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Dino-mite Summer

Summer 2018 at Philly's Dinosaur Museum

dinomite summer

dinomite summer

During Dino-mite Summer, meet living dinosaurs (you call them birds), get messy making a marvelous mixture, take a closer look at incredible live bugs, or share a belly laugh with Marty the Moose during story time. All activities are free with admission. No reservation needed!

Dino-Mite Summer Programs

Scientist Saturday
July 21 & August 18
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Science Live

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. Get more information on dates and topics. 

July 21: Pyroentomology

Meet entomology graduate student Stephen Mason and co-ops Cameron Chung, Madeline Sabo and Marina Jackson. Mason and his students study pyroentomology, or how insects respond to fires. Insects are the most biodiverse organism in the world, and humans could not survive without them, making them an ideal group to study after a fire.

With human-caused climate change and rising global temperatures, fires are becoming more frequent and intense. Learn about the different perspectives on forest fires. Are they good, bad or both? Find out what insects have told us after a fire has occurred in the nearby New Jersey Pine Barrens and what this means for fires occurring worldwide.

2:30 Naturalist Presentation
Weekdays, 2:30 p.m.

From feathers and jewels to bugs, dinosaurs, fossils, and live animals, natural science is full of surprises! Learn nature’s secrets through these informal and interactive presentations

  • Mondays: Up Close With Live Butterflies
  • Tuesdays: My Cousin, the Dinosaur
  • Wednesdays: How to Prepare a Fossil
  • Thursdays: Bug Appetit Invertebrate Feeding
  • Fridays: Training an Animal

Mondays With Marty
Mondays, 1 p.m.

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

Invertebrate Cart
Tuesdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–close
Beaver Diorama

Use cutting-edge technology to explore the miniature world of everyone’s favorite live backyard bugs at this interactive cart!

Science Now
Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Science Live

Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news! Visitors of all ages can find our enthusiastic volunteers ready to chat about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity and extinction, and water. Drop by for a brief activity or conversation!

Investigation Station
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Moose Diorama

In July, learn about the many different sounds animals make in order to talk to each other. Design your own sound-making devices!
In August, investigate buggy behavior and learn how to design an experiment with a live colony of animals.

Messy Marvelous Mixtures
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
BEES Classroom

Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From slimy soap to playdough, we’ll learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

Members Only! Dinos and Donuts
Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, August 18, 9–10 a.m.

Attention all Kids Club members! Enjoy donuts and hang out with Eddie the T. rex before the Academy opens. Free for members. Registration is required and space is limited. 

Registration for July 14 is sold out. Register for August 18 today!

More Summer Fun!

Bug Fest
August 11–12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Join us for our annual celebration of insects! Talk with real scientists, learn about insects from all over the world, and see specimens from the Academy’s behind-the-scenes collections. Eat bugs, get your face painted, and relax as you enjoy a buggy show!