2016

100 Days of Summer at Nest: Discounts, parties, day camps, brunches, happy hour and more!
It has felt a bit lately like we were never going to get to this point, like it was going to stay winter forever. But here we are, guys, finally talking about summer. (Wheeee!) In fact, we’re...

Spotlight On: NEST Philadelphia
If ever there were a reason for new and future Philly parents to stay in Center City, NEST, Mommy Nearest’s new partner, would be it. Founded in 2011 by six young, suburban-by-birth, urban-by-choice parents, the cheerful, all-in-one Midtown Village center has become a refuge...

Spring Classes: A Look at the Expanded Dance Program at NEST
Kids, they just gotta dance. At least that’s what Nest believes, which is why they (smartly) decided to expand their popular dance program this spring. And, good news: there are still some spots left in the new “Tiny Dancers” class, for kids aged three-and-a-half to six as well...

 
GIVEAWAY: WINTER SESSION 1 FREE CLASS AT NEST AND 25% OFF ALL CLASSES
Have you all checked out the Big Kid and Baby Classes offered at NEST recently? If not, you’re in for a treat because NEST has some new and exciting changes to their Baby and Big Kid programming. With the start of new program director, David Socha, NEST has...

 



2015

Weekend Phillyfun Picks For Kids — February 6-8, 2015
February is in full swing and the fun is heating up with author events, pre-Valentine’s Day fun, Chinese New Year activities and much more for the whole family!

Discover A Space to Play & Grow at NEST Philadelphia!
NEST has a simple goal: to make life easier and better for parents raising their children in Center City. Born in 2011, NEST has become the premier resource for families with children newborn to 6, offering parent education, more than 40 parent-child classes each week...

Nest Tweetheart Social Benefitting PAWS
NEST Tweetheart Social benefiting PAWS is a pre-Valentine’s party for families. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from Chef Chris Gouty. Chris is the sweetheart of Nest Director Keiko Kimball Gouty and is a Private Chef. Attendees will enjoy a candy bar and photo booth. Children will...

 

2014

Dad Files: Why Every Philly Parent Should Check Out Nest
Our boys ran in circles at first, so overwhelmed by their options they couldn’t settle in and play with any single toy till they inventoried them all. The place was almost empty, with just a couple of other children inside, so we could hear Jack and Eli babbling and cooing as they toddled...

Ali’s 1st Birthday Party at Nest Philly
Ali’s 1st birthday party at NEST Philly was a blast. When Raffi was small I took session after session of classes at Nest Philly. I thank Joanie, who taught our classes, for guiding me through the difficult early transitions in motherhood. I fell out of my weekly visits at Nest...

Baby Music Class at Nest Philly
Brooks at that age {10 months next week!} where he is into everything, constantly moving and always on the go. It’s a great age because he’s becoming so interactive, inquisitive and fun – it’s great to watch and he’s a joy to play with...

It’s Playtime in Center City
One of the most noticeable is Nest, a 12,000-square-foot space with an indoor playground, activity rooms, a portrait studio, a kids’ hair salon, a toy and clothing boutique and a lounge for weary parents. “We wanted Nest to be hip and cool...

Inside Voices: Playing Indoors in Philadelphia
There is only so much Play-Doh, coloring, and Caillou that a parent and child can take before needing to get out of the house.  Unfortunately, the freezing temperatures this Winter limit the outdoor play possibilities and it becomes harder to help kids get the physical activity that they need.  Over the past three years, we have explored a number of indoor play places with N and whe
 


2013

Discount on New Spring Classes at Nest Philly
I’ve written before about the awesome Philly playspace that is an absolute haven for city moms. NEST is a 12,000 sq. ft. childhood-meets-neighborhood oasis. The site offers a portrait photography studio, kids’ salon, specialty toy and clothing boutique...

Spring Classes at NEST
The new Spring Schedule for NEST has just been released with new, exciting classes such as Yo Hablo Espanol, Jr. Spot Me, Ballet & Bounce, Under Construction and Nest Music and Baby Music. NEST is a kid-centric, parent-friendly enrichment center...

Nest: A Classy Indoor Playground {Review + Giveaway}
A few weeks ago I had a chance to visit this great indoor playground located in the heart of Center City Philly along with some other bloggers. We were going to take the train into the city but we opted to drive into the city. My mother was in town so I had an extra hand to...
2012
 
3 fathers solve their daycare dilemma with "Nest"
When three guys get together to watch a Flyers game, the last thing you might think they would talk about is ideas for daycare, but that's exactly what a trio of Center City Philadelphia chums did, and a lot more...

NEST PHILLY’S FALL 2012 CLASSES - AUGUST 29, 2012
Have you all been down to NEST Philly yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for? NEST is one of Philly’s best spots for families with young children featuring classes, open gyms and play areas, a boutique and even a kid-friendly hair salon offering kids’ haircuts. I took my...

Save on Fall Classes at NEST, an Eco-Friendly Playspace in Philadelphia

Raising children in the city isn’t always easy. But you can’t beat the walking access to parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and kid-centric activities. Philadelphia became even more kid-friendly when NEST pened its doors in 2011 – and being three blocks away, I was one of the first...


2011

Nest looks to nurture young families' thirst for activity, fun and learning
Not long ago, six close friends read in the Philadelphia Business Journal that the number of people raising kids in the city had absolutely exploded over the past ten years. It was certainly a good bit of news to discover, especially considering the friends' new business idea...

Nest Philly promises to be a fun haven for children and parents alike
On August 11th, children ages six weeks to six years, along with their parents, will be able to experience a new type of fun in Midtown Village, Philadelphia. Nest Philly, a 12,000 sq. ft. enrichment center will be opening at 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Nest...

New Children’s Entertainment Center Opening In Center City
Beginning next month, parents will be able to entertain their young children with a play space, classes and more, all in once location...

13th and Locust Sts. Adding a NEST
Aiming to open in August, NEST will provide parents and kids with an indoor play space to enjoy. A popular offering in major cities across the US, and even as close as Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia is finally catching up and parents will only have to go as far as 13th...

Center City Philly: Call it kid row
When Julia Shaw joined a parents' meet-up group about three years ago, there were five moms meeting for "babies and beer" on someone's front stoop.  Today, that group has evolved to more than 100 members, with organized kids' activities, adult nights out and information sharing on...

Nest Philly is more than your average indoor play place
This past week I was able to get a quick preview of Nest Philly, Philadelphia’s next premiere indoor one stop shop for local families. Located at the corner of Locust and 13th Streets, my first impression was how easy it was for me to find street parking coming into Center City...

HALLOWEEN: Halloween Nestival @ Nest Philly, 10/30
Nest Philly’s No. 1 rule — parents have a right to have fun with their kids — is the driving force behind their first-ever Halloween Nestival. The event pays tribute to moms, dads and children with not-so-spooky ‘nestivities’ — everything from a Black Cat Treasure Hunt...

NEST PHILLY: WINTER SCHEDULE/CLASSES 
The Winter Schedule at Nest has hatched. Enrollement for members begins today 11/17/2011 at 9am ( members are given 10-days priority enrollement). Non-members can begin to sign up on 11/ 27.  Everyone is welcome to preview the class schedule and class descriptions which...

Best Places to Raise Kids: Raising Kids in the City
I remember the first time it truly hit me that my daughter’s urban childhood was so not my suburban one.  Addie was 11 years old (she’s 15 now), and we were walking on Chestnut Street in Center City when she recognized a disoriented...

Three fathers hatch a plan to enrich your children
Some of the most successful businesses grew out of a simple daily need. It may be too early to say whether Nest will be successful — it’s been open less than a year. But it did grow out of a simple daily need — in this case, some parents’ need for activities for their preschool children...

 




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Kids in Center City Philadelphia 
Nest is more than just a kids’ gym. With over 12,000 square feet of space, Nest seeks to engage children from six-weeks to six-years in addition to providing a haven for parents. This unique space hosts development and enrichment programs that nurture creativity and stimulate...
 

Philadelphia Family Magazine 
NEST is a child enrichment and activity center, an all-in-one play space for happy, healthy and hip families living in Philadelphia. 

Hula Frog
Nest is a developmentally-rich play and learning environment for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. An inviting oasis to nurture creative stimulation, offering Philadelphia'€˜s young families innovative classes in early enrichment...
 



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