KYW To-Do List: 'Tinsel in July,' mural walking tours and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Tinsel in July
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)As more culture, nature, and entertainment options reopen, we want you to swim, bike, run, or walk — wearing your mask if social distancing is not possible — to your nearest favorite spot. Virtual offerings are still very much in abundance. Whichever way you want to play this weekend, we have you covered with this week’s KYW To-Do List.

Be sure to check the COVID-19 guidelines in each county or state before traveling, because they may differ from Philly’s.

As more places for arts and entertainment reopen in the area, check in advance if your favorite museum or cultural space is accepting visitors. Many buildings are opening with capacity restrictions, temperature checks, hand-sanitizing stations, and advance online-only sales. 

Adventure Aquarium in Camden reopened this week with added health and safety measures. “We’ve spent months thoughtfully preparing to reopen and, although the experience will be different, we’re confident these necessary changes will help guests feel safe so they can focus on enjoying and exploring life underwater,” said Executive Director, Vince Nicoletti. Operational changes can be viewed on their website.

The Mütter Museum reopens to members this Friday, with advance ticket sales online. Their updated policies and protocol are available on their website as well. And the Independence Seaport Museum reopens on Saturday, accepting visitors to the building and Cruiser Olympia on weekends only. Be sure to check their latest visitor policies prior to your visit.

Feeling the outdoors a bit more? Explore the world’s largest outdoor gallery, as Philly Mural Arts walking tours are back. A few times a week, via advance online sales only, see the city from a new perspective on your 90-minute walking tour. The Morris Arboretum also reopens to guests and members, via advance, timed ticket sales. Plan your visit and learn about the more than 13,000 types of plants surrounding visitors. And for the bikers, Montgomery County planners have just released their second COVID-19 bike tour, a 6.6-mile ride designed for avid riders who can handle a few hills. The prize? Beautiful views of the Schuylkill River.

The owner of the popular Christmas-themed bar Tinsel didn’t want to wait until December to put people in a festive mood. Go to Center City for a “Christmas in July” with 100% outdoor seating, cocktails, food — and some holiday cheer. 



As in-person activities adjust to their new normal, the virtual sphere continues much to offer for various interests.

For the arts inclined, ever made origami before? Join origami practitioner Sophia Kim every Saturday for a lesson in the ancient Japanese art. Your crane will be included in her count to 1,000 cranes and be featured on social media.

Bananas foster, fried ice cream, ice cream cocktails … we could go on with the plethora of delicious ways to make these ice cream specialties at home, but we’ll let Reading Terminal Market handle it with this weekend’s Virtual Ice Cream Festival, held on Saturday via Facebook Live. Let us know what you end up making.

On Sundays, Greenhouse Yoga—held in the beautiful greenhouse at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center—holds a vinyasa style class online. Classes are free, but advance registration is required.