Lilypad :: South Philly’s Playspace and Family Event Space

We all know it takes a village to raise children. Lilypad is a play space for children and their caretakers, from infants to about age 4, at 1234 S. Broad Street, in South Philly. Lilypad brings families together during playgroups, community events, and classes (CLASSES ARE ALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC). Lilypad’s affordable family memberships mean you and your children can come to all our playgroups for about $8/month. Visit us at Lilypad to get the support you need as we build a strong, diverse family-friendly community.

Our Facebook page has details on the latest at Lilypad.

Visit our Birthday Party page for details on holding a private event at Lilypad. If you are a business, and you wish to hold a one-time private event, the same rates apply as birthday parties.

If you are interested in running your classes at Lilypad, please email us at LAND at LILYPADPHILLY. org for our business member brochure with rates and complete details. Businesses may schedule classes for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month duration.

If your registered non-profit is looking for a monthly meeting/event space, we offer an annual non-profit rate.

Everyone loves our twice a year fundraiser, CityKids Consignment Sale (100% volunteer-run) Now accepting donations at any playgroup.

Plus, we help moderate the google list-serve Kids South Of Washington (KSOW). Click for the Official Page of KSOW to find out how to join the local google group, which is only available to current South Philly parents. As an all-volunteer organization, we appreciate your patience, we promise we will get to all KSOW requests as soon as possible!

Lilypad does not allow pets or smoking on our property at any time. First Playgroup Visit is Free; thereafter Lilypad membership is required.

CLASS SCHEDULE | PLAYGROUP SCHEDULE
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Monthly & Special Events

All classes at Lilypad are open to the public. Registration may be required. **As an all-volunteer organization, please know that we will do our best to update events as soon as we can** 


• CONSCIOUS PARENTING CLASSES

If you are curious about RIE® or are interested in becoming more conscious as a parent, consider joining Parent Infant Philly’s summer classes. We model setting limits, respectful language, and how to embrace child-led play, both independently and with peers.***Fridays | 9:45am-11:15am (ages 6 months to age 3)

***Saturdays | 10:30am-12pm (ages 6 months to age 3) | June 29, July 20, August 17, 2019 | Saturday 3-class card: $65 or $25 per class.

Friday classes
$25, Lilypad members $22 per class, with pre-registration
10-Class Summer Card: $190 (good for Friday classes through September 30, 2019)
5-Class Summer Card: $100 (good for Friday classes through September 30, 2019)
These classes are a play-based weekly social activity for young children (with parent) that models conscious parenting and respectful limit-setting in a safe and fun environment.
Classes are facilitated by a RIE®-practicing parent who has completed the RIE Foundations Course™ and will be set up with age appropriate toys and gross motor objects. Your child will have the chance to explore, move freely and interact with other children (with minimal intervention, so that children learn how to engage with other children on their own, fostering kindness, patience and empathy, all useful social skills in the years to come). Parents will learn more about themselves, their child and have a forum to ask questions and discuss their child’s progression. Visit Magda Gerber and Janet Lansbury for great tips.
Please email Maria at ParentInfantPhilly AT gmail for more information or to register. Instagram | Facebook | Website

 THE GEOGRAPHY LADY | Mondays (10am) | Ages 1-4, toddlers/preschoolers | Explore a different country for a fun journey Around The World. Visit The Geography Lady, or for event details, click here. Drop-in or class card.


 Babywearing Meetup | First Tuesdays (6:30-8:30pm) | FREE and Open to the public | Explore the ins and outs of wearing your baby with different carriers, get tips and tricks from the experts. Drop-in.


 Monthly Babysitting | Select Saturdays (5-8pm) | Ages 18 months+ | Parent Chaperoned event, Drop your children off with Lilypad volunteers for a Saturday evening. Dinner with snack/fruit/veggie will be provided. Volunteer to chaperone and get a free babysitting night. Pricing is $40/one child; $50/two children. Email Lilypad to reserve your spot!
Summer dates: July 13, August 10  | Sign up NOW!

Lilypad membership is NOT required, membership is only required for playgroups.

All classes and events are open to the public.


 

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WEEKLY DROP IN CLASSES!

Classes are open to the public. Lilypad members may receive a discount. Ask teachers for details.

SATURDAYS:

9am-9:45am | Rhythm Babies, ages 4 months – 3 years

Drop-in $12, 8-class punch card available. Contact Rhythm Babies for details.

MONDAYS:

10:00am-10:45am | The Geography Lady — for Toddlers or Preschoolers with caregiver.  For event details, click here

TUESDAYS:

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WEDNESDAYS:

12pm-12:45pm | Rhythm Babies, ages 4 months – 3 years

Drop-in $12, 8-class punch card available. Contact Rhythm Babies for details.

3:30pm | Dance Out Loud, ages 1 – 3

Enrichment class focused on using language and creative movement together to learn fun, new skills and gain confidence while working on communication development., Drop-ins welcome.  Details

FRIDAYS:

9:45am-11:15am | Conscious Parenting Class | Parent Infant Philly using RIE® principles This class is for you and your 6 month old up to 3 year old. Sign up for a single class by emailing here. $25 per class, prepaid, includes snack time. 5 and 10 Class cards available. Instagram | Facebook | Website

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PLAYGROUPS.

Most playgroups are all ages, unless otherwise noted. No need to register or sign up. First playgroup visit is free; thereafter membership is required ($100/year per family, which works out to about $8 a month!). Your child(ren) (with caretakers) can attend unlimited playgroups for a year!

No indoor stroller parking; bring or borrow our locks to keep your stroller outside.

We invite your child to play freely in our space. Through play, children acquire confidence, and also an awareness of limits and boundaries. They learn how to be safe. That being said, please supervise your children around babies and new walkers. Please have children leave shoes on for their safety. Ride-on toys should remain in the riding area when there are pre-walkers at playgroup.

What to expect at playgroup: Arrive anytime during scheduled playgroup, no sign-up required. Unstructured, free play for babies and children up through age 4 or 5.

MONDAYS:

1:00pm-2:30pm | BabyTime Playgroup, Ages 0-24 months * FREE To Members 

TUESDAYS:

9:30am-11:00am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

WEDNESDAYS:

9:30am-11:00am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

THURSDAYS:

9:30am-11:00am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

11:30am-1:00pm (STARTING SOON!) | BabyTime Playgroup, Ages 0-24 months * FREE To Members

FRIDAYS:

4:30-6:00pm | All Ages Playgroup (BYOB) * FREE To Members  

SUNDAYS:

10:00am-11:30am | All Ages Playgroup* FREE To Members

Birthday party rentals available Saturdays and Sundays: $95 for Lilypad members/$200 public. Contact us to reserve!

Lilypad does not have permanent staff, as we are all volunteers; volunteers are only at Lilypad during playgroups. Email is the best way to get your questions answered. We welcome any and all feedback, and look forward to hearing from you.


JOIN LILYPAD TODAY!

Your $100 annual membership to Lilypad helps support our community playspace. Become a member and your entire family can come to Lilypad for an entire year (grandparents, parents, siblings, nannies and caretakers can enjoy the space with your kids)! A Lilypad membership works out to about $8/month for unlimited playgroups. All memberships begin the month in which they were purchased and are good for 1 year from then.

If you wish to purchase a gift membership, purchase at link below; then email us with your name/email and the gift recipient’s email, so we can apply the membership to the gift recipient.

Member benefits include:

    • Multiple playgroups a week (free play in our playspace, usually followed by circle time story or songs)
    • Our playspace has toys, kitchen, slide, train table, dolls, cars, climbing mats, balls, blocks, books, step climber, Pikler Triangle and more
    • Free access to all playgroups and Lilypad-run events
    • Discounts for select classes at Lilypad (contact instructor for details)
    • Affordable rental of Lilypad’s space for your child’s birthday party

To become a Lilypad Member for $100 for your entire family for one full year, click the Buy Now link:




Please provide your preferred email plus the name and email of co-parent or spouse who will attend playgroups, especially if you have different last names! 

KSOW List-Serv

  • How to join the Kids South Of Washington Google Group (KSOW):
    • Please send an email with subject line KSOW to KSOW (LAND AT LILYPADPHILLY dot ORG) with the following info:
      • Your full name
      • Names of your kids and ages or due date
      • Your full mailing address
      • The Email address you wish to use
      • How you found out about group & Why interested in joining

Get your Yo South Philly T-shirts and represent! Pick up a shirt at Lilypad or email us to order. Yo South Philly Mom : Yo South Philly Dad : Yo South Philly Kid available in 6 mo, 12 mo, 2T, 4T, Women S, W/Men M, W/Men L, Men XL. Adult: $20 Child: $15. All shirts must be pre-paid via PayPal. We can ship for an additional fee!

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Do you want to help out with Lilypad? Volunteer to run a playgroup, or be a backup for one of our playgroup volunteers. Or join the Board as a working member or financial supporting member.

VOLUNTEERS:
Lilypad is a 100% volunteer-powered registered non-profit. All volunteers who volunteer for at least 12 hours in a 3-month period will receive 1 free private 2-hour event at Lilypad. Rentals are available when we do not have a previously scheduled event, and can be scheduled any available evenings or weekends. Volunteer activities include running a weekly playgroup.

WISH LIST:

  • Your favorite coffee (bring some and add to our stash during any playgroup)

DONATIONS:
All donations are tax-deductible. We accept donations year-round for CityKids Consignment Sale; drop-offs can be made during any playgroup. Please leave all donations in the basement. Toys, gear and books accepted year-round. Donations should be gently used or new (unstained and in good working condition), and seasonally appropriate: May – October: Winter Items accepted | November – April: Summer Items accepted

To donate bulk items or services, please email us.