By Jeff Bogle
Yes, Philadelphia has a plethora of plaques denoting significant landmarks and textbook-taught moments from America’s infancy. To the naked eye, this may give the appearance that Philadelphia is nothing more than an antiquated 18th-century town with a smattering of out-of-place skyscrapers. Oh, and there’s the cobblestone, too.
But hip locals and adventurous tourists alike know the truth: Philly is as cutting-edge today as it was more than 230 years ago, when the radical idea of a free democratic nation was birthed here. Here are five family hot spots mixing old-school style with innovative thinking that you must visit the next time you conquer Philly’s concrete (and cobblestone) jungle. Your compact Spark makes it easy to navigate, easy to get around, and easy to park on some of those old and narrow streets. What are you waiting for?
WXPN Free at Noon Concerts and Peanut Butter & Jams Kid’s Concerts, University City
From Chubby Checker to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and from The Roots to Dr. Dog, Philadelphia is long on music history. It’s a history still being written weekly at World Café Live’s Friday lunchtime concert series: National acts like Adele, Phoenix, and Dawes perform intimate sets during daylight hours, allowing rockers-turned-parents to enjoy live music with their kids by their sides. All for free. And just as the Spark presents the radical idea that a city car can be both stylish and practical, World Café Live’s Saturday AM kindie (kid’s + indie) rock concerts—with the likes of Gustafer Yellowgold and The Pop Ups—prove that modern music for families can be both age-appropriate and incredibly exciting.
Vedge, Washington Square
Philly is where our nation began, but the food scene certainly isn’t stuck in the past. And it’s not all about the cheesesteak, either! It’s quite the opposite, actually. The innovative vegan cooking at Vedge is every bit as modern as the Spark, and for a family with a newly declared non-meat eater (like mine), the opportunity to still get our foodie-family buzz without sacrificing her evolving philosophical constitution is a huge win-win.
Buttercream Cupcake Lady Food Truck, City Wide
Glue your passenger to the entertaining @ButtercreamPhl Twitter feed (more than 11,000 followers and counting) to find this cupcake truck’s daily location, then let the available BringGo* navigation app guide you to the best cupcakes you’ve ever tasted using available Chevrolet MyLink**! Good luck beating the crowds that will gather. Or you could take the easy way out and stop at their new brick-and-mortar home in South Philly. But where’s the driving fun in that?
The Mural Arts Tour, City Wide
Whether you see the murals as you drive by—or whether you drive there and then walk it, bike it, or hop on (and off) the trolley, you and your family will be floored by the world’s largest collection of outdoor art. This bold and colorful, uniquely Philly experience offers a glimpse inside the artistic process, a chance to discover the rich stories behind the works, and the opportunity to soak in the innovative history of the many diverse neighborhoods that are still defining the birthplace of America.
Liberty 360 3D Show & Lights of Liberty Tour, Olde City
No visit to Philly would be complete without a heaping slice of history; it’s as American as apple pie. The stunning Liberty 360 show serves up that very treat with a side order of electrifying 21st-century technology during this brand new multimedia show hosted by Mr. Lightning himself, Ben Franklin. And then, when the weather is fair and after the sun sets, the illuminating living history experience continues outside during the Lights of Liberty walk on the crooked cobblestone of Olde City Philadelphia.
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This is part of a series of Spark City Guides on Chevy Culture.
*BringGo app must be purchased separately. Requires compatible smartphone.
Data plan rates apply. See dealer or call 1-855-4-SUPPORT (1-855-4-787-7678) for more information.
**MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
MyLink on Spark does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenote and CD player.