Kid Friendly Philadelphia: ROXBOROUGH

Posted on: September 9, 2013

 

Roxborough— “Sandwiched between the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park, Roxborough is a superb place to settle and experience a satisfying life in northwest Philadelphia. Over 38,000 middle-class residents live in Roxborough in over 16,000 housing units. Families stay in Roxborough from one generation to the next and welcome new residents with open arms. Crime statistics rank the Roxborough community as the safest neighborhood in the city where children play in the street and elderly residents relax on the porch on summer nights.” (source: Roxborough.us)

Parks/Playgrounds:

Gorgas Park: The site of many concerts, festivals, movies in the park, flea markets and other family oriented events. (6300 Ridge Avenue)

Kendrick Playground: Kendrick Recreation Center is a Full Service Community Recreation Center located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. It is a City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facility. Kendrick Recreation Center has many classes, activities and sports events. (5800 Ridge Avenue)

Swimming:

Roxborough YMCA: The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA offers a wide range of programs for children and teens including swim lessons, youth sports, gymnastics, karate, fitness, child care and day camps. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, yoga, zumba, water aerobics, wellness orientations and free babysitting services. (7201 Ridge Avenue)

Kendrick Rec Public Pool: Kendrick Recreation Center has many classes, activities and events. (5800 Ridge Avenue)

Camp:

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

YMCA Summer Day Camp: YMCA Summer Camp programs are fun for children of all ages. Summer camp activities include field trips, swimming, sports and activities that campers discover the importance of living a life full of fitness and nutrition.

Pinemere Camp: Pinemere Camp’s mission is to provide campers and staff members with a group living experience rooted in the religious and social traditions of Judaism. Pinemere defines its identity by means of group processes and opportunities for personal growth. Our goal is to provide each camper with an individualized, progressive, and diverse program designed to foster new skills and to refine old ones. Pinemere is committed to offering our approximately 250 campers and 100 staff members the opportunity to become integral members of a caring Jewish camp community. At Pinemere, each person is offered a summer of fun and a lifetime of memories. (4100 Main Street, Suite 301)

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Boy and Girl Scouts: Roxborough Baptist church houses Boy Scout Troop 114, Cub Pack 114 and the Girl Scouts (Daisy Troop, Brownie Troop, Junior Troop and Cadette/Sr. Girl Scout Troop), who have been meeting at this location for more than ten years.

Children’s Sporting Teams: Roxborough Eagles, 21st Ward Junior Baseball and Softball Leagues.

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.

Roxborough High School Tennis Courts: 3 tennis courts available (Gate Street and Manayunk Avenue)

Manayunk / Roxborough Art Center: Classes and Gallery. (419 Green Lane)

Jeannette’s Dance School: The curriculum covers a full spectrum from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop & Lyrical accommodating children ages 2 through adult. (536 Green Lane)

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Daiva’s Diner & Grille: 6750 Ridge Avenue

Bob’s Diner: 6053 Ridge Avenue

Mel’s Kitchen: 5001 Umbria Street

Custard and Cakes Creamery: 5461 Ridge Avenue

Nick’s Ices and Ice Cream: 5925 Ridge Avenue

Sweet Frog: 8500 Henry Avenue

Stores:

Worn Yesterday: Gently used children’s and maternity clothing.

Festivals:

Roxtoberfest: The event aims to draw families with a variety of carnival activities with face painting, live music and a moon bounce. (October)

Manayunk Arts Festival: The tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival.