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Philadelphia Area Newsletter
July 29, 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:

I want my kids to be happy in life, so I want them to fail. Summer is a great time to practice it.

As an entrepreneur, I fail all the time. As my team and I try new designs, new products, and new systems, only some of them work. The right attitude is key: Learning from our failures and then setting them aside quickly helps successes come faster. When I was a kid, though, I was so afraid to fail that I didn't risk anything, ever. I played it safe, stayed in my lane, got my A's, and was "successful." But I never pushed my own limits, and didn't accomplish much. It took me well into my 20s to realize that a comfort zone is really a velvet trap that protects us from both risk and reward, but once I was free, I was free.

Most schools are not safe places to fail. It would be great if they were, but they probably can't be, with limited time and resources and a large population to serve. Summer, though... Summer is a GREAT time to practice the special art of failing. Outside of school, kids can try new things without consequences if they don't work out. You can help by encouraging your kids to blast off in a direction they hadn't considered. They can build a straw rocket or a stomp rocket or a pop rocket. Or write poems and plays and songs and perform them in the backyard for an audience of stuffed animals. Or they can learn to cook: With all of the produce ripening, these days, anyone can mess around with food at minimal expense. If it tastes yucky, no problem, but you never know until you try.

Summer is a time of no grades and few consequences... so it's essentially a nice soft sandy landing cushion for when kids close their eyes and jump into the unknown. There's still some time before school starts back up, so tell your family you have a new motto for the rest of the summer: Fail elaborately, fail often, fail cheerfully, fail safe. Let me know how it goes.

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.

Pick Your Own Linvilla Orchards

Support local agriculture and make lifelong memories picking your own fruit at Linvilla Orchards. Enjoy a day fruit picking in our beautiful orchard! Over 5,000 plants and 8 different varieties of Sunflowers have been planted on the farm creating a magical and breathtaking experience!

Click here for more information.

Discover WheatonArts

Find solace and inspiration at WheatonArts! A national cultural treasure, WheatonArts hosts unique exhibitions in the Museum of American Glass and Down Jersey Folklife Center, allows visitors to meet informally with resident artists in the Hot Glass, Pottery, and Flameworking Studios, has award-winning Museum Stores, and a scenic Nature Trail with a beautiful pond-side picnic grove – a true Pineland Sanctuary. WheatonArts is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information.

AdventureWoods Open Public Hours

AdventureWoods is Awbury Arboretum's natural materials playground- a mixture of structures, paths, and loose materials that invites families to play in nature. We invite you to bring your friends and family to imagine and discover, all while enjoying the outdoors!

Click here for more information.

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.

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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