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Philadelphia Family Best for Families Guide: 2021

Your guide to the BEST local resources for families in Philly.

Presented by the Philadelphia Family team

Meet the Philadelphia Family LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites, nominated and chosen by local parents as the BEST local resources for Families in Philly.

The Philly Family team was proud to present a $1,000 donation to Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground on behalf of our Members and Communities at the 2021 LOVE Awards Celebration. A treasured destination for over 100 years, Smith strives to be Philadelphia’s foremost resource for play by providing opportunities for unstructured creative play for children 10 and younger. You can learn more about their intiatives (including a new Urban Nature Preschool!) at smithplayground.org.


Parenting in Philly is all about personal style: Maybe you’re relaxed and free-range, maybe you’re more structured and authoritative. No matter what  kid-rearing philosophy you adopt or which zip code you call home, parenting is THE BEST with a village of neighbors and friends who can share their experiences and referrals with you. We created Philadelphia Family to support our craving for this kind of connection and we are so proud to present our 8th Annual LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites in this 2021 Best for Families Guide.

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Philadelphia Family is published by a team of local women to connect families raising their kids in the city with resources, events, and each other. It all started with our vibrant Philly Family Community Facebook group dedicated to Building Community (join the conversation with our 5,000 local members!) and our Email Newsletters, which deliver our curated roundup of things to do in Philly and around the Main Line (virtually and in person), as well as our latest news and updates from local businesses, each week!

Featured LOVE Award Winners & Family Favorites

A place for kids to play, grow, and meet milestones has popped up in Northeast Philly.

Join us on Instagram at @phillyfamilymag as we unveil our “LOVE Award Winner of the Week” and Family Favorite social campaigns.

Philadelphia Family Best for Families Guide: Editor's LOVE Awards

Three incredible neighbors who leveraged their creativity, relationships, and kindness to make Philly a better place in an unprecedented year.

From jewelry to princess brunches, this Philly pivot is worth a royal celebration.

Since opening last fall, this Mexican-fusion restaurant in South Philly has built relationships, fed their community, and rose to every challenge the pandemic has thrown them.

This new public art initiative spreads beauty, but is also a way for business owners to express their solidarity with the community.

Philadelphia Family 2021 LOVE Awards Celebration Photo Gallery

The Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family 2021 LOVE Awards Celebration was held on May 1, 2021 at Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground. Photos by AMC Photography Studios.

Get To Know These Award-Winning Philadelphia Family Members

Philadelphia Family Members are local community builders like us who would like to be more connected with families in Philly. The Members below support the Philly Family Community and our Best for Families Guide. Have you had a great experience with any of them? You can help other families benefit from your experience with an endorsement on their Profile Page! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WITH A 5-STAR REVIEW.

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Action Karate

    Action Karate is a character-based martial arts school with multiple locations for families in the…


      After the Stork has been Philadelphia's premier postpartum doula agency since 2006. They provide day…


        Baby Gear Group is a library of baby items that parents can borrow instead of…

        Confident Parenting 3

          Confident Parenting is a network of resources providing education and support for growing families including…

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            FIT4MOM is the nation's leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing classes and a network…


              Fitler Moms is Philadelphia's local mom community, offering classes, events, resources, and peer support.

              JCC Camp 2

                The JCC Camps at Medford, an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and award-winning Southern New…


                  The South Jersey camp that opened successfully in Summer 2020, Liberty Lake Day Camp is…

                  mi casita

                    Mi Casita Preschool is Philadelphia and the Main Line's premier Spanish immersion preschool. Through project…

                    Play at Home Physical Therapy, LLC

                      National Kids Gym (NKG) is a mobile gymnastics and movement-based program that brings the gym…

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                        Northern Star Doula is a local birth and postpartum support provider catering to new and…

                        Phield House

                          Indoor Sports Facility in Center City Philadelphia with two turf fields, a basketball/volleyball court, two…

                          Roots 2

                            Roots With Ruark brings you and your little one a music class full of energy…

                            Safer Babies 1

                              Safer Babies is the leading child proofing expert in the Philadelphia region, with 21 years…


                                ShuttleBee organizes transportation for small people in small groups.


                                  Summerside Camps at SCH Academy provides innovative, safe and fun camp programming for children in…

                                  Franklin Institute 2

                                    The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research…


                                      The Philadelphia Dance Academy offers the following programs: Early Childhood, Primary, Pre-Professional Ballet, Theater, Contemporary,…


                                        An orthodontic and pediatric dental specialty office in the heart of Chestnut Hill!

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