All-Star Days

December 27–30, 2016

Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.

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Don't miss! Final Weeks! Dinosaurs Unearthed
Through January 16

Roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rexDinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg, and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop). Step onto a scale and see how you measure up to different dinosaurs. A Dino Detective touch-screen quiz, chances to control dinosaur movements, and other activities encourage exciting hands-on exploration. Fee in addition to museum admission.

Tuesday, December 27: Bugs and Butterflies Day

mantis 

Experience up-close encounters with beetles, cockroaches, and tarantulas as you discover what makes a bug’s life extra special. If the weather outside is frightful, come warm up in the Butterflies! exhibit.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Academy
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the animals that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery, and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Bugs on the Big Screen
1 p.m.

The bugs are ready for their close-up! Check out some awesome arachnids, magnificent mantids, or cool cockroaches in this technology-enabled live show featuring the cast of the live invertebrate collection of the Academy.

Biomimicry Microscope Cart

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and it also helps a species survive! Learn how invertebrates mimic the world around them, and discover the ways human technology is inspired by insects.

Bugs and Butterflies 101

Meet live invertebrates and talk to the educators who love them. Explore real specimens and learn all about the wild world of bugs.

Get Collected

If you could be an Academy specimen, what would you be? In this activity, choose a Latin name to describe yourself then make yourself a collection tag to take home. Step into the specimen box and take your photo at this unique photo op.

Live Invertebrate Cart: Arachnid Edition

Use cutting-edge technology to explore the miniature world of everyone’s favorite eight-legged invertebrates at this interactive cart featuring live arachnids.

Spider Story Time
2 p.m.

Marty the Moose is back, and this time with a special guest: Octavia the Tarantula! Join the magnificent moose and the adorable arachnid for a special story about how (and why!) spiders are so cool.

Backyard Bugs Container Craft

Decorate a customized catch-and-release container to appreciate nature and gently observe backyard bugs before letting them go.


Wednesday, December 28: Dinosaurs Unearthed Day

dinosaurs unearthed 

Come face-to-face with fossils, meet living relatives of these ancient beasts, and explore the world of the dinosaurs all day at the Academy. For added adventure, purchase tickets to see Dinosaurs Unearthed and enjoy roaring, moving dinosaurs that bring the past to life.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Academy
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the animals that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery, and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds
1 p.m.

Even though dinosaurs have been gone for millions of years, their legacy lives on in their closest relatives: birds! Learn about reptiles through the ages, and meet some of our fine -feathered friends to explore how birds are related to dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Details Microscope Cart

Fossils are more fascinating under a microscope! Get “eye to eye” with a trilobite or “down to the bone” with a hadrosaur femur at this technology-enabled educational cart.

Dinosaurs 101

Explore real specimens and talk to the Academy’s own dinosaur enthusiasts as you get close to a coprolite or touch some T. rex teeth.

Get Collected

If you could be an Academy specimen, what would you be? In this activity, choose a Latin name to describe yourself then make yourself a collection tag to take home. Step into the specimen box and take your photo at this unique photo op.

Live Reptile Exploration Station

Dinosaurs may be the most famous reptiles to ever walk the planet, but we’ve got some pretty cool LIVE snakes, turtles, and lizards right here at the Academy! Use cutting-edge technology to explore their miniature world at this interactive cart featuring the Academy’s live animal ambassadors.

Dinosaur Story Time
2 p.m.

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans for a special dinosaur edition of story time.

3-D Dinosaur Craft

Decorate and assemble your own 3-D dinosaur friend to take home.


Thursday, December 29: Fur, Feathers, and Scales Day

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The live animals of the Academy take center stage on a day all about amazing animals. See firsthand how we take care of our live animals, and learn from the stars of our dioramas.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Academy
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the animals that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery, and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Colorful Creatures
1 p.m.

Many animals have special coloration that helps them to blend in or stand out. Check out some live animals that have cool camouflage or crazy colors that help them survive.

Keratin Coverings Microcart

From fur and feathers to claws and nails, all animal coverings are made from the same substance: keratin. Although it comes in many different forms, this extremely interesting and useful protein is found nearly everywhere. Explore some examples, including on your own hands, under the microscope at this interactive tech cart.

Camouflage and Cryptobiosis

From the stripes on a zebra to the spots on a jaguar, animals are the experts when it comes to camouflage. See and touch real specimens and meet the Academy’s experts to discover some of the ways that animals hide in plain sight.

Get Collected

If you could be an Academy specimen, what would you be? In this activity, choose a Latin name to describe yourself then make yourself a collection tag to take home. Step into the specimen box and take your photo at this unique photo op.

Live Reptile Exploration Station

Since local reptiles are hibernating outside now because of the cold, come see our live snakes, turtles, and lizards inside at the Academy! Use cutting-edge technology to explore their miniature world at this interactive cart.

Rat Training Demonstration
2 p.m.

These furry friends are smarter than the average rodent! Observe the Academy’s amazingly intelligent (and adorable!) rats as they show off behaviors taught to them by dedicated animal handlers.

Awesome Animal Mask

What would you like to be today: furry, feathery, or scaly? Make and take an animal mask that matches your mood.


Friday, December 30: Weird-Things-In-Jars Day

bat in jar 

Science is surprising, inspiring, and sometimes downright weird. Get an up-close look at some of the Academy’s stranger specimens, and learn how scientists preserve them in jars and other ways for future research.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Academy
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the animals that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery, and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Wild Weirdos
1 p.m.

Stinky? Spiky? Stripy? Stiff? What strange animals do you think live here at the Academy? Find out which of our live animals have some downright peculiar adaptations, behaviors, and natural histories.

Slides and Preservation Microcart

Check out the details on some cool slides and look at real biological specimens under a microscope as you learn about how and why scientists preserve the tiniest pieces of data.

Weird-Things-In-Jars

Come see the weirdest, wettest, wackiest preserved animals we could find in the Academy’s renowned research collection. You won’t want to miss these never-before-displayed specimens arrayed alongside old favorites at this extremely enGROSSing education station.

Get Collected

If you could be an Academy specimen, what would you be? In this activity, choose a Latin name to describe yourself then make yourself a collection tag to take home. Step into the specimen box and take your photo at this unique photo op.

“What is THAT Thing?” Macroscope Cart

Explore some of the Academy’s strangest specimens and see if you can guess what each weird thing really is. Can we stump you? Beware: some of these objects will surprise you, but others will gross you out!

Armadillo Romp Time
2 p.m.

If you want weird, look no further than an armored mammal that eats bugs and can jump 3 feet in the air. Watch our armadillos forage for mealworms at this special “weird’ edition of romp time.

Diorama Design Craft

Choose a background and an animal then make your own mini diorama to take home.

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