The Pretzel Park Dog Park is an off-leash dog park located along Cresson and Cotton Streets one block away from Main Street in Manayunk. The park is a great place for dogs to run around and get some exercise and a great place to meet other local dog lovers.
The Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve is a 34-acre park bound by Port Royal Ave, Lare St, Summit Ave, and Eva St in Roxborough, Philadelphia. There’s a small parking lot on the corner of Port Royal and Lare. Stairs lead up to the path around the park where you’ll see views of the reservoir, a scenic field, and woods. There are two vistas along the path where you’ll find views of Upper Roxborough and the Center City skyline. The Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve is a great place to bring kids and for dog-walking (dogs must be on a leash).
Calling all Volunteers!
Looking for a way to give back to the community? Join your neighbors on Monday, March 26th, as we donate our time to KenCrest. We’ll help this amazing non-profit organization with touch-up painting and landscaping at their facility on Green Lane.
“KenCrest exists to ensure that all people who have, or are at risk of having, intellectual disabilities and autism can live well in their communities, earn the respect of others, and control their own lives. Since our founding in 1905, KenCrest has delivered all supports with firm commitment to our core values of positive approaches, caring spirit, innovation, reach, and outcomes.”
You can’t walk a block in Center City without coming across a great restaurant. But, there’s also some lesser known spots that are definitely worth trying. Around the college campuses in the city you’ll find a huge variety of food trucks, but in Center City you’ll find smaller food carts along most of the main streets that shouldn’t be missed.
Sometimes, we get a beautiful day in the winter that feels a bit like spring. With a toddler who’d been stuck inside for a couple of days and a nice break in the weather, it was time to get out a bit. If you’re looking for something to do with kids on these winter days, the Zoo is definitely worth checking out.
For the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service this year I was joined by local volunteers to do some painting at one of KenCrest’s community homes. KenCrest provides an array of services for people with mental challenges and autism. Their community homes provide housing and services for clients with these special needs. It’s great to be able to help such a great organization.
I’d like to thank my fellow volunteers who came out to help with the project. One of those volunteers, Michael Gebhardt (The German Painter), is a professional painter who’s done work for many of my clients so it was great to get to work side by side with a pro on this project. Of course, his expertise and professional equipment were extremely helpful, too.
We had a great time volunteering and we were able to get more done than we had hoped. Michael repainted a bed
room for a new resident who will be moving in soon while the rest of us repainted baseboards, heaters, and window sills throughout the first floor of the house. All in all, a great day! Thank you to KenCrest for having us and thank you to Michael, Hui Sy, and Janet for joining me for the 2018 MLK Day of Service.
Looking for family-friendly Halloween activities and events in Roxborough and Manayunk? Check out the guide to what’s happening in the neighborhood . . .
Annual Trunk O’ Treat at the Roxborough YMCA
Friday, October 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Candy donations can be dropped off at the Welcome Center of the YMCA. For more information, including info for those interested in decorating their cars, please visit the YMCA Trunk O’Treat Facebook Event Page.
Halloween in Manayunk
Saturday October 28, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Events include a children’s and dog costume parade beginning at 10:30 am at Pretzel Park, Trick-or-Treating along Main Street, and and corn maze at Venice Island.
Halloween Fall Festival in Pretzel Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Come to Pretzel Park for Pumpkin Painting and other Fall activities in the park including a dance performance by Merge Dance Studio, and musical performances by VEnt, Rk$tdy, and Nothing Wrong 4. The Farmer’s Market will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Donations of non-perishable canned food items will also be collected for the North Light Food Bank.
Spooky Movie Night at the Andorra Library
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Andorra Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be offering an alternative to trick-or-treating on Halloween with a showing of a PG spooky movie. Wear your costumes!
Kendrick Rec Center’s Trunk or Treat
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Get your costumes on and come out to Kendrick Rec Center for their 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat. There will be candy (only for those in costume) and live music!
Mommy and Me Halloween Extravaganza Workout
Tuesday, October 31 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Goals Fit Personal Training will be hosting a costume workout on Halloween morning at the Roxborough track (4701 Pechin St). The workout will include a Best Costume contest!
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/139469826697711/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%224%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
The Haunt on Valley Ave
Tuesday, October 31 starting at dusk
Check out this annual haunted house at 7344 Valley Ave on Halloween Night! In addition to the scary haunted house, donations of canned goods will be collected for Philabundance. So come get scared and help neighbors in need.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/113675175991332/
The Roxborough Manayunk Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project helps kids with Diabetes and food allergies find homes that offer treats other than candy. You can participate by having non-food treats available on Halloween and placing a teal pumpkin in front of your house (teal pumpkins are available at Target for about $8 or you can paint your own). You can find more information and register your home as a participant at The Roxborough Manayunk Teal Pumpkin Project.
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Do You Know of Other Halloween Events for Families in Roxborough and Manayunk? Comment below and help add to the list . . .
About Milky Way Farm
Milky Way Farm is a 103-acre family farm that offers plenty to do. We took our toddler daughter and my parents there for a visit in early October and hope to go back again soon. If you’re looking for a great Fall day trip for the family, definitely put this one on your list.
The Farm has a large parking lot so parking was easy. Parking and entry were free when we went. As you enter the farm there’s a vegetable stand and several boxes of different varieties of apples available. We ended up coming home with a stalk of Brussels Sprouts, a football sized sweet potato, and an assortment of other veggies that looked too good to pass up.
Farm Animals and a Corn Maze
The main area of Milky Way Farm has a number of stands with pumpkins and gourds and corrals with goats and sheep. My daughter found herself a small gourd that she wouldn’t put down so we came home with that, of course. Off to one side of the main area is access to the corn maze.
On weekends, the Farm offers a free hayride to their pumpkin patch. On the ride, one of the staff gives a tour of the farm and how things at the farm work. Our guide also talked about the various types of gourds and their uses (I had no idea there were so many types). Our toddler loved roaming around the pumpkin patch and picking her perfect pumpkin (one that Grandma had conveniently placed for her).
After checking out the pumpkin patch, it was time for the Creamery. Our pumpkin patch guide told us that milk companies buy their raw milk and return to the cream to the farm for use in their ice cream. If you go for no other reason than their ice cream it will be worth the trip. It was some of the best that I’ve ever had.
Milky Way Farm is located at 521 E Uwchlan Ave, Chester Springs, PA 19425. The farm is about 35 minutes from Roxborough, 45 minutes from Center City, and 30 minutes from Conshohocken.
Would you recommend Milky Way Farm? Do you have other recommendations of Fall day trips in, or near, Philadelphia? Please comment below . . .
Last week, my clients bought their new home in Philadelphia at 2601 Parkway Condos. After living in Brooklyn, it was time to relocate to be closer to the kids and the grandkids who live here in Philadelphia. At first, there were plenty of things up in the air. Getting familiar with Center City’s neighborhoods was the first challenge so we toured condos in Old City, Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, and Fairmount to get a feel what the neighborhoods offered. Fairmount turned out to be the top contender since it’s a little bit outside of the hustle of Center City but has plenty of shops and restaurants.
The entire family was in the living room with us when the decision to make an offer was made. They all agreed it would be a perfect new home (and that moment with all of us in the living room will be one that will always stick with me).
The unit was a newly remodeled 2 bedroom with an amazing terrace overlooking the Fairmount neighborhood on one side and the Philadelphia Waterworks and University City on the other. The building has a shuttle bus to get residents around the city, a community room for large gatherings, and a really nice gym. The condo association has an office in the lobby which makes it very easy to reach them, as well.
Wishing them all the best as they move to Philadelphia and into their new condo!