In the fall 2014 issue of Academy Frontiers, we asked our Kids Club members the following question:
What do you think happens at the Academy after dark?
Our contest winner, Sage K, age 7, described the adventures of the Academy’s dinosaurs after hours. She won tickets to our upcoming family Safari Overnight for her creative story and illustration.
The Mystery of the Night at the Academy
By Sage K, age 7
No one knows what happens at nighttime at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The dinosaurs sleep during the daytime, and at night they are awake.
What happens at night with the dinosaurs? The dinosaurs have a party! They have to be careful because they are made of only bones with no skin or muscles to protect them. They dance, play games, and sing. One night they were playing a game and … they got hurt!!!! They were playing a game where they had to do a gymnastic trick. They never did gymnastics, they only watched kids do it out the windows of the Academy. The dinosaurs didn’t realize that they have different bodies from humans which makes doing gymnastics difficult.
A Brontosaurus did a handstand and his neck was so long it hit the ground, a neck bone fell off, and he rolled over and hit the T-rex. The T-rex did a cartwheel and his tail hit the ceiling, he rolled over and his tail fell off and he hit Triceratops. The Triceratops did a back bend and his horns hit the ground and he flipped over and hit the Stegosaurus. The Stegosaurus did a summersault and his spikes fell off. This is just an example of what happens at night at the museum.
The people that work there were like “Huh?” the next morning. The dinos learned their lesson that they were too big to do gymnastics and now they do dinosaur games.
Do you want to know what happens at the museum overnight? Join us on February 21 for our next Safari Overnight! Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Call 215-299-1060 for reservations.
Start with opportunities to enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, dig for dinosaur bones, and come face-to-face with the animals in our dioramas. Go on a scavenger hunt, play in the sandbox, or inspect some not-so-creepy crawlies. Break to hang out with your fellow explorers, and enjoy delicious snacks. Take some free time to explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, and then sit back and relax as we bring you a fascinating live animal show.
When it’s finally time for bed, pick your spot next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Will you keep your eyes open to see what they do when they think everyone’s asleep?
Can’t make it February 21? Our next Friends and Family Overnight is April 18, and private overnights can also be scheduled–they’re perfect for birthday parties, clubs, sports team retreats, and more. Learn more by calling 215-299-1060 or visiting our website.