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July 26, 2014

Christmas in July, Marvel LIVE and a Please Touch Giveaway!

Happy last week of July! We hope you are spending the time relaxing at the shore, traveling to see family and friends and/ or just sticking around and enjoying all the great things Philadelphia has to offer. If you get stuck for ideas, make sure you check out our directory of great Outdoor Fun spots which includes playgrounds, parks and other sun-shiney fun!

In honor of Fire Safety Day at the Please Touch Museum this Saturday, we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the beloved Please Touch Museum (good for a visit any time!). Let us know your best fire prevention tip for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaway take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Christmas in July, Storybook Festival, and Marvel Live! We will be closed for summer vacation next week so we'll see you back in two weeks with the best events in the hood and some brand new giveaways! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Marvel Universe LIVE! Wells Fargo Center

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza.  You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

Enter code BLOG for a 50% discount on select shows. Click here for a 50% discount.

Thurs, 7/24 thr Sun, 7/27

Fire Safety Day, Please Touch Museum

Come meet some of Philadelphia's finest and enjoy visits from an Engine Truck (11am) and a Ladder Truck (1pm) as well as opportunities to learn about fire safety and even try on some genuine firefighter gear.

Saturday, 7/26th 11am. Free with museum admission.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Please Touch Museum are giving away a family 4 pack of tickets good for admission any time. Let us know your best fire prevention tip for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Note: this giveaway is NOT for Fire Safety Day specifically.

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July 10, 2014

philly kids: thomas the tank, blueberries, and a hippo haven giveaway!

Hope you stayed safe (and dry and with power) from the storms and enjoyed the long holiday weekend. Now that we're into the second half of the summer (gulp), make sure to take a look at all the fall class options. Things fill up fast and many fall class registrations are open.

Today is our last day of our kickin' karate giveaway from Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts! Head over to facebook and tell us how you like to stay fit with your family for a chance to win 2 trial classes for your child and 2 kickboxing classes for you! Two more giveaways this week: First, tell us what you love about tennis to win a four-pack to the Kids and Family Night of the Philadelphia Freedoms TeamTennis tour at Villanova University July 15th-July 23rdWe're also giveaway a family four pack to visit the new amazing Hippo Haven exhibit at the Adventure Aquarium. Let us know what your favorite underwater animal is for a chance to win!

This week, enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine, Blueberries and Pirate Fun! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Replay America - 80's Music Festival, PPL Park

Parent's Night Out Alert! Replay America showcases the very best of 80s music, including stars The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne. Together they offer numerous hits from the unforgettable decade. The Replay Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer abroad, and the American version is sure to follow suit. Click here for tickets.

Friday, July 11th, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $25.

Philadelphia Freedoms, Villanova University

The Philadelphia Freedoms will make their 2014 home debut on July 15 when current world no. 4 singles player Victoria Azarenka faces former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchova and the San Diego Aviators. This match kicks off a stretch of seven high-octane Mylan World TeamTennis matches over the course of ten nights. Get your tickets here. For $10 off your tickets, enter codeMOMBLOG2014.

Tuesday, July 15 thru Wednesday July 23rd. $15-75.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Philadelphia Freedoms are giving away 4 tickets to Kids and Family Night on July 18th at 7pm. Tell us what you love about tennis for the chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Hippo Haven, Adventure Aquarium

Have you had a chance to visit Adventure Aquarium's newest exhibit, Hippo Haven? Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos and they've invested a million dollars in to bringing guests an unparalleled hippo viewing experience while creating a habitat that caters to Button and Genny’s natural instincts as semi-aquatic mammals. Come be treated to intimate face-to-face viewing experience of the third-largest mammal on earth, an encounter made even more exciting by a brand new, vibrant theatrical environment that evokes a day in the life on an African River. 

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Adventure Aquarium are giving away a family four-pack to visit Button, Genny and all their underwater friends. Let us what your favorite underwater animal is and why for your chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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July 3, 2014

4th of July Fun, Ice Cream for a Cause, and an 80's Music Festival Givewaway!

And just like that, it's July 4th! We hope you have lots of fun plans and whether you are staying put or headed out, please be safe! As a reminder, make sure to read some great summer tips from our friends at Kidproteq

Today on our facebook page, we are giving away tickets to the much anticipated 80's Music Festival - Replay America coming to PPL Park on July 11th. Tell us your favorite 80's hit for a chance to win! Also, we're back with another kickin' karate giveaway from Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts! This time, tell us how you like to stay fit with your family for a chance to win 2 trial classes for your child and 2 kickboxing classes for you! All giveaways happen on facebook and the more you share, the more chances you have to win!

This week, enjoy Drum Corps, All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream for a cause, and tons of 4th of July fun! Happy 4th! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Drum Corps, PPL Park

An American Tradition returns to PPL Park an Independence Holiday Celebration. This unique, family-friendly event features high octane musical performances as DCI and DCA corps perform on the same field in celebration of Independence Day. This show is sure to entertain and amaze! Get your tickets here.

Sunday, July 6th, 6pm. Tickets start at $25.

Replay America - 80's Music Festival, PPL Park

Parent's Night Out Alert! Replay America showcases the very best of 80s music, including stars The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne. Together they offer numerous hits from the unforgettable decade. The Replay Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer abroad, and the American version is sure to follow suit. Click here for tickets.

Friday, July 11th, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $25.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Replay America are giving away 4 tickets to this awesome show! Tell us your favorite 80's hit (or not hit!) for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion Opening, Franklin Institute

Friday, July 4th

Wawa Welcome America is the signature event of Philadelphia and throughout Philadelphia, you’re invited to celebrate. Start at the Steps of Independence Hall for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. Vice President Biden will join the program and deliver remarks! Then, from 11am-12:30pm witness more than 5000 participants march through the nation’s most historic square mile. Then Let Freedom Ring at Independence Square, a ceremony that will conclude with the symbolic Liberty Bell tapping. And then last but most certainly not least, head to Eakins Oval for Party on the Parkway where you’ll enjoy blocks and blocks of activities, music, games and food. 10am-7pm.

Narberth hosts the biggest Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display on the Main Line. From 10am-2pm, the park becomes a carnival of fun family activities with food, parades, races, contests, dunking booth and games (including Diaper Derby, pie-eating contests, races, baby parades and more!) and then at night, enjoy an amazing fireworks display.

Also in the Main Line, Ardmore hosts the South Ardmore Independence Day Celebration where you’ll enjoy a parade of bikes, strollers, and wagons and have a chance to compete in the “best-decorated” contest and participate in field events and other activities. 11am-1pm.

Franklin Square also hosts a day of Independence Day Family Fun today and throughout the weekend. Enjoy carnival games, the Lightning Bolt Express Train and being in the heart of historic Philadelphia! 12pm-3pm.

Historic Germantown invites you to celebrate July 4th in Freedom’s Backyard where there is free Independence Day programming at six Historic Germantown member sites that were all here at the original Declaration signing in 1776. Enjoy free tours, activities for children, live music, reenactors, farmer’s market and more! 11am.

Valley Forge National Park celebrates the 4th with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music and more. You’ll have the chance to meet one of the founding fathers, sign the the Declaration of Independence (not the real one but you can also view one of two copies of the “real thing”), and join the Continental Army! 11am.

Celebrate America is appropriately the theme for Longwood Garden’s Fireworks and Fountains. You’ll ooh and ahh at glittering fireworks and colorful fountains as they light up the night sky and dance to exciting well-loved patriotic selections. 9:15pm.

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June 13, 2014

philly kids: bari koral rocks, father's day fun and a birthday party giveaway!

Rain, rain go away, let us go outside and play! Hopefully you are finding plenty of indoor fun this week and gearing up for the official start of summer! Despite the wet weather, it looks like we have a great weekend in store to celebrate all the Dads, Grand-Dads, and "surrogate" Dads this Father's Day. There is tons of fun in honor of Dad this week and whatever you choose to do, make sure to let these guys know how wonderful and appreciated they are every day!

This week we're giving away a pair of StoneBreaker Horseman gloves, the perfect gift for the handy Dad! These gloves are "Fit to Work" and come in great styles and sizes to get all those around-the-house jobs done right! Tell us how you are honoring Dad this weekend for a chance to win. We're also giving away a high-flying karate party at Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts valued at over $250. Let us know why your child loves (or would love) karate for a chance to win! Don't forget to share the posts with your friends and community on facebookfor extra entries!

This week, enjoy Father Day's Fun, Flag Festivities and Thomas the Train! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Bari Koral Rock Band, Hard Rock Cafe

Bari Koral Rock Band is coming to Philly to rock out with us! Come hear for yourself why People Magazine named her album one of the coolest albums for kids and why she is known as the "It Girl" in kids and family music. Don't miss this blend of folk, pop and tons of fun.

Sunday, June 15th, 10:30am (Doors open at 10am). $12-14/ pp

Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion Opening, Franklin Institute

Two great events are coming to the Franklin Institute! First celebrate the new pavilion with a full day of special activities, fun games, prizes, workshops, performances and hands-on science fun. Then celebrate the arrival of the "Your Brain" exhibit complete with sheep brain dissection and other brainy activities!
Saturday 6/14 and Sunday 6/15. 10am-5pm

Celebrate Your Birthday at Bryn Mawr's PRO Martial Arts!

Looking for a high-flying, kickin' birthday party idea that's unique, fantastically fun and turn-key? Look no further! Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts offers birthday party packages complete with karate instruction (no experience needed), visit from mascot Rocky the Rhino, games, activities and even a special board-breaking for the birthday kid. We were lucky enough to attend a Pro Martial Arts Birthday Party and here's what we thought.

Giveaway Alert! Do you have a birthday party to plan? Pro Martial Arts is giving away a FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY to one lucky reader which is a $260 value for up to 15 kids. Tell us why your child loves karate for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

StoneBreaker Gloves
 

StoneBreaker gloves are Fit to Work. Every pair of StoneBreakerTM gloves is constructed of the highest-quality materials, from the leather to the thread, for better protection and longer life. But what really sets us apart is their “second-skin” fit. The gloves conform to your hands like they were made for you. StoneBreakers protect without bulk, provide a sure grip, and retain their fit year in and year out. You’ll handle even the finest handwork and small tools with ease. 

Giveaway Alert: In honor of Dad (and these are good for moms too!), StoneBreaker is giving away a pair of Horsemen gloves. A perfect gift for Dad on Father's Day - great all-around work gloves indoors and out. Tell us how you are honoring Dad this weekend for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced on Father's Day.     For more information and to see their entire product line, click here.

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June 11, 2014

philly kids: celebrate your birthday at bryn mawr's pro martial arts!

We had the pleasure of attending a 5th birthday party at Bryn Mawr’s Pro Martial Arts and what a kickin’ party it was! The birthday kiddo had a huge smile on his face from start to finish, the guests ran around and burned up all sorts of summer energy and the parents of the birthday boy relaxed and actually enjoyed watching the kids have fun and the company of their guests.

As a guest of the party, my daughter was so excited to do something “different” for a birthday party after a good 3 year run on the Little Gym, Smith, Please Touch, Bounce U circuit (don’t get me wrong, those places also know how to run a good party, but it was fun to do something no one else had done). She was greeted at the door by a massive Rocky the Rhino who was generous with high fives, photos, and hugs and very patient with squealing kids eager to practice their "moves” on him. The kids enjoyed instructional karate (hitting and kicking pads while screaming “HIYA” seemed to go over very well) and organized games and activities from “real karate black belts”, i.e. high level students and teachers of the school, and the highlight of watching the birthday boy break an actual board. Pizza arrived 60 minutes into the party, followed by cake and of course, another run around session with Rocky.

From mom-of-birthday-boy’s perspective, this party was fantastic – easy to plan with great customer service, totally turn-key (the staff actually walks across the street to Peace of Pizza and brings the pizza back for you), and completely in control in that the teachers held the attention of the kids the entire time. Parents could actually hang out and chat for a while, snap photos of their kids in action, relax, and gasp, even drop-off their kids! Best part is their kids were returned sufficiently fed and worn out!

Super happy birthday boy? Check.

Excited and exhausted birthday guest? Check.

Stress-free planning and memories made for mom and dad? Check.

In other words, it was the birthday party trifecta.

And if you don’t believe us, one lucky reader has a chance to find out for themselves. Pro Martial Arts Bryn Mawr is giving away ONE FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Tell us why your child loves (or might love) karate for a chance to win!!

Visit here or call 610.520.4570 for more information about having a birthday party at Bryn Mawr’s Pro Martial Arts. Birthday party pricing is $260 for 15 kids. Pro Martial Arts also offers karate classes for adults and children, kick-boxing, and anti-bullying ARMOR classes throughout the year. Click here for more information.

June 7, 2014

International Film Festival, Strawberry Festivals and a Bari Koral Giveaway!

Happy 1st week of June! It finally feels like summer and we hope you are enjoying the winding down (or up?) of summer schedules, packing for the shore, slathering on sunblock and outdoor summer fun! 

This week we're giving away Bari Koral Rock Band's latest CD, The Apple Tree and the Honey Bee in honor of her upcoming Father's Day Show on June 15th at 10am at the Hard Rock Philadelphia. Tell us what your favorite rock concert was (or one that is on your wish list) for a chance to winWe're also giving away a family four pack of tickets to the Franklin Institute to their Opening Weekend events of the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the arrival of the Your Brain ExhibitTell us what your favorite science experiment is for your chance to win! Don't forget to share the posts with your friends and community on facebook for extra entries!

This week, enjoy the Children's International Film Festival, Strawberry Festivals and the NarBark Dog Parade! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival, PFS Roxy Theater
 
Partnering with New York International Children’s Film Festival, one of the longest running and acclaimed children’s film festivals on the circuit, the three-day Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world.
 
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8. Child tickets: $5

Bari Koral Rock Band, Hard Rock Cafe

Bari Koral, the beloved kids/ family recording artist and music, movement and kids yoga educator in NYC is coming to Philly to rock out with us! Come hear for yourself why People Magazine dubbed her one of the coolest albums for kids and why she is dubbed the "It Girl" in kids and family music. Don't miss this blend of folk, pop and tons of fun.

Sunday, June 15th, 10:30am (Doors open at 10am). $12-14/ pp

Giveaway Alert! We had the chance to listen Bari's latest CD, the Apple Tree and the Honey Bee and it does not disappoint! Finally, a kids' album that you'll enjoy as much as your kid. We have to warn you - those catchy tunes will run through your head all day and put a smile on your face. Tell us the best concert you've ever gone to for a chance to win your own copy of Bari Koral's latest CD. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion Opening, Franklin Institute

Two great events are coming to the Franklin Institute! First celebrate the new pavilion with a full day of special activities, fun games, prizes, workshops, performances and hands-on science fun. Then celebrate the arrival of the "Your Brain" exhibit complete with sheep brain dissection and other brainy activities!
Saturday 6/14 and Sunday 6/15. 10am-5pm
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Giveaway Alert: Our friends at the Franklin Institute are giving away a family four-pack to the weekend's events! Let us know your favorite science experiment for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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May 28, 2014

philly kids: kale good guitar lessons

Many parents are interested in starting children in music lessons for so many reasons - an important and wonderful skill, critical thinking, focus and discipline, general enrichment, a love and appreciation for music and much more. But with all the options available, how do you go about choosing the right teacher and the right teaching method? Kale Good, a local guitar instructor offers this helpful information.

The Suzuki Guitar method is recognized around the world for its success in teaching children ages 3+ to play with musical sensitivity and artistry. The Suzuki Method is often called “The Mother-Tongue Method” because it uses the principles of language acquisition to teach children music.

Now there is a Suzuki guitar instructor in your back yard.

Working together, we'll create a positive and nurturing learning environment. We'll use fun games, incremental challenges, and unique activities to keep your child engaged and excited about lessons and home practice. Your child will learn to play with artistry and musical sensitivity, and they'll learn a ton of life skills along the way. Kale Good Guitar Studio has 10 spaces available for new Suzuki students. Contact me to schedule a free parent-teacher consultation at my Fishtown or West Philadelphia locations. Start lessons today! Call 215-260-5383.

May 23, 2014

philly kids: memorial day fun, devon horse show, and an academy of natural sciences giveaway!

Happy Un-Official-Start-of-Summer! Days are getting longer, school is winding down (eeeek!) and pool and shore days are right around the corner! If you haven't enrolled in camps yet, there is still plenty of time and still tons of options! Make sure you check out Camps listings for great ideas for all ages and interests!

Today is the last day for our giveaway tickets to the Opening Night Film of Philadelphia Film Society's much anticipated Philadelphia International Children's Film Festival coming June 6th to June 8th. Tell us what your favorite movie is and why a chance to win! Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday. We are also giving away a family four-pack to the Academy of Natural Sciences. Not only are there tons of standing kid-friendly educational fun and exhibits (butterflies, live animals, dinosaur digs and more!), make sure to catch the current exhibition, Birds of Paradise running now through September. Tell us what kind of bird if your favorite for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget to share the posts with your friends and community on facebook for extra entries!

This week, enjoy Memorial Day Fun, the Devon Horse Show and Kite Festival! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Memorial Day Weekend, National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center kicks off its Memorial Day Weekend festivities with special programming and exhibits to pay tribute by exploring how Americans honor our military heroes. Daily programs include Flag Ceremonies, Patriotic Karaoke, Craft Stations, Thank-A-Vet Letter Stations, Flag Folding and more!

Sat, 5/24 (9:30-6pm) thru Mon, 5/26 (9:30-5pm)

Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival, PFS Roxy Theater

 Partnering with New York International Children’s Film Festival, one of the longest running and acclaimed children’s film festivals on the circuit, the three-day Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world. Tickets go on sale today.
 
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8. Child tickets: $5

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, Academy of Natural Sciences

Lace up your dancing shoes for a journey to the remote rainforests of New Guinea, land of the exotic birds-of-paradise. In this special exhibit visitors will behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation. Specimens, illustrations, and the chance to learn signature bird moves in a unique dance-off make this attraction fun for the whole family. Don't forget to visit their standing kid-friendly exhibits like Outside In where they can see and touch live animals and play in the wonderful kid-space!

Open now through Sept 1st, 9am-5pm.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences are giving away a family four pack to the Museum.Tell us what your favorite bird is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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