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!
Recently, a new proposal was heard for the huge vacant lot that sits at Broad and Washington, on the edge of Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. Remember the days of tents and Cirque du Soleil? Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director started with a big idea last year. A large scale, outdoor food and flea market with music and activities from March through September.
This proposed project “The Philadelphia Arts Market”, will host craft and flea market vendors, Philly’s favorite food trucks, a stage for local musicians, designated fitness areas and more. The mission is to create weekend ‘must-do’ activities for locals and visitors. Businesses can become engaged through sponsorships and funding while this attraction will be targeting families, young and old. This space is to be viewed as a weekend hot spot making use of this abandoned, eye sore lot.
(Here’s a rendering from Passyunkpost.com)
Two alternate sites were mentioned in case this proposal is denied; one at Columbus and Reed and the other at Columbus and Oregon. Broad and Washington seem much more centralized that we are excited to follow this proposal. We hope to see this space transform into a weekend landmark for these neighborhoods. To view more information on Elisabeth and her proposal click here.
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.