Rooftop gardens have been a hot commodity the last couple years. Especially in Philadelphia where land, green garden space and a backyard can be hard to come by. Looking back, the transformation of the rooftop at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s into a garden space seemed ahead of its time.
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Today, you will find more single family homes with green garden space on their roof, their deck, heck anywhere some sunlight may touch. Schools in the area have also started to adopt this trend as an educational and environmentally friendly way to teach young students the importance of green space in urban cities. South Philly High School (South Philadelphia) and Andrew Jackson Elementary (Passyunk Square) have jumped on the green train! While South Philly High has been fundraising, they have reached their first goal and continue to push for more feedback and funds. Looking out at a magnificent skyline view, just imagine the transformation this roof will take on.
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As for Andrew Jackson Elementary, they have already implemented their greenery and plan to celebrate their grand opening of their rooftop garden this Saturday (11/23) from 2-4pm. This rooftop launch will be an activity packed afternoon for the entire family. Offering some of Philly’s most renowned food truck vendors, games, crafts, live music, shopping and raffles. Join in with the Passyunk Square community and help support this beneficial project in helping Philly educate our communities on the importance of green living.
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Progress so far: These were posted not too long ago in preparation for this weekend. Keep the dirt coming!
This Friday-Sunday bring the whole family out to the Independence Seaport Museum (211 S. Columbus Blvd). Between the quaint neighborhoods of Old City and Queen Village, the 2nd annual Seaport Festival is a weekend long adventure that will showcase Tall Ships, arts and crafts, live music, Philly food trucks and other family activities on the Delaware waterfront. Don’t miss the ‘Parade of Boats’ on Friday October 11th from 5-7pm, as they arrive from Penn’s Landing.
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You can join in the parade by purchasing tickets to be aboard these ships. Or watch for free at the landing. On Saturday, don’t miss the Pirate Battles, as ships shoot canons back and forth to one another on the river. If this just caught your attention, you can get one step closer to the action by purchasing a ticket to be aboard during these Pirate Battles. To read more information and purchase tickets click here.
In Queen Village, parents are having trouble finding decent and reliable child care for their infants and toddlers. These families have joined long waiting lists to deal with limited options when it comes to days, activities, food and education for their children. A headache for many residents, there is a shortage and demand for childcare.
At 420 Bainbridge Street, this 4,000 square foot location used to be the Life Management Medical Center. You will soon see Natalie Renn open her second location of The Giving Tree Infant and Toddler Center…if the license comes through. Her first location was specifically for daycare and preschool in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia.
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Their focus and mission is to provide exceptional child care for infants and toddlers under trained and professional supervision. Natalie trains her employees to focus on early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns.
They will offer a variety of learning and physical activities including; baby and me yoga classes, an inside mini gym, a backyard for play, trips to local playgrounds and parks. Just a few weeks away, they’re expecting to open their doors October but were talking about a license from the Department of Public Welfare. Hoping we do see them open soon, we need more Natalie’s in Philadelphia!
This week you can enjoy Movie Night at Shot Tower. On Wednesday August 21st from 8:15-11pm bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the Hotel Transylvania (A family flick starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez). Refreshments and free admission are just some of the perks.
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Shot Tower Park in Queen Village is a historic landmark in Philadelphia. Back in the early 1800’s Shot Tower was built by local plumbers who revolutionized and manufactured musket balls. Originally built to manufacture hunting shots, by the War of 1812, the tower was producing ammunition which continued to be manufactured for the Civil War. The tower was no longer manufacturing by the early 1900’s but now remains a recreation center and city playground for local neighborhoods.
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Others Around Town
Movies can also be viewed on certain Fridays in Hawthorne Park until September 27th. They begin at 7:30pm and invite the whole family as they offer activities for all ages until dusk. This coming Friday, August 23rd, the favorite Philly flick ‘Rocky’ will be showing. Also, catch a few showings at Penn’s Landing before summer ends!
After movies in the park, Headhouse Farmers Market is on Saturday (10am-2pm) followed by the Queen Village Book Club on Sunday. This club will meet at 7pm at Old Swedes Church. This meeting will discuss the novel The Dinner by Herman Koch. From family movie nights, to farm fresh produce enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts.