You love being a mom (most of the time, anyway!), but sometimes you’re dying for multi-syllabic conversations that don’t involve threats of naptime. Lucky for you, living in Philadelphia puts you in just the right place to get out, meet up with like-minded women and let the kiddos go crazy. Check out these awesome options right around the corner.
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Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The library is perfect if you’re looking for a great, free, educational spot to take the kids. Create your own groups, or make plans to take the fun outside of the library after storytime is finished. Don’t just limit yourself to the Central Library, either: Take advantage of the branches throughout the state for a great opportunity to connect with other nearby moms.
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Price: $18 adults/$15 seniors ages 62 and older/$8 students 5 to 18 or any age with a valid student ID/free for children age 4 and younger
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Hours: Daily – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take the kids somewhere they can run, scream and just be young. Open year round, Longwood Gardens is ideal for moms who want a little time with their friends, but don’t want to let the kiddos out of their site. Yearly passes for a family of five are $105, so plan ahead and keep everyone entertained all year. Every Monday and Tuesday from January to May, take the kids to Story Time, where they’ll enjoy a story and create a craft with garden staff.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September to May; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May to September
Seven-acre Penn Treaty Park features clean picnic areas, new playground equipment and seasonal community events that everyone can enjoy. Take a stroller walk around the path that runs along the edge of the park, or just set up a picnic while your kids ride their bikes and play. The park is a great place for moms to have a glass of wine with the girls in a beautiful, kid-friendly setting overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge, too.
Prices: $6.95 children/free for adults
Hours: Wed to Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Mon and Tues
There is so much to do for kids ages 1 to 10 both indoors and outdoors at Kix & Giggles play center. Because adult admission is free, it’s also an inexpensive option for a low-maintenance playdate. The play center includes a wrap-around gym, spiral slides and a rock climbing wall. There’s even a soft play section for babies and toddlers were moms can relax and chat without worrying about their little ones.
International Sports Center has everything under the sun for kids 10 and younger. The indoor sports complex is a great way for everyone to get a little exercise during playtime. Sign your aspiring athlete up for a class in hockey, lacrosse, soccer or volleyball, and kick back for a chat while ISC wears them out. Hit the skating rink for a trip down memory lane with the girls: Come on Fridays — Family Fun Night — and let the kids scarf down free pizza while you bond with like-minded ladies.
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.