February 15-16

two boys check out some fossil specimens at Paleopalooza

Free with general admission
Every February, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils.  We offer new and exciting activities each year, along with our most popular and recurring attractions.

Paleopalooza 2014:

Ground Level

Mesozoic Market
Stop by the Commons for educational displays, paleo and fossil vendors, dinosaur tattoos, face painting, books, and more.

Diggity Dudes
Noon and 2 p.m.
Dance to the diggity beat! The Diggity Dudes are back with their hip music for hip kids.

Academy Café
Get a second wind at our café, which features fresh fare for hungry paleontologists.

First Level

Dinosaur Hall
Guided Tours of Dinosaur Hall
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Meet under the T. rex for ultra-cool dinosaur tours. Bring your dino questions!

Fossil Prep Lab
Fossil Preparation
See a duckbill dinosaur fresh from the field as it is prepared by our technicians in the Fossil Prep Lab.

Dinosaur Classroom
Play a giant board game that will challenge even the most knowledgeable dinosaur lover!

Dinosaur Hall Mezzanine
Amazing Anatomy
How does your skeleton compare to a dinosaur’s? Make connections between all kinds of critters (living and extinct) and complete a skeletal scavenger hunt in Dinosaur Hall.

Rocks Through Time
How long is a really long time ago? Find out as you take a look at the geologic time scale and make a handy bookmark to take home.

North American Hall

Vertebrate Paleontology
Meet the people who make up the Academy’s Vertebrate Paleontology Department. See fossils of the animals that lived with the dinosaurs.
Science Live
Dinosaur Eggs and Nests
Take a closer look at dinosaur mothers and babies with a peek at an ancient nest.

Dinosaurs Unearthed
Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs invade the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—
down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, horns, and dino poop! Fee in addition to museum admission.


Life in Scales
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Chad Peeling from Clyde Peeling's Reptiland/Peeling Productions pays a visit, and he’s brought some dinosaur relatives! Join us for “Life in Scales,” a high-energy live animal show that answers the question, “Are dinosaurs really extinct?”

Old Bones, New Technology
1 p.m.
Join Drexel University paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara as he shares how he and a team of researchers at Drexel are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, they will for the first time be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

Second Level

Fossil Club
Peruse the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society’s fossil tables and exhibits, featuring interactive displays, a touch table, and world-class fossil collections.

In Front of the Panda Diorama
Dino Crafts
Make a dino door hanger and a dinosaur sock puppet to take home.

Serengeti Classroom
Fossil Casting
Stop by our casting table and watch as casts are poured and pulled from molds made from fossils right out of our collections. Talk to our casting tech and get the skinny on molds, casts, and fossils.

Third Level

Outside In
Story Time
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Outside In just opened after a big renovation! Check out the new look during an interactive story time featuring a dinosaur tale and live animal. 

Bird Classroom
The Fossil Hunt
Have sharp eyes? Search for real fossils to take home.

Throughout the Museum

Fossil Juggling
Think juggling homework and chores is tough? Try juggling fossils! Roving fossil juggler Randy Lyons wanders through the museum teaching and tossing fossils.

Meet Our Mascot
Meet Academy mascot Eddie the T-rex as he tours the museum! Where will you find him?

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