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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.


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.