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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Homeschooler Days at Bartram's, Jazz in West Philly, and arts on the river

Homeschooler Days at Bartram's Garden

The view from Bartram's Garden

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Homeschooler Days: Solar Energy
Wednesday, July 13
10 a.m. - noon ; 1 - 3 p.m.

Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia
$12; free for Bartram's Garden members


Have children that you homeschool? Bartram's Garden presents a monthly program for students ages 5-13. This month's session will explore all of the ways to use the sun for energy. Is it possible to bake cookies in a solar powered oven? Find out and then head to the Schuylkill River for some exploration by rowboat. For children who do not wish to go on the water, there are alternate activities available. Each lesson includes reading, snacks and walks through the garden (weather permitting). 
Please note that pre-registration is required and there must be at least one chaperone for every two children. #OnTheGroundPhilly

For more info, click here.

10th Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
Saturday, July 16
Noon - 7 p.m.
Saunders Park Green, 39th & Powelton Ave., Philadelphia
Free 


It's time for the People's Emergency Center's annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival: Now in its 10th year, this is one of Philly's best community events. Enjoy a great lineup featuring female musicians and vocalists all curated by the Producer's Guild. Sumi Tonooka is this year's headliner. The family-friendly event will feature a variety of food trucks, vendors, artists and activities. Free parking will be available. The rain date for the festival is Sunday, July 17.

For more info, click here.

Schuylkill River Arts Day
Saturday, July 16
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
East Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia
Free


Head over to East Fairmount Park for this river-themed festival hosted by local arts organization Invisible River. Schuylkill River Arts Day will feature over 55 local artists, all performing pieces that explore the importance of the Schuylkill River as Philly's watershed. 

The festivities kick off with a processional -- led by drill team Positive Movement -- from the Mander Recreation Center to the river banks. Rent a kayak, take fishing and casting lessons, try your hand at low tight-wire walking, or check out the environmental education activities. (All of which are free!) Performers include the African Diaspora Artist Collective, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and more. 

For more info, click here.

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