Some outdoor recreational activities are now allowed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with social distancing restrictions and other requirements in place.
If you’re staying home, you can connect with area museum exhibits, dance with the Philly POPS, or create something with local artists.
WHAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE ALLOWED?
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the Garden State is now in Stage 1 of its reopening plan. He signed an executive order earlier this week to allow select outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations, effective on Friday.
You can go horseback riding or head to the batting cages and the golf range this weekend, or plan a socially distant trip to the shooting range.
Jersey Shore beaches are also open, with social distancing restrictions in place.
A full list of outdoor activities permitted in New Jersey is available here.
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, officials are urging residents not to go to the shore this weekend. Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley recognizes that Memorial Day weekend at the shore may be a tradition for some, but this year, he said that’s not a wise choice.
Some preliminary data show Philadelphians are by and large abiding to stay-at-home rules, but, as Mayor Jim Kenney said, “We see our case count going down, we see our deaths going down, and we’re going in the right direction. Why would we screw that up?”
MUSEUMS AND MORE
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum encourages Philadelphians to download its mobile phone app, which features more than four hours of audio explaining cars and exhibits in the collection. Dr. Simeone himself narrates the tour, which includes fascinating details about the history and significance of each car.
After looking at cars, took yours to the fields of Chadds Ford. Styer's Peonies is offering a drive-thru experience to see more than 500,000 blooms planted across 25 acres. Tickets are $25 per car and can be purchased online.
For Memorial Day, the Museum of the American Revolution invites the public to pay tribute — virtually — to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. The museum will host history presentations, virtual field trips and tours, and much more. Programming will be available online and on social media.
Here’s something that’ll make your dancing shoes twirl: The Philly POPS is offering free music programming for students of all ages. POPS in Schools@HOME is continuing to present its programs it normally conducts in Philadelphia schools.
Check the website for weekly videos, activities and instructional content, both in English and Spanish.
You can also get creative and make your own coloring book with local artist Sarah Ryan’s illustrations of LOVE Park. Download 16 pages of illustrations to color, plus crossword puzzles, mazes, and more.
Or, create at home with The Clay Studio, Philadelphia’s only ceramic arts-related nonprofit. Find new ideas for your ceramic projects — from leaf bowls and bud vases, to napkin rings and coasters — on its YouTube channel.
In the market for art? This year, The Philadelphia Show is showcasing America’s preeminent dealers of fine art and antiques online. The 58th annual show brings its offerings to a virtual platform for collectors, connoisseurs and design enthusiasts.