Local Parenting and Community Resources

We have compiled a list of local resources most commonly asked for on The Kids South of Washingon (KSOW), our growing list-serve of over 1,700 local parents (to join, email us with where you live, kids ages or due date and why you want to join).

We hope that you will find these useful for your children’s needs as well as your own needs. Please note that by listing these resources, Lilypad does not endorse any of the organizations, individuals, or companies listed below. Please use these listings as a jumping-off point for your own research.

You may also find some of our other resources helpful:

We need volunteers to help us update our resource lists; new updates need to be made and we could use help compiling and updating. Please email us.

Topics Listed Alphabetically
(some entries listed multiple times under more than one heading)


Baby Planning and Baby Proofing


 Breastfeeding Support and Resources


Children’s Classes and Activities

Online Guides:

  • Wee Wander: A parent’s guide to navigating Philadelphia – articles as well as comprehensive lists of local activities for babies, toddlers, and children.


Indoor Play Spaces:


Music Classes:

Outdoor Play:


Martial Arts:

  • Traditional Tang Soo Do: Offers martial arts classes for children starting at age 3 1/2 Contact: Donna Wells, Master Instructor







Community Education Groups

Refer to the SPPRC Education Guide

Counseling, Balancing Life and Work for Moms, Dads, Couples

  • Jennifer Walters, MA, LPC: Counseling Services
    Treats individuals, families, and couples; accepts some insurance
  • Third Path: Mission Statement – To assist individuals, families and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities. Develop a growing community of individuals, leaders and organizations to influence wider change – both within organizations and at the public policy level. Support a new mind-set where everyone can follow a “third path” – an integrated approach to work and life.



  • Becoming Dad by Kelly Crull: “Within weeks of getting pregnant, Kelly Crull’s wife had a stack of parenting books waiting on his nightstand, complete with neat, hand-written bookmarks telling him which chapters he needed to read. In nine months, he had learned everything about his wife giving birth, becoming a mother, and how he could support her. What he wanted and couldn’t find was a book by a normal guy telling him about becoming a dad. The last thing he needed was more expert advice, a ten-step plan or fancy pie charts. He just wanted someone to give it to him straight, ‘What was parenting going to be like for him?’ Becoming Dad is the book he wanted and couldn’t find.”

  • Fathers Work and Family: A blog about fatherhood.
  • New Dad Manual: 24-hour cribside assistance – resources and tips for new dads


Day Cares

  • Alphabet Academy – 1510 E. Passyunk Ave.
    Alphabet Station: (215) 551-6400
    Alphabet Aquarium: (215) 551-6450

  • Antonelli Family Day Care – 1939 E. Passyunk Ave.
    (215) 462-0355
  • Aspen Grove, graduate hospital
  • Kindercare – 1700 Market St., Lower Level
    (215) 563-9499

After Care Programs

  • Columbus Square Recreation Center – 1200 Wharton St.
    Contact: Jessica Porco
    (215) 685-1890, Does not pick up
  • Capitolo Recreation Center, 900 Federal St.
    Contact: John Medica
    (215) 685-1883, Does pick up
  • Kai’s Comfy Corner, 1601 S. 9th St.
    Contact: Susan
    (215) 271-9919, Does pick up



Lactation Counseling, Infant Massage, Infant and Toddler Nutrition Workshops

  • Confident Parenting: Erica Desper, sleep consultant, infant massage, and post-partum dula – (610) 331-8175, confidentparenting@yahoo.com


Local Libraries (story times and kids’ activities)

  • Philadelphia Free Library
    • South Philadelphia Library Branch (Broad & Morris)
    • Whitman Branch (2nd & Snyder)
    • Fumo Branch (Broad & Ritner)
    • Santore Branch (7th & Carpenter)


Parenting Websites and Blogs




Playgroups, Meet-Ups and Support Groups

  • Lilypad has playgroups almost every day of the week, 1234 S. Broad Street. For children of all ages.
  • Circle of Hope Playgroup: For children birth through 4 years old; located at Circle of Hope
  • Old First Reform Church, secular playgroup, Monday 10-12, Free parking, 4th & Race. For details, please call Mary 267-984-1222


Philadelphia Parenting-Oriented Businesses


Postpartum Support: