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 29-December 1, 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 are really big fans of Harry Potter so we were so excited to attend this event last year. We had so much fun learning all about how science can be combined with the imagination to create a wizarding world full of fun and magic! It is one of the best events we have ever experienced at The Academy!

Academy of Natural Sciences

Wild Wizarding Weekend Activities

Live Shows

Each day during the Wild Wizarding Weekend, guest can enjoy 3 live shows in the auditorium. Fantastic Beasts of the Academy focuses on everyone’s favorite animal heroes and villains and provides the truth behind these creatures from stories we know and love.

Get Sorted

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 and learn how to train mini dragons but the experience wizard fans will especially love is getting sorted. The Sorted Out station teaches guests 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.

Sorted Out at Academy of Natural Sciences

Castle Classes and Magic Wand Workshop

Enjoy fun hands-on learning activities all day while exploring the Academy during Wizarding Weekend! After making a magic wand, head over to the tables for more magical learning. Tables include Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Defense Against Predators, Care of Domestic Creatures, Potions and Animal Transformation.

Wizarding Weekend 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.

Explore Dinosaurs Around the World

During Wild Wizarding Weekend, guests will have the chance to explore the newest exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Dinosaurs Around the World. Guests will step back in time millions of years to learn all about these incredible creatures all while engaging in hands-on learning experiences. Dinosaurs Around the World is an additional $7 for nonmembers, $4 for individual and family members and FREE for family plus members.

Dinosaurs Around the World


Wild Wizarding Weekend takes place November 29-December 1 from 10am-8pm on Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Academy of Natural Sciences

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