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KidsOutAndAbout
Philadelphia Area Newsletter
July 1, 2021


In-person events in the Philadelphia area this weekend

VIRTUAL events this weekend
VIRTUAL events next weekend

Local Summer Camps
Virtual Summer Camps
Local Private Schools
Local Preschools

How to post your organization and events (it's all free!)   
 



Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

First, I wanted to welcome the 12,000 new readers that have signed up for our weekly newsletter since last Thursday: That's not only the most new signups we've ever had in one week, but on Tuesday one of you put us over the 500,000 milestone of newsletter subscribers coast-to-coast. You don't know who you are, and in fact we don't know who you are... but boy did you generate some rejoicing here in the home office!

TODAY is the last day to vote in our annual survey of the Top 20 Places to Take Kids for local family fun. Would you do me a big favor and vote for your TOP THREE favorites? The organizations that make it to the top positions will be showcased to about 100,000 local families in the next year, so winning a spot is a big deal for them, and voting is an easy way to say thanks for providing great stuff for kids, teens, and families. We want the 2021 rankings to reflect exactly the preferences of our readers—you know best what you love. But this is the ultimate menu of great things to do in your area, so you're also likely to find a bunch of NEW places that are not already on your radar! Each organization has a link to their web site to help you build your summer bucket list with old favorites and new treasures. Here is the link to vote:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2021PHI

There are also options in three education categories: Arts education, Sports education, and STEM education. Write-ins are welcome if your favorites aren't already nominated.

Thank you so much, wonderful people! You're one in a million! (Er...that is... one in a HALF-million! But we love every single one of you!)

Debra Ross, publisher



If you like my publisher's column, you can easily scroll through past columns in the "Notes from Deb" section of our site.

Free, Almost Free and Bargain Summer Movies 

Summer time is a great time to watch a movie with your family! Either inside a cool theater or outside on warm nights, movies and summer go hand in hand. KidsOutAndAbout knows all the best places to see free, almost free and bargain movies! A bit of advice: Make sure the movie is appropriate for your family and arrive early as seating in some cases is extremely limited.

Click here for more information.

Fill Out our KidsOutAndAbout Top 20 Survey and Share Your Favorites!

It's time for our annual KidsOutAndAbout survey of the Top 20 Places to Take Kids! Here's your way to thank the people who create opportunities for kids in our area. . . and PLAN YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST at the same time! You'll select your three top places to go, and then you can also select optional favorites in arts education, sports education, and STEM education. This year, we're also asking you to tell us about who impressed you with making your family's life a little better during the pandemic.

The survey will take about 4 minutes, and you'll have the opportunity to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Voting ends July 1, 2021.

Click here to vote.


Family Adventure Tour at Glencairn Museum

Discover how herbs were used in the Middle Ages, train for a medieval battle, apprentice to become a scribe, stonemason, or stained-glass artist, and explore the religious beliefs and practices of Europe in the Middles Ages in this choose-your-own-adventure style tour. Collect all six badges by completing each of the different paths, and become a Glencairn Museum Adventurer! Suitable for families and children grades 3 to 8 and up.

Click here for more information.

The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit - Please Touch Museum

June 4 through September 12, 2021.Visit the whimsical world of Mo Willems and his cast of lovable characters, including best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Activities in the exhibition will give children the opportunity to make art that is inspired by Mo Willems and to learn about the social and emotional lives of the author’s popular characters.

Click here for more information.

Fourth of July at Elmwood Park Zoo

Red, White and ZOO! Kick off your Fourth of July festivities with $4.00 children admission (3 - 12 years old) and $12.95 adult admission on Sunday, July 4. Guests can enjoy themed animal meet and greets, live music, and more!

Click here for more information.

Hooray for Summer!

Looking for summer fun? We've got you covered!

VIRTUAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS WEEKEND
Fourth of July Week with the Museum of the American Revolution 

Join the Museum for Fourth of July Week, a weeklong Independence Day observation with special events and activities for all ages to discover the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance. Explore what freedom means to you and consider how you are carrying forward the Revolution’s promises of liberty and equality. Watch the original first-person theatrical performance portraying the life and experiences of Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement and won. "Meet Elizabeth Freeman" stars Tiffany Bacon as Elizabeth Freeman and was written by Teresa Miller. 
 
Truth Is of No Color: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra by streaming Truth Is of No Color: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which features works by Asian American Pacific Islander composers Reena Esmail, Salina Fisher, Vijay Iyer, and Paul Wiancko. This episode of Truth Is of No Color is FREE to enjoy anytime, anywhere, at your convenience. Visit our site to download the tickets, sit back, and enjoy a beautiful concert with the whole family!  
 
The Future of STE(A)M: Saturday, July 3, at 11 am Pacific

Young people today are the future of STE(A)M. What will that future look like? Join IGen Education Group for The Future of STE(A)M, where industry professionals will share their journey to a career in STEM by way of an open panel discussion. Learn about the many paths that people take to their career in STEM, and how young people can get involved with STEM from an early age. 
 
A Capitol Fourth: Sunday, July 4, at 8 pm Eastern

In 2021, America’s Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth, will mark 41 years on the air. The show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms as well as to our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network. This year's celebration has a star studded cast of performers lined up. Check your local listings to see what time the special airs in your area.
 

VIRTUAL / ONLINE-ONLY EXPERIENCES

VIRTUAL events this weekend

Click here for hundreds of 24/7 activities, tours, etc.

Click here to search for online classes by subject & age.


Fourth of July Celebrations

The 4th of July is coming up soon... Hooray for community festivities and gathering together again!

If you're looking for fireworks and other community celebrations, check out our list.
 

101 Family Day Trips

Looking for a new place to explore that's still close to home?  Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun! Find free activities and splurges that are worth it. We've collected the coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from here.


Click here for more information.

How to Choose a Preschool That's Right for Your Family

Did you know that most preschools and nursery schools are registering students in January and February for the new academic year in the fall? Preschools vary widely in their educational philosophy and day-to-day routines, and the school that's a perfect fit for your neighbor or friend might not be just right for you. But how can you navigate through the preschool search process to find a place that will be best for you and your child? KidsOutAndAbout offers a list of specific factors to ponder and ask about as you attend open houses and school visits.

Click here for advice on How to Choose a Preschool That's Right for Your Family.


We have a list of local preschools to help you as you search for the perfect place for you and your child to start this new adventure. 

Private Schools

Are you considering private school for your kids? As you contemplate what might be best for your family's upcoming education needs, we're here to help! You can always find our list of Private School on the menu you'll find on every page of KidsOutAndAbout.com: Just click Local Lists, then Schools & Preschools.

It's private school admissions season. The admissions offices of most private, charter, and alternative schools are employing a combination of virtual open houses, virtual consultations, and safe in-person tours. So browse our list, check out their websites, then connect with schools that sound like they may be good fits. 

Here's the KidsOutAndAbout list of private schools. You'll find options for different ages and educational philosophies, and hopefully, someplace just right for your family.

Are you a member of an organization that offers events, camps, or classes?

Organizations that offer family and kid-friendly activities in the Philadelphia area can receive a FREE listing on KidsOutAndAbout.com, manage it easily, and post events to our extensive online calendars at no cost.

For more information about listing your organizationclick here.
Boost your visibility to our readers with low-cost paragraphs in our newsletter or ads on our site see our local advertising page.

And REMEMBER... Don't keep us a secret!  We're sure you can think of other folks who would enjoy finding out what's up for kids and families every week, so please, think of a few friends and forward it along!
Here is the direct link they can use to sign up, themselves.

Wishing you and yours good health.


Debra Ross
Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com
Mom to Madison and Ella

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