Have you played Wordle, the online word game that’s gone viral and was recently purchased by The New York Times for a cool seven figures? The game was released to the public by software engineer Josh Wardle in October (“Wordle” is a play on his last name). In just two months, the game went from 90 players a day to an average of 300,000. To play, you have six tries to guess a predetermined five-letter word. Each time you submit a word, colored tiles indicate if your guess contains any correct letters and if those letters are in the correct spot. Once you finish, you can click a button to share your results on social media (I told my husband the other day that if I drop dead tomorrow, under NO circumstances is he to reveal my Wordle score. To anyone.).
How do I love Wordle? Let me count the ways…
1. You can only play once a day. A new Wordle is released every 24 hours—no more, no less. Unlike when you promise yourself “just one episode,” and instead emerge five hours later, bleary eyed and full of self-hatred, Wordle pulls you in but promptly spits you out five to ten (guiltless) minutes later.
2. It’s a love story. Wardle created the game as a gift for his partner Palak Shah, who loves word games. How sweet is that?
3. No apps, no passwords, no ads. Wordle is played on an ad-free Web site. There’s no app to download, password to enter, pop-ups to block or fee to play. It’s just a black and white grid with colored tiles. The simplicity of it makes my heart sing.
4. Everyone gets the same word. I love how the game is exactly the same for me, my next-door neighbor and my mother-in-law in Florida.
5. You can adopt a strategy—or not. Some people start with the same word every day (my mother-in-law always starts with the vowel-heavy “adieu”); others switch it up. You do you.
Fun Fact: A randomized algorithm chooses the Wordle each day from a list of about 2,500 words. So even the game’s creator doesn’t know the day’s Wordle, meaning he can play alongside us.
PS Check out this Wordle deep dive from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.
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Taste of the Market
Saturdays in March
Ardmore Farmers Market
Renowned area chefs demonstrate their proven techniques to bring the heat in your own kitchen and serve up something spectacular. Details
Healthy Family Meals in Minutes *virtual*
Saturday, March 19th
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
With a little advance planning and key shopping strategies, you (yes, YOU!) can prepare fast, healthy meals that your whole family will savor. Ingredient list sent prior to class. Details
3 Desserts Every Cook Should Know
Monday, March 7th
Sur La Table, King of Prussia
Sweeten your knowledge of desserts by perfecting three classics: Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse and Lemon Tart. Details
MOTOR ON OVER
Family Full Moon Hike
Friday, March 18th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia
Take a walk under the light of the moon and uncover the unique adaptations that allow nocturnal animals to find mates, escape predators, and catch prey. Through fun games and interactive challenges, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the creatures that thrive in the stillness and darkness of the forest at night. For families with children ages 4-12. BYO flashlight. Preregistration required. Details
Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 13th
Market Street, Philadelphia
Catch the second-oldest parade in the country, where colorful floats, marching bands, folk bands, dance groups, youth groups, and Irish associations make their way down Market Street from City Hall, cheered on by thousands of spectators. Details
Philadelphia Auto Show
Saturday, March 5th – Sunday, March 13th
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations (show-goers can even climb behind the wheel of a select few!). Details
Wine & Cupcake Pairing
Saturdays in March
Penn Woods Winery, Chadds Ford
Join Penn Woods Winery for its 10th Annual Wine & Cupcake Pairing—a monthlong celebration. Includes a tasting of four premium wines perfectly paired with four delicious cupcakes from Dia Doce. Preregistration required. Details
St. Patrick's Day Story Time and Craft
Saturday, March 12th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Belmont Hills Library, Bala Cynwyd
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a special story and craft. Details
DIY Date Night
Saturday, March 19th
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AR Workshop, Malvern
Make one of our oversized wood projects with your date. Choose from a framed sign, framed clock, blanket ladder or pet bed, then customize with designer paints and stains. Details
HOME & AWAY
Writing Around the Willows
Wednesday, March 16th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
During this event, elementary-aged children will learn about characters and setting through a read aloud at the Mansion, take a nature walk around the pond and grounds of the park to inspire their imagination, and write original fictional stories featuring some familiar animal friends who make their home at the Willows. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy playtime in the park following the event. Parents are required to attend with their children. Details
Philly Home Show
Two weekends: March 18th – 20 & 25th – 27th
Pennsylvania Convention Center
A vibrant marketplace to shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts and enjoy informative presentations from local and international home professionals. Details
An Evening with Mike Tollin, Executive Producer of The Last Dance
Wednesday, March 9th
Creutzburg Center, Radnor (also online)
Join Main Line School Night for a special evening with Havertown's own Mike Tollin. One of the founding producers of the acclaimed 30 For 30 series, Tollin was executive producer of the ESPN/Netflix documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance, and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. Tollin will share his personal story and take you inside his prolific career in film, television and documentary production. Q&A follows. A portion of proceeds benefit Philadelphia Futures. Details
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: East Regional
Friday, March 25 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 27 @ 12:00 pm
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
March Madness comes to town as the Wells Fargo Center is host to the Big East portion of the tournament. Get your game face on as you won’t want to miss the excitement Details
ROCK & ROLL
POPS Rocks Let It Be
Friday, March 11 @ 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 12 @ 3:00 pm; Sunday, March 13 @ 3:00 pm
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
The Philly POPS celebrate The Fab Four’s final album Let It Be as it turns 50 this year. Join the celebration to hear the hits from this iconic album. Details
Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity
Through April 3
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia
Once again, the City of Brotherly Love honors the eclectic David Bowie with the fifth annual Philly Loves Bowie Week. The exhibit honors Bowie’s legacy through music and art and the boundaries he pushed that inspired others who followed in his footsteps. Details
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr
Experience the 1982 rock opera The Wall featuring the music and vision of the iconic band Pink Floyd. Unavailable on streaming services, do not miss this cult classic as the film celebrates its 40th anniversary. Details
Please Touch Museum
Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
If you haven’t been to the Please Touch Museum in a while, you do not know what you are missing! The newly revamped Market Exhibit is open and ready for your family to explore at double the size as before. Details
Smith Memorial Playground
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
After a two-year renovation, the three-story, 100-year-old Smith Memorial Playground is once again open for families to visit and partake in unstructured play. Enjoy the upgrades…and the fun! Details
PECO Family Jams: Scrap-Work Tapestries
Sunday, March 13, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, Philadelphia
The Magic Garden is thrilled to offer their first hands-on art-making experience in two years. Participants can rummage through piles of fabric, ribbon and buttons to create their own wall tapestry. Details
Saturday, March 26th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown
A bubble extravaganza with bubble sculpture, fog filled bubbles, a kid in a bubble, featuring comedy, music, and interactive bubble-magic, Jeff Boyer’s shows are a hit at performing arts centers and festivals…anywhere there is air! Ticket purchase online. Details
SEARCHING FOR A POT OF GOLD
Ninth Annual Shake Your Shamrock Run
Sunday, March 13, 10:45 am
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska
This fun run has entry levels for all types of runners from an 8K to a Little Leprechaun half mile run for kids. Sign up now to join in the fun and fresh air! Details
St. Paddy’s unWINEd Weekend
Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13
Shadybrook Farm, Yardley
Participate in the fun and festivities all weekend long as Shadybrook Farm delivers with everything Irish: music, dancing, food and drinks. Don’t miss the celebration that comes ‘round once a year! Details
Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 12:00 pm
Springfield, Delaware County
It has been a long two-year wait, but the best parade in DelCo is back, bigger and better than ever! Wear your green and may the luck of the Irish be with you! Details
Conshohocken St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 pm
Fayette Street, Conshohocken
Montgomery County will shine in green as this annual tradition is slated to be held this year. Thousands flock for the fun, so be sure to secure your place on the parade route. Details
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