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Wondering what's happening at the Kroc? Stop in and check out the latest on everything from the newest Fitness class to membership promotions that could save you loads!

April 9

Tenebrae Prayer Service Livestream

April 9 at 6pm

The word, “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning ‘darkness’. The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian service observed during Holy Week. The Tenebrae makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial.

We will now be livestreaming the service on our Youtube channel instead of our live community service. Subscribe here and don't miss it!


February 11

Read & Romp

This NEW series of one hour workshops will introduce caregivers to easy to adopt strategies and practices for fostering language and literacy in the home! Each session presents caregivers with a strategy for fostering a literacy rich environment, followed by an opportunity to practice the strategy with their children

Following each session, caregivers with receive free digital and hard copy resource to assist then with implementation in the home. These 4 workshops are free and dinner is included. Register at the Welcome Desk for these free workshops on Feb. 11, March 17th, April 21 and June 2 from 4:30-6:00PM.


January 28

Read & Romp

Discover the Emotions of Reading with Read and Romp for children ages 3-6 years from 4:30 – 6:00PM on Jan 28, March 3, April 7 and May 19. Read ‘n ’Romp is designed for little learner to explore ‘big ideas’ through storytelling, games., and craft. Each session presents children with opportunities to learn through cooperative play, social-emotional skills such as how to interpret feelings, how to interact with others and empathy. Register at the Welcome Desk for this FREE event and dinner! 

January 25

Kroc 10th Year Kickoff Celebration

Bring the whole family as we kick off our 10th Anniversary celebration in a fun and interactive way, Saturday January 25th, from 10am - 1pm. You are cordially invited to experience the Kroc Center and our Salvation Army heritage as we “cut the ribbon” on our expanded beautiful, state-of-the-art multi-purpose Wells Fargo Conference Center during our 2020 Open House.

There will be Games, Giveaways, Prizes, Food, and Gifts galore!

PLUS! a Special New Year joining offer for New Members! Visit

December 1-31

Tis the Season for Giving: Holiday Swimsuit Drive

Starting December 1st the Kroc Aquatics Department is hosting a drive asking for brand new, unworn bathing suits (keep the tags attached!) for both males and females ages 3+. This campaign will directly benefit our very own Josias A. Sterling Aquatics Education Program! Just stop by the pool December 1st - December 31st and drop them off - they'll be put to good use!

December 13-14

Kroc Holiday Hoops + Toy Drive

Make a big difference for a boy or girl this holiday season and make a difference on the court at the same time!  Our holiday 3-on-3 tournament will take place Friday, December 13th (7pm) for ages 15 and up.  The fee to play? Just one unwrapped new toy per player! Registration ends November 23.

Our Toy Drive will also extend to December 14th with a day full of free special Group Ex classes.  Our guest fee will be replaced with a new unwrapped toy!

 To register for the tournament or for more details visit us at the Gym Monday-Friday, 1- 9pm.

October 31st

Breast Cancer Brunch + Workshop

Join us for brunch October 31st at 10am (until 1pm) for a fun and informative event! This workshop will explain what Breast Cancer really is, the risk factors, and what you can do to prevent and manage it. Entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers in room 204.

Register at the Welcome desk or online. For more details visit us at the Fitness Center!

October 1-31

Wear Pink - Get a Guest Pass

Wear Pink and receive a one time only FREE guests pass during the month of October. We encourage you to join us in wearing pink in October in our efforts to help fight Breast Cancer and celebrate survivors.

For more details visit us at the Welcome Desk!

September 24

Prostate Cancer Workshop

What are Prostate Cancer risk factors and what can you do to prevent and manage it? Join us in room 204, Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 am for this informative session free of charge presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center or Temple University.

For more details visit us at the Fitness Center!

July 10

Kroc Construction Updates

Wells Fargo Conference and Training Center expansion: Work continues, both inside and outside of our expanded conference center. On the outside, the HVAC unit was placed on the roof last week, drainage lines to support our campus storm water management plan are being installed, and the outside wall framing work continues. On the inside, interior wall framing, along with some electrical, plumbing, and duct work continues over the next couple of weeks. This project is on pace to be completed sometime around the middle of October.

Playground shading: Our shades have been installed! Along with landscaping around the playground area, this project is now complete and users of this space will now enjoy the comfort of shading over all areas of playground. We appreciate the compliance of all users to our posted rules, which include 1) parent/guardian supervision at all times, 2) following posted hours of access, and 3) assuring that all children are using the equipment as it is designed - Thank you!

Parking lot expansion: We are still in the planning phase for this work, which will eventually add 30-35 extra spaces to our overflow parking lot (across Wissahickon Ave from our center). Once this work begins, we will provide regular updates.

June 24

Kroc Construction Updates

Wells Fargo Conference and Training Center expansion project: Fireproofing of the new structure took place last week and is now nearly complete. Over the next couple of weeks, both exterior wall work and interior framing will continue, along with some mechanical and duct work. We expect that by August 1, the expanded space will be entirely closed in. The project is currently on pace to be complete sometime around mid-October. Playground shading: We were notified late last week that the shade sails are now complete! These should be installed by the end of this week (6/28) and will provide shade over the entire playground. Landscaping work around the new support posts should also be completed by the end of this week (6/28). Expanded parking across Wissahickon Ave: This project is still in the planning stages, with a projected "break ground' date of sometime in the fall. More information will be shared once we have it!

August 21

Bookbag Bonanza: A Back to School Event

It's the perfect way to get the school season started feeling fresh! We'll have haircuts, school supplies, bookbags (of course) and tons of fun! Register before August 9th at The Kind Family Resource Center, during the times below, and come by Wednesday, August 21 at 5:00pm. Must bring ID, Birth Certificate or Medical Card with birthdate to register.


  • Monday, 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, 2:00 - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00pm

For more information, call Theresa Price at 215 558 1500

June 3

Kroc Construction Updates

Wells Fargo Conference and Training Center expansion: Work to finish off the roof and construct the new walls of our Wells Fargo space continues this week. Fireproofing the new wing, along with framing for window installation, will be our focus over the next couple of weeks. Weather has caused some minor delays, but we remain hopeful that this project will be done by the end of September. Hot tub project: Our new hot tub is completed and being used each day by our members and guests! Enjoy the warmth of the water during our regular operating hours (but don't stay in too long!) Playground shading project: We await the installation of the fabric shade sails (they had to be altered due to sizing issues; this has caused a delay in their installation). Once the re-sizing is complete, the shades will be installed and the landscaping finished on/around our playground area. Overflow parking expansion: We are working with our general contractor to secure a suitable company to do this upgrade work. We hope to have a final plan for this expansion sometime over the next 1-2 months, with expansion adding approximately 30-35 spaces to our existing parking across Wissahickon Ave.

June 3-7

Spring Into Nutrition Week

June 3:10:30am: Nourish, Replenish, Energize! with registered Dietician Leslie Adams in the Pool Party Room.
4:30pm: Weight Moderation + Management with registered Dietician Pam Ford in the Pool Party Room

June 4:6:00pm: Kroc Fitness Family Feud Gameshow You can win prizes, dispel myths, learn new nutrition & wellness facts! Sign up in Fitness if you want to participate! Held in the Pool Party Room.

June 5:9:00am: Health and Wellness Fair in the Kroc Lobby with Food Demos, Exercise Challenges, Meal Prep presentation, and more!

June 6:10:30am: Garden Walk and Talk with Andy Learn about how to start your own home garden and managing diet with healthy produce!

June 7:10:00am: Kroc Cafe Healthy Food Special Be sure to stop by the Kroc Café and see what’s cooking!

May 25

New Hot Tub Grand Opening

Our ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 25th. Grab your bathing suit and join us! Your voice was heard when we decided to turn our existing facility into a fully functioning hot tub, complete with massaging jets. Enjoy some fun raffles, trivia prizes and refreshments until 3:00pm.

March 5

A Talk About Sickle Cell

Stop by for our FREE informative discussion on Sickle Cell Disease, Tuesday March 5 at 10:30am. This inherited red blood cell disorder causes pain and other serious problems such as fatigue, is prevelent in African Americans (1 in 13 African American babies are born with the trait). Join us for an in depth look at living with this disease that is carried by 100,000 Americans.

The presentation is led by Terri M. Booker, Esq.

After Terri Booker’s last hospitalization in 2012, when most of the doctors and nurses had no idea about sickle cell, she decided it was necessary to become an advocate for the sickle cell community. She serves as co-founder of the Young Adult Sickle Cell Alliance and mentors sickle cell patients in her local region. Terri M. Booker, Esquire was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Camden, NJ. Terri received her BA in economics from Loyola University in Maryland. She received her JD from The University of Pace Law School. Terri was an active member of the Black Law Student Association her first year of law school and from 2008-2010 went on to serve as vice president

February 23

CPR + AED Training: For the Professional Rescuer

Join us Saturday, February 23rd at 11am (until 1am) for a course that will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Register online today! Visit us in the Pool for more details or email



February 2

Tiny Tumblers: Kids Gymnastics

Jump and flip for joy in our first Tiny Tumblers class. This class will cater to ages 3-5, covering beginning tumbling, balance and gymnastics skills all while getting our wiggles out to fun music. 45 minutes of tiny tumbling fun!

  • 6-Week Program
  • Begins February 2
  • Saturdays 9:30am - 10:15am
  • Members: $85 | Non-members $100
Register online today! Visit us in the Recreation or Fitness Center for more details.



January 8

Quit Smoking For Good!

Beginning Tuesday, January 8th, at 10am, the Kroc Center is once again pairing with the Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple to give you a 5 week program designed to help you quit smoking. The program is FREE for all participants who attend each class.

For more info contact Allison Zambon at 215 214 3701 or at


December 20

Sounds of the Season: A Free Christmas Concert

On Thursday, December 20 at 6:30pm, The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be presenting it's annual Christmas Concert featuring the "Let's Play!" Orchestra, the Philly Kroc Jazz Orchestra, and the Kroc Center Dancers! Join us in the Worship & Performing Arts Center for a beautiful selection of your favorites played by our talented musicians. Great for the family night out and a break from all the shopping!

For additional information please contact Performing Arts Manager, Aaron Harris at


November 12

Veteran's Day Breakfast

On Monday November 12, 2018 we are proud to hold a Veteran's Day Breakfast from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the Wells Fargo Conference Room. Members that are veterans and their guests will be invited to join us for this event. In the spirit of the holiday, Veterans eat free! Valid Identification Required (Federal Government Veteran's ID Card or State Issued Driver's License noting Veteran on it). All non-veteran guests (of all ages) may attend for $10.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed both at Member Services and in the Cafe.


October 27

Ladies First: Women's Health & Wellness Fair

Ladies, this event is made just for you! Enjoy our information on natural skin & hair care as well as, massages, health information, and nutrition. In addition, we will be hosting guest speakers, vendors, and our special 30-minute classes, including self-defense, yoga, and abs. We promise a day fit for a Queen!

Registration: 9am - 10am

Guest Speaker Series in the Wells Fargo Conference room

  • 10am - Opening + Prayer
  • 10:15am - “Motivation & Empowerment” with Diane Leslie
  • 10:30am - “Starting Your Own Business & Entrepreneurship” with Tracy Bond
  • 11am - “Eat. Drink and Be Healthy” with Dr. Karen James
Fitness Classes choose your classes!
  • Session #1 at 11:30am - Self Defense with Derick in rm 243 OR Tone & Tighten with Vanessa in rm 242
  • Session #2 at 12:00pm - Yoga with Megan in rm 243 OR Women’s Only Workout with Christine in rm 242


Holidays 2018

Assistance Application Begins October 22

Applications will be taken at this location for the following zip codes:

  • 19129
  • 19140 (west of 5th street)
  • 19141
  • 19144
You may apply November 1st through December 7th.
MON + WED at 10:30am - 12pm & 1pm - 6pm
TUE + THU at 1 - 5pm | FRI at 9am - 12pm & 1 - 4:30pm

You may also apply October 22, 23, 25, 26, 29 & 30 from 10am - 12pm. No appointments necessary.

Please Bring With You:
  • Personal Identification / Photo ID
  • Proof of Address (utility bill, etc)
  • Original Birth Certificate or medical cards that indicate birth dates of children (ages 12 and under)


October 20

Fall Chess Tournament

12:00pm - 5:00pm

On Saturday, October 20th, the Salvation Army Kroc Center Rec department brings back our seasonal Chess Tournament and we're itching to get the ball (or pawns?) rolling! Register online or at the Welcome Desk and meet us at the outdoor Pavilion for a full day of game, food, refreshments and fun. Do it soon because there's only 32 spots available!

Ages 12 and up, entry fee of $20 (includes food)

October 3

Confused with Computers?

Wednesdays, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Let us help you demystify the box and make those emails less enigmatic! Navigate the World Wide Web with ease! It’s a perfect half hour of power for those who aren’t tech savvy. There’s no question too silly for us!

Sign Up with Ian in the Computer Lab (second floor). Limited seats available. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult to use the Computer Lab.

August 21

Quench Your Thirst: Sports Drink Tasting


August is downright hot and humid, so staying hydrated can get tough during these swampy summer months. We’re here to teach you about the different low-calorie, low-sugar foods and beverages that’ll keep the summer at bay. Narrow down your shopping list by sampling a few -- on the house!

FREE for Members! | Register in the Fitness Center!br>Hosted by Courtney Schoepe | Registered Dietician from Havertown GIANT

June 30

Chess Tournament

11:00am - 4:00pm

On Saturday, June 30th, the Salvation Army Kroc Center Rec department presents its first Chess Tournament and we want to see you there! Meet us outside at the Pavilion to help us find the Kroc’s first Grandmaster. Entry fee includes hot-dogs, hamburgers and refreshments on the house.

Register online or at the Welcome Desk | Ages 12 and up, entry fee of $20 (includes food)

June 6 & 8

Jazz Orchestra 5 Year Celebration


We're proud to offer a free ticket to you and your family to join us for The Salvation Army Kroc Center Jazz Orchestra's 5 Year Celebration on Friday June 8th at 7:00pm. We welcome back alumni from the program as well as vocalist Nikki Paulino in our annual Jazz Summer Concert titled "We're Still Standing".

Featuring a song list of:
  • Amazing Grace -> Good Evening, Mrs. Gardner
  • Night Flight
  • Manteca
  • Light-Walk
  • The Stars & Stripes Forever
  • A Tisket-A-Tasket
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • All of Me
  • At Last
  • L-O-V-E
  • I'm Still Standing
Or stop by on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm for our "Let's Play!" Youth Orchestra Finale Concert where our young talent is put on display!

June 2

Mind, Body + Spirit Workshop

Saturday, June 2 | 8am-12pm

Join practicioners and specialists in a more holistic look into health and wellness. Broaden your horizons with more unconventional classes including Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and Family Kung-Fu. A different view of fitness for a day!

  • Homeopathic Doctor
  • Tea Therapy
  • Essential Oils
  • Natural Skin/Hair Products
  • Massage Treatment
  • Reflexology
  • Giveaways, samples, refreshments, & raffles!
Entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Register online or at the door. For more details talk to a fitness specialist.

May 14-18

Water Safety Week

Monday May 14 through Friday May 18

All week long, if you donate NEW, UNWORN children’s swim suits, the GUEST FEE IS WAIVED! Suits will be donated to the Kroc Center’s Josias Sterling Aquatic Education Program.

Join us May 14-18 for a week filled with events for all ages! Celebrate safe swimming each day with a new activity leading up to the Movie in the Pool with Disney's Moana Friday, May 18th at 6:45pm! The weeks schedule goes as follows:

  • Aquatics Jeopardy: 8:00am | 12:oopm | 4:00pm | Join us throughout the day in the Main Lobby for the classic trivia game with an aquatics twist! Win prizes for your swimming and pool knowledge! Sorry, no Alex Trebek though!
  • Interactive Workshop: 6:00pm | The world of a swimmer can sometimes be an unfamiliar place. Learn the ins and outs of how you can acclimate to the aquatic lifestyle through overcoming your fears, as well as access to lessons, leisure and competition swimming and sculpting health through swimming.
  • Scavenger Hunt: 6:00pm | How well do you know the Aquatics Center? Come and test your knowledge with prizes available! All ages are welcome!
  • CPR + AED Class: 6:oopm (with Water Exercise at 6:30pm)
Stop in the Aquatics Center for more details or email

March 24

Readers Make Leaders

A Day for Literacy!

Join us Saturday March 24th in our Wells Fargo Training Room for a (FREE) day of fun and learning! It's important for kids to learn and appreciate what doors reading can open for them. Teaching children the joys of reading can unlock all sorts of opportunities going further. We hope to give our participants a fun-filled day featuring:

  • Reading circle
  • Short story writing
  • Arts & crafts
  • Prizes & giveaways!
This event is for kids in grades 2 - 6

January 15

Free Swim Lessons on MLK Day!

Beginner Lessons Offered

In honor of Dr. King, the Aquatics Department is offering free swim lessons on Monday, January 15, 2018. Registration is required (first come, first served!). You can register at the Welcome Desk. All lessons are for beginner level swimmers. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Lesson Schedule
  • Preschool - 5:30pm (30 min.)
  • School Age - 5:30pm (30 min.)
  • Preteen - 5:30pm (30 min.)
  • Teen - 6:15pm (45 min.)
  • Adult - 6:15pm (45 min.)

January 10-31, 10:30am

Quit Smoking For Good

FREE Four-Week Program

Take the opportunity today to make the decision to improve your health for good! Register today for our FREE 4 Session Smoking Cessation Program brought to you by our friends at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The sessions will be hosted in our Wells Fargo Conference room at 10:30am on Wednesdays throughout January on the following dates:

  • January10
  • January 17
  • January 24
  • January 31
To register, or for more information, contact Allison Zambon at 215 214 3701 or


December 8, 7pm - 9pm

Movie Night in the Pool!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Help us support kids in need this Christmas by donating new, unwrapped toys! All guests get in to movie night FREE with a toy! So bring a friend or a few!

You may watch the movie from the competition pool or the bleachers. Popcorn will be available for purchase! For more information contact Brittany Copeland at 215 558 1535.

November 4, 8am - 12pm

It's time to help our neighbors this holiday season. Join us, Saturday, November 4th for our Annual Aerobic Marathon and participate in an event that truly embodies what we’re about! This year, instead of toys, we are accepting new clothes like hats, scarves, and mittens or canned goods and other non-perishables for our local less fortunate neighbors. Win a prize for donating the most items!

The fun-filled day will include:

  • Our Zumba®-thon from 9am -11am
    Numerous Raffles & Prizes
  • Guest Fee Waived with donations
  • And of course, the GEX Aerobic Marathon (schedule forthcoming)

October 18, 9am - 1pm

Kroc goes Pink for a day! Join us, Wednesday, October 18th, as we highlight the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the 4th Annual Pink Explosion!

Featuring the following organizations and activities:

  • Drexel University
    Breast Cancer Educator Jihan Davis
  • Hahnaman University Hospital
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • 10:30AM - Breast Cancer Survivor Megan Donascimento teaches her PINK Explosion Cycling Class!
  • As well as, Arts & Crafts, and prizes for the best PINK outfit during our Group Ex classes!

September 23rd, 2017 - 8am - 12pm

Sign Up Online or at the Welcome Desk
Experience various holistic and alternative approaches to acheiving better health. Enjoy our special schedule of Mind and Body fitness classes including Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Mediation as well as a fair with local wellness businesses, such as:

  • Dr. Tara Nayak, Naturopathic Doctor
    from Threshold Wellness Center

    Exploring Naturopathic Medicine and Immune Support for the Change of Seasons. Learn simple remedy-making and try your hand at mixing a medicinal tea.

  • Althea El, Essential Oils Consultant
    with Lavendarlite Earth's Pure Magic

    How to use essential oils to Refine your skin, Improve your health, purify your home, become emotionally balanced and for Spiritual Awareness and grounding.
Members: $10 | Non-Members: $12

September 3rd - 8th, 2017

Water Park will Re-Open Saturday 9/9
Due to our annual cleaning and repairs, the Water Park will be CLOSED from Septembe 3rd to September 8th.  Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

August 10, 2017

Game Night at the Kroc - August 10th, 6 - 8:30pm!
Enjoy a classic bracket style Spades tournament along with other favorites like Connect 4, Guess Who?, jacks and general card games for all to enjoy! All-you-can-eat pasta to go with it!

Register at the front desk or online!

July 29, 2017