Philadelphia Science Festival

crowd enjoying the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a 10-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in the spring. It features a science carnival, as well as lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

Philadelphia Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Staff from the Academy will bring wild science—complete with dinosaur fossils, live animals, and interactive activities—outside the museum during the Philadelphia Science Festival Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. On Saturday, May 2, Academy staff will join 175 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.

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