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March Of The Moose

March 5–31


Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories during March of the Moose!

Attend story times, read to reptiles, and do hands on science! Visit the museum between March 5 and 31 and pick up your March of the Moose: Moose-eum Guide, free with admission for kids 3-8, filled with Marty’s signature jokes, rhyming games, scavenger hunts, and helpful hints for caregivers for encouraging literacy adventures every day! Plus, join us for these exciting activities all month long. Something a-moose-ing is happening every day during March of the Moose! Pre-registration is not required unless otherwise noted:

Marty’s Book Club Story Time

March 5–26
Every Monday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Free with admission
Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his March book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

Read to a Reptile

March 6–27
Every Tuesday 2–4 p.m. and Sunday, all day
Free with admission
Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake.

Tiny Tots

March 7–28
Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.–noon
Members: $20 per child/adult pair, $10 per additional child
Nonmembers: $25 per child/adult pair, $10 per additional child
Calling all explorers 2–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through stories, songs, and hands-on fun. Walk-ins are welcome, but the session is limited to 10 adult/child pairs. Reserve your spot today by calling 215-299-1060.
Click here to learn more!

Moose on the Loose Tour and Story Time

March 8–31
Every Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m.
Free with admission
Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall. Explore the stories behind the dioramas on this unique family tour!

Investigation Station: Arctic Adaptations

March 9–31
Every Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Free with admission
Think you could keep warm in the Arctic? Test your best cold weather coverings at this hands-on science station.

Crafts and Laughs

Every Sunday, all day
Free with admission
Get creative with a new craft, let your favorite dinosaurs inspire you to write some prehistoric poems, and share some of Marty’s favorite jokes!

Bugs and Bookworms

Sunday, March 11
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free with admission
Meet live bugs and listen to a bug-tastic story during a special story time with Marty the Moose. Then, use your imagination to run an insectivore restaurant, build your own bug, and write your own insect-inspired story. Visit Butterflies! and try out your own wings, talk tarantulas with other bug lovers, and meet the live invertebrates that call the Academy home.

Members Only! Muffins With Marty

Saturday, March 17
9–10 a.m. 
Join us for some Kids Club fun before the Academy opens! Complete fun activities, have a snack, and hang with Marty the Moose. Make sure to bring your Kids Club membership card to receive a stamp! Register online or by calling 215-299-1022.

Marty’s Pajama Party During Dinos After Dark

Friday, March 23
4–8 p.m.
Pay what you wish
Put on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to an evening of fun. Visit the museum after dark, hang out with live animals, play games, and make some arts and crafts. Snuggle in for a special story time with Marty the Moose! Registration is not required.

For Teachers and Caregivers

Pre-K Mondays

Call Reservations at 215-299-1060 for pricing.

Pre-K classes are invited to visit every Monday during March of the Moose. Each class that registers gets a $5 admission rate and an invite to the 11 a.m. story time with Marty in the auditorium, a copy of the book for their classroom, and a Marty bookmark for every student.

Teacher Workshop: Inquiry and Literacy in the Classroom

March 8, 5–8 p.m.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Educators: Improve your understanding of science content while exploring fun and exciting ways to engage students in science learning with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Explore the connections between early science learning and literacy skills. The Academy is an Act 48 and PQAS certified provider.

Our Professional Development workshops include:

  • Hands-on science experiments and literacy activities ready fro implementation in your classroom
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Science content knowledge
  • Coordination of activities to current Pennsylvania State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Philadelphia Core Curriculum

Register here or by calling 215-299-1060.

Caregiver Workshop: Playing to Learn

March 29: 5–7:30 p.m.
Members: $40 per family (up to four family members)
Nonmembers: $60 per family (up to four family members)
$5 for each additional family member
You may already know that you are your child’s first teacher, but you’re their first playmate, too! Join other caregivers and explore the fun and easy ways you can encourage science and literacy skills at home through dramatic play for your 3–8 year olds!
Bring the whole family! While the caregivers are learning, kids will play science games, do fun experiments, and meet the live animals across the hall in Outside In with our expert educators. Then, everyone in the family will get a chance to read and play together. Each family gets a great book to take home! Bring your dinner or pre-purchase a meal from us! Register here or by calling 215-299-1060.


All Year Long

Marty’s Book Club

Marty and his friends like reading so much that they want to do it all year long—not just during March! They’ve chosen their favorite books to share with you every month of the year!

Visit the Academy Shop to get a copy of the book, your own set of antlers, and a special Marty’s Book Club bookmark. Each book also comes with a guide filled with family-friendly activities, experiments, and games and, of course, a few of Marty’s signature puns! Visit every month to pick up his choice for the month and find new and exciting activities for the whole family.

Marty’s Book Club: Classroom Edition

There are two ways to get access to hand-picked science books and fun, standards-centered curriculum in your classroom!

Digital Book Club: Sign up here and get a free digital curriculum guide for the book of the month. Get fun science and literacy lessons and activities suitable for Pre-K–2 classrooms sent to your mailbox each month.

Marty’s Classroom Club: Let Marty the Moose loose in your classroom! Call 215-299-1060 for information on a special outreach from Marty to read his book choice of the month to your class complete with fun science games and activities! Get a copy of the book for your classroom library, a curriculum guide, and a bookmark for each student when you register. These programs are available in limited numbers, so call 215-299-1060 to reserve today.