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Dragons After Dark

Friday, November 23, 2018

4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

At Dinos After Dark:

  • Visit Outside In, do a scavenger hunt and meet some of our amazing live animals and buggy boarders
  • Immerse yourself in our tropical butterfly house
  • Observe our technicians preparing real specimens in the Fossil Prep Lab
  • Visit Xtreme Bugs
  • Purchase drinks and food from the Academy Beer Garden: Dino Drafts 
  • Skip the line and pre-register online!

Special Activities for November's Dragons After Dark: 

Wild Wand Workshop, featuring the cast of the Philly Improv Theatre 
6 p.m.

Practice with other nervous first-years and confident prefects as you take a lesson from a funny, friendly professional witch or wizard straight from Hog—err, from the Philly Improv Theatre. Decorate your wand first in North American Hall, or borrow one of ours to finish and take home later.

Magic Mayhem Onstage, featuring the cast of the Philly Improv Theatre 
5 and 7 p.m.

Our wizard-world neighbors from the Philly Improv Theater “School of Wheezes and Whimsy” will make magic right before your eyes. Their fully improvised show will be conjured by lectures on magical and mythical topics provided by area Muggle professors. Unpredictable, unrepeatable and unrepentantly funny, this is a one-of-a-kind performance you won’t want to miss. Adults and kids welcome!

Magic Wand Make and Take

Cast a spell with your new magic wand with this specially-themed craft for witches and wizards of all ages.

Fortune-telling Tea

Discover the mystical art of “tasseography” (reading tea leaves), learn about rare Academy botanical specimens and explore the remarkable soothing effects of plants. You can even make your own custom blend of tea to practice reading tea leaves at home.

Sorted Out

Choose your favorite animals and attributes to get sorted into your house and wear your colors proudly. Will you be a cunning snake, a thoughtful raven, a loyal badger or a brave lion? Learn all about animals and what they symbolize in books and movies. Featuring live animals, fun make-and-takes and rarely displayed specimens from our research collection, this hands-on education station will make you believe in magic.

How to Train Your (Mini)-Dragon

Dragons walk among us … as lizards! At this interactive tech cart showcasing our weird and wonderful live animal collection, check out some of our smaller live reptiles and examine their finer details. Compare them to towering giants — the ancient dragons on display in Dinosaur Hall!

Magic Mayhem Sorcery Station

Fortune-telling? Enchanted tomes? INVISIBLE PETS? You never know what you might encounter at the Magic Table! Featuring the talents of the wonderful witches and wizards of Philly Improv Theatre, this station warrants a stop for some magical mayhem and silly sorcery!

Dragons After Dark Beer Garden

Enjoy “witches’” brews and “toadily” tasty tacos at this special edition of Dino Drafts, the Academy’s own beer garden. Make some magic with friends and loved ones while sipping fantasy-themed adult beverages under a REAL dragon. (Okay, okay, it’s a T. rex. But still!) Partial proceeds from Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden benefit the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


  • Everyone