Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies Opens Sept. 30

This looks like a great trip for the whole family and starts at the end of this month!

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies opening Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.



Take a rare look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nest and a “petting zoo” in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30, 2017–Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Florence Magovern


Tiny Titans, presented in both Spanish and English, showcases an amazing array of authentic fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors will learn of recent discoveries about dinosaur reproduction and behavior and about the fascinating people and science behind these discoveries.



Real dinosaur eggs collected from different parts of the world and rich wall panels in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern


A captivating experience for children and adults, Tiny Titans invites visitors to:

  • Touch a real dinosaur bone and cast nests, one more than eight feet in diameter.
  • Dig for dinosaur eggs in interactive dig pits.
  • Dress up and be a dinosaur parent protecting its nest of eggs.
  • Get up close with exciting lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings.
  • View stunning murals and videos featuring prominent dinosaur experts.



Kids dress up as their favorite dinosaur in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30-Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Luis V. Rey


Tiny Titans will be on view at Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum through Monday, Jan. 15.

For the opening weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visitors will be treated to shows and gallery encounters with the Academy’s live birds and reptiles. That’s because birds and reptiles are the dinosaurs’ closest relatives. Rosebud, the Therapy Chicken (she has her own Facebook page!) will demonstrate how she  brings comfort to those in need at schools, nursing homes and rehab centers.

On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors also will be able to touch fossilized dinosaur egg fragments, walk on eggshells, and make a dinosaur egg to take home.



Beautiful realistic dinosaur murals and a baby dinosaur to pet bring the creatures to life in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern


“There is no experience as magical as touching a dinosaur egg,” said Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits and public spaces. “Imagine the baby dinosaur that hatched from it millions of years ago!”

Tiny Titans gives credence to what is now widely accepted among scientists: that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. Each science-rich section is enhanced with lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings and colorful illustrations of dinosaur families.



Rock sliced open to reveal 11 theropod eggs, most likely Oviraptor and most likely laid in pairs. Scientists aren’t sure why the one pair is smaller than the others.
Credit: Florence Magovern


The collection of real fossils includes an authentic bowling ball-size egg of a sauropod from Argentina that was laid by a long-necked, plant-eating titanosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Visitors also will see a large cluster of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur, and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered—almost 18 inches long—laid by a new giant species of Oviraptor, a carnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur.

A central feature of the multi-media experience is a presentation about the discovery of “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position. The embryo, discovered in China in 1993, was nicknamed “Baby Louie” after photojournalist Louie Psihoyos who photographed it for National Geographic. In May 2017 it finally received an official name with the publication of a study in the journal Nature Communications: Beibeilong sinensis, or “baby dragon from China.”

Some of the real dinosaur eggs featured in that May 1996 issue will also be on display in this exhibit.

Tiny Titans was organized in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The University of Tennessee, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. For discount tickets, visit ansp.org.



A group of Psittacosaur cast skeletons, five juveniles with an adult.
Credit: Florence Magovern


Homeschooler Day at Lehman’s

Lehman’s in Kidron, OH hosts homeschool days every Tuesday now through March! At Lehman’s, your homeschooler can learn about a more simpler time and do the following:

-Churn Butter

-Peel Apples

-Learn all about Aladdin Lamps

-Wood Carvings Presentation from local artist Paul Weaver

-Treasure Hunt

-Taste Test funny-flavored sodas

For more information, see their event on Facebook or register on Eventbrite!




Paleopalooza the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Science and art come together at this year’s Paleopalooza, a weekend family festival of musical dinosaur puppetry, live animal shows of dinosaur descendants, rare dinosaur fossils, and even a look at the prehistoric sky, on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Visitors can watch as Alaskan artist Ray Troll uses chalk to recreate the famous Hadrosaurus foulkii in his distinctive style on a giant chalkboard in the Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit. Troll, recipient of the Academy’s Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art, will draw the New Jersey plant-eater over the two days, and it will remain on view for several months.

Field Station: Dinosaurs explores the eating habits and table manners of our favorite dinosaurs in a lively interactive show of puppetry set to music at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The playful walking dinosaur puppet also will make appearances in Dinosaur Hall at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler, fresh from a research expedition to Antarctica, will describe his amazing adventure and Devonian fossil finds in a fascinating presentation at 2:30 p.m. both days. At 1 p.m. both days, The Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will take visitors on a star-filled tour of the prehistoric sky, demonstrating what T. rex would have seen when he took a break from devouring other dinosaurs to gaze up at the sky. That’s at 1 p.m. both days.

The festival also features displays of rare fossils from the Academy’s world-renowned collection, live animal shows with birds and reptiles (both related to dinosaurs), interactive activities, creative craft-making, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets online at a discount, visit ansp.org.


Let’s Go to Build A Bear on National Teddy Bear Day!


courtesy of Build A Bear

Guess what? Friday, September 9 is National Teddy Bear Day. As someone who loves teddy bears, I got super excited to find out that Build a Bear offers two of its bears for $5 for that day! Homeschool Field Trip!!! With each purchase of these bears, Build A Bear will donate a furry friend to charity! For more information, visit http://www.buildabear.com/national-teddy-bear-day/



Squishy, Stinky, Slimy Fun Starts May 16 with Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences

PHILADELPHIA (April 13, 2015) Oozing with disgusting science, Animal Grossology provides a slight off-kilter view of the animal kingdom starting Saturday, May 16, with its grand opening at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!


Based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, Animal Grossology is packed with hands-on fun that celebrates those yucky topics moms warn their kids not to discuss at the dinner table. Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animal characters, the exhibit introduces scientific concepts in ways that will make some kids giggle and others say “Ew, gross!”

“A lot of what we think is disgusting in animals is normal, and it’s super important for their role in nature,” said Mary Bailey, the Academy’s special exhibits education coordinator. “For example, we may think it’s disgusting that dung beetles collect elephant poop and eat it. But if they didn’t do that, there would be poop everywhere!”

Animal Grossology offers a fresh take on some of the more disgusting things animals do and engages visitors in how blood, vomit, pellets, dookie, and slime can be fun, funky and even fascinating. Visitors will:

  • See larger-than-life bloodsuckers and learn where they store blood in their bodies.
  • Learn why a cat’s anatomy is the reason why cats spit up hairballs.
  • Unravel the mystery of the incredible tapeworm.
  • Discover how snail and slug slime may lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis.
  • Find out why cows chew cud.

In addition to the exhibit, educators at the Academy’s Carts of Curiosity will engage visitors with live animals and animal products with gross origins (honey, silk, perfume and a type of coffee made from a certain animal feces). On most Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., visitors will be able to witness the dissection of a worm, squid, urchin, or eye of a cow.

Sound over the top? Bailey assures that it’s all presented in tasteful and entertaining ways that families can enjoy and learn from at the same time.

“Some people think it’s gross that slugs have a slime trail, but they’ll learn that the slime helps them move around and find each other,” Bailey said. “Slugs are an important food source for other animals.”

Animal Grossology is on view through Aug. 30. Tickets may be purchased online at ansp.org.

GROSSOLOGY Exhibition is produced by Advanced Animations LLC. GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.


Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show


The Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show Announces a Full Lineup of Speakers, including Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown and Phil Keoghan, Host of the “Amazing Race”

The Nation’s Largest Series of Travel Shows Lands in Philadelphia on March 21st and 22nd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Featuring Thousands of Vacation Options from Around the Globe,
“Taste of Travel Stage” and even a 15,000 Gallon Interactive Scuba Tank!

PHILADELPHIA – (March 16th, 2015) – The nation’s largest series of consumer travels shows comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend, launching in Philadelphia on March 21st and 22nd.  Scheduled to present are a virtual “who’s who” of the travel industry including Samantha Brown, Phil Keoghan, Todd Carmichael, Joe Rosendo and Patricia Schultz. The event’s National TV Media Sponsor, the Travel Channel, will also be on-hand with a fun, interactive booth and travel experts.

Additionally, the entertainment lineup will include an electrifying stage of cultural performances, world-renowned chefs & food tastings and fun-for-the-entire-family interactive exhibits. A never-ending array of exotic and exciting destinations will be on display, delivering to the consumer a global extravaganza and one-stop shop for planning your next vacation.

Travel experts from Aruba to Africa, Maine to New Zealand and Delaware to the Dominican Republic will all be part of this action packed event, helping you to plan the trip of a lifetime or even a weekend getaway. Many will offer travel deals and show specials that you can only find at the show.  Hands-on activities such as a 15,000 gallon heated scuba dive pool, Segways to ride and even a rock climbing wall will make this event unlike anything the Pennsylvania Convention Center has ever seen before.

Keynote Speaker Highlights:
Samantha BrownTravel Channel Host
Presentation: Then and Now: How Travel Has Changed
Samantha Brown has spent more than a decade at Travel Channel.  Her travel goal is to always show that if she can do it, you can do it.  With years of experience being on the road, she takes a look back at just how much the travel world has changed.  She touches on such topics as the evolution of using an app to book a flight (from the days of calling airlines) to the change in what motivates people to travel.  Samantha is still living in airports, hotels and out of a suitcase, but things are way different now than they were then!

Saturday, 11:00am; Sunday, 1:00pm – Autograph signing immediately following the session.


Joseph RosendoHost, PBS Series Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope®
Presentation: Travel as a Life Changing Adventure
“Travel is more than a vocation to me,” says Joseph Rosendo.  “It’s a love and a passion that I’ve been indulging in all of my life and am privileged to share with my audiences.”  Award-winning travel journalist and Emmy-winning director and travel host, Joseph Rosendo takes his audience on a journey of discovery.  Their odyssey begins humorously with Joseph’s first trip abroad and culminates with exciting and heart-warming encounters in India, Guatemala, Bhutan and Africa. There are prizes for Travel Trivia winners but, above all, the aim of Joseph’s appearance is to celebrate the world’s diversity by honoring the knowledge, integrity and ingenuity of our global neighbors and engendering a mutual empathy and understanding.

Saturday, 12:45pm – Autograph signing immediately following the session.

Phil KeoghanHost/Co-Executive Producer, The Amazing Race & Author, No Opportunity Wasted
Presentation: NOW: No Opportunity Wasted
Join Phil Keoghan as he takes you on a journey through his travel adventures around the globe and shares his passion for living life and fulfilling dreams.  Hear how Phil’s NOW (No Opportunity Wasted) philosophy helps in setting life goals and seizing every day.

Saturday, 2:00pm – Autograph signing immediately following the session.

Patricia SchultzBest-selling Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die
Presentation: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Best-selling travel author and TV producer Patricia Schultz discusses some of her favorite destinations from the newly revised 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, followed by signing of her books.

Saturday, 3:45pm; Sunday, 2:30pm – Autograph signing immediately following the session.


Todd Carmichael, Host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds”, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Coffee Crusader
Presentation: Business Trip or Leisurely Vacation? Why Not Both!
As co-founder of La Colombe and as the host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds: New Territory,” Todd Carmichael treks across the globe in search of the best coffee beans.  Unlike most executives, Todd also serves as La Colombe’s main coffee sourcer.  This means regular international trips almost every month of the year.  It’s all just another day at the office for Todd, but he makes sure it doesn’t feel like work.  In this session, Todd shares how he incorporates ways to make business travel feel more like fun travel.

Sunday, 11:30am – Autograph signing immediately following the session.

Additional travel seminars will include: Destination specific sessions on New Zealand, Cuba, Italy, India, Alaska, as well as “Travel Tips” oriented sessions on photography, packing tips, ways to travel better and the latest on travel gadgets.

For a full list of speakers, please visit travelshows.com/philadelphia-speaker-stages

Event Date / Time:

Saturday, March 21st – 10:00am – 5:00pm (9:30 Open for Travel Trade and Media)

Sunday, March 22nd – 11:00am – 4:00pm


Pennsylvania Convention Center (Hall D)
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tickets are available online for $11 for one day or $17 for two days (use promo code: PHPR). Children 16 and under are free.  At the door, tickets will be available, cash only, for $16 for one day and $25 for two days. For tickets and information please visit www.TravelShows.com, email info@travelshows.com.

Tickets are FREE to all Military, Police, Fire, EMT and Teachers (with valid badge or ID).


UNICOMM LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences. Unicomm’s properties include the nation’s largest and longest running series of travel events, Travel & Adventure Show® in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C. and San Diego.


It’s JBF Western Main Line Time!

It’s that time of year again, time for consignment sales! My favorite consignment sale to shop is Just Between Friends, and the Just Between Friends sale in Oaks is going on now through Sunday March 22! Sweet Pea and I scoped out the pre-sale yesterday, and if you are in the Philly area, you need to check it out this weekend!

jbfpic2editJust Between Friends has everything you need from maternity to babies and even big kids too! The sale is 3/19 from 9am-8pm, 3/20 9am-8pm, 3/21 8am-5pm, and 3/22 8am-3pm. On Friday, Kara Raudenbush Photography will be there taking spring pictures. The Easter bunny will be there this weekend, and if you shop Sunday, there is the half off sale that day.

Here are just some of the bargains I found at the sale:

jbf funI got the baby bath seat I have been wanting for a fraction of a price I would have paid online. I found Podee bottles, which are getting harder to find anywhere. I got a Barbie RV for Sissy, a Bionicle set for Bubby, homeschool supplies, and some sleepers and bibs. I saved a ton of money which made my husband happy too!

Some tips for shopping the sale:

  • bring a list so you don’t get overwhelmed
  • hit the big ticket items first
  • make sure the price tag is on there. If it isn’t, you can’t buy it
  • bring a wagon, Wonder Wheeler, or some other type of container on wheels so your arms aren’t overloaded.
  • Have Fun!

To get to the sale, go to the Philly Expo Center in Oaks. It is in Hall C this time. Enjoy hunting for bargains and feel free to share your best deals with me in the comments below! Not close to Philly? No problem! Just check out online for your local JBF sale and schedule! It’s worth it!

*I received JBF bucks in exchange for promoting the sale, but all opinions are my own. I simply just love the sale!