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Fall Family Fun Days Return for Another Season at
Sister Cities Park

PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2014) –Sister Cities Park will come alive with family-and pet friendly activities to celebrate fall during Fall Family Fun Days with Furry Friends. Produced by the Center City District and sponsored by Unleashed by Petco, the event will kick off on Saturday October 11, and continues October 18 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. While hosting a scarecrow festival all month long, on these Saturdays, the park will be filled with live music, kid and pet friendly games, activities and demonstrations and free hay-rides around the park. With fall themed food and drinks, and pumpkins for sale, this year’s Fall Family Fun Days at Sister Cities salutes furry friends, especially pets who are part of everyone’s family!

Partners from the Barnes Foundation, The Galleries at Moore, the Clay Studio, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out, Fairmount and Queen Village Art Center, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will be on site offering interactive crafts, games and even story-telling, all celebrating the animal theme for this year’s event. Specifically, the Barnes Foundation will bring art adventures with a new kids' app plus a collage bag project inspired by Dr. Barnes's beloved dog, Fidèle.

Inside the Children’s Discovery Garden at the park, guests will be able to visit the scarecrow festival, presented by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s after-school program. Starting in October, the Imagination Playground will return to the Children’s Discovery Garden for yearround play. These fun and creative play pieces are sponsored by Brandywine Realty Trust, Friends Select School, and Green Towne Montessori School.

On October 11, Philly Dog Training will be doing demonstrations with specially trained dogs and will host the Ask the Trainer booth to help pet owners with everyday questions. Then on October 25, Peace on the Pack will be on hand to also answer questions and offer tips for pet owners at the Ask the Trainer booth.

The office of Representative Brian Sims will sponsor the event on Saturday, October 18, presenting information on animal and pet-related laws in Pennsylvania, including regulations and pending legislation. Representative Sims’ staff is inviting all their constituents out to this event to have their photos taken with their pets.

A variety of animal rescue organizations will be on site including PAWS and Morris Animal Refuge, along with the pet retailer, Unleashed by Petco. Vendors will also include Pretty Pretty Rebel, a local designer of children’s clothes and costumes; the opportunity to purchase small pumpkins, and fall-themed food and drinks available at Logan Square Café inside the park.

Along with free wagon rides around the park, there will be music and entertainment all three Saturdays. DJ Patty Pat will bring fun, games and kids’ karaoke on October 11 and 18, while the Philly Hoopstarz will perform and provide interactive demonstrations on why hula-hooping is fun and great exercise. On October 25, the last day of the series, will feature an animal song sing-a-long with Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band!

In 2012, the CCD reopened Sister Cities Park after a $5.2 million renovation that transformed the 1.3-acre park into a richly planted, well-illuminated, and welcoming public space that offers a variety of amenities for people of all ages to enjoy 365 days a year. The park is leased from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is managed, maintained, and programmed by the CCD. Logan Square Café inside the park offers lunch, coffee, snacks and cold drinks.


The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

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