When we aren’t working, we like to…
Get Royce outside! Dad and Royce are really into baseball at the moment. So I tag along and run the bases. We also love a great al fresco lunch at Parc. Royce can easily down a whole bread basket. However, he runs it off in Rittenhouse Square afterwards.
An activity Royce really enjoys…
The Melissa and Doug easel is a great purchase. You can use paint, crayons, and dry erase marker. It’s hours of entertainment. I love to frame the pics he paints and give them to friends.
The question on every parent’s mind: How do you get Royce to eat his vegetables?
Hide them! Add some kale and spinach into meatballs or use riced cauliflower instead of rice or potatoes.
What advice or tips do you have for parents that are new to Philadelphia?
Take advantage of all of the amazing festivals and activities that are always going on in the city — just start walking on a weekend and you are bound to find something fun to do or a great restaurant to catch a sidewalk meal!
A great way to meet other parents is through some of the networking parent groups that you can find on social media — like Stroller Strides, Moms of Center City, Philadelphia Parents, etc. They always have a ton of meet-ups happening in the city.
Favorite park in the city to take Royce.
Rittenhouse is great for a larger space and people watching. Sister Cities park is fun in the warmer months when you want a park that is a bit more intimate and the sail boats there are so fun to play with in the summer.
What fun games/activities do you do with Royce on a snowy day or the weekend
The Philadelphia Museum of Art always has cool programs happening for kids and it is great to take advantage of its free weekend admission once a month so that you can expose them to cool art without worrying about admission if they only last for a short time.
Good websites that direct parents about news/activities/interesting games to play with children.
Wee Wander is a great local resource and MommyNearest is a great national app. It even tells you where the local changing tables are for parents with little ones.
Favorite place to volunteer or favorite charity of yours
The Center for Childhood Resilience. The Center for Childhood Resilience operates programs that facilitate healing for abuse victims and their families. The Board conducts a variety of regular volunteer-based activities. So, check out their website and get involved!
Hot spots for a child’s birthday or play.
Primp and Play does really fun art-themed or spa-themed parties for kids. PlayArts is also an up-and-coming spot that has fun classes and activities for kids to play.
How do you take what Royce is learning at Mi Casita and apply it at home?
We are not fluent Spanish speakers, but we try. We love using the Mi Casita word list to improve our Spanish, practice with Royce and reinforce the themes at Mi Casita.