Sister Cities Park Winterfest - December 7, 14 & 21
Visit Sister Cities Park this December for kid-friendly activities, plenty of hot chocolate from Logan Square Café, a holiday shop for kids from Whole Foods Market, Callowhill, a health-trivia wheel from the team at Penn Medicine Washington Square, and a visit from the big man himself – Santa! Each Saturday brings family-friendly fun to the park. Event Partners include: Logan Square Café, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Franklin Institute, the Walnut Street Theatre and the Fairmount & Queen Village Art Center. Don’t forget your camera!
Santa PAWS is Coming to Town
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Philadelphia presents the 5th annual “Santa Paws” Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 2pm to 4pm. As Santa Paws packs his sleigh for his yearly visit, all locals and hotel guests are invited to stop by the Hotel Palomar’s living room with their furry friends for a photo-op with the jolly man himself. A photographer will be on hand to ensure frame-worthy shots but visitors can also capture the moment on their personal cameras or cell phones so all of their Facebook and Instagram followers can share in the holiday cheer!
Imagination Playground™ Now at Sister Cities Park
October 1, the Center City District (CCD) added a new feature to Sister Cities Park, Imagination Playground™. This soft sculpture play system consists of large blue blocks in various shapes and sizes. The innovative equipment, which encourages children to participate in unstructured play, has been installed in the area of the boat pond in the Children’s Discovery Garden for use during cool-weather months, when the pond would otherwise be empty.
Center City Neighborhood School Coalition Continues To Fight
This week's Weekly Press featured an interview with Christine Carlson, a Greenfield Elementary School parent and founder of the Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition. The Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition is a group of parents and community members committed to improving and reinforcing as community anchors eleven elementary schools in neighborhoods that surround the downtown.
Sister Cities Park Named Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly's Best Park!
Philadelphia Magazine's 2013 Best of Philly issue was just released and Sister Cities Park was named the Best Park in Philadelphia. Described as "the new pastoral haven at 18th Street and the Parkway" They cite water geysers, a cafe, a boat pond and Inga Saffron’s description of it: "a small miracle" as some of the reasons for the award.
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.
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.