📅 This calendar is updated every Sunday morning with the best events for the week. You can always find it at inquirer.com/kidscalendar

The value of useful distractions has skyrocketed in recent days. Not only are we veering kids away from the most frightening aspects of national news: We’re also hunkering down for a winter at home, indoors, together. This week’s events offer worthy hours devoted to furthering the lived teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., learning more about Chinese culture, crafting a nature journal to inspire outdoor adventures, and appreciating a penguin chick. These virtual events are easy to access, but largely must be reserved or planned in advance. Same goes for the recently reopened indoor mini-golf at Linvilla Orchards. (Because sometimes, we just need to get out of the house and hit a ball.)

🚨 Note: Coronavirus cases are higher than ever in the Philadelphia region and throughout the country as a whole. Even where indoor activities are allowed, we recommend doing as much as possible outdoors, socially distanced and masked, because indoor activities are inherently riskier for virus spread.

Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards (Ages 4+ / in-person / sports) Media’s favorite agritainment center has reopened its environmental-educational putt-putt. Created years ago by the Academy of Natural Sciences, all 18 holes are dedicated to dinosaurs, butterflies, rainforests, more. Masks and timed tickets required to ensure limited capacity and the ability to social distance. ($9 adults, $7 ages 10 & under, through March 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., linvilla.com, 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, map, add to calendar)

❤️ MLK Weekend Celebration at the African American Museum (Ages 6+ / virtual / MLK Day / free) AAMP’s three-day event includes screenings: Shuja Moore’s third episode of Walkies, a documentary series about living success after prison (Jan. 16, 3-4:30 p.m.) and John Lewis: Good Trouble (Jan 18, 12:30 p.m.), a discussion of Black Americans’ roles in supporting new Americans (Jan. 17, 3-4:30 p.m.); a lecture on 20th and 21st-century African American art by Nicole Fleetwood and artists (Jan. 18 3:30-5 p.m.). For the littles: MLK mornings (ages 6+, 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 16-18) of readings and Dreamline workshops (crafts, discussions) led by youth mentors (Free, registration required, Jan. 16-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., aampmuseum.org, add to calendar)

🐧 Penguin Awareness Day at Adventure Aquarium (All ages / virtual / science / free) An African penguin chick naming celebration on national Penguin Awareness Day is the event we need and deserve right now. Fluffy lil’ “No Name,” son of Cassie and Rocky, hatched Nov. 22, becomes either “Cooper” or “Jefferson,” thanks to online voters and local healthcare sponsors. You’re welcome (Free, Jan. 20., early morning, facebook.com/adventureaquarium, add to calendar)

🌱 Glen Foerd Upcycled Nature Journal (Ages 8+ or younger with adult supervision / virtual / art /science / free) Glen Foerd’s 18 acres of trees, waterways, and wildlife have been a revered Northeast Philly refuge throughout the pandemic. The historic site now offers a monthly series of virtual environmental projects, beginning with a DIY nature journal to make at home and record natural scenes and discoveries from a backyard, nearby park, or Glen Foerd itself. (Free, new project posted the second Tuesday every month, glenfoerd.org)

🇨🇳 World Wonders: Trip to China and Beyond at Penn Museum (Ages 5-12 / virtual / museums) The long-ago dream of international travel and understanding becomes an onscreen reality when Penn Museum hosts a talk, games, even a mini-Mandarin lesson, focused on kids’ lives in China. It’s the first in a series of annual Lunar New Year events. (Pay-what-you-wish, Jan. 20, 4-5 p.m., penn.museum, add to calendar)

Penn Museum kicks off its celebration of the coming Lunar New Year with a World Wonders workshop about Chinese culture (and notable landmarks!) on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Courtesy of Penn Museum
Penn Museum kicks off its celebration of the coming Lunar New Year with a World Wonders workshop about Chinese culture (and notable landmarks!) on Wednesday, Jan. 20.