Spring and Summer Events at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Updated for 2017!

We are so unbelievably excited and honored to partner with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.  Mommy University was provided a membership in exchange for sharing with our readers all the amazing Academy adventures for the entire year including brain boosting exhibits, events and programs. I hope you will follow us along this incredible journey!

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded in 1812.  Its focus intertwines research, education and engaging the public to promote science. You can’t get much better than that when looking for an amazing learning experience!

There are several permanent exhibits that are impressive as it is designed to appeal to various types of learners.  To learn more about the permanent exhibits, visit the Mommy University review here.  As well, Academy of Natural Sciences offers many temporary exhibits, overnight adventures, camps and festivals.  For details and updates about the following programs, please visit ansp.org.  Museum admission can be purchased in advance at here.  Museum Memberships include unlimited visits as well as the opportunity to free entrance to special exhibitions as well as some of the programs.

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Spring/Summer Calendar at Academy of Natural Sciences

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
Special Exhibits Gallery
February 4 – May 14, 2017

Hop into learning this spring with the new Frogs Exhibit. This multi-sensory experience will intrigue guests of all ages. Guests will see and learn about frogs from all over the world. This exhibit highlights the natural habitat of these amazing creatures as well as seeing them in action. There will be hands on experiences that encourage a love and fascination with frogs. Read our review of this amazing exhibit here.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors


Night in the Museum
April 1 -2, 2017

Ever want to spend the night at a museum? Well now is your chance! Guests can spend the night with T.Rex and other amazing creatures at the Academy. Guests will enjoy hands-on activities such as a scavenger hunt, experiments, live animal shows and more. This experience is $55/nonmembers and $50/members.

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Animal Superhero Weekend
April 1 – 2, 2017

Calling all superhero fans! During Animal Superhero Weekend guests will learn how animals inspired and influenced some of their favorite superheroes like Catwoman, Batman and Spiderman. Learn about the real-life super abilities of animals from around the world while engaging in fun hands-on learning activities. Guests who arrive dressed as their favorite superhero will receive $2 off general admission.

Tiny Tot Explorers
Select Mondays April 3 – May 15, 2017

Children ages 3-5 years old are invited to explore the Academy of Natural Sciences on select Mondays this spring from 11am-12pm. Along with their parent (or favorite adult), kids will engage in fun learning activities such as songs, games, hands-on fun and more. The cost is $20 per adult/child pair ($25/nonmembers).

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Spring Break Camp
April 10 – 14, 2017

Keep the learning going this spring break by enrolling your kids in camp at The Academy of Natural Sciences. Children ages 5-12 years old can enjoy brain boosting activities from 9am-4pm including live presentations, games, crafts, exhibit exploration and more. The cost is $60/day for nonmembers and $55/day for members.

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
May 13, 2017

Children with autism and their families are invited to explore The Academy prior to opening allowing for a sensory friendly experience. The museum will be open from 9am-11am and families will get to meet live animals, wander through exhibits and visit with dinosaurs. The event is pay-what-you-wish but registration is recommended.

Frog Jump Day
May 13, 2017

Hop on over to The Academy for a “rabbiting” good time. Guests will have the chance to explore the Frogs exhibit before its closing on May 14. Special activities include story time with Marty the Moos and friends, frog craft, interactive education stations and more.


Backyard Adventures
June 9 – September 10, 2017

Timed perfectly for summer, Backyard Adventures teaches families about the incredible science that takes place everyday in our own backyards.  From the physics of mini golf to the complex interactions of different insects, children will learn through play how science is actively influencing our lives.

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Dino-mite Summer
Wednesdays, July 5 – August 30, 2017

Do you have a budding paleontologist in your home? Then bring them to Dino-mite Summer so they can learn about dinosaurs from birds!   Get the scoop about dinosaurs from North American Hall dioramas, join Lego-lovers as you can build buggy and dino inspired creations, as well as enjoy story time.

Academy Explorers Camp
Monday–Friday, July 5 through September 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

If you are looking for a camp activity that is interactive and fun for children ages 5-12, then definitely check out Academy Explorers Camp. There is a theme each week of camp that will capitalize on all the museum has to offer as well as an off-site field trip. For details,visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Camp Dates and Topics                                     

  • Superhero Science, July 5–7
  • Digging Dinosaurs, July 10–14
  • Dinosaur Discovery, July 17–21
  • Animals Alive, July 24–28
  • Animal Antics, July 31–Aug. 4
  • Dinosaur Detectives, August 7–11
  • Extraordinary Insects, August 14–18
  • Dino-rama, August 21–25
  • Outdoor Adventures, August 28–Sept. 1

Tiny Tot Explorers
Select Mondays and Wednesdays, July 10 to August 30, 11 a.m.–noon
Select Mondays, September 4-25, 11 a.m.–noon

The Academy of Natural Science understands that science is a passion that is best when introduced at a young age which is why Tiny Tot Explorers is a wonderful program for 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers. Each week Tiny Tots focuses on a specific theme and explore it through games, crafts, songs and museum adventures. Register for a single session or the entire series. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Academy Explorers Teen Camp
July 10–14, 17-21 and August 14–18, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Academy has expanded it’s summer offerings to include an Explorers Camp for teens ages 13-16 can investigate their passionate interest in science.  Each week, explorers will learn how to handle live animals, hands on activities, as well as take field trips.  Optional before- and after-care available. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Camp Dates and Topics

Animal Husbandry (Beginner) July 10-14
Discover the world of the Academy’s Live Animal Center. Meet live animals, learn about basic handling and care, and get up close and personal with mammals, birds, and reptiles. Learn about positive reinforcement including the clicker method.

Animal Training and Husbandry (Advanced) July 17–21
Learn about the advanced care of the Academy’s live animal collection and assist keepers and educators in advanced techniques of the general husbandry, feeding, and training of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates.

Invertebrate Husbandry August 14-18
Tap into your inner entomologist. Meet live insects and learn about basic handling and care, get an up-close look at the animals from our invertebrate collection.  Prepare displays for various live invertebrates including insects and arachnids and learn about responsible collection.

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
July 22, 2017 9-11 am

Children with autism and their families are invited to explore The Academy prior to opening allowing for a sensory friendly experience. The museum will be open from 9am-11am and families will get to meet live animals, wander through exhibits and visit with dinosaurs. The event is pay-what-you-wish but registration is recommended.

Bug Fest
August 12 and 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Come celebrate bugs at the Academy’s most popular festival Bug Fest on it’s 10 Anniversary!  Hands on family activities, talks by Academy entomologists, and taste testing where the main ingredient is a bug, are some of the features of annual event.  From face painting to cockroach races, there is something for everyone in the family. Free with museum admission.  Read about our experience at Bug Fest here!

Bug Fest

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