Kids' Guide 2011

A fun-for-all helping of the area’s best activities, learning tools, gathering places and more for little Main Liners.

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The Mom Movement

With their fingers on the pulse of our neighborhoods (and their keyboards), local mothers are inspiring lively interaction among suburban families. Their “mom blogs” generate helpful, fun and even enlightening ideas, showing parents the many avenues to happy memories. Hop aboard for the inside scoop on kid-friendly events, parenting advice, product reviews and much more.,,

Under the umbrella of, this trifecta comes from a couple of ladies with a mission to provide “more local information in five minutes than in five hours of surfing the Web.” Sarah Freymoyer, Shannon Ott and their team of contributors post tips for indoor play, recipes, reviews of items like fabric softener, humorous and reflective stories about their kids, plus discount coupons. Their events calendar includes storytimes and craft workshops at various venues, along with adult happenings like Main Line Health System’s “Mocktails, Mammograms & Manicures” get-together. So get clicking.

Known as “Fun Things to Do with Kids in Delaware County” or just “Fun Things,” this project by Tracey Gilligan was Main Line Today’s “Best Local Blog for Active Families” last year. It features an events calendar, a playground finder, a summer camp list, a section devoted to restaurants where kids eat free, and activities for families tripping to Connecticut, D.C. and (believe it or not) Atlantic City. Don’t miss all the give-and-take on the Fun Things Facebook page, either. One recent post: “Anyone know of a good place for a boy’s eighth birthday party?” Your answers await.

Who better to impart wisdom than a mother of nine? Malvern’s Lisa Corcoran has spent more than 18 years parenting parents on how to effectively communicate with their children, master the morning routine, and triumph over temper tantrums and sibling rivalry. This past January, she launched her stress-busting website with the mission to “unlock your parenting potential.” Employing Adlerian Theory principles, she boosts self-worth and growth in children and parents by touting the benefits of encouragement, constructive behavior and mutual respect. Watch her monthly video posts, read her articles, attend a seminar and, above all, think positively.

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