Dino-mite Summer

July 5–September 2, 2016

dino mite summer 

Explore the world of the dinosaurs and have a blast this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences! Visit every day for all-new, free special activities and a chance to come face-to-face with roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. You might meet live dinosaur cousins, get the behind-the-scenes scoop during a tour of Dinosaur Hall, join fellow Lego-lovers and build dino-inspired creations, or share a belly laugh with Marty the Moose during story-telling time. With your Dinosaurs Unearthed admission ticket, you can even wrap your own fossil to take home. It’ll be the most explosive summer on (the fossil) record! Many tours and activities are free with admission. No reservation needed unless otherwise noted!

Dino-Mite Summer Programs:

2:30 at the T. rex
July 11–August 29
Every Monday, 2:30 p.m.
Free with admission

Meet a live dinosaur relative at the T. rex and learn how dinosaurs still live among us.

Reptile Cart
Starting July 5
Every Tuesday and Sunday, all day
Free with admission

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.

Science Now: Paleo Edition
July 6–August 31
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free with admission

Dinosaurs may have lived a long time ago, but every day we’re learning more about these ancient beasts. Come talk about the latest dino discoveries.

Thursdays with Marty
Every Thursday starting July 7, 1 p.m.
Free with admission

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special dinosaur story and meet a live animal.

Dinosaur Hall Tours
July 8-September 2
Every Friday at 2 p.m.; Every Saturday at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.
Free with admission

Meet under the T. rex for ultra-cool dinosaur tours. Bring your most pressing dino questions!

Dinosaur Brick Club
“LEGO my Dino”
July 9–August 27
Every Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free with Admission

Hang out with fellow LEGO-lovers and build dino inspired creations.

Dinosaur Make and Takes
July 10–August 28
Every Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
Free with admission to Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dig deep and get your hands dirty! Jacket a fossil or make a mini-dig to take home.

For Members: Dinos and Donuts (SOLD OUT!)
Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, August 27
9–10 a.m.

Join us for some Kids Club fun before the Academy opens! Complete fun dino activities, have a snack, and hang with Eddie, the Academy's official T. rex mascot. Make sure to bring your Kids Club membership card to receive a stamp! Reserve by calling 215-299-1022. 

More Summer Fun!

Bug Fest
August 13–14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

We’re taking the weekend off from Dino Hall Tours, Brick Club, and Make and Takes for our annual celebration of insects! Talk with real scientists, learn about insects from all over the world, and see specimens from the Academy’s behind-the-scenes collections. Eat bugs, get your face painted, and relax as you enjoy a buggy show! Click here for more information about Bug Fest.

Broad to Schuylkill Cultural Scavenger Hunt
July 9, 1–5 p.m.

This summer, you’re invited to consume Philly culture with a side of (friendly) competition. Broad to Schuylkill is one of the first cultural scavenger hunts to hit the city of brotherly love, and it’s a perfect way to acquaint yourself with the art, architecture, history, and museums that make Philly a world-class destination.
You must be 21+ to attend this event.

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