KYW To-Do List: Innovative bike paths, zoo safari, and more things to do at a distance this weekend

Holli Stephens
May 29, 2020 - 5:00 am
Philadelphia skyline along the Schuylkill River, known as the Schuylkill Banks.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Believe it or not, this weekend is jam-packed with happenings in Philadelphia. 

If the weather allows, take a socially-distant bike ride on the many paths outlined by experienced cyclists. 

If you prefer your own two feet to wheels, you can run the perimeter of Philadelphia or Ocean City, also created by experienced marathoners. Heads up: These courses are LONG.

Or, stay home and learn about all the historical sites Philadelphia has to offer via virtual tours — plus a visit to Elmwood Park Zoo for an up-close-and-personal peek at your favorite zoo animals.

Whatever you decide to do, we’ve got you covered with this week’s KYW To-Do List. Check it out below for more.


BIKING

Have a bicycle? Download a bike route and explore our city. With bike lanes and bike-friendly connector streets, Philadelphia is your cycling oyster. 

Montgomery County has also provided Philadelphians with a few different biking routes. Choose your skill level and take a ride.
No bike? No worries. If you’re an essential worker, the Greater PHL Bike Match program is donating bicycles to essential workers to ease commutes. Perhaps one of the above routes is on your way into work. 

You can donate a bike or sign up to request one. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, which is facilitating the program, will match what that person is looking for in a bike — like type or size — and organize a potential match from a donor. 

The bike owner and the recipient simply meet at an agreed-upon public place for the contactless exchange — keeping social distancing in mind, of course.

 

MUSEUMS

Take a virtual tour of the American Swedish Historical Museum’s centerpiece ceiling mural, painted by Christian von Schneidau. Roughly 140 smaller circular “cameo” murals are all on display online.

The murals illustrate U.S. states where Swedish immigrants settled, coats of arms from historically significant regions in Sweden, and people who have contributed to Swedish or Swedish-American history.

You can explore other regions online too, like Bucks County’s historical and cultural sites. Dozens of inns, museums, gardens, and more await you — what will you find? 

Or, check out what the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has to offer each week. Between print sales, expert talks and downloadable activities for the littlest ones, there’s something for everyone.

After some history tours, switch over to the present-day at the Elmwood Park Zoo, which brings the animals to you

Every weekday at 11 a.m., join the Zoo School livestream and learn from its education team. This week, they’ve been highlighting their golden lion tamarins, red pandas, and birds of paradise. 

Take control of Animal Cams, too, and see what the giraffes, zebras and bald eagles are up to.

The zoo also offers a safari experience, where you can see animals that aren’t usually exhibited, all from the comfort of your car. Tickets are $25 and are only available for purchase online.

 

MUSIC AND DANCE

The Marian Anderson Historical Society is hosting “We Sing,” a livestream concert and tribute to Philadelphia-born singer Marian Anderson, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Anderson made history with notable performances at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the White House, and more. She was also the first African-American woman to sing the national anthem at a presidential inauguration. Reserve your space on the historical society’s website.

Later that evening, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the Pennsylvania Ballet is hosting an ‘80s party to support the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA). Reserve your tickets online, and check out the great assortment of silent auction items before the party starts.