Fun things to safely do this weekend in Philly

Join in on an artistic Q&A with CraftNOW's virtual First Friday experience.

Looking for some fun, unique and safe ways to spend your weekend? In the age of social distancing, Metro has you covered. A few Philly establishments have come up with inventive ways to still have fun this weekend while staying healthy.

CraftNow Virtual First Friday

Just because social distancing is still in full effect doesn’t mean that we all can’t experience the fun of a First Friday experience, just this time it will be through a virtual format. On May 1 at 6:30 p.m., Philadelphians can join in on this inaugural event where CraftNOW partnered up with The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Wharton Esherick Museum. According to the release, Virtual First Friday will be moderated by CraftNOW’s Executive Director Leila Carter and will feature different artists and curators such as Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio), artist Roberto Lugo and more engaging in 10-minute conversations with question and answer sessions. This event is free to join though Zoom, and as a spirited bonus, there will even be a specialty cocktail you can make ahead of time to enjoy during the event.


The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Virtual Concert

Throughout the month of May, some of the skilled past performances from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra will be broadcasted for all to enjoy. The performances are set for every Sunday throughout the month and will be full-fledged concerts from 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. This Sunday’s concert will take place at 4 p.m. and will highlight JohannesBrahms’ ‘Symphony No. 4’, Sergi Prokofiev’s ‘Lieutenant Kijé’ and Ottorino Respighi’s ‘Pines of Rome.’ According to the release, the broadcasts will be co-hosted by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon and Maestro Scaglione. It is available on the radio at WRTI 90.1, streaming at and on the WRTI App.

SPIN Ping Pong Party

SPIN, the network of ping-pong social clubs, recently announced a new virtual experience that will have everyone picking up a paddle to play. The Virtual Ping Pong Experience from SPIN will feature 50-90 minutes of interactive experiences for you and all of your friends/loved ones to join in on including ping pong icebreakers, wacky performances, live music, virtual ping pong challenges, Tik Tok tutorials and possibly even a surprise appearance from a celebrity or ping pong Olympian. According to the release, these parties will be available for groups of up to 30 people who are 18+. There will also be special prizes throughout the experience including mini ping pong sets, select SPIN merchandise and much more. Throughout the month of May, the virtual parties will be complimentary and subject to availability.

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