Academy of Natural Sciences Marks Founders Day, March 21, With Pay-As-You-Wish Admission

PHILADELPHIA (March 11, 2014) — To celebrate the day of its founding, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering pay-as-you-wish admission on Friday, March 21, the museum announced today.

Officially established on March 21, 1812, the Academy is the nation’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. The museum is a leading cultural destination in Philadelphia, especially for generations of schoolchildren and families.

Regular admission is $15 for adults; $13 for children 3 through 12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; and free for members and children under 3. On March 21, visitors can decide themselves what to pay. Admission to the special exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed, on view through March 30, will remain $5 per person, $3 for members.

In addition to the Academy’s signature exhibits, including live butterflies, dinosaurs, dioramas, and the children’s discovery center, visitors can enjoy these opportunities:

Library Reading Room—Newly Open to the Public

1–4 p.m.

See treasures from the Academy collections, newly open to library visitors on weekday afternoons. View a ballot box used to vote on the acceptance of Academy members. Find out what it means that John James Audubon’s membership was originally “blackballed,” and view a copy of the original Academy Constitution.


Naturalist Presentation

2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a short presentation by an Academy teacher-naturalist on an environmental or nature topic and featuring live animals and/or museum specimens.


The Birds of America Page Turning

3:15 p.m.

Head to the library reading room and watch the daily page turning of John James Audubon’s 19th-century masterwork The Birds of America, arguably the most influential book on birds ever published.


New and Improved Outside In

All day

Visit the newly renovated children’s nature discovery center and meet live animals, view a stream from the bottom up, perch in a new eagle’s nest, and dig for shark teeth.



Fossil Prep Lab

All day

Watch as technicians work on the newly arrived T. rex fossils to prepare them for future study.


Science Live

All day

Chat with an Academy educator about a science topic of interest.


New Hands-on Invertebrate Cart

All day

Check out a variety of live insects and try touching them.


Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ADMISSION: $15 adults; $13 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. PHONE: 215-299-1000



Join ConKerr Cancer For A Night Of Fun With Your Family & Friends

This March, support Wayne, PA based nonprofit ConKerr Cancer and their international network of children, parents and volunteers affected by life-changing illnesses for a fun night out at the Please Touch Museum. Each ticket purchased to the 2nd Conkerr Cancer PJ Party on March 21, 2014 doubles as admission for one of many kids and teens affected by childhood cancer, giving them an evening away from the hospital to enjoy with friends, family, and members of the Greater Philadelphia community.

The event runs from 6pm to 9pm on March 21st, and all are welcome to attend. However, everyone must wear their pajamas, as it is a PJ Party, after all. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. Attendees are promised an amazing night complete with a photo booth and props, a pajama parade throughout the Please Touch Museum, and celebrity appearances, including another visit from Eagles’ mascot Swoop!

We are also extremely excited to have former Philadelphia Flyers players Bob Kelly and Todd Fedoruk joining us. DJ Lady FX will be in charge of entertainment for the evening, and there will be a special visit by some of the Philadelphia Zoo’s favorite animals.

The last PJ Party brought together over 500 people, and this year we’re expecting to host over 1,000! A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for making this special night possible: Wawa, Teva Pharmaceuticals, The Please Touch Museum, K-Ten Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, IBX, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Nemours, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Foundation, Pennsylvania Trust, Bryn Mawr Trust, Sage Financial Group, Bayada Home Health Care, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Dr. Alan Keogh, Lorraine Daley Studios, Scratch Events, Conlin’s Copy Center, Brulee Catering, Philadelphia Pre-Cooked Cheesesteaks, Amoroso’s, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

About ConKerr Cancer:

ConKerr Cancer was started in 2002, after founder Cindy Kerr’s son Ryan was diagnosed with cancer. Cindy began sewing cheery and colorful pillowcases to brighten Ryan’s hospital room, and then continued making them for other children in the Oncology Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In the seven years since, the organization has grown to an international level, sewing over 850,000 pillowcases and delivering smiles to children in over 120 cities and 250 hospitals throughout the US. For more information, visit

5 Ways being pregnant is like being a toddler

Am I pregnant or did I end up back in preschool?

Am I pregnant or did I end up back in preschool?

It occurred to me the other day that a lot of what I have been experiencing lately is very familiar to childhood. I think I may have regressed somehow to toddlerhood while being pregnant. Here are 5 things off the top of my head of ways that pregnancy feels like being a toddler.

1. Sudden cravings for foods that you probably haven’t eaten since childhood, at least not intentionally. I have this thing for juice boxes and snack packs. I take juice boxes to bed with me. It’s a bit obsessive.

2. Everything is yucky. From 1st trimester nausea to 2nd and 3rd trimester aversions, I have a long list of foods I will not eat….and you can’t make me!

3. Pooping in the potty is cause for celebration. Gotta love pregnancy constipation.

4. Nap time is a daily ritual. Seriously, if I don’t have one, I probably sound like a cranky toddler.

5. Meltdowns that seem completely irrational to everyone else, but make perfect sense to a pregnant woman…or possibly a toddler.

How many of these did you experience while pregnant? Can you add any to the list? As always, feel free to follow me on Facebook for more discussion, funny pictures, and other fun stuff!

Larry Gets Lost In Philadelphia Review

larry gets lost in philly cover  Recently, Sissy and I got the opportunity to review Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia by John Skewes and Michael Mullin. Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia is one of many illustrated children’s books where children get to go on an adventure with Larry the pup and learn about fun, family friendly landmarks and cultural places from famous cities and states.

In this adventure, Larry goes on vacation with his owner Pete and Pete’s family. While they are touring the town, Larry’s stomach gets the best of him, and he gets separated from his family. While Larry and Pete look for each other, they discover the landmarks of Philadelphia and its rich history. The colorful illustrations show great pictures of the many historical and cultural places of the great city Philadelphia.

The book says it is recommended for children ages 3-6. However, Sissy and I agree that it could be for children of all ages and is a great companion for first time little visitors to Philadelphia. The book includes facts about the old town, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, LOVE Park, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the stadium, and many more.

One of the illustrations with information about the Betsy Ross House

One of the illustrations with information about the Betsy Ross House

So if you are going to be taking your child to Philadelphia for the first time or would just like to teach your child a little more about the area, be sure to check out Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia and also check your local book seller for more Larry Gets Lost books for fun facts about other major cities and states!

Tired Mama

As you know from my post last week, I am pregnant again.  We are cautiously optimistic about this one, and while some of my friends and family already knew I was pregnant (plus I am starting to show a bit), I was a little nervous about announcing it to the world.

However, it is a lot of my explanation for why I haven’t been writing. I have just been so tired. I did have a nice influx of customers for my actual business the last two months as well, and that has taken up the bit of energy I have had. Actually, that part has been kinda cool actually, especially since it is winter time and a bad winter at that.

I have had a lot to say, but it has been hard to put it all into words. Right now, I am just tired. I am tired from being pregnant…tired from having a husband that is off on a long hitch…tired from having kids acting out because their world is changing and they are scared…tired of all this wretched snow and cold…tired from being cooped up in the house because of the ice…tired of being sick and having sick kids… Yeah, it’s like my brain has taken a vacation.

However, winter is soon to be over, and spring has to be around the corner…Seriously, it has to be soon because I am going to move to a warmer climate if it doesn’t come soon! I am hoping the warmer weather will be good for us all. At this point, I would just settle for having some energy again or possibly a brain because I seemed to have misplaced mine recently as in I had a conversation yesterday morning with my husband and five minutes afterwards, I couldn’t recall anything that was said.

How do you deal with being tired, especially if you have kids? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear strategies!

How to Make an Announcement with Flair!

As you may have noticed, I am still not writing much. I will be covering that in a post soon since I am about to let the cat out of the bag. I went to the doctor yesterday and got to see one of the most beautiful and miraculous things to me yesterday: my baby.

I am now in my second trimester. After a nerve-wracking day yesterday…as in the midwife couldn’t get the heartbeat through the doppler and so I had to go across town to the doctor’s office where I got to see my precious baby on-screen instead (which by the way was way better than just simply being able to hear it), I announced my pregnancy to friends and family like this:

Photography by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH by Relentlessly Making Faces

Photography by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH by Relentlessly Making Faces

So yeah…this is how you make an announcement with flair!

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