All-Star Days

December 26–30

all star days

Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the scaly exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.

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Saturday, December 26: Dinosaur Day

Come face-to-face with fossils, meet living relatives of these ancient beasts, and explore the world of the dinosaurs all day at the Academy.

Auditorium Show: Live Animals of the Academy, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Discover the stories about some of the Academy’s live animals and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.

Auditorium Show: Rad Reptile Relatives: Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds, 1 p.m.

Though dinosaurs are extinct, their legacy lives on in their closest relatives: birds. Meet the Academy’s live birds and reptiles and learn how they are related.

Story Time in Outside In, 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive dinosaur story with Marty the Moose and a favorite live animal.

Closer Look

Examine live brine shrimp and insects in amber under a microscope. Meet weird live reptiles.

Fossil Forensics

Touch real fossils and use your dinosaur detective skills to solve prehistoric puzzles.

Dinosaur Crafts

Make a prehistoric craft to take home.

Sunday, December 27: Bug Day

Learn what makes a bug’s life so special through up-close encounters with beetles, cockroaches, butterflies, and tarantulas.  

Auditorium Show: Live Animals of the Academy, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Discover the stories about some of the Academy’s live animals and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.

Auditorium Show: Creepy Crawlies, 1 p.m.

Discover the spineless wonders of the Academy’s live invertebrate collection with magnified details on the big screen.

Story Time in Outside In, 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive insect story with Marty the Moose and a favorite live animal.

Closer Look

Examine a butterfly wing and a spider molt under a microscope. Meet weird live reptiles.

Investigating Invertebrates

Investigate the spineless stars of the live invertebrate collection up close.

Buggy Craft

Make a special buggy craft to take home.

Monday, December 28: Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly Day

Bring your love of all things scaly as the Academy celebrates the last weeks of Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly with a day devoted to reptiles.  

Auditorium Show: Live Animals of the Academy, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Discover the stories about some of the Academy’s live animals and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.

Auditorium Show: Reptile Dinner Party, 1 p.m.

Meet some live animals that might be predators or prey if they met a reptile at a dinner party.

Story Time in Outside In, 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive story with Marty the Moose and a favorite live animal.

Scale Tales

Examine reptile scales, scutes and osteoderms under the microscope and find out what their made of.

Local Herps and Venomous Snakes

Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of cool reptiles. Find out what may be living in your backyard.

Closer Look

Meet weird and wonderful live reptiles up close.

Cold-Blooded Craft

Make a special reptile craft to take home.

Tuesday, December 29: Fur, Feathers, and Scales Day

The live animals of the Academy take center stage on a day all about amazing animals. See firsthand how we take care of our live animals, and learn from the stars of our dioramas at the Academy.

Auditorium Show: Live Animals of the Academy, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Discover the stories about some of the Academy’s live animals and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.

Critter Capers, Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

See a live animals enjoying its exercise time and get your critter questions answered.

Story Time in Outside In, 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive story with Marty the Moose and a favorite live animal.

Closer Look

Examine fur, feathers and scales under a microscope and compare coverings from all over the world. Meet weird and wonderful live reptiles.

Diorama Diversions

Touch real furs like on the diorama animals and see the striking skulls of the animals of North America.

Critter Crafts

Make a special animal craft to take home.

Wednesday, December 30: Weird-things-in-jars Day

Science is surprising, inspiring and sometimes downright weird. Get a close-up look at some of the Academy’s stranger specimens and learn about how scientists preserve them in jars and other ways for future research.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Live Animal Center, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Meet some of the live animals that that live at the Academy. Discover their stories and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.

Auditorium Show: Weird and Wonderful, 1 p.m.

They might not be jarred, but the live animals of the Academy are plenty weird! Meet the inhabitants of our Live Animal Center during this live animal show.

Story Time in Outside In, 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive story with Marty the Moose and a favorite live animal.

Closer Look

Investigate the amazing techniques scientists use to preserve Academy specimens for research. Meet weird and wonderful live reptiles up close.

Cool Collections

Peer into jars from the Academy’s collections for some weird and wonderful surprises.

Crazy Crafts

Create a creature of bizarre adaptations to take home.

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