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Wild Wizarding Weekend

November 23–25

wild wizarding weekend

wild wizarding weekend

Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.

Take in a Bunny and Broomsticks game, make a magical wand, and take home a dragon’s egg during this wild weekend where wizards are welcome. Wear a costume and get a $2 discount at the door or save when you purchase online.

Free for members or with general museum admission. Not a member? Buy your tickets today.


Check back for updates on Wild Wizarding Weekend 2018! 

Highlights from Wild Wizarding Weekend 2017:

Bad Beasts

On the page and on the stage, we are captivated by the animal bad guys from our favorite magic stories. Featuring the Academy’s own live “villains,” this show reveals the truth behind some of the most misunderstood creatures from fantasy and fiction.

Live Owl Show

Whooooo loves owls? We do! Meet a few of the Academy’s resident live owls and discover why they’re more than just cool creatures of the night.

Castle Classes

Wizards learn a lot at school, and you can too! Don your robes and stop by our class tables: Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Defense Against Predators, Care of Domestic Creatures, Potions, and Animal Transformation. Featuring live invertebrates, fun make-and-takes, and never-before displayed specimens from our research collection, these stations will convince you that you don’t want to be late for school!

Sorted Out

Choose your favorite animals and attributes to get sorted into your houses, and wear your colors proudly. Will you be a cunning snake, a thoughtful raven, a loyal badger, or a brave lion?

Magical Myths

Where did the story of the cyclops come from? How did a narwhal turn into a unicorn? Check out specimens from our famous research collection, and chat with Academy educators to learn about the real animals that inspired the legends you love.

All About Owls

At this interactive tech cart, learn “owl” about how these nocturnal birds of prey are fearsome hunters despite the dark. Watch an owl pellet dissection under a microscope!

Bunnies and Broomsticks
2 p.m.

Cheer on our rabbits at a very special Wizarding edition of Romp Time! Who do you think will hop to glory this time?

Magical Crafts

Cast a spell with your new magic wand, and a design a dragon’s egg to hatch at home with specially themed crafts for little wizards and witches.