KYW To-Do List: Reopened museums, free spraygrounds, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

The Franklin Institute
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)More and more museums, public activities and classic Philly sites are reopening in smaller capacities during the pandemic — which is perfect timing for summer fun. As temperatures rise to boiling, humid conditions, you can once again partake in entertainment in the comfort of an air-conditioned building.


The Franklin Institute reopened this week with a new exhibit, “The Presidents by Madame Tussauds,” featuring all the U.S. presidents and some other celebs. These wax figures definitely need to stay indoors.

But if the great outdoors are calling your name, beat the heat at one of nearly 100 spraygrounds across the city.

Just remember to check the COVID-19 guidelines in each county or state before you go, as they may differ from our own.

The Franklin Institute reopened on Wednesday with many safety measures in place. Tickets must be purchased in advance so the museum can keep its capacity at 25%. You can buy tickets online with no additional fees. 

Face coverings and touchless temperature checks are required for everyone ages 3 and up. The museum also ramped up daily cleaning protocols, added more hand sanitizing stations, and streamlined spaces for ease of movement and peace of mind. 

Further east, Franklin Square is also open again. The favorites — carousel, mini-golf, and SquareBurger — are back, as well as a brand new fountain show. Ticket purchases will be contactless and online. Contact is not needed with any staff, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Another Philly favorite reopens Friday: Magic Gardens. Tickets will also only be available online, with standard mask mandates, social distancing protocols, and limited capacity in indoor areas. If you’re not comfortable visiting during this time, there are still many ways to engage from home.



Need to beat the heat and keep the family occupied? While pools are closed, explore the nearly 100 open sprayground locations in Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds. City officials advise using the restroom ahead of time, because public bathrooms are still closed. 

City Council President Darrell Clarke hopes the open spraygrounds will make summer a bit more bearable — while still keeping people at a safe distance.

While the sun is beating down, catch an air-conditioned bird’s-eye view on the city at One Liberty Philadelphia Observation Deck, which is now open. Tickets are 10% off online, and kids are free in July. 

Don’t miss out on seeing our city from new heights.