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Has there ever been a spring when going outdoors felt so good? The past confined year has given park and site managers time to plan for safe outdoor events. The Tookany-Tacony Watershed stands out for its new virtual tours, and an extended Love Your Park Week give masked rake-, trowel-, clipper-, and broom-wielders a second chance at improving nature for our neighbors. Also pretty exciting: The volunteer-powered reopening of the Phillypumptrack and Smith Memorial’s annual Slide-A-Thon.

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🚨 Note: We’re still in the middle of pandemic. 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.

🌳 Bring Us Along: Virtual Nature Tours (Nature / virtual / free / multiday) A new, super-attractive, extra-informative series of online nature tours gives you a glimpse into four parks (you’ll go to Tacony Creek Park twice) through five months. Each adventure is available in English and Spanish and teaches visitors about what to look at — and look out for — outdoors. In addition to expansive Tacony (for May and June), the tours include 3-acre Ethel Jordan Park in Abington, community-centric Vernon Park in Germantown, and the lush campus of Abington Friends School. Ages 5+. (Free, through Oct. 31, ttfwatershed.org)

🧪 STEMinists Save the World (STEM / virtual / free / multiday) Girls Inc. has three programs that inspire girls to join the growing ranks of women scientists and engineers. Each after-school session has a theme and project: careers and eco-friendly car design for the oldest; leadership, water pollution, and wind power for the middles; and superheroing, slime-making, and force field-generating for the littlest. Program for kindergarten-frade 2 on Monday, for grades 3-5 on Tuesday and grades 6-8 on Wednesday (Free, May 10-12, remakelearningdays.org)

🌳 Love Your Park Week (Outdoors / community / in-person / free / multiday / kid-friendly) There’s still plenty of room for volunteers at neglected green spaces for this year’s Love Your Park Week, a citywide celebration of the city’s parks. Carroll Park’s walking path (May 13 & 14, 8 a.m., 5801 W. Girard Ave.) still needs love, as do Chew Playground (May 15, 8 a.m., 1800 Ellsworth St.), Hunting Park Community Garden (May 15, 9 a.m., Old York Rd. and Bristol St.), Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course (May 15, 9 a.m., 3400 Reservoir Dr.), Clara Muhammed Square (May 15, 10 a.m., 4800 Lancaster Ave.), Fotteral Square (May 15, 10 a.m., 11th & York Sts.), Overington Park (May 15, 10 a.m., 4600 Leiper St.) and more. Ages 4+. (Free, through May 15, various locations, loveyourpark.org)

🎨 Friday Art Club, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Art / virtual / free / kid-friendly) Abstract elementary school artists can collage their hearts out under the virtual tutelage of a Philadelphia Museum of Art educator. This week’s club meeting traces its inspiration from the works of Sonia Delaunay. Ages 6-10. (Donations encouraged, May 14 and 28, 3:30-4:15 p.m., philamuseum.org)

🚴‍♂️ Phillypumptrack (Biking / in-person / free / multiday / kid-friendly) Volunteers have dug out the gaps between the person-made hills along Parkside, and the track is ready for bike riding. You don’t need to have your own dirt bike, BMX bike, or even helmet: Those are available to borrow, free of charge. Closed-toe shoes, masks, and for riders under 18, signed waiver required. Ages 5+, with 5-and-under days to be announced. (Free, May 15 , noon-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays through October 30, noon-5 p.m., based on weather and volunteer availability, Parkside Ave. N., phillypumptrack.org)

☀️ Slide-A-Thon (Amusement / in-person / kid-friendly) As much for grown-ups as for kids, Smith Memorial Playground’s fundraiser lets donor groups reserve 20-minute time slots for an all-you-can-slide experience on the century-old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. Local celebs — former Eagle Connor Barwin, State Representative Donna Bullock, City Councilperson Derek Green — give it a go from 2 to 2:15 p.m. Other riders can sign up for spots in late afternoon and early evening. Masks, distancing required. (From $25 per person, May 15, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., public entry 1:45-2:15 p.m., 3500 Reservoir Dr., smithplayground.org)

🚗 Antique Car Show at Linvilla Orchards (Cars / in-person / free / kid-friendly) The Historical Car Club of PA brings 250-plus Model Ts, ’62 Corvettes and the like to Delco for the day. It’s a no-touching situation, where even the cars are socially distanced. Masks required. (Free, May 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, linvilla.com)


🦕 Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age, Philadelphia Zoo (Animals / in-person / multiday) Twenty-four life-size animatronic dinosaurs and their saber-tooth tiger and woolly mammoth friends: They’re not just for the Academy of Natural Sciences or stadium parking lots anymore. The prehistoric predecessors to the zoo’s real-life residents take you on a trip through time. Also new: a limited-edition Dino-Key unlocks true dino stories throughout the exhibit. Ages 2+. (Zoo admission: $19-24; Big Time admission: additional $6; members only: through Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., philadelphiazoo.org)

🌳 FDR Park (Nature / in-person / free / multiday) Between May 20 and the middle of June, visitors will have limited access to FDR park’s lakes, playground, tennis courts, Cambodian Market, skate park, baseball fields, picnic areas, and meadows. The public park is getting ready to host the Flower Show (June 5-13). Go now to enjoy the spaces fully. All ages. (Through May 19, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, Broad St. and Pattison Ave., fdrparkphilly.org)

🧬 Remake Learning Days (Science / in-person and virtual / free / multiday) After a year when we’d love to remake, this event lets kids look at learning differently. Try virtual coding lessons, classes in 3D design and drones, a science fair, a kids’ “invention convention” (May 15), and, because science includes animals too, the PA Pig Farm Showcase (May 11). In-person programming includes Fluxspace’s STEAM Festival, masks and distancing required. Ages 4-18. (through May 16, various times, 56 Buttonwood St., Norristown, remakelearningdays.org/southeasternpa)

🎵 Wee Folk Classes (Music / virtual / kid-friendly) Most little kid music sessions rely heavily on folk music, but only one is brought to you by the folky folks at the Philadelphia Folksong Society. Teacher Molly Herbert-Wilson Zooms her sing-alongs, storytelling, rhythm lessons, and good vibes into playrooms far and wide. No worries if class conflicts with morning nap: They’ll send you the recording. Ages 0-4. ($5 per class, Tuesdays through May 25, 10 a.m., pfs.org)

Franklin Square Fountain Show (Outdoors / in-person / free) It’s all about the small pleasures lately, and passing through Franklin Square while “Motownphilly” plays, lights glow, and water spouts from the park’s historic fountain is one of them. Shows take place on the half hour. All ages. (Through May 29, noon-9 p.m., through Sept. 26, noon-10 p.m., 200 N. 6th St., historicphiladelphia.org)

🛼 Roller Skating Rink at Dilworth Park (Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly) Taking a cue from Penn’s Landing (and the thousands of pairs of roller skates families didn’t think kids would actually use until about a year ago), the plaza facing City Hall turns ice rink space over to the other kind of skating. The new, retro rink has a checkerboard floor and hula hoops overhead. Limited tickets available, masks required, reservations recommended. Ages 4+. (Admission, $5-$10, skate rental $5, locker rental $10 through June 27, 15th & Market Sts., centercityphila.org)

🖍️ Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition (Ages 6-12 / in-person / museums). Wanna know how crayons are made? Take a road trip to Easton. Want to measure your creative thinking skills? Head to the Franklin Institute’s new, world premiere exhibit of 150 colorful, space-, sea-, and otherwise-inspired installations designed to test guests’ abilities to problem solve. If the concept sounds a bit too abstract for your kids to envision, just tell them they’ll get RFID wristbands that’ll show them how smart they are. ($23 adult, $19 ages 3-11, free under 3, through July 18, Wednesdays through Sundays, 222 N. 20th St., fi.edu)

🎨 A New View: Camden (Art / free / in-person / kid-friendly) The message of Camden’s six-site outdoor art exhibit: Don’t trash your city. The message kids will leave with: A 36-foot-long sculpture of a cat made out of old car hoods, a 15-foot-tall, trash-collecting creature, and mealworms that eat styrofoam are pretty cool. Ages 2+. (Free, through Oct. 31, anewviewcamden.com, various locations)

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