NW Philly Weekend: Family Fun

    This weekend there are many opportunities to serve the community, enjoy summer fruit, and have fun with your family!


    Friday, June 1st, 5-7pm

    Kids Run for the George Fund:  Enjoy a fun-filled family carnival atmosphere while helping terminally ill children.  The 3rd Annual Kids Run is for the whole family.  Children ages 1-14 participate in fun races with the crowd cheering everyone on!  This event celebrates life and includes free carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, a moon bounce and more.


    The George Fund was named for George Hedges Pappert who died just before his 5th birthday.  He was able to spend his final months at home with his family thanks to the support from Keystone Hospice.   After his passing, his parents established the Fund so that other families could have access to hospice services.  Funds from the run help families whose insurance plans don’t cover pediatric hospice care.


    The race registration begins at 5 p.m. and races start at 6 p.m. Children ages 1-3 will run, skip, crawl, or be carried 50 yards; 4- to 5-year-olds will run 100 yards; 6-to 7-year-olds will run 200 yards and those 8 through 14 will run one mile. The first 200 participants will receive a t-shirt, and medal.  Register online. The run is held at Springfield High School, 1801 PaperMill Road in Erdenheim PA.


    Friday night is also Decorate-a-Cupcake night at Bredenbecks Bakery in Chestnut Hill.  6-8pm.  FREE for kids 12 and younger!  


    Saturday, June 2nd

    Jenks Playground Clean Up, 8am-11am.  Many hands are needed to keep this community playground and garden maintained.  On Saturday, 100 cubic yards of fresh new ground cover needs to be spread throughout the entire playground.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, pitchforks and shovels for this effort.   In 1997, the community raised funds and built the entire playground and garden. It’s been maintained through community donations and volunteer labor.  Everyone is encouraged to come keep this great playspace in good shape for the children.  The playground is located at Southampton & Germantown Avenues in Chestnut Hill. Call 267-307-9796.


    Two Strawberry Festivals:

    Grace Epiphany Church, 9am-3pm: An annual event you won’t want to miss that includes delicious fresh strawberries, activities for the kids, baked goods and drinks plus local vendors, a used book sale, and car wash.   There will be a short recital in the church.  The Church is located at 222 E. Gowen Avenue in Mt. Airy.  Call 215-248-2950 for more info.


    Plymouth Meeting Friends School, 11am:  A day-long festival, this is a great way to ring in summer and test their famous strawberry shortcake!   There will be food, games, crafts and kids’ activities.  Vendors will be selling a variety of wares including clothing, crafts, used books and other merchandise.  Live performances for the family include The Give and Take Jugglers, The Chinese Folk Dance Club and more. Plymouth Meeting Friends School. Plymouth Meeting Friends School is located at 2150 Butler Pike (at Germantown Avenue) in Plymouth Meeting.  Visit www.pmfs1780.org for details.


    Pet-A-Palooza at Weavers Way in Mt Airy at Noon: The animal lover(s) in your family will love the chance to meet local animal rescue dogs, see training demonstrations and provide pet snacks for their best friends to sample.  Groomers, rescue dogs and pet sitters will be demonstrating.  Get your pet ready for the Silly Pet Trick Contest at 2pm and Parade at 3!    Weavers Way is located at 559 Carpenter Lane in Mt. Airy. 


    100 Years of Girl Scouts in Gorgas Park, 1:30pm: Celebrate the 100th year of Girl Scouts founded by Juliet Low.  Past, present or future girl scouts and their families are welcome to celebrate this milestone with crafts, girl scout troop performances and a traveling girl scout museum.   Scouts are encouraged to wear their t-shirts.  Gorgas Park is at Ridge & Hermitage Streets in Roxborough.


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