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Archive: October, 2012

POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012, 5:30 PM

If Halloween leaves you wondering whether all that trick-or-treating merely guarantees your child a lifetime of cavities, here's a chance to make the holiday a little more fun and nutritious.

Spring Garden resident Noam Kugelmass has created a character, Mr. Halloweenster, who teaches kids that there is more to Halloween than Snickers Bars and Jolly Joes. Mr. Halloweenster - video here, web site here - rescues the kids from an evil candy maker and helps them create fun costumes.

He's an animated character, but like Mickey Mouse and others before him, Mr. Halloweenster appears in person. He'll take part in a Halloween event at Smith Playground Saturday Oct. 27. More information on that here.

POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012, 4:51 PM

A reminder about this Wednesday's schools fair:

WHAT: Center City Residents Association (CCRA), Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) are pleased

to announce the first annual CCRA, LSNA & SOSNA School Fair

POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:54 PM

A lot of parents will be able to relate to Karen Lewis. She wanted to find a good school for her son, Cooper Harbol. She tried public, was unhappy and transferred her son to Greene Street Friends this year.

Read/listen to her story, told by Benjamin Herold on WHYY, here.

POSTED: Monday, October 1, 2012, 3:51 PM

Trying to figure out possible school options for your child? Check out the FREE School Fair from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.

So far, representatives from these schools have agreed to attend and answer questions:

1) Public Schools: Albert M Greenfield, Bache-Martin, Chester A. Arthur, Edwin M. Stanton

About this blog
In her 12 years at the Inquirer, Miriam Hill has written about everything from politics to gourmet chocolate (Like!) and anxious dogs (adorable trouble).

But only one topic has become a passion: the pleasures and challenges of raising a young child in the city.

Not too long after her son was born four years ago, she started hunting around for day care, which triggered her ongoing search for a good primary school. Public, private or charter? Stay in the city or move to the suburbs?

And then there are the more mundane questions, such as how many games can you play while sitting on a stoop?

Please join her in the conversation about raising children in Philadelphia and about making this city better for kids. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, but her only personal obsession is not football, but Bruce Springsteen. As he might have said, it’s hard to be a parent in the city.

You can also follow Miriam on Twitter here.

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