Spring and Summer Events at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Updated for 2018!

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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

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
Special Exhibits Gallery
February 3 – May 6, 2018

Crocodiles have survived 200 million years which makes them fascinating creatures to study, understand and appreciate.  They are a diverse carnivores that consume buffaloes and occasionally people.  The exhibit features various live creatures, including a Siamese crocodile and Albino American alligator.  Test your strength against the bite of a croc, view skulls, make water dance but most importantly learn about these powerhouse creatures.

Crocs Exhibit at ANSP

 

Academy Science Camp
April 2-4, 2018

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 $65/day for nonmembers and $60/day for members.  For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/2FVjpMQ

Tiny Tot Explorers
Select Mondays April 4 – 25, 2018

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).

  • April 4: Magnificent Mammals
  • April 11: Amazing Amphibians
  • April 18: Bugs & Butterflies
  • April 25: Trees, Leaves, and Seeds

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Animal Superhero Weekend
April 7-8, 2018
April 14-15, 2018

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.

Door 19 : Off the Hook
April 12, 2018, 6:00 – 9 PM

Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs. For only four nights this year, you will have the chance to go beyond the Academy’s galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring the coolest specimens out to play. The Academy’s rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from prohibition-era mixology to dinosaur foreplay. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2rnHRTH.

Night in the Museum
April 21, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9 am

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 $65/nonmembers and $60/members.

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Celebrate Earth Day
April 22, 2018

The Academy promotes a greater understanding of the science that surrounds us including how we can make the world a better place with tips and suggestions.  On Earth Day, learn how you can make a difference!

Dinos After Dark
April 27, 2018 5 pm – 8 pm

If hanging out with dinosaurs at night doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe a pop up beer garden makes the invitation better! The Academy offers Dinos After Dark where you can not only learn about these prehistoric creatures but also do with Pay As You Wish!  Live animal shows at 5 pm and 7:30 pm will increase your knowledge about animals and science.

 

WINS 35
May 9, 2018 5 pm – 8 pm

It’s the 35th anniversary of the Academy’s award-winning Women In Natural Sciences program, which has introduced hundreds of Philadelphia high school girls to future careers in science. To celebrate, the Academy is holding a special event and fundraiser, called WINS35. The event features WINS alumni who are now science professionals.

Mother’s Day Special
May 13, 2018

Bring your favorite adult to the Academy for free and celebrate Mother’s Day together. Enjoy the towering dinosaurs, live animal shows, live tropical butterflies, and all your favorite exhibits. Discover some you’ve never seen before.

Dinos After Dark
May 25, 2018 5 pm – 8 pm

If hanging out with dinosaurs at night doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe a pop up beer garden makes the invitation better! The Academy offers Dinos After Dark where you can not only learn about these prehistoric creatures but also do with Pay As You Wish!  Live animal shows at 5 pm and 7:30 pm will increase your knowledge about animals and science.

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Totally Turtles Weekend
June 9-10

Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present. From pizza-loving cartoon ninjas to real-life turtles that live at the Academy, come learn all about these “heroes in a half shell” with special crafts, demonstrations, and touchable specimens.

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
June 10, 2018 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. Registration is recommended.

Door 19: Boozy Botanicals
June 14, 2018 6 – 9 PM

Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs. For only four nights this year, you will have the chance to go beyond the Academy’s galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring the coolest specimens out to play. The Academy’s rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from prohibition-era mixology to dinosaur foreplay. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2rnHRTH.

Father’s Day Special
June 17, 2018

Bring your favorite adult to the Academy for free and celebrate Father’s Day together. Enjoy the towering dinosaurs, live animal shows, live tropical butterflies, and all your favorite exhibits. Discover some you’ve never seen before.

Dinos After Dark
June 22, 2018 5 pm – 8 pm

If hanging out with dinosaurs at night doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe a pop up beer garden makes the invitation better! The Academy offers Dinos After Dark where you can not only learn about these prehistoric creatures but also do with Pay As You Wish!  Live animal shows at 5 pm and 7:30 pm will increase your knowledge about animals and science.

Bug Fest
To Be Announced!

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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