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Summer Ideas 2018

Are you looking for some activities or things to do this summer? Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids “from birth to 12th grade” are encouraged to read books at their local library.  You can participate online or in person at the library. It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information:  Summer of Wonder

  2. Palace Roller Skating Rink Family Fun Night. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 PM. Up to 5 members of a family. 1 PARENT MUST attend.  $30 includes rentals a pizza & a pitcher of soda.  Single admission is $4, skate rental $3 if you have more than 5 in your family/group. Palace Roller Skating Rink
  3. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., The Lion King Jr.,  A Year With Frog and Toad and several others.   Check out this website for more information: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

  4. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Some great Christian Camps:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness CampCamp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer CampHigh Point Christian Camp and Camp Haycock.

  5. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  6. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for FREE!! at Penn’s Landing and the Schuylkill Banks.  Check out these links for more information: Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights
  7. $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres.  Tuesday or Wednesday. There are a few near Philadelphia.  Check out this link: Regal Cinemas
  8. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting two free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details: the Mann.
  9. Don’t forget to take your kids parking! To the Fairmount Park system, that is! Take a bike ride, a hike or a picnic, this great park system gives families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  The Pennypack TrailWissahickon Valley ParkDelaware River Waterfront and Fairmount Park
  10. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on July 17th and Aug. 21th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details: Community Nights
  11. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link: Barnes & Noble Free Book
  12. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out this link for more information: Kids Bowl Free
  13. Kids learn to make movies for FREE at “Apple Camp” at Apple Retail stores.  Ages 8-12, 90 minutes for 3 days. There are a few nearby.  Check out this link for more information: Apple Camp
  14. $5 Michael’s Crafts camps for kids: 7 weeks of camp to chose from held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, ages 3 and up Camp Creativity.  They also have inexpensive summer classes for teens and adults: Michaels Classes
  15. Kids Workshops at Home Depot: Select Saturdays, adults can visit a Home Depot with child to make a craft, receive a certificate, apron and pin! Home Depot
  16. Free Roller Skating: Kids can receive free roller skating passes if parents register their email address with a participating rink, located in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Click here for participating locations and details: Kids Skate Free
  17. Check out Uncovering PA for “The Ultimate List of Completely Free Things to do in Philadelphia”.
  18. And don’t forget to check out Visit Philly.com as they always have great things listed!

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you! What do you do in Philly over the summer?

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This week’s FREE events

You are invited!!!!

2018 Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hang Out!

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5th   Raindate: Tuesday, June 12th

TIME: 11-1:30 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.

COST: FREE!!!

PLEASE BRING:
  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

AMENITIES:
  • Beautiful, clean playground
  • Large field for soccer, other sports
  • Sandbox
  • Additional toddler playground area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Skate Park (for skateboards, scooters, and trick bikes)
    Hope you can make it!
    If you’d like to send a message to let the organizer, Rossana Jaffe, know you are coming, she’d love to hear from you!  You can send her an email at h0mesch00l1ng@yahoo.com.  Thanks!

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Homeschool Playdate at Tyler State Park

WHATJoin other homeschoolers the first Friday of each month (June on 2nd Friday to not interfere with CHAP Conference) at Tyler State Park anytime between 2 and 5 pm. Meet at the “Boardwalk Picnic Area” 1.2 miles from the main entrance, follow signs for playground.

WHEN: Friday, June 8th

TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Tyler State Park 101 Swamp Road Newtown, PA 18940
COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email Leah at loverofamily@ gmail.com

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Annual West Park Arts Fest

WHAT: The annual West Park Arts Fest for all ages on Saturday June 9th. It is a great free family friendly event with music and dance performances, storytelling, art making, a handmade market, narrated historical trolley tours of the Centennial District in West Fairmount Park and much more. Joining West Park Cultural Center as presenters are Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

WHERE: South Concourse Drive between 41st and Memorial Hall Drive
(for Google map use 4200 South Concourse Drive) . Near the Please Touch Museum

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th

TIME: 12pm – 5pm

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click West Park Arts Fest or check out Facebook

 

 

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Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout

You are invited!!!!

2018 Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hang Out!

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5th   Raindate: Tuesday, June 12th

TIME: 11-1:30 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.

COST: FREE!!!

PLEASE BRING:
  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

AMENITIES:
  • Beautiful, clean playground
  • Large field for soccer, other sports
  • Sandbox
  • Additional toddler playground area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Skate Park (for skateboards, scooters, and trick bikes)
    Hope you can make it!
    If you’d like to send a message to let the organizer, Rossana Jaffe, know you are coming, she’d love to hear from you!  You can send her an email at h0mesch00l1ng@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
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looking for a few things to do??

Science in the Summer

WHAT: GSK Science in the Summer, is a fun and 100% free science education program for elementary school students entering second through sixth grades. It’s sponsored by GSK and offered through national science centers, community centers and libraries across the country.

This summer, led by certified teachers, students will experience the Science of Space through fun, hands-on activities that teach them about Earth’s moon, the sun, the stars, space travel and more.

  • Level 1 classes are perfect for second and third graders.
  • Level 2 classes are ideal for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
  • Pre-registration is required for all locations.
  • Class sizes are limited.

WHEN: at various dates throughout the city

TIME: 10-12 am for Level 1 Classes
1-3 pm for Level 2 Classes

WHERE: held at your local library

COST: FREE!!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to REGISTER: Click HERE

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NOTGRASS HISTORY POETRY CONTEST 

WHAT: Notgrass History is producing a new history curriculum for students in grades 1-4. One component of the curriculum is a collection of songs, poems, and dances from American history. We would like to feature one poem written by a homeschooled student about homeschooling.
If your child would like to participate, have them write a poem of at least eight lines.
WHEN: Entry Deadline is JUNE 15
WHO: Homeschooled students of any age may enter.
COST: FREE to ENTER!!!!
PRIZE: The author of the poem selected for publication will receive an award of $250.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to submit your poem!

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PAINT N DRAW WITH WONDERN AWE THIS SUMMER! 

WHAT:  Join us this summer for a week filled with Wonder and Awe as we learn to look, create, and have fun!

Immerse your student in creativity this summer!  We invite you to our week-long art camp where students will learn and improve their artistic skills by drawing, painting, and bookbinding.  Campers will also participate in a community mural, learn art history and have free creative time during our “maker’s space” sessions.
Each day will be filled with wonder as we explore various media together and awe, as we appreciate what artists have contributed throughout history and enjoy what our fellow campers create!
WHEN: July 16th – July 20th
TIME: 9am-3pm
WHERE:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church   235 Summit Ave.  Fort Washington, PA 19034
WHO: Students Ages 9 to 14
COST: $160 per child (there is a discount!!– click on the official link below!)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 

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Classical Conversation Happenings

WINDOW INTO CHALLENGE

WHAT:  Learn how the Challenge Program supports parents and equips students to thrive in home school and beyond!

WHEN: THIS Wednesday, May 23, 2018
TIME: 2PM -4 PM
WHERE:  Huntingdon Valley Library 625 Red Lion Road  Bethayres, PA 19006
COST:  FREE!! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email Amy Brown at  2knowhimand2makehimknown@gmail.com with any questions

TO REGISTER:  Click HERE then click on upcoming events an type in 19134 for a zip code for listings near by.

Continue reading “Classical Conversation Happenings”

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This Tuesday!

How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics: Continue reading “This Tuesday!”

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Some May Events

Thriving in High School and Beyond

WHAT: HSLDA High School Symposium:  Home School Legal Defense and your local Classical Conversations Communities invite you to this one-day symposium to learn about the manageable requirements and rich opportunities and resources available for home-educated teens and their families.

HSLDA High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will share a series of workshops covering record-keeping, college admissions, as well as the flexibility and enriching opportunities available to teen-aged homeschoolers.

An experienced panel of educators and parents will share tips and field your questions. Other home-educating families and local Classical Conversations directors will be there to learn alongside with support and encouragement.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12

TIME: 9 am- 3:45 pm

WHERE: 80 Lower Silver Lake Road  Newtown, PA 18940

COST: This entire day of workshops is provided for $15/family. Childcare is offered without charge but an offering is appreciated. Lunch will be available to order that day, or feel free to pack your own. Looking forward to learning together!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP: Click HERE

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How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling,
  • Required Paperwork (by law)
  • Homeschool Education: Statistics to Prove it Works
  • Traditional Homeschooling / Virtual Charter Schools
  • Curriculum Options
  • What about Socialization?
  • Support Groups for Parents & Kids
  • Classes/Activities/Programs for Homeschoolers in Philly
  • Questions and Answers about Homeschooling

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Northeast Community Church – Basement Chapel

3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

COST: Free!!!!

PLEASE RSVP TO: Angela Chung (angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com) by 5/8/2018 so we have an idea of how many to expect.

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 Jewish History Museum Free Fridays!

WHAT: Come explore the only museum dedicated to telling the more than 360-year history of Jews in America, located here in Philadelphia!

WHEN: any Friday through August

TIME: 1-5 pm

WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S Independence Mall E  Phila. 19106

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here for their Facebook Page or their main website

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ACES Spring Registration Open!

WHAT:  Come explore science at U. Penn. Our mission is to enable the active scientific exploration of the young people in our local community!  We understand that sometimes, science can seem boring to kids. We’re here to help students see how fun and interesting science can be!  Each ACES program features the following:

  • Six hands-on experiments
  • A lab notebook containing questions and observation sections about the day, as well as instructions for take-home versions of all the experiments
  • A streamlined online registration process
  • A certificate of participation for each student, with a skills list
  • Exciting introductory and wrap-up demonstrations
  • A participant survey, with a raffle for a chemistry set
  • A parent feedback survey

WHEN: Saturday, May 19th

TIME: 1-4:15 pm

WHERE:  231 S 34th St.   Phila 19104

WHO: 3rd-8th grade co-ed students

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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CHAP Homeschool Convention

WHAT:  Looking for a homeschool convention?

WHEN: Saturday, June 1-2

WHERE:  Lancaster Convention Center 25 South Queen St.  Lancaster, PA 17603

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 Just a side note, ENOCH of New Jersey is not holding their convention this year.
They are referring people to CHAP. You can find their announcement here.