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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Summer Camp Events at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Inspecting a shark jaw during Academy Explorers Camp. Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP

Inspecting a shark jaw during Academy Explorers Camp.
Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP

PHILADELPHIA (February 24, 2015) — Summer is a great time to explore nature, and Bug Fest, summer camp and an exhibit about the squishiest, stinkiest, slimiest creatures on Earth offer some wonderful ways to do that at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Bug Fest, Aug. 8 and 9, is the Academy’s most popular festival and features hundreds of live insects, hands-on family activities, discussions with Academy entomologists, and the chance to taste some creepy crawlies, which are actually nutritious.

The new Animal Grossology exhibit delves into the squishy, stinky, slimy habits of the animal kingdom. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, the exhibit celebrates all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table.

And there’s more. For details and updates about the following programs, please visit ansp.org.

Museum admission can be purchased in advance at http://ansp.org/visit/plan/tickets/.

Animal Grossology

May 16–August 30

Special Exhibits Gallery

Experience the squishiest, stinkiest and slimiest creatures on Earth in Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Based on the best-selling children’s book series Grossology by Sylvia Branzei, this exhibit oozes with disgusting science and entertaining hands-on learning games. Find out why cows chew cud and how snail and slug slime could lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, celebrate all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table. Fee in addition to regular museum admission.

Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers
June 6–October 4

Art of Science Gallery

The large, revealing images of Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers depict the striking results of a common method of studying animal anatomy called clearing and staining. To achieve the beautifully detailed inner skeletal tissues of fish, the photographer, University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers, soaked the specimens in different dyes and enzymes, rendering the soft tissues transparent and the harder tissues deep blue and crimson. Each step of the process is described and illustrated through more photographs and fish specimens from the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Free with regular museum admission.

Tapping Our Watershed

Monday, June 15, 6 p.m.

National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd St., Philadelphia

 

In this informal science café, Tom Davidock, senior coordinator for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, will discuss “Protecting the Delaware Estuary One Beer at a Time: How Creative Partnerships with Breweries Are Helping Keep Our Water Clean.” The monthly Tapping Our Watershed is free and is organized by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Talks are for people age 21 and older; those under 21 must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 25.

Academy Explorers Camp

Monday–Friday, July and August, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Academy Explorers Camp at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University offers children ages 5–12 a unique, fun and engaging experience. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip, plus all the museum has to offer—from dinosaurs to preserved specimens to live animals. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Camp Dates and Topics

 

July 6–10 Animal Inventions

Tap into your inner inventor as you observe nature and design something new inspired by animal attributes.

July 13–17 Inside-Out

Discover what makes animals (including you) tick, and figure out how bones, organs, blood and guts work together.

 

July 20–24 The World of T. rex

Travel back in time to explore the world of Tyrannosaurus rex and meet the live descendants of these ancient beasts.

 

July 27–31 Slimy Science

Wiggle with worms and squirm with salamanders to inspire your inner scientist with these icky, slimy experiments.

August 3–7 Dino-lympics

Join the feathered frenzy, challenge yourself and discover how well you’d measure up to the dinosaurs.

           

August 10–14 Bugstravaganza

Journey deep into the dirt and observe the world from a bug’s point of view. Get up close and personal with some real live creepy crawlies.

August 17–21 Behind the Scenes

Become the ultimate Academy insider. Explore the museum’s rarely seen collections, meet Academy scientists and try your hand at some seriously fun science.

 

August 24–28 Animal Grossology

Get a closer look at animals and the disgusting things they do. Learn how puke, poop and pellets can be fun, funky and fascinating.

Tiny Tot Explorers

Wednesdays, July 8–August 19, 11 a.m.noon

Tiny Tot Explorers is a program for 3 to 5 year olds and their favorite adults, where the littlest campers have the biggest fun. Each week participants discover an exciting new theme through games, crafts, songs and museum adventures. Register for a single session or the entire series. For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Appreciation Day: Police, Firefighters and the Office of Emergency Management
Thursday, August 6, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Philadelphia Police Department, Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management have a special day of activities and presentations for visitors to the Academy of Natural Sciences on this day set aside to show appreciation for their bravery and service. Meet the men and women of these forces; get fire prevention tips; learn emergency preparedness; learn what it takes to become a police officer; meet McGruff the Crime Dog and more. For details, visit ansp.org.

 

Bug Fest

Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate insects of all kinds—and taste a few—at the annual Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Cheer on a favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500, talk with Academy entomologists, examine hundreds of live bugs up close, get your face painted, and enjoy other fun activities. Free with museum admission.

Philadelphia Geek Awards

Saturday, Aug. 15, Evening

The Philadelphia Geek Awards is an annual black-tie, red-carpet ceremony hosted by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. It honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region who have made major contributions in their fields, including game developers, comic book artists, social media marketers, and others. Fee. Registration is required. For details, visit ansp.org and geekadelphia.com.

Academy Explorers Camp

Monday through Thursday, September 21–24, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering a special fall Academy Explorers Camp when schools are affected by the visit of Pope Francis. Academy Explorers Camp offers children ages 5–12 a unique, fun and engaging experience with science and the many exhibits the museum has to offer. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with optional before and after care.

For details, visit ansp.org or call 215-299-1060.

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

September 28, 2015–January 10, 2016

 

Get eyeball to eyeball with live deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles and rugged crocodilians from around the world at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Nestled in naturalistic habitats, these cold-blooded animals will help dispel common myths and foster a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the animal kingdom and their native environments. Engaging, interactive components let visitors “milk” a viper, learn to speak croc in less than five minutes, and test their knowledge with Turtle Trivia and Lizard Wizard. Fee in addition to regular museum admission.

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: $15.95 adults; $13.95 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. PHONE: 215-299-1000

 

THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY 1900 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PKWY PHILADELPHIA 19103

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Animal Grossology Exhibit Opens May 16 with Squishy Stinky Slimy Fun

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 26, 2015) Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, a new exhibit opening Saturday, May 16, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University provides a unique perspective on the animal kingdom. Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!

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Animal Grossology, on view through Aug. 30, celebrates topics mom says not to talk about at the dinner table. Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated characters based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, the exhibit introduces scientific concepts in ways that will make some kids giggle and others say “Ew, gross!”

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.

  • 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.

“The best way to introduce young people to the wonder of biology is through play, laughter and fun.” said Academy Exhibits Senior Director Jennifer Sontchi. “The exhibit topics are presented in a colorful, bold and frank manner and provide a great entry point for a family discussion about fundamental science concepts. At the same time, nobody will be able to keep a straight face!”

There is a $5 fee to enter Animal Grossology in addition to regular admission. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased online at ansp.org.

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

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: $15.95 adults; $13.95 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. PHONE: 215-299-1000

THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY 1900 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY PHILADELPHIA PA 19103

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Explore Dinosaurs at Paleopalooza Feb. 14 and 15

Visitors to Paleopalooza enjoy touching a real fossil with the help of Academy Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager Ned Gilmore. Credit: Will Klein

Visitors to Paleopalooza enjoy touching a real fossil with the help of Academy Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager Ned Gilmore.
Credit: Will Klein

PHILADELPHIA (January 23, 2015) — Paleopalooza, a weekend festival featuring dinosaur fossils, paleo-illustration classes, engaging live animal shows and more, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Academy scientists will be on hand to show off rarely displayed Devonian fossils they collected in central Pennsylvania. Families can dig for real fossils to take home and get tips from a paleo-artist on how to draw a dinosaur. Buddy the T-rex, from the popular TV show Dinosaur Train!, and the Academy’s own Eddie the T. rex will be roaming the museum throughout the weekend.

Paleopalooza is free with museum admission and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The festival coincides with the opening weekend of the new exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake, about the largest snake that ever lived. Titanoboa will be on display through April 19.

Here are some more highlights of the fun activities to look for at Paleopalooza on both Saturday and Sunday. For more, visit ansp.org.

  • See a real duckbill dinosaur fresh from the field as it is prepared in the Fossil Prep Lab.
  • Dance to hip tunes by the Diggity Dudes band. Noon and 2 p.m.
  • Take a guided tour of Dinosaur Hall.10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Watch paleo-illustrator Jason Poole bring dinosaurs to life and try drawing your own dinosaur.
  • Make a dinosaur food chain and other paleo-perfect crafts to take home.
  • Enjoy four different live shows: “So you want to be a paleontologist?” at 11 a.m.; “Snakes Alive!” at 1 p.m.; “Old Bones, New Technologies,” with Drexel University Professor Kenneth Lacovara, who discovered Dreadnoughtus, at 2:30 p.m.; and “Birds of a Feather” at 3:30 p.m.
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Celebrate Dinosaurs and Their Closest Living Relatives at Dinosaur Days Nov. 28–30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences

 

PHILADELPHIA (November 6, 2014) — Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives—birds—with a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Talk turkey with Academy experts, touch real fossils, play dinosaur detective, and more. Dinosaur Days are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28, 29 and 30, and are free with museum admission.

Fun games and crafts are guaranteed to enlighten everyone from the wisest to the youngest dinosaur experts in the family. For a full schedule of events, visit the Dinosaur Days event at ansp.org. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Academy Animal Ambassadors, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Meet some of the Academy’s live animals and find out what you can do to help protect them during this live animal show.
  • Dinosaur Detectives, 1 p.m. Do you know what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Can you tell a fossil from a fake? Put your skills to the test during this interactive stage show and meet a live animal that has some things in common with the extinct stars of the show.
  • Story time, 2 p.m. Visit Outside In for an interactive dinosaur story featuring a live animal.

A hot chocolate bar featuring different kinds of hot cocoa and delicious toppings will be presented for purchase by 12th Street Catering from noon to 2 p.m. each day, as a special part of Dinosaur Days. Just in time for the cold weather, the warm beverage bar coincides with the current exhibit Chocolate: The Exhibition.

 

Chocolate: The Exhibition, presented by Mars Chocolate North America, features the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a rain forest plant to America’s favorite sweet. There is a $5 fee to enter Chocolate.