Young naturalists can enjoy a week's worth of up-close examination of specimens, special live shows, craft-making and more. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)
Discover why The Academy of Natural Sciences is the forerunner in innovative exhibits and exciting educational programs in biology with “All-Star Week,” December 27-30.
Experience the academy’s MVPs during this four-day event as visitors are treated to their favorite attractions with live animal shows, museum specimens, craft making and storytelling.
Check out the schedule:
Dinosaur Day: Thursday, December 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Academy naturalists bring dinosaurs to life with special presentations in Dinosaur Hall, which holds more than 30 represented species. Test your knowledge of dinosaurs at science stations containing dinosaur eggs, footprints, sculptures and paleontologist tools. Attend a live animal show at 11 a.m., and play “Ask the Expert” at 2 p.m., after which, kids can make dinosaur crafts to take home.
Animal Day: Friday, December 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Academy naturalists will roam the museum with live animals. The academy is home to more than 100 live birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. These animal caretakers are eager to share their knowledge and invite you to get up close and personal and ask questions. Watch live animal shows at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and make an animal craft to take home.
Bug Day: Saturday, December 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Learn about the secret life of bugs, and see an array of specimens from the academy’s world-renowned Entomology Collection which contains more than 3.5 million specimens and includes the magical Butterflies! exhibit. Make a bug craft to take home.
Weird-Thing-in-a-Jar Day: Sunday, December 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get a close look at some of the stranger specimens that academy scientists have collected over the past 200 years. Learn how scientists prepare specimens for study and storage, which the academy has dutifully done for more than 17 million specimens. Make your own weird-thing-in-a-jar craft to take home.
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Academy Of Natural Sciences “All Star Week”
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Thursday through Sunday, December 27-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Adults (age 13 and above) $15, Kids 3-12 $13, Kids under 3 and seniors (age 65+) $13, Military and students $13
More info: www.ansp.org