Wild Wizarding Weekend
Friday – Sunday
November 29 – December 1, 2019
Explore the magical world of the Academy with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own fantastic beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite fantasy stories.
Take in a Bunnies and Broomsticks game, make a magic wand and explore the scientific sorcery of the wizarding world. Wear a costume and get a $2 discount at the door or save when you purchase online.
Dragons After Dark Beer Garden
Friday, November 29, 4–8 p.m.
On Friday, November 29, enjoy a special wizarding edition of Dino Drafts, the Academy beer garden, at Dragons After Dark! Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission from 4–8 p.m. and extra fantastic beast encounters.
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!)
Wild Wizarding Weekend Activities:
Auditorium Show: Fantastic Beasts of the Academy
11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Additional shows 5 and 7 p.m., Friday, November 29
On the page and on the stage, we are captivated by the animal heroes and villains from our favorite magic stories. This show reveals the truth behind some of the most revered (and reviled!) creatures from fantasy and fiction. Meet a few of the Academy’s resident fantastic beasts. You may get to see owls, snakes or even basilisks!
Castle Classes and Magic Wand Workshop
Wizards learn a lot at school, and you can too! Don your robes, cast a spell with your new magic wand 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 rarely displayed specimens, these stations will make you believe in magic.
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.
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.
Bunnies and Broomsticks
12 and 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?
Special Exhibit: Dinosaurs Around the World
Meet more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs on a voyage from the tropical beaches of Antarctica to the inland seas of North America. Find out how continental drift, sea level fluctuations and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe. Learn about paleontological research, touch fossil casts, discover and name your own dinosaur, investigate what dinosaurs may have looked like in life and find modern-day dinosaurs right in your own backyard! Special ticket required.