Academy of Natural Sciences Announces Dates for Academy Explorers Camp

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

You’d never know it by stepping outdoors, but warmer weather is slowly inching its way toward us, which means parents better be getting on the ball when it comes to figuring out summer plans for their little ones. The Academy of Natural Sciences is getting ahead of the game by announcing dates and opening registration for its summertime Academy Explorers Camp.

The day camp is for children ages 5 to 12, offering different activities every week week throughout July and August. The itinerary runs the gamut from off-site adventures to craft time, teaching about everything from dinosaurs to preserved specimens to living animals. I can sense your kid’s eyes getting bigger and bigger as I type. Here’s what’s on the docket, from a press release sent out this week:

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10 Best Things to Buy in Philly Stores Right Now


Toys, trunks, towels and more.

As a shopping editor here in Philly, I spend the bulk of my time scouring local stores, their social media pages and their web shops to find the best of what’s out there, right now. This means I see a lot of stuff — and that my shopping wish list is usually a mile long.

This week, I found some great standouts — for her, him, home and the kids. Here are the 10 things topping my shopping list right now, all from some of the coolest shops in Philly.  Read more »

We Found the Coolest Line of Baby Clothes in Philly


North West wears Balmain. Blue Ivy wears Dior. Toddlers have Instagram pages documenting their style. We’re looking at a whole new baby style game, and it’s getting dicey out there.

The baby-clothes landscape has changed a lot since we waddled around in onesies. It’s gotten progressively trendy with each decade (it’s come to this) and more and more extravagant (this little one has a mini Céline bag). Though I don’t recommend swaddling your kid in Chanel — or hot pink zebra stripes — there are plenty of great shops and designers, both online and local, that bridge the gaps between too-prim and too-trendy, and between ultra-cheap and crazy expensive.

To wit: Sweet Luka Mo, a Philly-based line of baby clothing that is helping style-starved parents find appropriately modern gear for their wee ones.  Read more »

3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Philly in February

If your kid likes Legos:

“The Art of the Brick”art of brick franklin institute exhibit opens February 7th at the Franklin Institute with a Lego T-rex, an Easter Island statue and other ambitious Lego constructs.

If your kid likes Dr. Seuss:

The Philadelphia Orchestra pairs his rhymes, stories and images with classical music in Oh, the Music You’ll Hear! on February 7th at the Kimmel Center.

If your kid likes creepy things:

The Academy of Natural Sciences debuts “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” on February 14th, featuring a full-scale model of a 48-foot-long snake discovered in Colombia.

Originally published in the Ticket section in the January 2015 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Delco Youth Baseball Team Plays for National Championship Tonight


It’s a heck of a year for youth baseball in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

We all know how Philly’s Taney Dragons made it to the Little League World Series this year — in a journey so cool their star pitcher Mo’ne Davis even made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But you maybe didn’t know that Delaware County’s Broomall-Newtown team of 13-year-olds won the Babe Ruth World Series in their age division last week — or that Delco’s Broomall-Newtown team of 13-15-year-olds is playing for the Babe Ruth World Series championship in their age division tonight. (Babe Ruth baseball is organized for kids outside the Little League age range.)

The game is being played in Washington State, so it starts late by local standards: 10:05 p.m. And you can’t watch it on TV — but you can grab your computer and go to this website to see the game online and in HD. If you prefer your baseball on the radio, click here instead.

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For Those About to Rock

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Yanni Papadopoulous and his charges at the School of Rock. Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Back in 1998, a 25-year-old Penn philosophy student named Paul Green started a music school to teach kids how to be rock stars, or at least to play rock music. Nearly two decades later, Green is long gone, having sold his school to the company behind Sylvan Learning Centers, and the School of Rock has flourished, with more than 130 franchises, 10,000-plus currently enrolled and a new headquarters outside Chicago. “But the spiritual epicenter is still in Philadelphia,” insists Yanni Papadopoulos, the recently installed music director for the flagship, now located at 7th and Callowhill.

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Consumer Reports: Don’t Use Spray Sunscreens on Kids (Or Anyone, Really)

Avoid the spray bottle and use this kind of sunscreen instead | Shutterstock

Avoid the spray bottle and use this kind of sunscreen instead | Shutterstock

The FDA released an announcement in June that they were investigating the health risks of spray sunscreens. For now, Consumer Reports is urging parents to steer clear of spray sunscreens completely, if possible. One spray sunscreen in particular, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, was even removed from their list of recommended sunscreens due to the fact that it is marketed specifically for children.

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7 Awesome Philly Summer Camps for Kids and Teens

girls rock philly

Girls Rock Philly, a weeklong camp starting August 4th, teaches young ladies to tap into their inner rock goddess.

Philly Art Center
Philly Art Center (PAC), winner of “Best of Philly 2012,” is the ultimate playground for burgeoning Picassos. PAC offers summer camps for kids of skill levels ranging from ages 4-12 from June 23rd to August 29th. Each theme-based week treats kids to a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities led by brilliant and thoughtful teaching artists. Treat your kids to a summer vacation in the land of imagination. Registration is open, but space is limited. 2501 Olive Street (Fairmount location), and 514 Bainbridge Street (Queen Village location.)

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Local Architect Publishes Adorable Children’s eBook Series

Winthrop Little, star of Wayne, New Jersey's Jeffrey Martin's children's eBook series, "The Memoirs of Winthrop Little."

Winthrop Little, star of Wayne, Pennsylvania’s Jeffrey Martin’s children’s eBook series, “The Memoirs of Winthrop Little.”

The Memoirs of Winthrop Little is an interactive children’ book series app dreamt up by Wayne resident and architect Jeffrey Martin.

The story is written by an adorable teddy bear named Winthrop Little, and it just so happens to serve as a valuable learning tool for tots. It teaches young readers common life values (sharing, kindness, teamwork) while showing them a good time with a slew of interactive features, like moving photos, sidebars with additional facts about Winthrop’s life and personality and more.

“I love to read and I noticed over the past several years how the whole demeanor of books has changed,” Martin says. “I thought, ‘gee, if the future of books is going to be electronic, we’re really missing out on something.’”

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This Kid’s Maleficent Costume by Stella McCartney is Everything


Photo via Stella McCartney.

Every couple years, a movie comes out that makes everyone collectively announce, “That’s my Halloween costume.” It happened with Black Swan and The Great Gatsby, and we think we’ve found 2014’s iteration: Maleficent from the recently released film.

While we haven’t seen an adult version yet, this kid’s costume by Stella McCartney is pretty freaking great. Part of a capsule collection, the costume includes a dramatic set of foil wings with wristbands, and a velvet horned headpiece.

The costume runs $140 and comes in sizes 4 through 12. To really sweeten the deal: 10 percent of dress sales will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages to support community outreach programs and provide a loving home for abandoned and orphaned children.

For more pics from the collab, click here!

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