Wednesday mornings at the Penn Museum

July 11, 2011

Summer WonderHave you run out of ideas yet on how to entertain your kids this summer? Here’s a suggestion for you, something your little ones should enjoy. Penn Museum (3260 South Street) is offering  Summer Wonder programs for children and families on Wednesday mornings (10:30-11:30 a.m.) through August 10.

The programs feature music, dancing and other fun activities by a variety of international performers and presenters. Some of the highlights are belly dancing for the whole family, listening to world music and the folk music of yesteryear, journeying to Uganda, and discovering science through experiments.

Here’s a full list of programs (check our “Happenings” section for more details on each program):

  • July 13: Colonial Music of Pennsylvania
  • July 20: Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present)
  • July 27: Habiba Dance Ensemble
  • August 3: Project Capoeira
  • August 10: Piccirillio Sciencetellers presents Dragons and Dreams

Admission to the programs is free with museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger). Pre-registration for groups of 10 or more is required. Registration for individuals and families is suggested. To pre-register email: grouptickets [at] or call: 215-746-6774.

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Harry Potter movie blowout this week at Blackwell Library

July 11, 2011


Muggles of all sorts will gather this week at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library (125 S. 52nd St.) for a Harry Potter movie extravaganza.

You can see the first seven movies in the series beginning Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m. with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2 hours, 32 minutes). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 hours and 41 minutes) will follow at 4 p.m.

This is a great way to beat that afternoon heat this week and catch up before the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, hits theaters on July 15. Call the library’s children’s department at 215-685-7424 for more information.

Other films and times:

Wednesday, July 13

1 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2 hours, 22 minutes).
4 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2 hours, 37 minutes).

Thursday, July 14

1 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 hours, 19 minutes).

Friday, July 15

1 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2 hours, 33 minutes)

Saturday, July 16

1 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2 hours, 26 minutes)

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Storytime at the Turtle returns

June 29, 2011

Clark ParkHere’s something our little neighbors and their parents will enjoy doing again now that the section “A” of Clark Park has reopened. A traditional “Storytime at the Turtle” has returned and is taking place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Stories and short books are read by volunteers from the Parent Infant Center (PIC). Snacks and refreshments are also available. So head down with your little ones tomorrow night to the turtle for this fun and educational activity.

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West Philly onesie

June 8, 2011

We saw this on Etsy and couldn’t resist sharing it. You see the lyrics of the famous Will Smith song everywhere, but we’ve never seen them on a onesie.


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Kid’s consignment sale at St. Mary’s Nursery School – Consignors wanted

May 23, 2011

West Philly Grows Again Consignment SaleWest Philly parents, here’s a great opportunity for you to get rid of your kid’s used or unwanted stuff, to help a local day care provider, and actually to earn some cash.

St. Mary’s Nursery School (3916 Locust Walk), a non-profit cooperative day care in West Philly since 1964, is holding its first annual children’s consignment sale, West Philly Grows Again. The sale will take place Saturday, June 11, but consignors are wanted now.

Here’s how it works.

– First, read the consignor guidelines and fill out a registration form.

– You’ll get an email with your consignor number and price tags for you to print out.

– You price and tag your items.

– You drop your gently used children’s items off to St Mary’s on Friday, June 10 between 5 and 8 p.m.

– Your items go on sale on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for the price that you have set. You get 25% of the price you set (up to 35% if you volunteer to work during the fundraiser). St Mary’s gets the rest.

– You come back Sunday afternoon to pick up your sale proceeds and any clothing that did not sell. You also have the option to donate what does not sell.

Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? And it’s also for a local cause. So click here and follow the steps described above.

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Pooches and a juggler at the library

May 17, 2011

Milo, Gus and Dandie love being read to at the Blackwell Library’s children’s department. Milo and Gus will be there later today and Dandie on Saturday. (Photo from the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library Facebook page.)


Two upcoming events at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library (125 S. 52nd St.) look super fun for kids.

Tonight kids will have a chance to read to two therapy dogs, Gus and Milo, a couple of cool West Philly hounds, at 6 p.m. in the library’s great children’s section. If you miss tonight’s reading, the calm, cool and collected corgi Dandie will be at the library on Saturday at 2 p.m.

And for something completely different, the Library will host a juggling workshop with David Smith – also known as the “One Man Side Show” – at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Smith’s juggling prowess got him an audition for America’s Got Talent and is an expert at leading hands-on workshops for the whole family.

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