Fun things to safely do this weekend

The Zoo has its first baby sloth bear in 40 years.
Philadelphia Zoo

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.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
Both kids and adults will get to participate in the free virtual classes being offered by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Every week, the PSCA will offer different workouts and skill tutorials for all ages through their Zoom link on their main website. Updated schedules can be found through their website weekly as well. Coming up this week: Pre-contortion back/shoulders (ages 13 and up, Thursday, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.) with Coach Christine, tots circus (ages 3-4, Friday, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.) with Coach Terry, and beginner’s stretch (all ages, Friday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.) with Coach Lesley. Other classes to look forward too in the future includes hula hooping for kids and adults, pre-contortion legs, conditioning and more. Although the classes are free, those interested can donate contributions to the PSCA and the teachers through Venmo @phillycircus.

Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo is still offering their popular new virtual series, the Philly Zoo at 2 every weekday where Philadelphians get an interesting look at the inner workings of the Zoo, go behind the scenes, talk with experts and still meet some of the establishment’s most amazing creatures. This week is extra special with the reveal of the Zoo’s first sloth bear cub in almost 40 years. Updates will be made regularly on the new, cute addition. Also recently added to the virtual fun is the Penguin Point Cam where viewers can watch live streaming of the Humboldt penguin colony, presented by Xfinity.

The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio
This Thursday (noon), be sure to check out The Clay Studio’s latest online event, a conversation with Glenn Adamson about his book “Fewer, Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects.” According to a release, Adamson’s book explores the history of craft in its many forms, the aesthetics of objects, and the care and attention that goes into producing them. During this interactive Zoom conversation, Adamson will discuss these topics and more, with Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio, and will be answering questions from attendees.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
The PPAC will be streaming a special event through Zoom this Thursday evening (7 -8 p.m.) “Lori Waselchuk: Working Through a Response” is the first in a series of online weekly lectures that will feature award-winning artists and journalists who use photography to respond to present issues. Waselchuk, who is the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator will be presenting her photography project, “Bridges of New Orleans,” during the virtual event and according to the release, will even discuss the creation of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, both created in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.