Backyard Adventures Opens June 9

By Carolyn Belardo

Step into a garden of wonders and experience the fascinating science that’s literally in your own backyard in a new exhibit opening Friday, June 9, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Backyard Adventures is a brand-new exhibit where kids can learn about science through interactive play.

Backyard Adventures is filled with interactive play stations where families can investigate the great outdoors and discover a hidden world of science.

Visitors can ride a bee bike, collect nectar, explore a food web pond, copy critter calls, and even dress up like a favorite animal. Engaging in fun activities like mini-golf, children will solve simple physics challenges and uncover the amazing interactions between insects and plants.

“Backyard Adventures is the perfect summer family experience. The kids are out of school and hankering to play,” said Academy Senior Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi.

“Here we’ll engage them with science and technology that will encourage everyone to continue discovering the wonders of their own backyard even after they leave the exhibit,” Sontchi added.

In Backyard Adventures, kids can test their knowledge of physics through fun activities like mini golf.

In July and August, the Academy’s Dino-Mite Summer programming offers something special every day with the backyard adventure theme. Visitors will meet live backyard dinosaurs (birds!); laugh along as Marty the Moose tells goofy backyard jokes; examine favorite backyard bugs up close; use LEGO bricks to build dinosaurs and bugs, and much more. For the daily schedule of activities, visit

Backyard Adventures will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 10. To purchase tickets online at a discount, click the button below.

Backyard Adventures is designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions.

The Academy will also feature special backyard-themed programming as part of Dino-mite Summer.



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