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

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

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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!

PHLASH Bus Offering Free Rides to Philly High School Students

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STAMP, a program that provides high school students free admission to city parks and museums, has teamed with PHLASH, Visit Philly’s bus service that carts folks from one Philly attraction to the next, to offer gratis rides to students aged 14-19. STAMP — partially funded by a Knight Art Challenge grant — has enrolled over 8,500 teens in the program so far, with the hopes of exposing younger generations to some of the city’s prime cultural offerings. This pairing, says Cultural Alliance Interim Executive Director Michael Norris, “will help make sure traveling to and from STAMP museums is as easy as possible.”

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7 Fun Philly Things to Do With the Kids Over Spring Break

Knowing Spring Break is coming up in Philadelphia April 14th through 18th, we did some research to find some of the best kid-centric to-dos happening in town. From rock camps to book festivals to Dr. Seuss, we think we pretty much covered the gamut. 

Still didn’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a roundup of local events happening now through June. 

WXPN to Host Kids Indie Music Festival KindieComm

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KindieComm’s culminating music festival will feature a performance by impossibly catchy Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz.

A festival for kids indie music artists is coming to Philly this summer, courtesy of WXPN and Kids Corner.

KindieComm is a convention for artists in the family music genre that will help aspiring “Kindie” (kids indie) musicians network with and learn from some big names in the biz. Rookies and veterans of the industry are excited to see a comeback for the event after the Brooklyn version fell apart.

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QUICKIE: Watch Janelle Monae’s Guest Stars on Sesame Street

Janelle Monae Sesame Street

Billboard has some behind-the-scenes footage of LGBT ally Janelle Monae’s recent romp down Sesame Street, where she danced and sang an original song with Bert, Cookie, Big Bird and the rest of the gang.

The song she contributed is “Power of Yet,” which she describes as a musical version of the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” “I’m here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of ‘yet,’” she says. “Never, ever, ever give up because there’s so much power in ‘yet.’” Aw.

Check out Billboard’s video below.

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