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Philadelphia Area Newsletter
July 22, 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
101 Local Family Day Trips

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

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

My college roommate, Marni, had a condition called spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the major skeletal muscles. Marni's attitude was that her disability was mostly irrelevant, and the rest of the kids in our freshman dorm took their cue from her approach. Sure, she needed stuff handed to her, doors held, etc., but the accommodations quickly became part of the regular background noise of a college routine.

The guys across the hall from our room were the star players on our school's basketball team. They were boisterous, confident, fun, and not very good at academics. One day, a group of us were hanging out in the dorm's common room where Marni was helping Ben study for an algebra test. Ben, who needed a C+ average to keep his scholarship, started complaining: about the professor, the rules, everything. "I wish the <curse word> coach would mind his own <even worse curse word> business and get off my case."

Marni stared at Ben, then gestured at her wheelchair and said, “If wishes were horses, I'd be having a LOT more fun.” The room went silent, and a bunch of 18-year-olds suddenly grew up. I'm sure, decades later, I'm not the only one who remembers the incident, or the lesson.

It was a lesson I took to heart as I launched into life, and then into parenting. There's no point in putting energy into wishing the world were different: You just have to deal, practically and realistically, with what you’re given. Kids are who they are, they can't grow faster than they can grow, they can't learn algebra before addition. The parenting journey—just like the life journey—is frustrating or elating or disappointing or satisfying by turns. Sometimes you find a horse, and that's great, but usually it's just you on your own feet—or, as in Marni's case, on some useful wheels. And, as she'd be the first to point out, you really do have everything you need for the trip.

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.


Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness. If you’ve ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden Ticket, you’ve come to the right place. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!

Click here for more information.

Street Movies! 

Street Movies! is a free screening series for audiences of all ages that tours neighborhoods around the Philadelphia region, bringing a program of independent film - fiction, animation, documentary, and youth and community produced work - from around the world to local parks, lots, playgrounds, and community spaces. Each screening is hosted by a community organization and followed by a moderated discussion about the topics raised in the films. It’s a great way to see films, talk about community issues and meet your neighbors. We are excited to launch the Street Movies! 2021, our 24th season! The highlights of this summer’s outdoor screening and performance series, presented in neighbourhoods throughout Philadelphia and in Camden, are detailed below.

Click here for more information.

Engage Artisan Festival

​Our awesome outdoor Artisan Festivals are back for the year! We fill our parking lots and studio with a ton of local artists and crafters for a unique vendor market. Browse unique handmade items as you enjoy our beautiful hillside and historic property! Enjoy delicious food and take part in raffles, create projects, and more.

Click here for more information.

Hooray for Summer!

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


VIRTUAL events this weekend

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

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

14 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Nursery School

Is your child starting nursery school soon? We offer some tips to help both of you with the transition. Review them now and use the last weeks of summer to prepare your little one for their next big step. You'll both be ready to start the school year off right!

Click here for more information.

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 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, manage it easily, and post events to our extensive online calendars at no cost.

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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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