Summer at Philly's Dinosaur Museum
During Dino-mite Summer, meet living dinosaurs (you call them birds), uncover your inner paleontologist with fossil-themed make and takes, take a closer look at incredible specimens, or share a belly laugh with Marty the Moose during story time. All activities are free with admission. No reservation needed!
Dino-mite Summer 2019 Activities (July 1-August 31):
2:30 Naturalist Presentation
Weekdays, 2:30 p.m.
From feathers and jewels to bugs, dinosaurs, fossils and live animals, natural science is full of surprises! Learn nature’s secrets through these informal and interactive presentations.
Mondays - Up Close With Live Butterflies
Tuesdays - My Cousin, the Dinosaur
Wednesdays - How to Prepare a Fossil
Thursdays - Bug Appétit Invertebrate Feeding
Fridays - Training an Animal
Mondays With Marty
Mondays, 1 p.m.
Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.
Summer Science Specimen Station
Tuesdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–close
Use cutting-edge technology to explore the finer details of everything from fossils to frogs at this interactive cart!
Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news! Visitors of all ages can find our enthusiastic volunteers ready to chat about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity, extinction and water. Drop by for a brief activity or conversation!
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
In July, learn how water pollution affects the landscape and brainstorm ideas to help preserve and protect our water sources.
In August, investigate buggy behavior and learn how to design an experiment with a live colony of animals.
Fossil Fun Make-and-Take
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Dig deep and get messy with a rotating series of make-and-takes designed to help you discover your inner paleontologist. From fossil jacketing to mini-digs to building your own tiny dino, you never know what fun you’ll excavate.
More Summer Fun!
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research, and ask all the questions you want. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research.
Dinos After Dark featuring Dino Drafts
Wednesday, July 24, 4–8 p.m.
Friday, August 23, 4–8 p.m.
Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden!
Saturday and Sunday, August 10–11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Join us for our annual celebration of insects! Talk with real scientists, learn about insects from all over the world and see specimens from the Academy’s behind-the-scenes collections. Eat bugs, get your face painted and relax as you enjoy a buggy show!
Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism
July 14, 9–11 a.m.
August 25, 9–11 a.m.
Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center, Outside In, see our special Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit and wander through the dioramas at your own pace. Preregistration required.
Members Only! Dinos and Donuts
Saturday, July 20, 9–10 a.m.
Attention all Kids Club members! Enjoy donuts and hang out with Eddie the T. rex before the Academy opens. Register online or by calling 215-299-1022.
Free for members. Registration is required and space is limited.