Editor's Picks for September 2021

HEYKUBE Beginners to experts can try solving the three-by-three puzzle by following directional LEDs built into the cube, or they can turn off the light-based hints. Download the optional HEYKUBE app to solve world record challenges, send scrambles to friends…

Enjoying Museums With Your Kids

Museums across the country are starting to reopen after being forced to close during the pandemic. Many of them, such as Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Philadelphia’s Please Touch…

Kid-Friendly Events This Weekend: Sept. 10-12

This is a big festival weekend, with events celebrating everything from balloons to Pokémon to pumpkins. Chester County Balloon Festival September 10-12 101 East Street Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348…

Family-Friendly Guide to Philadelphia Fringe Festival

The 25th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a four-week long celebration of contemporary performance, started on September 9 and will run through October 3. Among its 200 offerings are a variety of family-friendly…

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Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

Education

Enjoying Museums With Your Kids

Museums across the country are starting to reopen after being forced to close during the pandemic. Many of them, such as Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Philadelphia’s Please Touch…

What Makes a School Great?

Gina Hubbard, principal of Joseph J. Greenberg Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia, says that when judging the quality of a school, parents should look beyond test scores and rankings. “There…

Ready for School Checklist

When your children are first learning to get ready for school, it’s easy for them to forget a few things. Your kids can draw or snap a picture of themselves and write down that they need to do before they…

Camps & Classes

Stronger Together

The Chocolate Ballerina Company, an organization that supports artists of color in the Philadelphia area, has a creed that its young ballerinas memorize and are encouraged to recite every day:…

After the Bell

Even though your kids would probably dispute the numbers, the fact is that 80% of a young person’s life is spent outside of school. The summer accounts for some of…

Early Learner Summer Pods Announced

The Barnes Foundation is partnering with seven other Philadelphia cultural organizations to offer free summer activities for children ages 5 and under. The Early Learner Summer Pods program targets children living…

Ages & Stages

All the Feels

We’ve all been there. Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the middle of the grocery checkout line or you become beyond exasperated when your eldest clobbers your youngest for no apparent reason.…

Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

SpecialKids

Spotting a Speech Disorder in Children

When my son was a toddler, he couldn’t pronounce the letter “R.” Words like “river” were “wivuh” and “crab” became “cwab.” At the time, I thought these speech errors only…

Health

5 Summer Health and Safety Myths Debunked

In addition to the likely continued threat of COVID-19 this summer, families will still have to deal with the season’s typical health and safety concerns, from bee stings to sun…

EPA Mid-Atlantic Recognizes CHOP Asthma Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region selected the Community Asthma Prevention Plus Program (CAPP+) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as its first-ever Asthma Community Champion.…

Home Life

Arts and Education Books

I love children’s books — chapter books, graphic novels, middle grade novels and everything in between. For me, the best thing about these books is sharing them with children who might love them, too! Here are some of my favorites,…

Choosing a Musical Instrument

For the Withers family of Abingdon, Maryland, the house rule is if you want to live here, you have to learn to play a musical instrument. “We said, ‘We don’t…

DIY Summer Water Games

Whether you need fun summer party games or new ideas for staying cool when temperatures soar, the following eight DIY water games will keep your kids refreshed and entertained all…

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