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

Dino-Mite Family Fun Nite

Saturday Jul 29 5:30 PM-9:30 PM

Treat the whole family to a super fun summer evening picnic at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Start your visit by checking out our special exhibit, Backyard Adventures, where you can experience the magic of a backyard world. Ride the bee bike, play mini golf, build in the tool shed, see the world through your dog’s eyes, grow pumpkins, calculate your throwing speed, and solve puzzles. Throughout the night, try your hand at bocce, experiment with baggo, play virtual sports, make a craft, and compete in a scavenger hunt. Check out live animals enjoying barbeques and pool parties. Then chat with real scientists and explore their crazy collections. When you’ve worked up your appetite, settle down in front of your favorite diorama to enjoy a picnic (BYO food OR save time by pre-purchasing* from the Academy).

The night includes:

  • BYO food or pre-purchased picnic* in front of your favorite diorama. Bring your own blanket!
  • Access to the special exhibit, Backyard Adventures, which is totally hands-on and entertaining for the whole family
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Backyard games
  • Academy live animal picnics
  • Prizes to compete for throughout the night
  • Great summer movies
  • Glow in the dark craft for kids
  • Chances to meet real academy scientists with cool collections
  • A virtual tennis match and chance to practice your pitching arm with some baseball 

Click here for more information and to register.

Is it really a family night?

This is a kid-friendly night that adults will enjoy, too. Families and friends of all kinds are welcome!

Do I have to bring a picnic?

You are welcome to bring outside food—but if you’d like to pre-purchase, please do so when you register or before July 25, by calling 215-299-1060. Your purchased picnic includes a free Academy lunch tote. Supplies are limited, so reserve ASAP. Click for more details on pricing.

Do I need to bring a blanket?

What’s a picnic without a picnic blanket? We will have tablecloths on site, but if you’d like a comfy blanket, bring your own.

Can I purchase my tickets at the museum during the event?
Yes you can! However, sellout is likely, so we recommend reserving your spot in advance.

What is the special exhibit?

In Backyard Adventures, leap into a garden of wonders, where you can experience the magic of a special backyard world. As you ride the bee bike, collect nectar, check out a food web pond, copy critter calls, and even dress up like living creatures, you’ll uncover surprising details about how organisms live and interact in their environments. You can even become a mechanic or engineer by learning the feats of construction that go into building a shed, solving the paver puzzle, and playing garden mini-golf. Figure out how to turn your own garden into a mini-exhibit—you’ll discover more science in your backyard than you’ll ever imagine!

*Extra fee applies for the pre-purchased picnic

Picnic Meal Details:
$22 per adult, $15 per child (under 12)
Pricing includes a free Academy Lunch Tote

After you complete your reservation, you will receive an order form to make your meal selections.

Choose One of the Following:

  • Cheese Sticks & Pepperoni
  • Assorted Cheese & Crackers
  • Carrots & Celery Sticks with Ranch

Choose One of the Following:

SANDWICH OPTIONS - Condiments served on side

  • Turkey & Provolone
  • Ham & American Cheese
  • Roast Beef & Provolone
  • Chicken Salad
  • Roasted Veggies with Mozzarella


  • Turkey BLT
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Roasted Vegetable with Hummus

Choose One of the Following:

  • Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies in Light Vinaigrette
  • Tri-Colored Potato Salad with Dijon Dressing
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Glaze
  • Bag of Potato Chips

Choose One of the Following:

  • Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies
  • Assorted Brownies
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

Choose One of the Following:

  • Juice Options - Orange, Cranberry, or Apple Juice
  • Soda Options - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper, or Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Iced Tea - Unsweetened, Diet, or Green Tea
  • Bottled Water

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