Tobey & Kathy’s Story
The world’s oldest operating theater… The best soup dumplings in Chinatown… Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-tale Heart… The Mexican side of Little Italy… Stagecoaches & gold nuggets… Designer Hummus… These are just a few of our “Secrets of Philadelphia.”
The adventure began in 2015 when my son Erick began volunteering at the Academy of Natural Sciences. With time on our hands each week, Tobey (daughter) and I (Kathy/mom) began exploring Philadelphia. Sometimes, husband (Fred) and Erick come along for the ride. The more we explore, the more we’ve come to love the city and appreciate how much cool stuff there is to see and do and EAT. This site is a record of our on-going adventures. We post our favorite discoveries – history, museums, architecture, trivia (mostly Kathy) and food (Tobey’s favorite)- with a little commentary on the side.
As homeschoolers, we have flexibility to explore while other kids are stuck in school. We have learned so much – not just “school stuff.” We have broadened our cultural and culinary horizons, met interesting people and learned about things we never knew existed. It’s the most fun that I’ve had as a parent and far more educational for Tobey than a day of “real” school (although we do try to squeeze in a page of math, so I don’t feel like we are too neglectful!). Since one of the advantages of homeschooling is hands-on learning, we also write about places that offer great field-trip opportunities.
Let us know your favorite “Secret Philadelphia” spots – we’d love to add them to our list of adventures!
-Kathy & Tobey