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Kid Friendly Philadelphia: ROXBOROUGH / MANAYUNK

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Roxborough / Manayunk— Manayunk and Roxborough are family neighborhoods in Northwest  Philadelphia; Hilly enclaves along the Schuylkill River. Once a center of industry, with textile mills and factories, Manayunk is now a lively district dotted with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and plentiful shopping. Children are ubiquitous and families fill the row homes of modern day Roxborough and Manayunk. Below are some family friendly destinations in the area.

Parks/Playgrounds/ Pools:

Gorgas Park: The central park of the Roxbrough-Manayunk community. (6300 Ridge Ave.)

Allens Lane Playground: A wooded escape. (Allen’s Lane between McCallum and Green)

Pretzel Park: Formerly Manayunk Park, Pretzel Park overlooks Main Street in the middle of town. With a playground, dog park and many benches, Pretzel Park is operated by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and often receives financial help from the neighborhood group Friends of Pretzel Park. The iconic metallic pretzel was installed in 2005. (Cresson St & Roxborough Ave.)

Houston Rec Center: Houston Playground has a wide range of programs for all ages. (900 Grakyn Ln.)

Kendrick Rec Center: Karate, Gymnastics, Zumba and More. (5800 Ridge Ave.)

Freedom Valley YMCA:  Pool, classes, camp for children of all ages. (19 W. Linfield Rd.)


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

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Aikido Association of North America: Kids Classes Available (5836 Henry Ave.)

AmeriKick Karate: Karate Classes for All Ages (8500 Henry Ave.)

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center: The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) is a non-profit educational institution which offers a full range of creative educational services to residents of the Manayunk-Roxborough community as well as the greater Philadelphia area. (419 Green Street)

Manayunk Sport and Social Club: Philadelphia’s largest organizer of adult coed sports. (Venice Island Rec Center)

Kid Friendly Restaurants / Stores:

Manayunk and Roxborough Kid Friendly Restaurants via Urban Spoon

Worn Yesterday: Kids Clothing (4228 Main St)

Game Stop: Video Games (8500 Henry Ave)

More Info: All About Roxborough All About Manayunk

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:


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)


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)


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


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


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.