Wild Wizarding Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences

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Fantastics beasts, owls, training dragons, fortune telling and magic! Those are all things you have read about in books, seen in the movies or experienced at major theme parks, but this November, enter into a wizarding world nearby in Philadelphia. That’s right, November 24-26, guests at the Academy of Natural Sciences will experience the wizarding world of science!

Wild Wizarding Weekend is a 3-day event full of non-stop, hands-on activities and experiences for wizards of all ages. My boys have recently become really big fans of Harry Potter so I cannot wait to take them to this exciting event. The Academy will show children (and adults) how science can be combined with the imagination to create a wizarding world full of fun and learning.

Wizarding World at Academy

Wild Wizarding Weekend Activities

Live Shows

Each day during the Wild Wizarding Weekend, guest can enjoy 3 live shows in the auditorium. Bad Beasts takes place at 11am and 3pm while the Live Owl Show is at 1pm. Bad Beasts focuses on everyone’s favorite animal villains and provides the truth behind these misunderstood creatures from stories we know and love. The Live Owl Show lets guests see and learn about this magical creature.

Hands-On Activity Stations

Throughout the event, guests can enjoy fun hands-on learning activities to help expand their understanding of the wizarding world. Little wizards can make magical crafts such as wands, ooey-gooey troll boogers and custom tea blends, just to name a few. Guests will also learn about the art of reading tea leaves (tasseography) as well as watch an owl pellet dissection. Wizard fans will especially love the Sorted Out station where they will learn all about the animals used as symbols in movies such as snakes, ravens, lions and badgers. This station will also feature live animals, make-and-takes and never before displayed specimens from the research collection.

Explore Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

During Wild Wizarding Weekend, guests will have the chance to explore the newest exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Tiny Titans. This incredible exhibit takes guests on a journey back in time where the most magnificent creatures existed. Guests will see an array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world. More hands-on learning is also available such as touching dinosaur fossils, pretending to be a paleontologist, examining dino embryo skin, playing dress-up and more! Tiny Titans is an additional $5 for nonmembers, $3 for individual and family members and FREE for family plus members.

TinyTitans at Academy

Watch a Bunnies and Broomsticks Game

Each day of the event at 2pm, guests can enjoy a Bunnies and Broomsticks game. You can cheer on your favorite bunny as they hop to the finish line.

Wild Wizarding Weekend takes place November 24-26, 2017 from 10am-5pm. It is the perfect way to spend the weekend with family and friends while engaging in a little magic! Participation is included with your museum admission. If you wear a costume, you will get $2 off your ticket! For more information, please visit the Academy website.

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