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2017 Summertime Ideas


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. Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library.  This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia entering grades 2 through 6.  This summer kids will be learning about Science of Sports.  They also get to do fun, interesting experiments.   If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time.  Best of all, its FREE!  Registration has begun and space is limited.  Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch.

  2. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids in grades K – 6 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

  3. Palace Roller Skating Rink Family Fun Night. Wednesdays, 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 if you have more than 5 in your family/group. Palace Roller Skating Rink
  4. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include Annie, Jr; Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.; Shrek the Musical, Jr; Curious George and the Golden Meatball and several others.   Check out this website for more information: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

  5. 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 Camp, Camp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer Camp, High Point Christian Camp and Camp Haycock.

  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres.  There are a few near Philadelphia.  Check out this link: Regal Cinemas
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 June 21st, July 19th and Aug. 16th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details: Community Nights
  12. 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
  13. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out this link for more information: Kids Bowl Free
  14. 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
  15. $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
  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 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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Flip on Over: Open House This Friday!

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We have a new home and we can’t wait for you to see it!
Flip Out Productions new 4,000 square foot 2 level facility is now up and running. We couldn’t be more excited to invite you to our beautiful home! We would love to introduce you to our 36′ TumblTrak, Olympic Size Balance Beam, and 30′ x 42′ Tumbling Area! The equipment is set in it’s new home ready for you all to enjoy! We will have open gym, light refreshments and much more! Free parking lot available!

WHEN: This Friday, June 16th
TIME: 4 pm- 7 pm
WHERE: Flip Out Productions 2757-59 Frankford Ave,  Philadelphia 19134

Flip Out Productions offers Homeschool Gymnastics Classes
Class Schedules and Payment are as follows:

WHEN: Wednesdays or Thursdays, 8 week sessions, runs every 8 weeks
COST: $100 for first child, $150 for 2, $220 for 3, $300 for 4 children per 8 week session
(This is about half off! Only for homeschool classes!)
TIME: Wednesdays: 1:30-2:30 pm younger kids; 2:30-4:00 pm older kids
Thursdays: 1-2 pm younger kids; 2-3:30 pm older kids
AGES: classes are divided into two age groups: 4-6 years old and 7 years old and up

For More Information: Click Flip Out Productions

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Great Events for June!

Stripes and Stars Festival

WHAT:  From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade led by the United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet, a swearing-in of Future Soldiers, a dramatic skydiving demonstration, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TIME: 9:30 am-5:00 pm

COST: Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are FREE!! and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

 Locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground, and the National Constitution Center.

: Click HERE for the website and here for the Stripes_and_Stars_2017_Bookmark Festival Flier. Also, check out National Park Service website for other information.

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 Pennypack Environmental Center Programs

WHAT:          PEC Explorer Program:

The Explorer Program is a is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of 4 Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM during the Summer which includes a craft, snack, games and a hike for Boys and Girls Citywide Ages 5-7. $5 per camper per day. Registration is required and Space is limited.

                       PEC Junior Naturalist Program: 

The Junior Naturalist Program is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of 4 Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM during the Summer which includes a craft, snack, games and a hike for Boys and Girls Citywide Ages 8-12. $5 per camper per day. Registration is required and Space is limited.

WHAT:           Pennypack Environmental Center’s Summer Schedule
Activities for all ages this summer!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click PEC Summer Calender 2017 to see the full schedule flier!

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The Compassion Experience

WHAT:  This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. A project of Compassion International.

WHEN: Friday, June 23- Monday, June 26

TIME: Varies by day

WHERE:  Covenant Presbyterian Church 520 Kings Highway S      Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE to visit the website


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Science Saturdays at Fairmont Water Works

WHAT:  Family friendly programs. The Calendar includes: June-A Day in the Life of the Schuylkill River: The Exploration Continues; July-What’s for Lunch? (River Otters)
Don’t forget to check out their newly opened Freshwater Mussel Hatchery!

WHEN: Every Saturday, each month is a different topic. Pick a Saturday per month to hit all the topics!

TIME: 2:00-4:00 pm

WHERE:  Fairmount Water Works 640 Water Works Drive   Philadelphia, PA 19130

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE for the Water Works Event Calendar

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Free Video Production Workshops
at Northeast Regional Library!

WHAT: Would you like to schedule a group field trip this summer? The People’s Media Collection, which is a pilot project collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia and Philly CAM, Philadelphia’s public access channel will provide free video production education on smartphones and tablets, which means we can teach you to film, edit, and share high quality media on one device. We will walk participants through how to film, edit, and share videos using tablets and smartphones. Some skills you’ll walk away with include: framing shots, interviewing people, basic film editing, adding effects to videos and sharing your videos online.

WHEN: 4 workshop slots open each week, Tuesdays at West Oak Lane, Wednesdays at the Northeast Regional Branch

TIME: 3 hour long workshop (or shorter version of 90 minutes)

AGES: 8 and up, groups of up to 15

WHERE:  West Oak Lane and Northeast Regional Libraries

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Peoples Media Collection


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ChopChop Cooking Club 

WHAT: We invite you to join the (free!) ChopChop Cooking Club and pledge to cook dinner together once a month. Each month, you’ll get a delicious new recipe in your inbox. We’ll all be making the same recipe that month, learning different essential cooking skills along the way. Each challenge will also come with how-to’s, shopping and storage tips, fun activities, and conversation starters.


AGES: all ages welcome, most that sign up are 5-12 and their families

WHERE:  at your home! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click ChopChop Cooking Club

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Get Together With Others Tomorrow!

2017 Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hang Out!

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

WHEN:  Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 7th   Raindate: Wednesday, June 14th

TIME: 10:30-1:30

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.


  • 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!

  • 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, Rosanna Jaffe, know you are coming, she’d love to hear from you!  You can send her an email at  Thanks!


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4 More Days to Get Your Entry Postmarked! 

Check out the details for Wondern Awe
Art Contest HERE

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Calling All College Bound Homeschoolers

Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest !

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Come join other homeschoolers for the
End of the Year Annual Homeschool Hangout! 

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All Graduating Homeschoolers are invited!

Greetings All,

On behalf of the Reach Higher Philly Committee, we would like to formally invite you to the 3rd Annual Reach Higher Philly College Signing Day on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This event is aligned with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative designed to celebrate ALL college-bound students and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.

College Signing Day (Social Media)

Check out this Eventbrite link to register

and for more details!

(Homeschoolers would simply register under the parent and student spots.)

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Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicum


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Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest!

Click Here for all the details!


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 C.C. 3-Day Practicum

WHAT:  Please join together with other Eastern Pennsylvania homeschooling parents at our Cairn 2017 Parent Practicum. Join confident veterans and brand new homeschooling parents alike for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model of education and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling. This year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of relationships.

 Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8

WHO: parents at all stages of the homeschooling journey along with their children

COST: Student camps are offered at low cost for families attending together and parents attend FREE. Check out the website below for pricing according to age
 Cairn University 200 Manor Ave.  Langhorne, PA, 19047
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Here and to register, or contact Marla Ashton at

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Coming Up!

Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout
at Wall Park 

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Paint & Draw with “Wondern Awe” Contest

I’m excited to announce a great art contest!

Dear Fellow Homeschooler,

We run a small ministry called “Wondern Awe” and one aspect of our work is encouraging artistic pursuit.

For this reason, we have taken over Gwen Fredette’s National  “PHB Homeschool Art Contest” and are partnering with Philadelphia Homeschool Blog to offer a great opportunity for Homeschooled kids across America.


Here are the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

What: Create a work of art according to this theme: “Art through the Ages”.  Your artwork should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work should reflect the theme “Art through the Ages”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation. (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, June 10th, 2017 

Prizes Include:

For more details, including an entry form, mailing directions and the contest rules, please click links below:

Wondern Awe Entry Form (doc)
Wondern Awe Contest Rules (doc)

Wondern Awe Entry Form (pdf)
Wondern Awe Contest Rules (pdf)


Also, please feel free to let your homeschool friends and Co-ops know about the contest.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!



Sara Klein and Anne Macha



Feel free to contact Sara & Anne with any questions or further details at or thru their website Wondern Awe !


Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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K Loveklove

K-LOVE is a pioneer in the non-commercial, listener supported Christian music format. With over 446 signals across the United States, K-LOVE reaches millions of listeners each week and strives to deepen their relationships with Christ. K-LOVE features positive and encouraging music 24/7. Through the support of listeners, K-LOVE is committed to improving local communities by building strong partnerships with churches and other organizations. You can listen to K-LOVE in Philadelphia at 106.9, on our free app, or online at

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Trailblazer Books:

trailblazer logo  The award-winning Trailblazer Books are action-packed historical fiction novels introducing great Christian heroes to readers ages 8—12. Each page-turning book portrays a significant period in a hero or heroine’s life and ministry as seen through the eyes of a young protagonist. A page in the front of each book explains exactly what is fiction and which events and characters are historical, and a “More About” chapter at the end provides a brief biographical overview of the hero’s life. We want kids to learn about pioneer missionaries and other important Christians . . . and have fun doing it.

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Rainbow Resource Center

In business since 1989, it is our mission to provide the best
educational products to rainbow resource logo.jpghomeschoolers, parents, and educators at the lowest prices we can offer. We currently carry over 50,000 quality educational products in all subject areas, for grades PK-12 and beyond! In addition to our great prices, you can count on us for additional perks – such as free shipping on prepaid domestic orders over $50 and free curriculum consulting services.  Visit for more details.