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A bright and vibrant paradise for your little ones, Nest is located in the Center City area of Philly. It is a wonderful combination of a lot of things - an indoor playground, activity center, toy store, parents' lounge and party venue, among many others. Spread over three levels, the place covers an area of about 10,000 square feet (929.03 square meters), and provides just the perfect backdrop where your children can not only learn enriching cultural activities such as music, dance, karate and ballet, to name a few, but also learn more about group-play and socialization. They also have classes for new parents and soon-to-be-parents.
This has been the jewel of the Philadelphia culture scene since it opened in 1857. The simple brick Federalist exterior opens into an ornate interior—art deco lamps, velvet cushions, and possibly the largest chandelier on the East Coast. The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the opera and the occasional pop show have performed at the academy. There is some criticism about the acoustics and sight lines, but none of this matters. This is where the big shows are.
The society's collection is highlighted by the continuing exhibit, "Finding Philadelphia's Past." Over 500 antiques and personal items chronicle the city's history through 1900, including the wampum belt of Pennsylvania founder William Penn and George Washington's desk. Videos delving into Philadelphia's rich history can be viewed in the "Trolley Car Theater." Check website for further information.
Casual visitors, artists and fabric buyers alike enjoy the fusion of the brilliant textile displays and on-site working fabric design shop of this unique museum. Located in an industrial loft, original designs from some of the most notable names in the fabric art world are on display. The institution also gets the community involved with the Apprentice in Training program that educates students about every characteristic of the textile production process and the artistic aspect. The gift shop also sells prints and other items.
Chestnut Street is perfect for window shopping. With plenty of great stores, such as Boyd's, Maron Chocolates and Shops at Liberty Place, you can lose track of time. Not only are there a lot of stores, a 10 block section has been closed to traffic so pedestrians can have an easier time shopping. So grab some friends and shop the day away.
The history of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia can be traced back to 1698 at which time the congregation met and worshipped at an old abandoned building which they shared with a group of Presbyterians. From these humble beginnings, the church grew in size and stature, and eventually moved in to the existing church building. This impressive structure was constructed in 1808, and what a magnificent sight it is. Dominated by a large central spire, the church is spacious and richly decorated with rich gilded paint and mould work. A vibrant and welcoming place of worship, the church supports a host of community groups, outreach programs and support groups, apart from its religious activities. All are welcomed with open arms to join the congregation in prayer and worship.