Kid Friendly Philadelphia: MT. AIRY

Posted on: September 3, 2013

Mt. Airy– Philadelphia’s village in the city. Just a short SEPTA ride from Center City is a diverse and welcoming community that melds sophisticated sensibilities with a laid-back lifestyle. From beautiful historic homes and a bustling business district to tree-lined streets and the scenic trails of the great Wissahickon, Mt. Airy is the neighborhood that has it all. (source: Go Mt. Airy.com)

Parks/Playgrounds:

Mt. Airy Playground: Swings, jungle gym, baseball diamond, football field, basketball courts, picnic tables, adjacent to a recreation center offering full sports and dance programming. (7001 Germantown Avenue)

Allens Lane Playground: Swings, jungle gyms, tennis courts, basketball court, benches, picnic tables. (601 W. Allens Lane)

Cliveden Park: Swings, jungle gyms, benches. (Chew Ave. & E. Johnson Street)

Houston Elementary Playground: Jungle gyms, swings. (7300 Rural Lane)

Pleasant Playground: Jungle gym, baseball diamond, football field, basketball court, tennis courts, swimming pool, adjacent to a recreation center offering full sports and dance programming. (6720 Boyer Street)

Swimming:

Salvation Army Kroc Center: 12-acre facility featuring an aquatics center, in addition to a worship and performing arts center, teen activities center and game room, sports training, recreation center and recording studio. (4200 Wissahickon Avenue)

Camp:

Philadelphia Summer Camps: A blog dedicated to Philadelphia area summer camp programs.

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Simon’s Ice Rink: Sitting on 12.8 acres, Simon’s recreation facility has an ice rink, two basketball courts, two sports fields, four ballfields and seven tennis courts.

Water Tower Recreation Center: This City of Philadelphia Rec Center offers a variety of programs for youth, including fencing, tennis, lacrosse, gymnastics, basketball, after-school programs, indoor soccer, softball, and baseball. There is also a fitness center.

Wissahickon Skate Club: This skating club is open to the public for open skating sessions year-round and weekly hockey games in the winter. Private lessons and teams also available.

Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Education: Tennis for boys and girls ages 4 to 18. (4842 Ridge Avenue)

Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club: Baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer for boys and girls ages 5 to 18. (200 E Hartwell Lane)

Mt. Airy Baseball: Baseball league for boys and girls ages 5 to 16. (7001 Germantown Avenue)

Wild Things: Softball league for girls grades 1 to 12. (Allens Lane Park)

Allens Lane Art Center: Camp, classes, gallery, theater. (601 W. Allens Lane)

Mt Airy Learning Tree: Neighbors teaching neighbors. (6601 Greene Street)

Philadelphia Dance Theater: School and theater. (7500 Germantown Avenue)

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is the regional center of contemporary circus arts. The seasoned faculty leads a curriculum featuring aerials (static trapeze, corde lisse, aerial silks and lyra), juggling, unicycling, tightwire, tumbling and physical conditioning. In addition to ongoing classes, the School also offers corporate and institutional team-building and leadership workshops, social events, birthday and other parties, summer camp, and special guest performances and presentations. (5900A Greene Street)

Pointe Dance Studio: Dance Classes (7800 Ogontz Ave)

Settlement Music School: Music, Dance and Visual Arts. (4910 Wynnefield Ave)

Wissahickon Dance Academy: Ballet classes range from pre-ballet through pre-professional and adult; in addition, classes are offered in jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and yoga. (38 E. School House Lane)

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Wine Thief: Kids under the age of 11 eat for free until 6:00 pm on Wednesdays and their kids menu has a range of healthy options that are sure to delight.

Avenida Restaurant: Niños Happy Hour every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7 pm with $1 off entrees from the kids menu, Dora & Diego-tinis, and a free ice cream sundae for kids under 12.

Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café: In addition to sweet treats like cupcakes and brownies,  Little Jimmie’s offers special sandwiches just for kids. They also cater parties.

Trolley Car Diner: Kids eat half price on Tuesdays. In the summer months, the Trolley Car Diner serves ice cream, sundaes, shakes, and more out of a restored 1948 trolley car.

Stores:

Walk a Crooked Mile Books: Kids titles from $1.

The Nesting House: Baby Gear and Furniture.

Festivals:

Mt. Airy Kids Literary Festival: a weekend full of readings, activities, programs, crafts, poetry, music,goodies and giveaways, and writing workshops. Free, and open to everyone. Events for toddlers all the way up to young adults. (May)

Mt. Airy Day: A neighborhood festival hosted by East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. (May)

Mt. Airy Night Market: An evening street festival that draws thousands of people to Germantown Avenue to sample tasty bites from dozens of participating food trucks and restaurant vendors. (August)

Revolutionary Germantown: A festival celebrating Germantown’s epic colonial history that is capped off with a dramatic reenactment of the Battle of Germantown on the grounds of Cliveden.

Final-ly Friday: A laid-back and fun-filled night out when restaurants and stores offer special deals and guest vendors and performers contribute to a lively atmosphere in Mt. Airy’s main commercial hubs.