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July 1, 2020

Things to do in Philly During July

Philadelphia is still in the yellow phase, but residents and visitors alike can still enjoy themselves in the city and surrounding areas! Take a look at our list below of the top things to do during July: 

Virtual Wawa Welcome America Festival - July 4th: This year the party is coming to you! Join artists such as Jason Derulo and Cynthia Erivo virtually for their performances at the Philadelphia Met on the 4th. Check out Welcome America's website for more info!

 

Reopening of Longwood Gardens - July 1st: The stunning grounds that once belonged to Pierre du Pont are opening to the public again! For the time being timed tickets and masks are mandatory if you plan to visit the gardens. Take a look at their website for more info on visiting their amazing greenhouses and amazing outdoor water fountain displays. 

 

Philly Parks on Tap: While their operations may have changed some in order to keep patrons safe, Parks on Tap opened on June 12th and plans to continue throughout the summer! This year they are staying in one summer long location, the grounds of the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, by the Franz Shubert memorial. For more info on what else has changed, be sure to take a look at their site

 

Treetop Quest in Fairmount Park: And speaking of Fairmount Park, their Treetop Quest attraction is now open! In light of Covid-19 you'll need to reserve your tickets now, but if you are looking for a fun outdoor activity this is one to definitely check out!

 

 

 

Posted in Philly News
June 30, 2020

In What Year Was Independence Day Declared a Holiday?

 

If you answered D, you're right! Independence Day was first declared a holiday in the year 1870 

Posted in History
May 27, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year Did The First Daily Newspaper Begin Publishing?

If you said C, you're right! The first daily newspaper was published all the way back in 1786! 

Posted in History
May 27, 2020

Things to Do at Home in Philly During June

Restrictions are beginning to lift, but we are still encouraged to practice social distancing and to stay home as much as possible. We've put together a few activities you can still enjoy from the comfort of your home, and possibly even hop on Zoom with a couple of friends to share the fun!

 

Online Art Show - Peruse (and Maybe even Purchase) Local Art: The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County is hosting an online exhibit, showcasing over 60 of the area's top artists and offering viewers over 130 works to admire, and possibly even purchase. Be sure to take a look! 

 

Virtual Beer Tasting- Breweries Delivering to Your Doorstep: While you may not be able to share a cold one with your friends at one of Philly's outdoor beer gardens, you can still partake in Philly's craft beer scene with your favorite IPA fans! Visit Philly has an extensive list of breweries just ready and waiting to drop some delicious beverages on your doorstep. Check out Visit Philly's list and pick out some craft beers you and your friends would like to try! 

 

Virtual Spa Day - Practice Some Self Care: Set up a zoom call with some of your closest friends and have a spa day! Duross & Langel has delivery & twice weekly pickup windows to grab your favorite skincare products, and if you want to stay inside, no worries! Franklin & Whitman has a Face Care kit that can be delivered to your door. Grab your friends for a for some quality screen time and treat yourselves to a home spa experience!  

Posted in Center City
May 4, 2020

Philly Trivia: How Much Did the First General Purpose Computer Weigh?

 

If you said A, you're right! The first general purpose computer weighed 27 tons. 

 

Posted in History, Philly News
May 4, 2020

Virtual Tours of Philadelphia Museums

While we continue to self isolate, multiple museums around the world have partnered up with Google to offer virtual tours of their collections, giving people a glimpse of masterpieces they know and love without putting themselves and others at risk of spreading the Coronavirus. 

So of COURSE we had to share with you all the Philadelphia museums who are offering virtual tours! Below are links to virtual tours of the museums you know and love, and maybe a few that will become your new favorites. 

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art: While we all know and love the steps to the Art Museum, inside is also a sight to behold. With world renowned works to peruse, you can lose yourself for hours while taking in all this historic institution has to offer. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia: Philly is known as an art epicenter, with the most outdoor murals of any city in the world. Since it is currently recommended that people stay inside as much as possible, this is a chance to have the murals come to you instead of you going to them! 

Franklin Institute: For those looking for fun, kid friendly exhibits on science and history, the Franklin Museum is just the ticket! Browse through their fun exhibits on physics and the history of the telephone in our country! 

Academy of Natural Sciences: Take a moment to go through the oldest natural history museum in the Americas and the first in the world to display a fully mounted dinosaur! With exhibits such as "how to find a new species of fish" and a collection of some of the most colorful bird feathers in the world, there's plenty to see in this fascinating and historic museum! 

National Constitution Center: Here's your chance to experience "celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution" without having to wait in all the long lines! With plenty of exhibits and artifacts to look through, there's plenty to see in this online tour! 

Science History Institute: A museum that is dedicated to "collect[ing] and shar[ing] the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives", the Science History Museum is offering interesting exhibits such as the history of Alchemy as well as putting several scientific artifacts on display for all to enjoy!   

National Museum of American Jewish History: Explore and join in celebrating the history of Jews in America- from amazing writers, actors and performers to doctors and scientists who improved the lives of millions, the Museum of American Jewish History strives to "inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire."

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University: For those whose passion is fashion, The Robert Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costumer Collection (or the FHCC:) houses 14,000 garments, textiles, and accessories to explore. The Collection in particular has focused on Parisian haute couture and international high-style garments from the late 19th and 20th centuries, according to their bio. If you are interested in the history of fashion, this is THE online destination for you!

 

 

 

March 3, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year was the Love Statue First Loaned to Philly?

If you said B, you're right! Originally loaned to the city in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration of the Nation. The sculpture was briefly returned in 1978 before being purchased by the chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission and becoming a permanent fixture that same year. 

Posted in Center City, History
March 2, 2020

Things to Do in Philly During March

Winter is winding down and Spring is about to arrive, and we can't wait! The city is still abuzz with activities regardless of the temperature, and we have a list of the top happenings we think you should attend this month! 

 

PHS Flower Show - Ending March 8th: The oldest and largest indoor gardening show is back again, this time with the theme "Riviera Holiday", delighting patrons with Mediterranean-inspired designs that will transport you to the coastal region of Europe with its dazzling array of roses, lavender, rosemary and more. Be sure to grab your tickets, as this event will end before you know it! 

 

Israeli Film Festival- March 7th- 29th: Kicking off its 24th year, the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia is going strong all month long, with several showings of a variety of Israeli films all across the city. Check out the organization's website for more information regarding films and show times.

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 15th: A Philadelphia Tradition since 1771, the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on a Sunday, rain or shine. For information on the parade route and more, take a look at the organization's website

 

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens - ends March 22nd: Outside the weather may still be a bit chilly, but take a step inside Longwood Garden's gorgeous orchid display, complete with an interactive map! Tickets are available now- be sure to check it out

 

Philly Wine Week - March 30th to April 6th: If you love wine, come and join other vino enthusiasts during this 8 day celebration, taking place all across Philly in different bars and restaurants! Check out the festival's website for more info and tickets. 

 

Posted in Philly News
Jan. 27, 2020

Things to Do in Philly During Valentine's Day Weekend

Want to take your sweetie out for Valentine's Day Weekend but not sure where to go or what to do? We've got you covered with some events you and your favorite valentine can attend! 

 

Philadelphia Auto Show: February 8th to the 17th

If your valentine is more about wheels and gears, this event has probably been on your calendar for months. Taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this 9 day event is full of cars on display from manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche and many more! 

 

Boyz II Men at the Met: Feb 14th 

Let Philadelphia based Boyz II Men serenade you and your valentine on Friday night at the Met. Tickets are currently on sale, so get them while you can! 

 

Jurassic World Live Tour: Feb 14th - 16th

For those looking for something a little more action-packed this Valentine's Day Weekend, the Jurassic World Live Tour is stopping by the Wells Fargo Center from February 14th to the 16th. Hang on to the edge of your seat as you encounter iconic dinosaurs such as Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pterandons and of course the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

 

Tacony Creek Park Maple Sugaring Festival: Feb 15th

Take your sweetie to one of the sweetest festivals in the area this weekend! Taking place on Saturday from 2-3:30, join Tacony Creek Park neighbors to learn about and enjoy some maple syrup! 

Jan. 27, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year Was the Philadelphia African American Museum Founded?

 

If you answered B, you're right! Founded in 1976, the Philadelphia African American Museum, which sits at the corner of 7th and Arch Street, uses a variety of exhibitions and programs to share the histories, stories and cultures of those of African descent.