Now in its third year, the Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) — one of the first of its kind in the nation — returns April 18-28 to put science in focus for an 11-day run of 100 smart events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.
In past years, the festival has seen engagement from more than 120,000 people (including around 30,000 students), and with the awesome assembly of happenings on tap for 2013, this year’s festival is poised to be bigger, better and brainier.
Read on for a handful of not-to-miss highlights, visit the PSF website for a full calendar of events and check back with us for more.
• PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Dark
Proving science lessons aren’t just for kids, this after-dark soiree launches the festival with live shows fit for grown-ups — think 3-D presentations and cocktail demonstrations.
When: Thursday, April 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: NextFab Studio, 2025 Washington Avenue
• Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This free al fresco fair will take over the Parkway for an afternoon of family-friendly interactive activities, live performances and demonstrations, including an App Arcade, where participants can test run new applications.
When: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Skinned, Stuffed and Mounted: Taxidermy Exposed
With more than 100,000 specimens in its permanent collection, the Wagner Free Institute of Science plays the perfect host to an afternoon of taxidermy-focused fun. Rachel Poliquin, author of The Breathless Zoo, and Beth Beverly, of AMC’s reality show Immortalized, are set to speak, answer questions and sign books.
When: Sunday, April 21, 2-5:30 p.m.
Where: The Wagner Free Institute, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue
• Hot, Hot, Hot: The Science of Spicy Food
Han Dynasty is well-loved for its incredibly spicy Sichuan fare, and this tasting event explores remedies for the burn with Monell Chemical Senses Center scientists.
When: Tuesday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Han Dynasty, 3711 Market St.
• Icarus at the Edge of Time
The Festival’s collaboration with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is a city premiere, and a key highlight of PIFA, too. Icarus at the Edge of Time, a multimedia show based on the children’s book by physicist Brian Greene, features film, narration and the sounds of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
Cost: $32-$44, reservations required
• Science Day at the Ballpark
Root for the home team while learning about the physics of baseball before and during the game at 10 activity stations located throughout the concourse and outside on Citizens Bank Way.
When: Thursday, April 25, 1:05 p.m.
Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Way
Cost: Ticket prices vary, and are available here
Philadelphia Science Festival
When: April 18-28, 2013
Where: Locations throughout the city
Cost: Ticket prices vary
More info: www.philasciencefestival.org