Fun Things to Do with Kids in May
Take your kid to read to a dog
We don’t know anybody who has a dog who doesn’t talk to it, even if it’s in that goofy voice usually reserved for babies.
That’s because dogs are great non-judgmental listeners. That’s also why they are perfect for a child who needs a little practice reading out loud without fear of correction.
Paws for Reading puts therapy dogs in libraries, schools and other places where kids can read them a story.
The Free Library of Philadelphia has a full slate of doggos visiting neighborhood branches. Sophie, above, will be at the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library on Girard Avenue on May 9.
Paws for Reading dogs appear throughout the Pennsylvania suburbs, New Jersey and Delaware, thanks to Paws for People. See Pawsforpeople.org for a calendar and details.
Now, who’s a good boy? Who?
West Side Story for free at The Mann
To mark what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday this year, everybody with a baton is throwing a party.
If you are looking for something to show the kids what all the fuss is about, The Mann is hosting a free performance of West Side Story on May 30. Put on by students from Upper Darby High School, the show is recommended for students in grades 7–12. Showtime is 10am and registration is required at Manncenter.org.
There are plenty of other Bernstein events around Philadelphia in the next year – he did study at Curtis, after all – so this show is a great introduction for teens who wouldn’t believe a 60-year-old show written by a dude born 100 years ago could be relevant to them.
Visit an autism-friendly amusement park and a playground
As the weather warms, thoughts turn to thawing amusement parks and playgrounds. If you have a child with autism, though, finding one that’s suitable is not always easy.
Last month, Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA announced it is the first theme park in the world to be named a Certified Autism Center after its staff completed autism awareness training.
Also in Bucks County, autism-services providers Potential Inc. and Springtime School have opened their Newtown playground to the public.
There is no charge, but they ask that you register at Potentialinc.org. The playground, which opened last month, can be used for play dates or casual gatherings on weekends and evenings when it isn’t being used by clients.
Take mom dumpling making for Mother's Day
What are you going to get mom for Mother’s Day, little dumpling? No, seriously, how about taking her to Manayunk for a dumpling-making class.
The Dumpling Academy will hold a class at North Light Community Center on Green Lane on May 13, which is Mother’s Day, but they are also doing it on June 16 for Father’s Day. You will make at least two kinds of dumplings, may even master the art of making a wrapper, and then eat your work. Sign up at Dumplingacademy.com. You don’t need to bring anything but a container for leftovers. Lol leftover dumplings. Is that a thing?