Saturday, May 23, 2009

14 FREE (& Low Cost) Ways for Kids to Stay Healthy, Wealthy & Wise this Summer!

(Most of this list was compiled by a nice mom @ my kid's school)

  1. TD Bank Summer Reading Program / Read 10 Books & Get $10

  2. FREE Week during May at West Philly YMCA, 52nd & Chestnut Street

  3. LOWE's "Build & Grow: Putting Green" Workshop, 52nd & Jefferson, 6/13, 10am - 11am

  4. CHOP Healthy Kids @ The Mann, Fairmount Park, Parkside & 52nd Streets, 5/30, 11am (must print ticket)

  5. Please Touch Museum "Target First Wednesday" $2.00 5pm - 7pm,

  6. Please Touch Museum "Play Pass" admits 4 people. Pickup @ Philadelphia FREE Library Branch (expires 5/31/09)

  7. PNP Family Play Center, indoor bouncies, video games & activites for kids (& bigger kids), Plus FREE Wifi Internet, 53 N. Union Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19050

  8. $4 Tuesday Night First Run Movies @ Franklin Mills Theatre,

  9. $5.00 Tuesday Movie Night for First Run Movies! - The Pearl @ Temple Univ., Broad & Cecil B. Moore Ave.,

  10. Star Trek Ehibit @ The Franklin Institute, FREE admission on Target Community Nights 06/17, 07/29, 08/19, 09/16, 10/21 & 11/18 5pm - 8pm

  11. $1 Movies are Back @ AMC (pre-released feature films) w/ $3 Snack Pack for Kids Movies

  12. CHOP FREE Online CookBook 'Nutrition in the Kitchen'

  13. Home Depot FREE Workshops on Saturday Mornings (check site for more details)

  14. Summer Bridge Reading Activities - Just a Few Pages A Day will Keep the Learning Rust Away! (these packets are used by several of the Philadelphia Charter Schools with the highest PSSA test results)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Father's Day was started by a Woman?

Happy Father's Day
Any man can be a Father, but it takes a special person to be called Dad.

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.

Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day.

Becoming a dad -- lonely, funny and scary

updated 9:29 a.m. EDT, Tue May 19, 2009
By Valerie Frankel
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2009 Philadelphia Fatherhood Festival
This year’s conference theme is
“100th Anniversary of Father's Day: Be A Part of History"
Sunday, June 14th, 2009
PA Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pa
11am - 4pm