Five Frightfully Fun Attractions for Your 2020 Philadelphia Halloween

Pumpkin season is here! Even though it’s bound to be an unconventional Halloween this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the exciting – and safe! – events that Philadelphia has to offer. Unsure where to start? Here are some suggestions for you!

If you’re a fan of the supernatural, check out the official Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour of some of the historic district’s most ghostly landmarks. With its rich history, Philadelphia is considered one of America’s most haunted cities – you’ll be sure to see it for yourself after touring the highlights of Old City, Society Hill, and Independence National Historical Park after dark.

Looking for a more family friendly activity? Spooky Mini Golf returns to Franklin Square for the whole month of October. The park’s Philly-themed golf course gets a seasonal makeover with lights, fog, cobwebs, and a variety of decorations to get visitors of all ages into the Halloween spirit.

The Franklin Institute is embracing spooky season by hosting its first-ever Franklin Fright Weekend from October 31st to November 1st. Guests are invited to tour the museum in costume, trick-or-treat through its many iconic exhibits, watch live Scare Shows, and encounter some surprises along the way.

Some movie theaters might still be on hold when it comes to reopening, but the Philadelphia Film Society has been catering to the city’s community of film lovers since August when they opened their drive-in theater at the Navy Yard. This Halloween night, the PFS will be screening four classic scary movies that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car – and as a special treat, they’ll be playing for free.

To round out this year’s lineup of exciting autumnal activities, the Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a socially distanced – but just as festive! – version of its annual Boo at the Zoo attraction. Guests are encouraged to explore the zoo in costume, with kids receiving a free bag of candy upon exiting.

Center City Residents Get Into the Howl-o-ween Spirit with Pet Photo Challenge

Halloween may look a little different this year, but that won’t stop the Philadelphia community from making the most of the spook-tacular holiday season. From ghost tours to drive-in movies to pumpkin picking, there are plenty of socially distanced, outdoor or even virtual activities to enjoy in and around the city. 

One way the Center City Residents’ Association keeps the fall spirit alive is by encouraging the community to take part in a Howl-o-ween pet photo competition. Over the next few weeks, CCRA residents will be sharing photos of their furry friends costumed up here. Anyone can share love for their favorite pets and “vote” by hitting the like button. The winner of the contest will be announced after Halloween.

CCRA’s last pet photo challenge in April was a great success, with submissions generating hundreds of likes and comments. With the neighborhood’s sense of community growing stronger than ever, we’re expecting this contest to create just as much of a buzz. 

To keep track of the competition and stay up to date with future CCRA events, visit http://facebook.com/CCRAPhilly.

How to Vote in Pennsylvania

The 2020 presidential election is coming up and deadlines for Pennsylvania voting are right around the corner. Monday, October 19, 2020 is the last day to register to vote. Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5 pm. The deadline for returning your mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you choose to vote by mail, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by your county election office by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020 to be counted. If you are voting in-person, you must return your mail-in ballot to your county election office by 8 pm on election day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by the county election by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Some helpful resources:
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx
https://www.rockthevote.org/
https://www.pa.gov/guides/voting-and-elections/
https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/pollingplaceinfo.aspx
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-at-a-Polling-Place.aspx

Sprinklers in the City

Summer is officially in full swing and it is a hot one. Philadelphia temperatures have been reaching the 90s and it has been making us wish we were on a tropical island splashing around in the waves. Although that is not possible, we have fun (and free!) solutions to beat the heat in the city: sprinkler parks. 

Sprinkler parks are public spaces across Philadelphia that have in-ground sprinklers, fountains and splash pads to jump around in for those too hot to handle days. Perfect for the whole family to cool down, splash around all while maintaining a social distance from others. Check out three of our favorite spots below!

Dilworth Plaza – Location: 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

On the West side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza features open space, seating and fountain areas to splash in. The fountains have been set on the lowest water setting to allow children to play safety!

Seger Park – Location: 1020 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Located between South Street and Independence National Historical Park, Seger Park offers sprinklers in addition to separate spaces for toddlers and a dog park. It is the perfect spot for the whole family!

Roberto Clemente Park – Location: 1800 Wallace St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Roberto Clemente Park, located in Spring Garden, is the perfect hang out spot for kids. Equipped with a full spray ground, the park also offers basketball courts and plenty of green space to relax.

To find more sprinkler parks in Philadelphia or the suburbs, visit Mommypoppins.com.

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Linvilla Orchards!

The sun is shining and the blueberries are ripe for picking at Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA. If you’re looking for a fun, family friendly activity this month be sure to stop by for Blueberry Picking at Linvilla Orchards!

Join Linvilla from 9am to 2pm any day in July to pick blueberries for only $6 per quart

Did you know that just one cup of blueberries contains 3.6 grams of fiber, 25% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and antioxidants? Blueberry picking is a deliciously rewarding way to support local agriculture and create lifelong memories.

All guests are required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 W Knowlton Road, Media, PA 19063. For more information, visit Linvilla Orchards on Facebook, Instagram, or www.linvilla.com.

Burgers, Beer and Sunshine Now Available!

The streets of Philadelphia began to buzz this weekend as the restaurant industry took a leap towards normalcy amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Restaurants throughout Center City Philadelphia opened their outdoor spaces to allow patrons the chance to experience sit down service for the first time in months.

Fans of the nautical-themed bar, Misconduct Tavern, were particularly excited to grab a spot at the restaurant’s Rittenhouse Square and Logan Square locations. In addition to their large selection of burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and more, Misconduct was most excited to start serving up cold draft beers just in time to celebrate the start of summer in Philadelphia.

Enjoy outdoor dining at Misconduct Tavern daily from 12-10 pm at 1511 Locust St. or 1801 JFK Blvd. Visit misconducttavern.com for more information.

Graduate Hospital Ice Cream Shop is Now Open!

Looking for a fun and tasty way to spend a hot summer night? Sweet Molly Mels, the popup ice cream shop on South Street, is now open and serving frozen treats all summer long.

From Wednesday to Sunday every week this summer, Graduate Hospitals’ neighborhood brunch joint, Miles Table, will open their doors as Sweet Molly Mels from 4pm to 9pm. The new ice cream popup serves local favorites such as Bassetts hand dipped ice cream, milkshakes and treats from Weckerly’s!

Sweet Molly Mels will operate out of Miles Table at 1620 South Street and will be giving back to local community organizations. They are coordinating with Greenfield HSA, Anderson Monarchs and many more to donate 10% of their sales in order to fill the gap in their fundraising efforts.

For more information, visit Sweet Molly Mels on Facebook and Instagram.

Bring Philly’s Arts and Culture Scene Home

A cooking lesson with a top Philadelphia chef? Yoga with a small business owner? A tour of your favorite local park? In-person experiences may be on a hiatus for the time being, but NBC10 and Visit Philadelphia have teamed up to develop a platform for locals and tourists to experience Philadelphia’s vast arts and culture scene from the comfort (and safety) of their homes.

Philly Live Weekends is a Facebook livestream series featuring chefs, performers, artists and more working and playing from home. The experiences range from backyard circus performances to margarita tutorials to hippo feedings. Absolutely nothing is off the table when it comes to these Philadelphian’s unique interests and skills.

To see what’s on the docket for this weekend, or to take a peek at some of the past Philly Live Weekends livestreams, visit https://www.visitphilly.com/features/philly-live-weekends/.

Three Refreshing Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is officially here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather from home than mixing up your own fruity creation.

Here are three of our favorite mocktail recipes to keep you refreshed this Memorial Day Weekend:

 

 

Mimosa Mocktail, Nourish Nutrition Blog

With just two ingredients, this take on a mimosa is a quick and easy way to elevate your spring sips.

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Mojito, A Sweet Pea Chef

This spin on the classic mojito skips the alcohol and adds some raspberries for a refreshing treat you can drink all day long.

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Limeade, Fifteen Spatulas

With the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, this drink is sure to get you feeling that great spring energy.

New Ship Bottom Brewery “Linvilla Orchards Hard Cider” is Available Saturday, May 16, 2020

At Linvilla Orchards, the Ship Bottom Brewery Beer Garden usually serves as a spot where guests can play Corn Hole and Giant Jenga, and even share a pint around the bonfire. In the age of social distancing, Linvilla Orchards and Ship Bottom Brewery are teaming up to release a specialty hard cider that not only reminds us of the great times we’ve had at the Ship Bottom Brewery Beer Garden, but lets us bring the fun home.

Ship Bottom Brewery takes pride in handcrafting every batch of beer they make. Every ingredient they use is hand-selected by their head brewer in Beach Haven, NJ to ensure freshness and quality. The new Linvilla Orchards Hard Cider will be a year-round offering, made with a mix of freshly pressed apples for a crisp-sweet cider. The cider is gluten-free and has an ABV of 5.5%.

Linvilla Orchards Hard Cider will be available on Saturday May 16, 2020 from 12-5pm via contactless curbside pickup. 6-packs and cases will be sold for $11 and $44 respectively. For more information on how to pick up the new release, visit the official Facebook event by clicking here.