KYW To-Do List: Virtual painting class, Franklin Square pop-ups, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Franklin Square
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)It’s an exciting weekend ahead, Philadelphia. 

Whether you are getting ready to hop on a scenic train, venture outside, or spend an afternoon at a newly reopened movie theater, there’s no shortage of things to do during these final days of summer.

Franklin Square has all that and more, with a kids’ storytime, yoga, and cocktail garden.

Guess who’s coming to the silver screen: you.

Movie theaters in Pennsylvania are beginning to reopen. Capacity is set at 30%, though moviegoers say they’re seeing fewer attendees. Online ticket sales, masks, spaced-out seats, and preordered snacks are a comforting way to slowly return to this beloved pastime. 

Try Bucks County for theaters showing classic throwback films, or enjoy theaters in Philadelphia, which reopen Sept. 8.

You can also head to the drive-in. The Mann Center is hosting Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s free summer movie series every Wednesday and Friday through the end of September. Safely social-distance and enjoy “Jurassic Park” this Friday night. 

Check out the full line-up and reserve your tickets in advance.



Hop aboard a nostalgic Jim Thorpe train for breezy open-air rides to the Lehigh Gorge and back. Daily train rides will occur through Labor Day. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

All weekend long, outdoor programming is back at Franklin Square. For the little ones, join storytime this Friday morning, in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Historic Philadelphia, and Keepers of the Culture. 

Into exercise? Find your flow in a vinyasa yoga class Saturday morning. Registration is required, but free classes are available on Thursday mornings. 

Afterward, enjoy a cocktail at the pop-up Oasis Cocktail Garden, or follow colorful directions that guide you on a walking loop. 

And, of course, don’t miss the free fountain show, every 30 minutes from noon to 9 p.m. daily.

For a change of scenery, stop by Parks on Tap’s newest traveling beer garden location, open just in time for fall. Starting Friday at 4 p.m., Parks on Tap heads to South Philly with a 50,000-square-foot beer garden at FDR Park, across from the public golf course at 1500 Pattison Ave.

Or, join the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse for their first annual Slide-A-Thon Saturday afternoon, a fundraiser highlighting its historic Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. Smith has been a free, safe space for children of all different backgrounds to come together to play and grow, despite personal circumstances or societal challenges. Come for a socially distant playground scavenger hunt, Smith history trivia, and other games to support the site. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

Then on Sunday morning, take part in a guided walking tour of creative groundbreakers who have fueled American innovations at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Reserve your tickets in advance for Groundbreakers Under Ground, and learn about the people and ideas that have shaped medicine, education, business, communications, and culture as we know it today.



On Sunday morning, discover newness in the natural beauty of Glen Foerd's grounds through a guided healing experience, inspired by the Japanese shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," technique. Facilitated by Mindful in Nature, be sure to reserve your tickets in advance

The National Constitution Center’s exhibit, “The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote,” opened up to the public this week. Check it out in person, as well as KYW Newsradio’s 19th Amendment series, presented by the National Constitution Center.



Saturday afternoon, don’t miss a free livestream discussion of 50 years of Black dance, music and culture with leaders of the Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Hosted by the Paul Robeson House and Museum, the talk will dig into new resources on Philadelphia culture and history.

Or, paint a power fist with ARTrageous Brush & Flow Saturday evening. Your ticket includes a 10-by-20-inch canvas, paints, three brushes, and a disposable apron that you can pick up from ARTrageous, as well as a link to the guided painting class.

Philadelphia’s historic Elfreth’s Alley is in the podcast game now too, and with the eight-episode season just wrapping up, catch up and learn from “The Alley Cast.”