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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.

 


Kid Friendly Philadelphia: RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Philadelphia is a dense city, but it is also family friendly. There are hundreds of playgrounds, parks and hidden away gems perfect for the urban family or tourist with children. Below are some excellent choices for playgrounds, pools, restaurants and festivals to be found in Center City West for an active family:

Parks/Playgrounds:

Markward Playground: Sitting on 4.1 acres, this recreation facility has a ballfield, a hockey court, a sports field, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and two volleyball courts; all adjacent to Schuylkill River park.

Schuylkill River Park: The Park, nestled along the Schuylkill River, spans the area from Lombard Street to Manning Street. For active recreation it offers Schuylkill Pocket Veterans Memorial field – a baseball diamond and soccer field – tennis courts and basketball courts.

Rittenhouse Square Park: Rittenhouse Square is a gem in the heart of Philadelphia: a green, leafy oasis, bounded by Walnut Street, 18th and 20th Streets, Locust and Spruce.

Swimming:

O’Connor Pool: The O’Connor Swimming Pool (The city pool at 26th and South Streets) has been cooling off the neighborhood since the 1920’s.

Lombard Swim Club: A summer haven, surrounded by a wall to shield it from the outside hustle and bustle. Open-air construction circulates fresh air inside, which helps keep the interior temperatures in the men’s and women’s locker rooms down, even on 95-degree days. The grill and patio restaurant satisfy any appetite with impeccable service and delicious choices. And the Adult Deck, complete with shade, a library and a view of the Philadelphia skyline, overlooks what’s at the center of it all: an 82.5-foot pool.

Camp:

Markward Day Camp: Day trips, arts and crafts, tennis, swimming, sports, breakfast and lunch.

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Barnes and Noble Rittenhouse Kids Activities: Story time and kids events on a weekly basis.

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Max Brenner: Chocolate, Desserts, Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Options.

Five Guys: Burgers, Fries and Hot Dogs.

The Shake Shack: Burgers, Hot Dogs and Shakes.

Yogorino: Frozen Yogurt.

Hip City Vedge: Vegetarian and Vegan Sandwiches.

Underdogs: Hot Dogs, Sausages and Fries.

Rita’s Water Ice: Italian Water Ice and Frozen Custard.

Red Mango Frozen Yogurt: Smoothies, Frozen Yogurts.

Marathon Grill: Soups, Sandwiches and Salads.

Parc: French-style bistro. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Desserts.

Stores:

Born Yesterday: Born Yesterday has been home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods in Philadelphia for over 30 years.

The Children’s Boutique: Children’s clothes and gifts for over 40 years.

Festivals:

Fall Festival in Schuylkill River Park: This family-friendly event will have activities for everyone: fall-inspired crafts, food, local vendors, a raffle and even a silent auction. (October)

Little Friends Festival: The festival encompasses live music, rides, amusements, food, games, crafts and raffle prizes all created with the little ones in mind. (June)

Rittenhouse Square Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. (December)