It all started with a farmer's generosity. In 1924, a civic-minded citizen handed over 16 acres of lush farmland and a small group of critters to the Borough of Norristown. Today, the Elmwood Park Zoo and the Norristown Zoological Society welcomes guests in hopes of creating a future stock of wildlife lovers and conservation advocates. A menagerie of around 300 beasts indigenous to the Americas—including jaguars, howler monkeys, timberwolves, and bald and gold eagles—peer back at visitors. Even though they're from Africa, giraffes get in on the fun too during certain seasons, grazing on foliage and the toupees of particularly tall patrons. Guests can also spy on more than 15 species that are threatened or endangered. All the while, smaller animals mosey around at the petting barn, tots climb aboard gentle ponies, and winged beauties sail through the air at the butterfly preserve.
When Cindy Kerr's 12-year-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she began making pillowcases for him to brighten his hospital room and his spirits. He was so cheered by the gift that she started creating pillowcases for other children staying in the oncology unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Since its early days, Cindy Kerr's pillowcase project has grown into ConKerr Cancer, with a network of thousands of volunteers who make the pillowcases spread across North America and South Africa. ConKerr Cancer has created and delivered more than 600,000 pillowcases to children across the United States, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain in the past five years.
In 1997, one of the largest stock-trading floors in the United States began offering daily coaching sessions to improve the results of a team already averaging about a half-billion dollars’ worth of transactions a day. Within four years, what was a training program for professionals became an educational tool for aspiring traders of all stripes. Through the Internet and a network of visor-wearing messenger pigeons, the academy now serves financial go-getters from across the country with classes, remote coaching, and vital tools for modern moneymaking.
At 6 Keys Pilates, dedicated instructors guide students through individual and group sessions designed to increase flexibility and boost overall physical wellness. During mat classes, limber students enjoy the simplistic comforts of both small class sizes (typically less than five students per class) and stripped-down equipment (a mat, a motivating voice, and an obliging muscular frame). Private lessons are matched in terms of enthusiasm, and they feature the additional perks of personalized attention and a variety of resistance-driven equipment. Classes are available throughout the week in both the morning and evening hours. For complete information, check the class schedule online.
For more than 50 years, Facenda-Whitaker Lanes has trained Pennsylvanian strike and spare forces with 50 lanes of premier rolling grounds. Up to four companions will take to the bowling center’s polished alleys for two hours of uninterrupted spherical dueling, facing off with a staggering mastery of focus, ball english, and pin targeting. Facenda-Whitaker Lanes keeps its doors open 24 hours a day to entertain sleepwalkers tired of boring strolls around the living room and outfits each lane with optional bumpers for bowlers of all ages.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.