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Philadelphia Area Newsletter
June 17, 2021

In-person events in the Philadelphia area this weekend

VIRTUAL events this weekend
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Local Summer Camps
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Dear readers:

Last May, Dave Grohl, frontman for the rock band Foo Fighters, wrote a beautiful essay for The Atlantic magazine called "The Day the Live Concert Returns." In it, he describes the raw power of live music as "the most life-affirming experience" we have as humans. "I don’t know when it will be safe to return...But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to." I read those words last year and became an instant fan, if not of Foo Fighters, at least of Dave Grohl.

And then I became an even bigger fan of his mom.

In 2017, Virginia Hanlon Grohl published From Cradle to Stage: Stories from Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars: It's a compilation of reflections on raising music stars from the moms of Adam Levine, Miranda Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, and 13 others. In the momentum of the book's success, Virginia and Dave went on the road to record video interviews with some of the moms featured in her book; that companion series From Cradle To Stage was released this spring on Paramount Plus.

Woven throughout both the book and the videos is the message of what it means to let kids take risks. The last episode (highlighting Geddy Lee of Rush and his mother, Mary Weinrib) opens with Dave reflecting:

I wasn't so different from a million other kids. What made me different is that my mother ALLOWED me to do it. What made me different is that she believed in me.
Virginia Grohl, Mary Winerib, Verna Griffin, Janis Winehouse, and the rest somehow found the courage to let their kids march to the beat of the drum they heard in their own ears even when it sent them off the traditional success path, even when the uncertainty felt overwhelming. Their stories show the good that comes from doing so, for the world and for their relationship with their kids, both then and now.

Believe in your kids. Not because they might be Dave Gohl someday, but because, if you do, they're certain to be them.

Debra Ross, publisher

P.S. Poetically, Foo Fighters will be the band to reopen live music at Madison Square Garden in the wake of the pandemic. The show is this Sunday evening at 8 pm, so I'm headed to New York for the weekend. Dave's right: I have to be there. 

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

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.

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 to purchase tickets today. Expires July 18, 2021.

Juneteenth with the Museum at Museum of the American Revolution

Explore the continuing struggle for equality for all and join the Museum to mark the anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The date commemorates the day in 1865 when the abolition of slavery reached the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Texas.

Click here for more information.

Father's Day Weekend Fan Fest At Sesame Place

Celebrate Dad with a sports fan fest at Sesame Place! Father’s Day Fan Zone Festivities include special meet & greets, photo opportunities, games and more. Treat Dad to a special day and yourself to savings with special dining options, deals on merchandise and more! Plus, Dads get a FREE photo at the Dine with Elmo & Friends character buffet! (Extra fee and reservations required)

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.

Father's Day Express - West Chester Railroad

Take Dad on a 90 minute round trip train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and return on his special day. During your brief layover in Glen Mills, you will be able to explore the historic Glen Mills train station as well as our picnic grove along the Chester Creek. All Dads ride for a special reduced fare. Perfect for all the train lover Dads out there!
Click here for more information.

Father's Day Fishing at Linvilla Orchards

Father’s fish free with paid child’s admission. Today only!

Click here for more information.

Father's Day is This Sunday, June 20

How are you celebrating Dad this year? These days, just getting out among people feels like its own celebration, but

If you need some ideas for how to make the most of Father's Day,  we've got you covered with our list of local and virtual Father's Day Events.

Give that special guy plenty of love, but just because it's his day doesn't mean you can't all enjoy it together!

Hooray for Summer!

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

Lunch & Learn: The History of Juneteenth, on Thursday, June 18, at 12 pm Central

On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army issued a statement that all slaves in Texas were free. The announcement came almost three years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Though the event was followed by confusion, delay, and continued terror for many enslaved Texans, Juneteenth is now the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. Join Dr. George Keaton, Jr., Founder and Executive Director of Remembering Black Dallas, for Lunch & Learn: The History of Juneteenth, a discussion of the history of Juneteenth, its particular significance in Texas, and how the holiday has evolved over the last 150 years.
Creating a Summer Solstice Ceremony: Friday, June 18, at 3 pm Eastern

In our Creating a Summer Solstice Ceremony event, the teens will learn about the significance of celebrating the earth and her cycles, and how to create their own special ceremony to celebrate the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the time when the sun is at the height of its power. The days are long and all of nature is flourishing. It's the beginning of a new season, a good time to honor the earth, and a time to remember that we, like the sun, have the power to endure, nurture, and shine our lights as brightly as we can.

Celebrate Juneteenth with MoAD: Saturday, June 19, at 11 am Pacific

MoAD invites you to Celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong line up of virtual talks and workshops. Juneteenth is known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day. It commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army arrived in Galveston and proclaimed the end of slavery in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is now celebrated as the end of the institution of slavery in the United States. A campaign to make Juneteenth a national holiday is gaining ground as more and more people across the country are celebrating Freedom Day.

A Laurie Berkner Virtual Family Concert: On Father's Day! Sunday, June 20, at 12 pm and 5 pm Eastern

There will be two shows of Laurie Berkner's Virtual Family Concert on Father's Day, one at 12 pm and one at 5 pm. Join Laurie Berkner for an 80+ minute LIVE, interactive, virtual performance for the whole family! Sing, dance, & play games through your device with Laurie as she performs fan favorites and songs from her new album, interacts with you through the screen, & brings in a few surprises - from her house to yours! 



VIRTUAL events this weekend

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

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

Try Camping This Year!

A wonderful way to connect with your kids AND with the great outdoors is camping. June is a great time to get started with the Great American Campout!

Our communications director, Katie Beltramo, is a camping enthusiast, and her article about how to have a great experience camping in your backyard with your kids is extremely useful. I wish you a dry backyard, perfectly toasted marshmallows, and few mosquitoes. Have at it! 

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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