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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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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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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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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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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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!
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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On Saturday, Philly BrickFest at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (aka just off 422 next to Arnold’s Family Fun Center) opens to the public. I stopped by on Friday for a preview. Read more »
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.
The Free Library's Philadelphia Book Festival, running April 14-19, has plenty of free activities to keep kids and parents busy this Spring Break — all while sneaking in a little education. On Monday, Moore graduate Sa-De Brown hosts a workshop on simple book craft at the Kensington Branch. That same day youngsters can learn the "ups and downs" of pop-up books, as they make and take one home at the Lovett Branch. On Wednesday, at the Central Branch, Jen Bryant presents on her children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin; and award-winning children's book author and illustrator Lindsey Barrett-George lets kids in on the fun of illustration with an interactive workshop, on Richmond Branch, and later at the Bushrod Branch. Full schedule here, including some events for grownups, too.
What's spring break without a trip to Fairmount Park? Take the kids to the beautiful Shofuso tea house and garden for a bit of culture and nature. The kids can enjoy scheduled activities and outdoor play while you take in the gorgeous scenery and tons of matcha. Thursday, April 15th to Saturday, April 17th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $5-$7, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Horticultural Drive in Fairmount Park.
A perennial favorite for kids and those holding the juice boxes, the Franklin Institute is a prime Spring Break destination. From Monday April 14th to Wednesday April 23rd, the Institute has extended its hours so there's no bad time to check out the educational fun. The popular "One Day in Pompeii" exhibit is only on display until April 27th so now's the time to check it out. April 14th to April 23rd, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
It's the perfect time of year to visit Longwood Gardens, with spring in full bloom and the kids out of class. Through May 2nd, the lush gardens features its "Spring Blooms" exhibition, with acres of gorgeous tulips and peonies. So much to see and nothing kids can break! Daily at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road.
For budding rockstars aged 9-17, Spring Break is the perfect time to get shredding. Rock to the Future offers its Summer camp as a week-long Spring program, with daily group instrument lessons, craft workshops, and concerts by and for campers. The camp provides the instruments, so all the kids need is a bagged lunch and a will to rock. April 14th to April 15th, $250, Rock to the Future, 2130 East Cumberland Street.
University of Pennsylvania's sprawling tree sanctuary always has plenty to do for the sprouts. But this Spring Break, tote the kids to the Arboretum for even more nature-themed fun. Starting April 17th, Morris Arboretum offers a four-week photography course for the little ones. Kids get built-in souvenirs, with their photographs of their newfound craft. Even without the course, Morris Arboretum has plenty of free activities. Print out a guide to lead your own nature trek. Photography classes start Thursday, April 17th, and continue consecutive Thursdays until May 18th, $100, 4:30 p.m., Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue.
Everyone's favorite accessory-loving feline comes to life at Arden Theatre just in time for Spring Break. Starting Wednesday, April 16th and running until June 2nd, the master of rhyme and whimsy has a solution to your third day of watching Spongebob. Featuring the acrobatic antics of Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the apropos story of two kids who overcome their out-of-school boredom, there's definitely something for everyone. Starts Wednesday, April 16th, runs through June 2nd, 10 a.m., Arden Theatre, 40 North Second Street.
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.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get strapped into a seat, pulled up to the top of the PECO building, and then dropped to the ground below, we give you Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, debuting at New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure this summer. Read more »