We absolutely LOVE visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. We have explored the exhibits on our own, attended special events and even stayed overnight. This summer, however, we enjoyed a new experience, Dinos After Dark. I have been wanting to attend one of these events for a while but it never seemed to fit my schedule, but after enjoying the one in August, I am going to make sure I attend again and again!
For those that don’t know, Dinos After Dark is a special event at the Academy of Natural Sciences that takes place once a month 4pm-8pm. Admission is pay-what-you-wish and FREE for museum members. This unique event takes place inside AND outside the museum, and it is open to ALL ages.
There are so many reasons to attend this event. It is fun for all ages, offers hands-on learning activities, offers a chance to relax and unwind and, of course, encourages a love of science. In this post, I want to highlight some fun ways to enjoy this amazing event!
Fun Ways to Enjoy Dinos After Dark
Go With Friends
When planning a trip to Dinos After Dark, make sure to invite some friends to come along. Because it is pay-what-you-wish, it is an affordable night out with friends and family. Dinos After Dark also makes for a perfect scout activity! For our experience, we attended with my friend and her 2 sons (we had 4 boys in total). The kids had so much fun playing games, making crafts and exploring together. My friend and I also enjoyed relaxing with a cocktail.
Have a Drink
Dinos After Dark offers a Beer Garden right outside the Academy’s entrance. It is open 4pm-10pm so the fun can continue even when the museum closes. A different beer company is featured at each event offering unique brews. Guests 21 and over can also enjoy specialty cocktails. I recommend getting the souvenir cup which also allows for discounted refills!
Play a Game
Also located outside the Academy’s entrance are tables offering a variety classic games such as Jenga and Connect 4. We arrived at the event early so we easily found a spot to sit and the kids enjoyed playing games for at least 45 minutes. It was amazing how well-behaved the boys were when they ditched the devices and got back to basics!
Explore Xtreme Bugs
During Dinos After Dark, the special exhibit Xtreme Bugs is open for exploration. This is a wonderful opportunity as this entrance into this exhibit is usually an additional fee. Kids will LOVE learning all about bugs in this unique space that offers giant animatronic bugs, hands-on activities and more.
Watch a Live Animal Show
At each Dinos After Dark event, the Academy offers a fun LIVE animal show. At our event, we learned about incredible bugs like beetles and tarantulas. Other shows may also offer story times, audience participation, additional animals and more!
Make a Craft
My kids LOVE making crafts. At each special event at the Academy of Natural Sciences, there is always a unique themed craft for the kids to enjoy. For this event, the boys made fly traps out of paper plates. These fun crafts are a great way to help kids learn about various animals and bugs while also improving fine motor skills!
Dinos After Dark is a unique and fun experience that the entire family will LOVE and want to attend over and over again! The next events are September 28, October 26 and November 23. To learn more and pre-register to attend, visit the Academy website.
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