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Adventures in Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is like pitching a tent upside down. Both are bound to fill with laughter and raindrops.

--Victoria Marie

Friday, July 1, 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A World Heritage City

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Oh, and don’t lose the kids in
 the city when you go!
Working in the school system, I learn many things right along with the students.  Just before school ended, I learned that Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, had a new accolade.  June is a very busy month for the Lees family, so I wanted to wait until we had some time.

At breakfast one day, I broached a new subject with the kids. 

“Guys guess what?”  I knew they wouldn’t say anything, so I continued.  “Philly just became the first World Heritage City in the United States.

The children yawned.  “So what does that mean?”

“The city will be even more crowded when we visit it now,” my husband said.  

We’re not crowd people, remember?  That’s why we camp in nature.

I glared at my husband.  We couldn’t let this great honor go unnoticed so close to home.  I tried to entice them with a bit of history. 

            “Philadelphia was the seat of government at the birth of our new country way back in the 1700’s.” 

             “We know, Mom.”
 
This was going to be tough.  It looked like I needed to do a bit of research on the internet to get them interested.

            When we reconvened for lunch, I told them what I discovered. 

“In order to obtain the classification of World Heritage City, among many other things, a city must be important to the history and heritage of a country.”

They rolled their eyes.  My husband sat quietly eating his sandwich, smiling to himself.   

I sighed.  “In other words, guys, the process needed to start with an UNESCO site.”

“An un…what?” our oldest daughter asked.

Good!  At least someone heard me.  “A site approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.”

No reaction.  Unperturbed, I continued. 

“Philly has Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.”

They just chewed their sandwiches.

“And later the birth of the country’s government was created and signed there with the Constitution of the United States in 1787.” 

The kids were still unimpressed.

“That’s a lot of history rolled up in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park.”

Then I remembered.  “It’s the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service.  There may be special activities.” 

At least that made them look at me instead of their sandwiches.  I lost no time.

“They have horse and buggy rides around town.”
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The smiles started.

“And we get to take the train into the city,” I finished. 

That did it.  Soon we had a daypack stuffed with treats and drinks.  I carried the smaller pack with sunscreen and bug spray.  A camera around the neck, comfortable walking shoes, and sun hats on the heads and off we went to discover Philadelphia, the new World Heritage City.

If you are visiting the area, here’s a webpage to all the fun in Philadelphia during the 4th of July Independence Celebration.  Enjoy!