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Third Annual School Fair, October 22

Parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary age children are invited to an elementary school fair on October 22, designed to help parents research grade school options. Public, charter, private and parochial schools Center City neighborhood association areas have been invited to attend.

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Dilworth Park is Open!

There is something for everyone at the new Dilworth Park. Site of the city’s first water works and first public fountain in the 18th century, there is a 21st century, 11,600-square-foot computer-programmable fountain fed with recycled rainwater. The park also features four tree groves with moveable chairs and tables, flower beds, benches, and a café with outdoor seating. The café, Rosa Blanca, is operated by renowned chef Jose Garces, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Playgroups start in June for Parents with Babies, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds at Pennsylvania Hospital's Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center

Starting in June, parents with babies, toddlers, and two-year-olds can enjoy the popular Summer Session of discussion and playgroups at Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center! Hall-Mercer classes are a wonderful way to meet other parents in the same stage of parenting and get great information about how to enrich your child's development. The Summer Session includes a water "sprayground," baby pools, sandboxes, and summer fun activities in a private rooftop playground for babies, toddlers, and two-year-olds.

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PFS Hosts Sensory Friendly Screening Series

The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting a Sensory Friendly screening series, thoughtfully designed to consider children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Films are presented in a sensory friendly environment with the lights turned up, sound turned down, and customary social expectations relaxed. Gluten-free snacks are available. The program launched at the PFS Theater at the Roxy in April 2014 in support of Autism Awareness Month.

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Dancing Classrooms Philly at Greenfield and Arthur Elementary Schools

Fifth graders at the Albert M. Greenfield School and the Chester A. Arthur School both participated in a Dancing Classrooms Philly ballroom dance program thanks to a $5,000 donation from Republic Bank and the Center City District Foundation Educational Improvement Organization.

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Sister Cities Park

Sister Cities Park, at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, has something for everyone. Families can explore the Children's Discovery Garden, rent and sail boats in the boat pond, grab a bite to eat at Milk & Honey Cafe or just sit and relax at Sister Cities Fountain and enjoy the picturesque views.

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K-8 Public Elementary Schools Map

Center City's public elementary schools present a variety of options for families. According to School District policy, parents living within a particular public elementary school's boundaries can send their children to their neighborhood school by applying at any time.

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Outdoorsy Weekend At The Oval Brings Free Movie Screenings, A Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Kid-Friendly Games And More To The Parkway, October 3-5

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The Midtown Village Fall Festival Returns This Saturday, October 4 With Multiple Beer Gardens, Awesome Food From Local Restaurants, Live Music, Shopping And More

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October Is Mural Arts Month: Our Top Picks Of Events Celebrating The City Of Philadelphia’s Incredible Collection Of Murals All Month Long

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The Revolutionary Germantown Festival Returns On Saturday, October 4 To More Than 15 Participating Venues With Reenactments, Tours, An Oktoberfest Celebration And More

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Head To Longwood Gardens For Its Pumpkin Playground, Which Features An 800-Pound Pumpkin, Open Through Friday, October 31

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Coming Attraction: Chocolate: The Exhibition Opens October 11 At The Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Drexel University

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Manayunk Restaurant Week Returns To More Than 15 Restaurants With $15, $25 And $35 Dining Deals, September 28-October 10

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The Oval Returns! The Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s Awesome Pop-Up Park Hosts Two Festival Weekends This Fall, October 3-5 And 10-12

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The Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade Returns To The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, This Sunday, September 28

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The Last Concert Of University City District’s 40th Street Summer Series Brings Out Philadelphia Favorite Man Man This Saturday, September 27

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