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‘Tis the Season to Get Xtreme — and Have a Beer — at Xtreme Science Days Dec. 27–30 

PHILADELPHIA, November 27, 2018

Spend the winter break fulfilling your most extreme dreams at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Make super slime to take home, discover wild specimens on an enormous scale, sample the hottest hot sauce with the crunchiest bugs, and, for the adults, have a beer. It all takes place at Xtreme Science Days, Thursday, Dec. 27, through Monday, Dec. 30.


Families can enjoy learning the extreme science behind climate change, evolution and other hot topics, and unleash their inner mad scientist with hands-on experiments. The giant animatronic insects of the Xtreme Bugs exhibit provide an epic experience, and it’s just about that time that the adults in the group may feel like a beer.


You read that right. The Academy beer garden will be set up under the T. rex in Dinosaur Hall each afternoon of the Xtreme Science Days. Here are some of the activities on tap for children and adults. For more details, visit


Xtreme Food Challenge and Afternoon Beer Garden, 15 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 12–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Check out real Academy specimens as you sample extreme foods, play floor games and grab a drink at the beer garden.

Xtreme Animal Adaptations, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn about the live animals that live at the Academy and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery and scaly Academy ambassadors.


Mad Scientist Laboratory

Become a mad scientist with a photo op and wacky wigs while designing your own experiments. Plan a city and test waterways to explore the science behind climate change, biodiversity, water systems and evolution.


Get Collected … Xtreme Bugs Edition!

Be your own specimen. From the collecting jar to the identification and labeling station to the pinning box, discover the journey of a museum specimen. Get your camera ready! #scienceliveshere @acadnatsci


Slime Time

Make and take some ooey-gooey slime from our secret recipe.