In our Community

The Center on Central proudly participates in community events, and welcomes opportunities to do so. Some recent examples of our involvement are listed below. Click here for both a chronological and alphabetical listing of our prior community events, or simply scroll through each community event posting below, from most recent to oldest.

In addition, this website is now home to the web archive of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Daddy’s Spirit Moves Me Forward, founded by The Center on Central’s co-founder Ron Opher, which operated from 2005-2013.

The Center on Central’s owners, Katie and Ron Opher, talk about how The Center on Central is involved in community events in Paoli and the surrounding area

“Have banner, will travel!”


As we phase out the 10% membership discount program (for which we charged $49-99 depending on the timing of the membership purchase), The Center on Central introduces its new Friends & Family Discount Program.

How it works:

Each Friends & Family Discount Group can have up to 6 families in it.

One person is the group leader. The group leader can invite up to 5 individuals/families by providing us a name, phone number and e-mail address. We will then contact the people you invite and verify that they will accept your invitation.

Once the group is identified, we will keep track of your Center on Central purchases among the group. At each interval where the group spend is $500, we will e-mail each group member a unique discount code at 5% intervals. So if the group spend reaches $500, the 5% discount code will be valid the remainder of the calendar year. If the group later reaches $1000 in Center on Central purchases, a new 10% discount code will be issued. This discount keeps growing in $500 spend/5% discount intervals until a 50% maximum discount is reached. On January 1 of the following year, the discount ends, the group members are asked whether they want to continue, and new tracking of spending and new discounts start again.



The Center on Central participated in the Main Line Parent 2017 Early Childhood Education Fair at the brand new St David’s Episcopal Day School in Wayne on November 4, 2017.

Our arts activity table was a popular stop (along with with a photo booth and face painting) at this kid/family friendly event, which featured over 25 of the best toddler, preschool, kindergarten and private school programs.

In addition, Plaid Pajamas collected a huge number of warm winter pajamas for people in need!

MLP ECE fair

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On August 24, 2017, The Center on Central again joined local businesses in participating in the Willistown Country Fair, providing a music circle activity.

Willistown 2017-2

Willistown 2017-1


On June 14, 2017, Creative Arts Summer Day Campers at The Center on Central learned about Summer safety as part of the first week of camp.

Brad Zerr, Director of Community Service at Paoli Hospital, talked about a number of very important topics – such as sunscreen, bicycle helmets, lawn mower safety and when to call 9-1-1. He also explained emergency room procedures such as ambulance arrivals, triage and evaluation – in a way to help increase familiarity and minimize fear if any of the children or their family members found themselves in an emergency.

Thank you Brad for taking the time to meet our campers and help them learn about these important and interesting topics as Summer 2017 kicks off.

6-14-17 Brad Zerr


On June 3, 2017, The Center on Central again participated in East Goshen Community Day held at East Goshen Park.

We provided complimentary face-painting and assisted Paoli Hospital with their community outreach under the park’s pavilion.

6-3-17 East Goshen