9 Outdoor Activities for the Family!

With summer in full swing, you and your family should take advantage of the beautiful weather! Enjoy the outdoors with family fun activities that everyone will love. From fruit picking, to biking, to cheering on your favorite local sports team, there is something for everyone to enjoy the lovely summer weather!

Biking
Biking is always a great bonding activity for the whole family. If you have younger kids, you might want to start slow until the training wheels come off, but once they’ve got it down, take everyone to local routes. You could even collaborate with another family and enjoy the outdoor activities together!

Hiking
Just like biking, hiking is also another great bonding activity that the whole family will enjoy. Again, if you have younger kids you might want to start out on an easy trail/hike. Also, don’t forget to invite other families to spread the fun or bring a picnic lunch/snacks to enjoy on the trail!

Mini Golf
Mini Golf has been a family favorite for years! Nothing is better than a little friendly competition between the family. The fun and wacky golf courses are always fun to navigate. You could even invite another family to come along and create a little competition.

Local Sports Events
You don’t need season tickets to enjoy a local sporting event! Get tickets to your family’s favorite home team and enjoy the game. Root, root, root for the home team all game long, whether it be a Phillies game, minor-league baseball game, or a local town sporting event! Or you can set up your own day, full of fun sporting events and get everyone in the neighborhood to join in the competition. No matter what you do, your and you family will enjoy the outdoor elements and tons of fun!

Frisbee Golf
Grab a Frisbee and find the closest Frisbee golf course and have a blast all day long! Frisbee golf takes throwing the Frisbee to the next level. However, if you don’t have a course nearby you can create your own! To create a course on your own, set up goals or targets to aim for. The best thing about this option is you can get really creative with your goals and up the difficulty when you’ve mastered the basics!

Fly a Kite
You’ll need a windy day for this activity, but flying a kite is a great outdoor activity for families. Not only is it beautiful to watch a kite fly, but it is also a great learning activity. You can bring along a blanket and lunch and have a nice little family picnic while you fly your kite!

Volunteer
There are plenty of places you and your family can volunteer around your neighborhood. Do some research and see if there are any outdoor volunteer opportunities that both kids and adults will enjoy. From outdoor gardening to a creek cleanup, there’s plenty of ways to contribute to your community as a family.

Plan a Treasure Hunt
If you want a really fun and creative outdoor activity, you could always plan a treasure hunt for your younger kids. Get a small gift or treasure to place in the treasure chest and hide it. The gift could be anything! A movie, a toy your kids have been eyeing up recently, or you could even make the gift a fun trip to their favorite ice cream shop or bakery! Once you have the treasure hidden, make a treasure map with hints so that your kids know how to find the buried treasure. When everything is done, hide the map where your kids will find it and let the fun unravel!

Go Fruit Picking
Find the closest farm where you can go fruit picking and pick your favorite in-season fruit to your hearts content. Enjoy the amazing summer weather while harvesting fruit with your family, and depending on what fruit you pick, you can easily make a dish or dessert out of your harvest!

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Most Photographic Places to Visit In Philly

There’s no doubt about it, Philly is one of the most photographic cities ever. It’s rich history and iconic locations make Philly the perfect model for photographers of any level. Whether you want to visit these places to take breathtaking photos or to take an instagram worthy post, here are seven of the most photographic places to visit in Philly.

1. Magic Gardens
Magic Gardens is a surefire place to capture amazing photos. This mosaic masterpiece was created by Isaiah Zager and stores plenty of hidden gems for visitors to find and explore during their visit.

2. Graffiti Pier
Known as Philly’s worst kept secret, Graffiti Pier is the perfect place for any urban explorer. This 500-foot abandoned pier has been tagged countless times, but it’s the electrifying colors that make this place so photographic.

3. Eastern State Penitentiary
Although some would feel uneasy visiting a penitentiary, Eastern State offers an unforgettable tour as well as photographic opportunities that you can’t miss out on. Visit the cell of Al Capone or the newly opened hospital wing. Just remember to bring your camera; you won’t be disappointed.

4. Race Street Pier
It’s virtually impossible to take a bad picture at Race Street Pier. Stop by and get creative with your camera. After you take the photos you want, you can always join the daily yoga class offered in the spring and summer.

5. Spruce Street Harbor Park (seasonal)
This pop-up park is picturesque day and night for photographers to capture undeniably photographic moments. From the colorful hammocks to the neon LED lighting there is a lot for photographers to capture. However, don’t forget to enjoy what Spruce Street Harbor Park has to offer while you’re there.

6. Elfreth’s Ally Museum
This well-preserved historical street is probably the most photographed street in Philadelphia. Quickly stop by and take your shot so you’re not the only one without a picture of Elfreth’s Ally Museum.

7. Independence Hall
You can’t get more historic than visiting the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Independence Hall is not only historic, but extremely photographic as well. However, there are a lot of places around Independence Hall that are just as historic and photographic. The Betsy Ross House, Carpenter’s Hall, and The Liberty Bell are all around the same area, so you can easily stop by all of them and take thousands of pictures.

Bonus: Valley Forge National Park
Although it is not located in the city, Valley Forge National Park is an amazing place to visit and take amazing landscape photographs. It’s also a great place to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of Philly.

Fun DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Backyard

Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors. Get ready for backyard parties, picnics, kid gatherings, and lounging and spruce up your backyard with some of these fun DIY projects!

Create a Cute Bird Feeder From a Wine Bottle
Have an empty wine bottle and wood lying around? Put it to good use and create a cute and mobile bird feeder with the repurposed materials! This project is extremely dashing and a great way to spruce up your backyard. Get the detailed instructions here and have fun building!

Get Colorful with Planters
Want a unique way to add color to a corner on your deck on somewhere in your backyard? Find cool containers/planters of all different sizes and materials and plant your favorite colorful flower! Items like old milk cans, metal buckets, watering cans, and chicken feeders are all great items to use as planters. Not only are they unique, but you’ll also be repurposing them as well. Also, the best part about this DIY is that you can go to fun flea markets to find these unique planters if you don’t have any on hand!

Create Your Own Mini Backyard Pond
If you’ve always wanted a pond in your backyard but never had the space, this is the DIY project for you! This chic deck-top pond is the perfect option for pond lovers who have always wanted a pond on their property. This miniature pond is made with cedar boards, plywood, and a fountain pump and a great eye-catching piece your guests will talk about! Get the tutorial here.

Craft an Old Tire into a Planter
Not a fan of using repurposed milk cans, buckets, and water cans as planters? No problem! Check out this fun DIY planter craft repurposed from an old tire. Wrapping the tire in sisal rope and adding legs gives this tire new life and makes it the perfect planter for a bunch of colorful and inviting flowers.

Make a Fairy Garden
Want a fun project to do with your kids that is also a great decoration for your backyard? Try building a fairy garden! You can get as creative as you want with this project and create the most beautiful miniature fairy garden ever. The best part about this DIY is that the possibilities are endless. Pick supplies to make your ideal fairy garden and build away. Also, don’t forget to tell you kids to keep a lookout for any magical visitors to the garden!

Treeless Tree House
Don’t have a tree in your backyard to build a treehouse? Build a treeless treehouse instead! This fun alternative is the perfect place for your kids to relax during the spring and summer months with their friends. It also acts as a perfect getaway if they’re looking for a quite place to relax and read a book or play a game! Get the tutorial here.

Make a Fun Birdbath
This project will bring color and fun to your backyard. The best part about this DIY is that your kids will love it as well! Building a birdbath is a creative project for everyone in the family to take on. First look on Pinterest for inspiration to find a style of birdbath that you like. Then, you can begin to build based off the birdbath DIY that you chose. Make sure to check out our Pinterest page! We absolutely loved this topsy-turvy birdbath design, which adds a pop of color and whimsy to any backyard!

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Seasonal Flowers to Plant

Spring has sprung and summer is upon us as we head into June! With the weather heating up, you’ll definitely want to spend more time outside. However, if your curb appeal is looking a little drab, there is an easy fix. Get out those gardening tools and get ready to plant! Planting vibrant and inviting seasonal flowers is an easy way to add life to your curb appeal. Here are eight seasonal flowers, perfect for the summer season!

1. Iris
This delicate flower is a great addition to your flowerbeds this season. Irises are easy to grow and come in a variety of colors! These tall flowers will add height to your beds, which will help you obtain a dynamic flowerbed. The classic bearded iris is the flower you want to plant in the summer. For more information on irises, click here.

2. Cranesbill Geranium
These flowers can grow up to 4 feet and will bloom for a long time, making it a great flower to plant for the season. The best part about these flowers is that they are drought resistant. So if it’s a rather dry summer, the Cranesbill Geranium will last.

3. Coreopsis
The Coreopsis flower is one of the easiest flowers to take care of and blooms for a long time. These flowers are perfect for the summer and even last through autumn. The bright yellow will definitely add a pop of color to your curb appeal. For tips on how to take care of Coreopsis flowers, click here.

4. Phlox
The Phlox flower is one of summer’s pleasures with their colorful and fragrant appeal. These easy to care for flowers produce large blooms in a multitude of colors including, white, pink, purple, red, and lavender. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the sweet scent and beauty of this summer flower.

5. Marigolds
Marigolds are easy to plant and easy to take care of, making it the optimal flower to plant and enjoy all season long. These flowers come in a few colors that you can choose from and will definitely add a pop of color wherever you plant them!

6. Peonies
Not only are peonies beautiful, they smell amazing as well. This popular flower has one of the most popular fragrances and the soft pink colors will definitely add beauty to your curb appeal. However, the best thing about peonies is that they can survive without proper care and in cool weather, but first you have to get them to blossom. Check out some of these tips!

7. Zinnia
Many people love the Zinnia flower because they are hearty flowers that can last in summer conditions. Whether its hot and sunny or gloomy and raining, these flowers will bloom. The best part, the Zinnia flower has a multitude of colors to choose from, which will definitely brighten you day and curb appeal!

8. Daisies
Most gardeners love daisies because they are easy to grow! This flower blooms all summer long and their brilliant white petals will add brightness to your curb appeal. These flowers are sure to create an inviting mood and make anyone walking by smile! For tips on how to grow daisies, click here.

9. Aster
Similar to daisies, the Aster flower will add a brilliant blue color to your flowerbeds! These lovely flowers bloom in bright colors and attract butterflies! They are also low maintenance, which is perfect for a first time gardener!

Whether you’re trying to brighten up your curb appeal or you’re giving gardening a go, planting flowers is a fun and easy outdoor activity anyone can enjoy! So grab your tools and pick your favorite flowers and have fun planting!

Sizzling Summer Fun in Philadelphia, PA

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the splendid Broadway stage adaptation of Aladdin to the exciting Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this June in the Philadelphia area!

Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival
May 29th – June 3rd
If you want to see daring, high-flying circus acts, then you’ll want to go to the Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. This multi-day festival will feature jaw-dropping productions that you don’t want to miss out on! From aerial hoop performances to stunning acrobatics, this production will be one to remember!

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
June 1st – 3rd
As the nation’s oldest outdoor art show, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show returns for its 90th year. The Rittenhouse Square area will fill up with amazing artists that range from professionals to students, and let them display their beautiful artwork to the crowds of people. For more information, click here.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2018
June 1st – 10th
Also known as the Avenue of Arts, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return to Broad street with collaborative and innovative performances. This ten day art-filled festival will included spectacular performances that you don’t want to miss, especially if you love the performing arts!

Philly Beer Week
June 1st – 10th
Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture will take over the city once again for the 11th year in a row. For ten days, there will be events that range from tastings, lectures, and beer-paring dinners that you won’t want to miss out on! For more information, click here.

Center City District Sips
Every Wednesday June 6th – August 29th
Need a post-work/mid-week drink with all of your co-workers? Center City District Sips is back in full swing for the 15th summer in a row. This wildly popular happy hour will feature hard-to-beat happy hour specials every Wednesday evening at over 90 bars and restaurants in the downtown area!

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Aladdin
June 13th – July 1st
The shining, shimmering, splendid Broadway stage adaptation of Aladdin is set to hit Philly this June for a limited time. Performed by the touring cast of the Academy of Music, you’ll hear all your favorite Aladdin songs, as well as some new ones! You won’t want to miss this colorful, real-life adaptation. For more information, click here.

Manayunk Arts Festival
June 23rd – 24th
This two-day festival will showcase the beautiful work of hundreds of artists from around the nation. The Manayunk Arts Festival is Philadelphia’s largest outdoor arts festival, where attendees can purchase items from jewelry and ceramics to woodwork and sculptures.

Wawa Welcome America!
June 28th – July 4th
Wawa Welcome America is back to celebrate America’s birthday for the 26th year in a row. This multi-day event will consist of free activities for all ages, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties, and fireworks! For more information, click here.

Old City Eats
June through August 2018 (Thursdays only, Dates TBA)
You better start working up an appetite for when Old City Eats kicks off this June! From 5PM – 8PM every Thursday, participating restaurants and bars in Philadelphia’s Historic District will offer half-priced appetizers and drink specials. Grab a bite with your significant other or co-workers in America’s most historic square mile.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this June and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Excellent Summer Fun in Flourtown, PA

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Arts & Music Festival to the exciting classic play Camelot, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this June near Flourtown!

First Fridays at Downtown Ambler
June 1st
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Camelot
June 1 – 3, 6 – 10
Head on over to Act II Playhouse on E. Butler Avenue to witness the latest Broadway classic Camelot! This play follows the romantic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Also featuring songs from the composers of My Fair Lady, you won’t want to miss out on this play!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in June
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in June. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

$4 Friday Dinner in Ambler!
Every Friday in June
Grab your family to attend a $4 Friday Dinner every Friday in June at Weavers Way Co-op located on 217 E. Butler Avenue. You can dine in the café or take out, just remember to enjoy your main course and two sides! The best part about this event is that the menu changes every week, which means you can try something different every Friday if you so desire!

Moonlight & Roses
June 8th
Don’t miss Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala. From 6:00PM – 11:00PM, the evening will begin with cocktails at the stunning Rose Garden and a delicious dinner will follow. Also, enjoy the live band and a night of dancing. For more information, click here!

Ambler Arts & Music Festival 2018
June 15th – 16th
From 6PM – 11PM five hours of amazing music will kick off the Ambler Arts & Music Festival. Then on Saturday the festivities continue with 11 more hours of music, 75 artists displaying their creations, and of course the Food Fest vendors, local restaurants, and beer garden will be open and serving a variety of food and drink. You don’t want to miss out on this entertaining event! For more information, click here.

Kids Explore: Creek
June 16th
Drop you kids off at the Wissahickon Environmental Center on 300 West Northwestern Avenue for some summer fun exploring the creek! Beginning at 10AM, the Wissahickon Environmental staff will lead the fun for kids ages 6-12. If you think your kids would love to explore the creek, then make sure to register here!

Garden Railway: Circus Week
June 30th – July 4th
Head on over to the Morris Arboretum, located on 100 E. Northwester Avenue, and get your garden admission to enjoy this lively event. Learn about the history of the circus and see Big Top and the circus trains. Also, don’t forget to watch for a few surprises! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this June and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

How to Start a Garden for the Summer

Savor the summer and pick up a fun and healthy hobby through gardening! With the weather warming up, it’s about time to start planting and reaping the rewards of having your own garden. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will allow you to garden. Here are some tips on how to start a small garden for the summer.

Determine What to Plant
Before you start anything for your garden, you’ll want to determine what you are going to plant. Many first time gardeners get excited at the prospects that gardening has to offer. However, don’t plant too much! It’s better to start small if you’re gardening for the first time. In order to determine what you are going to plant think about what and how much your family will eat. Also, remember the amount that each plant produces. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers provide throughout the season while carrots and corn only produce once. So plant accordingly!

Here are the best starter plants for the first time gardener:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (if you have enough space)

Determine How Much Space Your Need
For first time gardeners you won’t need too much space, but if you garden every season then you should already know the amount of space you need. Also, if you are tight on yard space don’t worry! Try planting your garden in containers in a place that gets plenty of sun, like a deck!

Pick the Perfect Spot
There are only three basic requirements for a successful garden: a spot that’s full of sun, plenty of water, and great soil. Again, the size of your garden doesn’t matter. If your garden has these three essentials it will flourish! Because you are focusing mostly on warm-season vegetables they need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a space that gets enough sun you could always grow leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach. Water is just as important as sunlight. To make gardening easier on yourself plant your veggies as close to a source of water as possible. However, the most important aspect of gardening is your soil. You’ll want moist, well-drained soil for the best outcome.

Layout Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden’s layout will depend on what type of garden you’ve decided to build. For raised garden beds or containers, you’ll want to make easy plant combinations for easy harvesting due to the small space. Try planting tomatoes with oregano and bell peppers, or arugula with romaine lettuce. Whatever you’ve determined to plant layout your garden accordingly.

Examine Your Soil
Soil is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful garden. Make sure to examine it before you finally plant. Soak the soil and get a handful of soil to examine. Next, squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, add organic matter or compost to improve drainage. Then open your hand to see how the soil reacts. If the soil doesn’t form a ball or falls apart its too sandy. If a ball holds together and takes a lot of effort to breakdown there is too much clay in your soil. You’ll want the ball to break into cake-like crumbs for the best results.

Plant and Feed
Finally you can plant your vegetables! Plant based on the preexisting layouts you determined and have fun! Once you’re done planting, make sure your veggies get a steady supply of water, about an inch of water a week.

For more in-depth gardening tips, click here! Also, if you’re looking to garden all year long here’s a great garden calendar to follow!

Splendid May Events in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square to the exciting South Street Spring Festival and Maifest, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
May 1st – June 30th
Returning for a third year at Franklin Square, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will light up Franklin Square with grand artistic creations. These 28 whimsical displays will come alive with 15,000 LED lights and feature the popular Chinese dragon and panda constructions from previous years with other brand new creations as well.

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
May 12th
There is so much to do at the amazing South Street Spring Festival and Maifest! From concerts and eating contests to kids zones and 100-plus vendors to explore, you won’t be bored at this event.

Broad Street Run
May 5th
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the Broad Street Run. This event is gaining popularity every year, rightfully so! Participants will run along a flat 10-mile stretch of Philly’s main streets, while spectators can watch on the sidewalks to cheer on the runners. This is the perfect event for anyone looking to get out and get active!

Sail Philadelphia
Thursday May 24th – 28th
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend along the historic Delaware River Waterfront with Sail Philadelphia. This four-day festival will feature 12 Tall Ships that will be docked on the Waterfront. There will be public tours, day sails, and loads of riverside fun!

Spruce Street Harbor Park
May 11th
Known as one of the best warm-weather spots in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening back up for it’s fifth season! Lounge in the colorful hammocks, feast on delicious food and drink, or play fun outdoor games. No matter what, you’ll find that Spruce Street Harbor Park has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is back and ready to kick off the season right! Enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides while admiring the waterfront view. Or grab some food and drinks and throw on some rollerblades and skate on the outdoor roller rink!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 19th
Witness the Rittenhouse neighborhood transform for the ever-popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. This come-one, come-all street fest invites residents and visitors to enjoy a day full of music, shopping, entertainment, and food. Make plans with your friends, family, and neighbors, because this event is a must-do!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May 19th – 20th
Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and a bounty of different Italian foods at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. From homemade sausages to fresh pasta and cannolis, this popular event is always entertaining. Don’t forget to stick around for two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Marvelous May Events around the Flourtown Area

April showers bring May flowers as well as plenty of fun events! Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Farmers Market to the exciting Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May near Flourtown!

First Friday at Downtown Ambler
May 4th
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday starting May 5th
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in May. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018
May 6th
The Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival is back for 2018 and with over 150 home & garden vendors lining Germantown Avenue, there is a lot to explore and enjoy. This free event takes place from 11AM to 5PM and offers live music, delicious food and drinks, and entertainment for your kids. Don’t forget to stop at every vendor’s tent to see what they have on display! You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018. For more information, click here. 

Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz
May 11th
Make your way to the Woodmere Art Museum located on 9201 Germantown Avenue for an amazing night full of Jazz music. Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz will feature current vocalists, paying tribute to jazz artists like Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McCrae, and Peggy Lee. This night of music is sure to remind attendees of the spirit of the nurturing jazz songs and artists of the past.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13th
Celebrate Mother’s Day by attending a delicious brunch at Morris Arboretum. Afterwards, walk around the Arboretum and enjoy the spring flowers and displays. Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 1st, so if you want to attend this lovely event, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. For more information on the Mother’s Day Bruch and the Brunch Menu, click here! 

22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show at Butler Avenue
May 19th
Known as “The Best Little Car Show Around,” is back and better than ever for the 22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show on Butler Avenue. From 1:00PM to 6:00PM, Butler Avenue will be closed for this awesome event. More than 200 classic cars and their owner’s will be on display. The Auto Show welcomes families to stroll the street and view the cars on display while enjoying local food trucks, restaurants, and shops!

Restoration Volunteer Workday
May 19th
Do you want a fun outdoor activity that you and your kids can enjoy? The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is holding a Restoration Volunteer Workday, located on 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, where you and your family can improve the health of the forest and help you connect with nature. If you plan on going to this event, it is recommended that you wear long pants, sturdy boots, and bring a fun and positive attitude! All tools and gloves will be provided.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
May 20th
Take your family to Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration at Morris Arboretum and explore the revolutionary technology and beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. The Opening Day Celebration will begin at 1:00PM and go to 4:00PM so don’t miss your chance to learn and explore the local history. Also, feel free to pack a little picnic and relax on the lawn while live music plays! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this weekend! Take your ordinary weekend and make it into a celebration for Earth Day! From local activities to simple crafts, there is an activity for everyone to enjoy this Earth Day. Check out some of these fun family-oriented activities that are a great way to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Plant a Tree
Planting trees is one of the most popular ways to celebrate Earth Day. Many people, organizations, and communities plant trees for the occasion and so can you! Not only are you helping the environment by planting a tree, but your kids will absolutely love the idea! If you plan on going with this idea, make sure your tree lasts with this guide to show you the proper way to plant a tree.

2. Plan a Garden
Earth Day might be too early in the season to start a garden, but you can at least plan your garden in advance! If you are a first time gardener, you and your family will want to do some research. Figure out what veggies grow in what season and how to start and keep up with your garden. If you already garden, get your family involved in the process and ask them what type of veggies they want to grow. Or you could create your kids very own play garden, where they plant and take care of their own crops. This is a fun way to get kids involved while showing them the importance of patience and responsibility!

3. Enjoy a Hike or Go to the Park
With the weather warming up, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. A nice, simple, and tranquil way to celebrate Earth Day is to go on a hike or do some sort of fun outdoor activity. Look up nearby trails, parks, and fun outdoor attractions that the whole family would enjoy. If the weather permits, you could even pack a cooler and enjoy a little picnic while taking in the beautiful scenery around you!

4. Enjoy Local Earth Day Activities
Most local communities have activities that families can enjoy together. Whether it’s an Earth Day fair or a community clean up, check your community’s websites to see what sort of celebrations/events are coming up in your community and plan on joining the fun!

5. Build a Birdhouse/Birdbath
Create an oasis for birds by building and installing a birdhouse or birdbath in your yard. Your kids or grandkids will be ecstatic when it comes to this creative project. You can either start from scratch and build a bird house, or you could easily buy a pre made birdhouse that can be painted. Making a birdbath is just as fun as painting a birdhouse. Check out some of these fun DIY birdbaths that are bound to be extremely fun to build!