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KidsOutAndAbout
Philadelphia Area Newsletter
July 15, 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:

"There are dragons in the twins' vegetable garden."

That's the first line of one of my favorite novels, A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L'Engle. L'Engle was one of my childhood heroes; her A Wrinkle in Time series had a profound impact on my understanding of what it means to think for oneself, and the dangers of sliding into what today we call "groupthink." At the age of 12, I knew with fist-pounding certainty that I could never be as good a writer as Madeleine L'Engle. But that was okay, I told myself, because she was a genius, and I was not.

Madeleine L'Engle died in 2007 at the age of 88. And yet, she recently rocked my world all over again.

A friend showed me a copy of a story L'Engle had published before A Wind in the Door, called Intergalactic P.S. 3. It was, in essence, a first draft of A Wind in the Door, and it was... not so good. The first line was: "It started at the dinner table." Much less grabby than dragons in a vegetable garden, and the rest of the story was similarly humdrum. Intergalactic P.S. 3 was not even close to the genius standards that L'Engle set in book after book throughout her career. And this fact thrilled me.

But...How could I possibly be rejoicing in a dead author's crappy first version of a story? Because it showed me how wrong I'd been: L'Engle's genius didn't reside in some Talent Spark conferred by the Universe, but in her persistence and guts. And this means that the world is filled with more possibilities for mere humans like you or me than I'd imagined. If success is more a matter of work than of luck, then it's in my grasp, or yours, or our kids'. So how about this: The next time you sit down for a nice meal with your family, talk with your kids about how geniuses are not born, but self-made, like Madeleine L'Engle.

It all can start AT THE DINNER TABLE. Hmmm... Maybe that's not such a boring beginning, after all.

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.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute: Save with special promo code!

The Franklin Institute presents its latest exhibit, Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition. Creativity is innately inside all of us—we just need to ignite it! This limited-run display features creative inspiration for visitors through activities designed to stimulate the senses and empower imagination. Families of all ages, you don’t want to miss your chance to dive into your tailored experience at Crayola IDEAworks! Crayola IDEAworks is interactive educational entertainment for the whole family. 

Save up to $16 with online promo code: CRKDZ21! Use online promo code CRKDZ21 and save up to $16.00 on admission to Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition. Receive $4 off  per ticket, up to 4 adult tickets. Valid online only. Cannot combine with other offers. Visit www.fi.edu to purchase tickets today. Expires July 18, 2021.

 

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.

John Wanamaker - Porch Performance at Pennypacker Mills

John Wanamaker: Businessman, Philanthropist & Civic Minded Philadelphian: Have you ever heard, “Meet me at the Eagle!” The statue of the eagle has always been impressive and so was the store named for its founder, John Wanamaker. Come to Pennypacker Mills on Saturday, July 17 at 7 pm and enjoy actor Bob Gleason’s first person performance as John Wanamaker. Hear the story of a businessman who provided variety and fun for his customers and who was civic-minded and charitable. John Wanamaker was a man who made a lot of money and tried to do good things with it. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

Click here for more information.

Kayak Tours

Explore the tidal Schuylkill River on a kayak! Hidden River Outfitters leads this professionally guided tour of the tidal Schuylkill which includes equipment rental, instructions on how to paddle and safely operate the kayak, and a little over an hour out on the river. The tour departs from and returns to the Walnut Street Dock. Kayaking on the tidal Schuylkill requires moderate exertion.

Click here for more information.

Summer Picnic Specials

Enjoy a relaxing 90 minute train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and return on a warm summer afternoon. Pack a lunch to have during our stop at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove.

Click here for more information.

Hooray for Summer!

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

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.


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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