when Sister Cities Park comes alive with wintry family-friendly activities to celebrate the holiday season during FrostFest. The event kicks off Saturday, December 13, and will continue December 20 from 10am until 2pm.  The park will be filled with live holiday music, family-friendly activities, free carriage rides around the park, ice carving demonstrations, a chance to see Santa Claus, and sweet treats from Logan Square Cafe.

For a complete schedule, visit SisterCitiesPark.org!

Tag: Events

Posted: December 5, 2014

Soccer Shots Indoor Winter Program Starts This Week!

Soccer Shots registration has opened for their winter season and spots are going fast. The winter season officially begins this weekend and goes through February, 2015.  All winter classes will be held indoors. Below are session details:

Saturday mornings, December 6th--February 14, 2015:
Arch Street Preschool (Center City- 17th and Arch Sts. )
9:15 am- 11:45 am, ages 2-5, 10 weeks

Register online today!

Soccer Shots is a city-wide and national leader in youth soccer development for ages 2-8. Soccer Shots combines soccer skills, social and character lessons, and high-energy games to introduce and reinforce soccer play through a creative, fun experience. Using age-appropriate curriculum and caring instructors, Soccer Shots strives to leave a positive impact on every child they serve.  For further information check their site at http://www.soccershots.org/philadelphia or  contact Thomas Rockett at trockett@soccershots.org,  (484) 707-9962.

Location: Arch Street Preschool

Tag: Events

Posted: December 4, 2014

Skate in the Shadow of City Hall at Dilworth Park!

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is now open seven days a week through February 22. You can skate in the shadow of historic City Hall every day, including holidays. Admission is $3 for children, ages 10 and under, and $4 for adults. Skate rental is $8.

The rink also offers four week Learn-to-Skate programs on Sunday mornings.

The rink is available for rentals and also offers group rates. It's the perfect place for a fun winter birthday party!

For complete details, visit the rink's homepage, DilworthPark.org/rothmanicerink.

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink is also sponsored by PNC, Visit Philadelphia! and 6ABC.

 

Tag: Events

Posted: November 21, 2014

Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Indulge in the sumptuous world of chocolate at Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, presented by Mars Chocolate North America.

Chocolate traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique tropical rain forest plant, to the Maya who made it into a spicy ceremonial drink, to the Aztecs who used cacao seeds as currency, to the Spanish who added sugar and transformed the bitter drink of kings, to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. Chocolate brings to life the rich history and wide impact the treat has had across the globe. It’s a sweet experience that engages all the senses and reveals facets of chocolate most people have never thought about before.

On view now through Jan. 24, 2015, Chocolate is presented in both Spanish and English. There is a $5 fee to enter the exhibit in addition to regular museum admission. Visit the Academy’s website, ansp.org, for details about opening weekend festivities including chocolate foods and crafts presented with the Mexican Cultural Center to celebrate Hispanic Cultural Weekend.

Visitors to Chocolate: The Exhibition will explore the plant, the products, the history, and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of botany and ecology, anthropology and economics, conservation and popular culture. Visitors can:

  • Stand beneath a cacao tree in a lush rain forest replica and examine cacao seed pods up close.
  • Engage with animated modern-day machinery that turns cacao from seed to sweet, solid bar.
  • Follow a cacao harvest on a Mexican plantation and cacao’s preparation for market.
  • Barter cacao seeds for goods in an Aztec market and learn about Quetzalcoatl, the god who brought the sacred source of chocolate to the Aztec.
  • Interpret glyphs on a royal Maya pot and see archaeological vessels that once held the drink of kings.
  • Admire beautiful porcelain and silver chocolate services from Europe.

"Chocolate: The Exhibition will change the way you enjoy chocolate,” said Director of Exhibits Jennifer Sontchi. “The fun of the exhibit is that afterwards, every bite of chocolate you taste is richer for what you learned about it here.”

For more information, visit www.ansp.org/visit/exhibits/chocolate

Tag: Events

Posted: November 20, 2014

Join the Santa Express on November 28

This exciting Philadelphia holiday tradition continues this year at Dilworth Park. Join SEPTA and the Center City District for fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Regular weekday fares apply to ride. Visit SEPTA.org for more details.

Tag: Events

Posted: November 19, 2014

PFS Hosts Sensory Friendly Screening Series

The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting Sensory Friendly screenings, an inclusionary series, thoughtfully designed to consider children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Films are presented in a sensory friendly environment with the lights turned up, sound turned down, and customary social expectations relaxed. Gluten-free snacks are available.

Upcoming Films
Saturday, November 22   Otto the Rhino
Saturday, December 27   The Legend of Sarila

Tickets for kids 12 and under are only $1.00!

Learn more here: filmadelphia.org/events/sfcatparis

 

Tag: Events

Posted: October 6, 2014

Philadelphia Family Magazine Education Expo

Families of all ages are invited to attend Philadelphia Family magazine's Education Expo at the Independence Seaport Museum. Wednesday, October 1st from 4-7PM kids and their adults will have the opportunity to explore the following Imagination Stations and more, while getting to know over 20 local schools in one evening. Pre-register for free admission at philafamilyedu.eventbrite.com.

There will also be FIVE informative workshops for you to check out at the event, ranging in topic from "Girls in Leadership" to "Discover Right School for Your Student." Sign up for these workshops in advance to secure your seat, several are almost sold out already!

IMAGINATION STATIONS are quick, fun, hands-on activities for you to explore with your child, while getting to know the ins and outs of the educational landscape in Philadelphia. We hope you have fun discovering new ideas with our schools and educational enrichment programs!
•    Can You Draw in 3D? 
•    Can You Write A Really Rotten Poem? 
•    How can you engage curious Toddlers and Preschoolers for long periods of time?  
•    Fall Leaves Nature Collage 
•    Can you harness the power of the wind? 
•    What special charms did ancient Egyptians use to protect themselves from danger? 
•    Can you create a chemical reaction? 
•    Fun & Educational Art Apps For Your iPad! 
•    What are you passionate about and how can you use your interests to help save the world?    
•    How to make a mini-terrarium magnet? 
•    Create Your Own Magnetic Picture Frame 
•    How Many Different Ways Can You Count?

Tag: Events

Posted: September 30, 2014

Third Annual School Fair, October 22

Choosing the Right Elementary School for your Center City Child
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   5-7 pm
Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street

Free admission day of fair to all attendees.

Parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary age children are invited to an elementary school fair designed to help parents research grade school options. The fair gives families the opportunity to speak directly to schools and compare individual philosophies and accomplishments. Public, charter, private and parochial schools in the three neighborhood association areas have been invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Hosted by Center City Residents' Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association, as well as the Franklin Institute

Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: September 30, 2014

Dilworth Park is Open!

There is something for everyone at the new Dilworth Park. Site of the city’s first water works and first public fountain in the 18th century, there is a 21st century, 11,600-square-foot computer-programmable fountain fed with recycled rainwater. The park also features four tree groves with moveable chairs and tables, flower beds, benches, and a café with outdoor seating. The café, Rosa Blanca, is operated by renowned chef Jose Garces, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The new Dilworth Park re-establishes William Penn’s original Center Square as a central gathering place for all Philadelphians – residents, workers and tourists, providing continuous programming throughout the year, including ice skating in the winter.

For more details about Dilworth Park and upcoming events and programming, visit DilworthPark.org or follow on Twitter: @CCDParks.

Tags: News, Events

Posted: September 30, 2014

The Next StoryUP! Family Show is July 6th!

StoryUP!, the interactive children’s theater company, announces their next monthly interactive storytelling show for children ages 5 and up. StoryUP! partners with the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) to create a program that combines storytelling, improvisation, props, and costumes to provide a unique theatrical show for children.

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Location: Adrienne Theatre

Tag: Events

Posted: June 23, 2014

Enjoy Free Admission to the Academy on June 30

Enjoy free admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Monday, June 30, as part of the Wawa Welcome America! festival. The day of fun family activities includes celebrity story readers, live animal shows and a hands-on Wawa dairy exhibit. The first 200 kids through the door get a free book!

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Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tag: Events

Posted: June 23, 2014

Phila International Children’s Film Festival June 6-8

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to host the official Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (PICFF). Partnering with New York International Children’s Film Festival, one of the longest running and acclaimed children’s film festivals on the circuit, Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival is a three-day festival, held June 6-8, 2014, that offers a variety of animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 23.

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Location: The PFS Roxy Theater

Tag: Events

Posted: May 20, 2014

Soccer Shots Announces Summer Session at Sister Cities

Soccer Shots registration has opened for the summer season. They are offering six week long programs Sundays from July 13 through August 17, at 8:30am, 9:10am and 9:50am at Sister Cities Park. Soccer Shots is a positive introduction to soccer and is appropriate for kids ages 2-8 years old.

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Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: May 20, 2014

Stroller Strides Fun Fitness Every Thursday

Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking/running, strength, toning, songs and activities. Sister Cities Park and Stroller Strides is a perfect match; fit for mom and fun for baby afterwards with playdates at the fountain/park. The program runs from 9:30-10:30am every Thursday, May 8 through August 28. To learn more and register, visit- philadelphia.fit4mom.com.

 

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: May 7, 2014

Sister Cities Park Programming Begins for the Season

Many great programs are on tap at Sister Cities Park this spring, summer and into the fall. Stop by the park at 18th Street & the Ben Franklin Parkway for one or more of the many programs we have lined up. See the complete list below and for more details, visit SisterCitiesPark.org.

Read More »

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: April 21, 2014

Stroller Strides Starts on May 8th at Sister Cities Park

Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking/running, strength, toning, songs and activities. Sister Cities Park and Stroller Strides is a perfect match; fit for mom and fun for baby afterwards with playdates at the fountain/park.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: April 21, 2014

Save the Date for the 2014 Burger Brawl June 8

Sunday, June 8 will mark the 4th annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl. Burger Brawl is a charity event to benefit Philadelphia-area public schools. Proceeds from the event will be used towards the construction of new computer labs. The Burger Brawl first began in 2011 and has since become a premier culinary event in Philadelphia. For tickets, visit PhillyBurgerBrawl.com.

2014 represents the Philadelphia Burger Brawl's fourth year. The Brawl has become a premier culinary event in Philadelphia and a "fight" that the city's top burger chefs look forward to. The Brawl will continue to grow; finding new ways to support education in the city and the students who rely on it.

When: Sunday, June 8, 3-6pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Ave

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Posted: April 21, 2014

Spring Plant & Produce Pop-Up with Greensgrow at Sister Cities Park on April 20!

Sunday, April 20 visit Sister Cities Park from 10am – 2pm for Spring Plant & Produce Pop-Up Presented by Philadelphia Greensgrow. Celebrate spring with plants and produce for sale and an interactive seed craft for kids, along with live music from The Guitar Summit. Drop by for a day of plants and fun at Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Parkway.

Location: Sister Cities Park

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Posted: April 17, 2014

2nd Annual Sister Cities Park International Festival Presented by TD Bank Event on May 3

Stop by Sister Cities Park on May 3 from Noon until 5pm, for a celebration of cultural dance, art and musical performances, along with great tasting foods from each city, international wines and cultural crafts available for sale. Philadelphia’s 10 Sister Cities stretch the globe from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East. This distinctive festival, presented by TD Bank, will prove to be hands-on fun for all ages.

For a full schedule of events, visit SisterCitiesPark.org and follow us on Facebook and @ccdparks.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: April 14, 2014

Participate as a Reader in the 10th Annual Read to Me Early Literacy Storyteller Event

Spend the morning reading to a classroom of Philadelphia school children following a networking breakfast with other top business and community leaders at the School District of Philadelphia. This event is part of the annual Read to Me Early Literacy Program, a year-long program which provides quality classroom book collections to thousands of students and inspires them to read with their parents, caregivers and teachers throughout the school year. Read More »

Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: April 11, 2014

Playgroups start in June for Parents with Babies, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds at Pennsylvania Hospital's Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center

Starting in June, parents with babies, toddlers, and two-year-olds can enjoy the popular Summer Session of discussion and playgroups at Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center! Hall-Mercer classes are a wonderful way to meet other parents in the same stage of parenting and get great information about how to enrich your child's development. The Summer Session includes a water "sprayground," baby pools, sandboxes, and summer fun activities in a private rooftop playground for babies, toddlers, and two-year-olds. Read More »

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Posted: April 10, 2014

PFS Hosts Sensory Friendly Screening Series

The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting Sensory Friendly screenings, an inclusionary series, thoughtfully designed to consider children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Films are presented in a sensory friendly environment with the lights turned up, sound turned down, and customary social expectations relaxed. Gluten-free snacks are available. The program launched at the PFS Theater at the Roxy in April 2014 in support of Autism Awareness Month.

Upcoming Film
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am      A Cat in Paris
Kids tickets are only $1.00! 

Learn more here: http://filmadelphia.org/events/sfcatparis/

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Posted: April 9, 2014

Annual Give Kids Sight Day is This Saturday, April 12

Give Kids Sight Day returns on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Children from around the Philadelphia region (18 and under) are invited to receive free eye care and eyeglasses. This free event is from 8:30am - 2:00pm on the Thomas Jefferson University Campus at the Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street. The event is open to all children from Philadelphia and surrounding counties, and is geared towards kids who did not have or did not pass an eye screening this year. No health insurance? No problem! All children are welcome.

Walk-ins only, no appointment is needed! It is suggested that families arrive early.

For more information, visit www.pccy.org/sightday.

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Posted: April 8, 2014

Fairmount Art Center Celebrates their 10th Year with a Birthday Blow Out Bash on Sunday April 6th

Fairmount Art Center is turning 10! Celebrate this milestone at their 10th Birthday Blowout Bash in conjunction with the Fairmount Arts Crawl! Hands-on art making for adult and kids will spill out of 3 huge tents along 25th street including screen printing, painting, pottery demonstrations and crafts galore! A baby-zone will highlight music and playgroup programs. Read More »

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Posted: March 21, 2014

Starr Restaurants Raising Money for Philadelphia Schools

Stephen Starr has implemented an initiative at his Philadelphia restaurants called Support Our Schools. The goal of this initiative is to raise $100,000, plus the Starr Restaurant Group will donate $25,000. The money raised will go to help fund multimedia labs, elementary school playgrounds, and six-week summer internships. Read More »

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Posted: March 5, 2014

Soccer Shots Announces Spring Session at Sister Cities Park

Soccer Shots is pleased to announce that registration is open for their spring session. The 8 and 10 week programs, appropriate for kids ages 2-5 years, begin on Sunday, March 9 and runs each Sunday through May 18 at Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway.  Soccer Shots is a positive introduction to the sport of soccer with a focus on character development and soccer skill development. Register online to save your spot at http://www.soccershots.org/philadelphia.

Location: Sister Cities Park

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Posted: March 4, 2014

PFS Monthly Saturday Morning Specials at the Roxy

Saturday Morning Specials is an affordable monthly screening series of unique, family-friendly contemporary and classic films for the young and young at heart! Get whisked away to discover foreign lands, learn about friendship, overcome obstacles, and meet a bunch of unique people and animals along the way.

Kids ages 12 and under are just $1. Adults cost $8.00 and PFS Members $5.00.

Upcoming Film
April 26       Otter 501
May 17        Antboy
June 21       A Cat in Paris

For more information and to buy tickets, visit filmadelphia.org.

Location: The PFS Roxy Theater

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Posted: February 10, 2014

McCall Hosts Casino Night Fundraiser March 8

Saturday, March 8, McCall School is hosting a Casino Night fundraiser from 7-11pm at Old Pine Community Center. Old Pine Community Center will be transformed into the "McCall Casino" complete with table games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat and a Money Wheel. A "Silent Auction" of class baskets and other donated items will also be held during the event with tons of fabulous items, Classroom Theme Baskets, Teacher Treats and more. Proceeds will go to support the purchase of a new reading program with new books and computers for McCall school children.

Light food, wine and beer will be included in the ticket price of $50. For ticket information, visit mccallfundraising.squarespace.com/tickets.

You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

Location: Old Pine Community Center

Tag: Events

Posted: February 7, 2014

Outside In Reopens February 8 with New Play Areas

Outside In, the beloved children’s nature discovery center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, has gotten a makeover. When it reopens Saturday, February 8, the hands-on exhibit will feature new play areas and activities that will engage children and their caregivers in the natural world.  Read More »

Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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Posted: February 7, 2014

NEST Hosts Tweetheart Social

February 14 NEST is hosting their Tweetheart Social benefitting Friends of CHOP from 4-6pm. The Third Annual Tweetheart Social is a kid-friendly night out for families with kids ages 0-8. Love will be in the air with lots of décor, a kissing photo booth, Valentine mocktails, a pink-and-red candy buffet, a balloon twister, a family dance party with mommy/son and daddy/daughter dances, cookie decorating and more. An open bar for grown ups, heart-shaped pizzas from Nomad and a silent auction for CHOP complete the evening. Attire is Valentine's Dressy. Tickets are $45/family at nestphilly.comRead More »

Location: Nest Philadelphia

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Posted: February 7, 2014

Sister Cities Park Winterfest - December 7, 14 & 21

Visit Sister Cities Park this December for kid-friendly activities, plenty of hot chocolate from Logan Square Café, a holiday shop for kids from Whole Foods Market, Callowhill, a health-trivia wheel from the team at Penn Medicine Washington Square, and a visit from the big man himself – Santa!

Each Saturday brings family-friendly fun to the park. Visit the Sister Cities Park Winterfest page for each weeks activities.Read More »

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: December 5, 2013

Santa PAWS is Coming to Town

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Philadelphia presents the 5th annual “Santa Paws” Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 2pm to 4pm. As Santa Paws packs his sleigh for his yearly visit, all locals and hotel guests are invited to stop by the Hotel Palomar’s living room with their furry friends for a photo-op with the jolly man himself. A photographer will be on hand to ensure frame-worthy shots but visitors can also capture the moment on their personal cameras or cell phones so all of their Facebook and Instagram followers can share in the holiday cheer! Seasonal refreshments and treats will be available for both the two-legged and four-legged persuasion.Read More »

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Posted: December 4, 2013

Holiday Shopping for Bache-Martin School - December 4

Mugshots Coffeehouse is hosting its 10th Annual Winterfest from 6-9pm on December 4. It will be an evening of holiday shopping from local artists and craftspeople, including tiles made by Bache-Martin middle school students to raise money for the Artwell program at the school. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Bache-Martin Elementary. Mugshots is located at 1925 Fairmount Avenue.

Location: Bache-Martin School

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Posted: November 19, 2013

This Saturday is the final Sister Cities Park Fall Family Fun Day

Saturday, October 26, is the final Fall Family Fun Day. Celebrate from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Sister Cities Park with music, family-friendly activities, face painting, pumpkins and other seasonal decorations for sale from Urban Jungle along with fall-themed food and drinks from Milk & Honey Cafe. And throughout the entire month of October, see the Scarecrow Festival on exhibit from the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation after-school program.

For our final Saturday we're hosting a kids Halloween costume parade at noon. Bring the kids in their favorite costume and don't forget your cameras!

For full details and event updates visit www.SisterCitiesPark.org

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: October 23, 2013

KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate with Super Why! November 2

November 2, join 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and KidsInCenterCity.com at the Market and Shops at the Comcast Center for a KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate with Super Why!

This free public event for kids includes a meet and greet with Super Why, a screening of Sprout's favorite Super Why episodes, fun arts and crafts with the Arden Theatre Company, cupcake decorating from Termini Bros., and kid-friendly lunch specials.

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: October 23, 2013

Southwest Center City 5K Run to Benefit Chester Arthur Elementary

Saturday, October 26, run and help the children of Southwest Center City. The 5K run starts at 9am at 22nd & Montrose Streets. Hallo'runners in costume have a chance to win prizes! Proceeds from the run will help fund a neighborhood playground and park at Chester Arthur Elementary school.

For more information and to register, visit swccrun.org. Or follow them on @swcrrun and facebook.com/swccrun.

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Posted: October 18, 2013

This Sunday is Y.A. Day! at The Rosenbach Museum & Library

This Sunday, October 20, the 215 Festival and the The Rosenbach Museum & Library are proud to present Y.A. Day! Enjoy an afternoon of readings, book talks, and a panel discussion by young adult authors and enthusiasts from 1-5pm.Read More »

Location: Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Posted: October 18, 2013

Sister Cities Park Fall Family Fun Days

Celebrate fall every Saturday in October from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Sister Cities Park with music, family-friendly activities, face painting, pumpkins and other seasonal decorations for sale from Urban Jungle along with fall-themed food and drinks from Milk & Honey Cafe. Come back each Saturday for changing events and activities. And throughout the entire month of October, see the Scarecrow Festival on exhibit from the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation after-school program.

For full details and event updates visit www.SisterCitiesPark.org

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: September 18, 2013

KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate September 21

Bring your children to The Market & Shops at Comcast Center for an all-out kids' fashion fete with the Philadelphia Collection and Wilhelmina Philadelphia. The fashion fete kicks off with a Nest fashion show, mini makeovers from Sephora and accessory making at the rainbow loom station. Shop the Nest pop-up boutique after the show. Wilhelmina Philadelphia will be onsite scouting out for kids and model parents. You could be discovered this weekend!

Market merchants will offer kid-friendly treats and crafts, including fun and educational activities from Center City District's KidsInCenterCity.com.

Save the date for the next KidsInCenterCity.com Playdates on October 5 and November 2!

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: September 17, 2013

Save the date for the next KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate on September 21

Bring your children to this fun event for a kids fashion fete with Philadelphia Collection and Wilhelmina Philadelphia. The fashion fete kicks off with a NEST fashion show, mini-makeovers with Sephora and accessory making at our rainbow loom station. Show the NEST pop-up boutique after the show and play dress up at Walnut Street Theatre’s costume station. Wilhelmina Philadelphia will be here scouting out for kids and model parents. You could get discovered this weekend! Market merchants will also offer kid-friendly treats and crafts, including fun & educational activities from CCD’s KidsInCenterCity.com.

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: August 28, 2013

August 3 the KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate is having a Strawberry Festival featuring Strawberry Shortcake!

Saturday, August 3, bring your kids to The Market & Shops at Comcast Center from 11am-1pm to join our Strawberry Festival! Our Strawberry Festival will be filled with fun and kid-friendly activities: Meet and greet and photo ops with Strawberry Shortcake, a strawberry scavenger hunt, strawberry-banana smoothie samples and cooking demonstrations from DiBruno Bros. and Termini Bros. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Read More »

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: July 30, 2013

Save the date for the next KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate on August 3

August 3, 2013 bring your children to The Market & Shops at the Comcast Center for fun kid-friendly treats, lunches, crafts and activities.

Check back soon for more information!

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: July 26, 2013

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate - July 13

Bring your children to The Market & Shops at the Comcast Center to join the adorably funny Despicable Me 2 Minions.  Meet and greet with your favorite minion and come ready for fun with minion-tastic activities.  Don't forget to bring your camera!
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Posted: July 10, 2013

Weccacoe Playground: FUNfilled Festival and Sustainability Fair - June 1

The Friends of Weccacoe Playground will hold their annual festival on June 1, 11am-3pm. The afternoon includes music, food, raffle, park clean-up and more, all for the benefit of the playground. For more information visit www.qvna.org/qvna/event/funfilledfestival2013

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Posted: May 21, 2013

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate - May 4

Saturday, May 4, join 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and KidsInCenterCity.com in your pajamas from 11am-1pm at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center for The Pajanimals Pajama Party! The free, public kids event includes a bedtime story reading, a screening of Sprout's Pajanimals episodes and a special meet-and-greet with Squacky from The Pajanimals. Be sure to bring your camera to capture photos with the Pajanimals! Market merchants will also offer kid-friendly lunch specials and fun activities, including an interactive gaming station from Sony and cupcake decorating from Termini Bros.

And save the date for our next KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate on June 1.

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

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Posted: May 1, 2013

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Street Fair, April 27

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Street Fair

Saturday, April 27, 11am-7pm
Broad Street from Chestnut to South Streets

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Street Fair is the final event of the 31-day festival. Broad Street will be closed for a spectacular celebration, centered around PIFA's 2013 theme, “If You Had a Time Machine…”

Enjoy Street Fair Rides, including a Ferris Wheel and Galleon; Grassy Gardens;  a Dinosaur Petting Zoo; Jungle Gyms; Food vendors; artisans; and many more exhibitors, all bringing the past and future right to Broad Street for all to see.

For more details, visit www.pifa.org.

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Posted: April 16, 2013

Sister Cities Park International Festival - May 11

Sister Cities Park International Festival
May 11, Noon-5pm.

On May 11, celebrate Philadelphia’s 10 Sister Cities at Sister Cities Park with a day-long festival that includes dance, music, cooking demos, mini language lessons and hands-on fun for adults and kids alike.

This event stretches the globe and brings flavors and sounds of the world to Sister Cities Park. Stage performances include dancers from the Guang Hua Chinese School, a musical performance from the Italian Consul, Taiko Drummers from Japan, a Cameroonian Fashion Show, ballet and folk dances, a DJ and more.Read More »

Location: Sister Cities Park

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Posted: April 16, 2013

Sign Up Now for Spring Classes at NEST and Save $25

Your child will have a blast learning at NEST! Their classes are designed to engage and intrigue, to be fun and exciting, and offer lots of opportunity for socialization and making new friends. While your little one laughs and plays, you can be confident that all NEST programming is custom-designed to be developmentally appropriate and stimulating, by their team of experienced early childhood development experts.

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Posted: March 19, 2013

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate Save the Date - May 4 & June 1

KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdates
at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

Saturday, May 4 and June 1, 11AM – 1PM

Save the dates and be sure to join us for the next in our series of Saturday Playdates! We'll have more details soon.

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Posted: January 22, 2013

Annual City Tree Lighting Spectacular - December 5

See the city in a whole new light. Lisa Nutter will turn on the lights on the holiday tree at the City of Philadelphia’s annual Tree lighting Spectacular on Wednesday, December 5 at LOVE Park in Center City. The center of Love Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of the season in a magical “Philly Wonderland” production.Read More »

Location: JFK Plaza (Love Park)

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Posted: December 4, 2012

Town Hall: Educating our Children - December 12

Wednesday, December 12 from 6-8pm there will be a Town Hall on  Educating our Children at the Tenth Presbyterian Church, 17th & Delancey. The program features Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent/CEO, Philadelphia School District and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd Council District.

Dr Hite, Jr will speak briefly before opening the floor to questions pertaining to the Philadelphia public schools.Questions may be submitted in advance of the meeting to: centercity@centercityresidents.org, subject line: DR. Hite.

 

Sponsored by Center City Residents Association and South of South Neighborhood Association.

Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: December 3, 2012

Winter Fun Takes Over for the 1st Ever Sister Cities Park WINTERFEST!

The fountains at Sister Cities Park at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have gone into hibernation and that means it’s time for the first-ever Sister Cities Park WINTERFEST! On Saturday, December 15, the Center City District will host this exciting FREE festival from 11am-2pm.

Talk about fun! There will be a Holiday Treasure Hunt, Karaoke sing-a-long with Frosty the Snowman, plus seasonal arts and crafts. The event will kick off with a choir performing songs of the season. Throughout the day children will enjoy Story Art, Snowflake Science, Cold Weather Creatures, and cookie decorating. To top it all off, Santa will be there! Make sure to bring your camera, and get ready to enjoy exciting, kid-friendly WINTERFEST!

WINTERFEST schedule:

11am
Opening Ceremonies: Young Performers Theater Camp Choir performs

Ongoing until 2pm
Cookie Decorating at Milk &Honey
Cold Weather Creatures with The Academy of Natural Sciences of
Drexel University
Snowflake Science with The Franklin Institute
Stop by the KidsInCenterCity.com table for great information and a balloon

11:20am-2pm
Frosty Karaoke sing-a-long begins

11:30am
Treasure Hunt in the Park. Be sure to stop at the KidsInCenterCity.com table and pick up your bag for collecting treasures

11:45am
Story Art presented by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and The Free Library of Philadelphia

12:15pm
Meet & Greet with Santa

Location: Sister Cities Park

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Posted: November 14, 2012

Family-Fun Night at Greenfield Elementary

Movie! Snack Bar! Door Prizes! On November 16, catch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at Greenfield Elementary’s Family-Fun Night. Cost is $5 per person.  Snack bar opens at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 7pm. 

Greenfield Elementary School, 2200 Chestnut Street, GreenfieldHSA.org

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Posted: November 13, 2012

Soccer Shots Announces Winter Indoor Session

Soccer Shots is pleased to announce registration is open for their winter session.  The 8 week program, appropriate for kids ages 2-6 years, begins on Saturday, January 5 and runs each Saturday through February 23 at the Arch Street Preschool located at 17th & Arch Streets.  Soccer Shots is a positive introduction to the sport of soccer with a focus on character development and soccer skill development.  Register online to save your spot at http://philly.soccershots.org.

Location: Arch Street Preschool

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Posted: November 13, 2012

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate - December 1

Join KidsInCenterCity.com and the Market & Shops at the Comcast Center for a Holiday Playdate on December 1, from 11am-1pm.  Children should bring their wish list to share with Santa and parents should bring their cameras!  All families are invited to stop and watch this year's Comcast Holiday Spectacular, shown on the Comcast Experience video wall.  It can be seen at the the top of each hour (except for weekdays at 5pm).
 

Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

Tag: Events

Posted: November 9, 2012

6th Annual Halloween Arts Bash

The 6th annual Halloween Arts Bash is Sunday, October 28th from 3:30-5:30pm at the Fairmount Art Center, 2501 Olive Street. Mark your calendars!  You are invited for a fun festival of spooktacular proportions, for all ages!  Come in costume and get (witch) crafty creating art and music!  Extra fun includes PeanutButter, the awesome-est facepainters in Philly; a student art show; and the Call-Me-Cupcake food truck!  Following the event is the 5th annual Fairmount Halloween parade!  We are taking donations for candy for the parade, and small containers to be crafted into collections cups for a great Philabundance drive!

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Posted: October 22, 2012

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate - November 3

Come to The Market & Shops at Comcast Center on Saturday, November 3, from 11am-1pm for the next KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate! Meet Kelly and Chica from Sprout's Live Morning Show, the Sunny Side Up Show.  Kelly and Chica will be reading a story and doing a special meet and greet.  Don't forget to bring your cameras!  Your child will also enjoy creating holiday coloring sheets and cards.

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Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

Tag: Events

Posted: October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Sale to Benefit Sister Cities Park

Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, stop by Sister Cities Park from 11am to 3pm to get a Jack-O-Lantern just in time for Halloween! Pumpkins come in various sizes, perfect for decoration or carving!

Be sure to stop in at Milk & Honey Cafe and grab a hot chocolate or cup of coffee to top off the perfect fall day!

Sister Cities Park
18th & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
SisterCitiesPark.org
 

Location: Sister Cities Park

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Posted: October 19, 2012

Lights On! After School at Sister Cities Park

Thursday, October 18 at 4:30pm, join young people as they celebrate the fun and importance of safe and structured activities during after school hours. Hear first-hand from youth how they benefit from after school programs.

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: October 10, 2012

Scarecrow Festival in Sister Cities Park

The Philadelphia Parks & Recreation After School Program and the Center City District have teamed up to bring an outdoor exhibit of 17 adult-size scarecrows to Sister Cities Park. The scarecrows were installed on Monday, October 1, and will be exhibited throughout the month.Read More »

Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: October 2, 2012

Bache-Martin Kindergarten Open Houses

Come discover Bache-Martin, a neighborhood K-8 public elementary school located in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. Bache-Martin offers students an unparalleled educational experience that draws deeply upon the cultural resources found in Center City Philadelphia and programs designed to instill a foundation for life-long learning.Read More »

Location: Bache-Martin School

Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: October 1, 2012

Center City School Fair

If you are searching for the right elementary school for your Center City child, come to a School Fair on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Ethical Society. Enjoy the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from public, charter, independent and parochial elementary schools to learn about education options in the Center City Residents’ Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association areas. For more information, visit SouthofSouth.org/events/school-fair, the School Fair Facebook page or Twitter feed @SchoolsFair

Locations: Allergy & Asthma Specialists, Inc., Ethical Society of Philadelphia

Tags: Events, Schools

Posted: September 25, 2012

Sister Cities Park Fall Programming

Sister Cities Park has something for everyone. Join us as we enjoy the outdoors this fall with stories, activities, art, wine-and-cheese pairings and more. See below for more information on some of our featured fall programs. All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. For an up-to-date listing of events, visit SisterCitiesPark.org.

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Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: September 25, 2012

Open Air Light Installation

September 20 was the world premiere of Open Air, a large-scale, interactive public art experience that uses a mobile app, 24 powerful searchlights and the voices of the city to transform the night sky above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Created by internationally acclaimed artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and presented by Association For Public Art, Open Air runs from September 20 to October 14.

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Location: Sister Cities Park

Tag: Events

Posted: September 12, 2012

KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate with the Berenstain Bears - October 6

Join 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and KidsInCenterCity.com at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center on Saturday, October 6, from 11am-1pm for the KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate with Sprout: A Teddy Bear Picnic with Sister and Brother Berenstain Bear!

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Location: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

Tag: Events

Posted: September 12, 2012

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