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Xtreme Science Days

Thursday to Sunday, December 27–30
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

xtreme science days

xtreme science days

Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs. Explore the extreme science behind climate change, evolution and other hot topics, and unleash your inner mad scientist with hands-on experiments in the lab. You can visit Xtreme Bugs for an epic experience featuring giant animatronic creatures. Then relax in the Academy beer garden under the T. rex in Dinosaur Hall as you play games, enjoy treats and sip seasonal beverages.

Xtreme Science Days Activities:

Xtreme Food Challenge and Afternoon Beer Garden
Thursday and Friday - 1–5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - 12–5 p.m.

Are you an adventurous eater? Will you survive the spiciest sauce or chow down on the chirpiest cricket chips? Check out real Academy specimens as you sample extreme foods, play some floor games and then take a well-earned break in the beer garden.

Auditorium Show: Xtreme Animal Adaptations
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the creatures that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Xtreme Bugs on the Big Screen
1 p.m.

Did you know that bugs outnumber humans 200 million to 1? Check out some awesome arachnids or cool cockroaches in this technology-enabled show featuring the live invertebrate collection of the Academy. Compare these bugs to your favorites in Outside In!

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Mad Scientist Laboratory

Enter if you dare! Unleash your inner mad scientist with a photo op and some wacky wigs while you design your own hands-on experiments. You can study bugs, plan a city and test waterways to explore the extreme science behind climate change, biodiversity, water systems and evolution.

Get Collected … Xtreme Bugs Edition!

In this epic take on entomology, the specimen you collect will be…YOU! From the collecting jar to the identification and labeling station to the pinning box, follow the journey of a museum specimen. Get your camera ready! #scienceliveshere @acadnatsci

Slime Time

What time is it? SLIME TIME! Make and take some ooey-gooey slime from our secret recipe.

Xtreme Bugs
Open through January 21, 2019

From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly to a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs. Get a bug’s-eye view of the world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods and play an Xtreme bug facts game. Fee in addition to museum admission.