Totally Turtles

On Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present. From pizza-loving cartoon ninjas to real-life turtles that call the Academy home, learn all about these “heroes in a half shell” with special crafts, demonstrations and touchable specimens. Turtle power!

Here’s what you can look forward to during Totally Turtles Weekend.


Special Activities: 

Auditorium Show: Turtle Thunderdome

Turtles may have a reputation for moving slowly, but not when snacks are on the line. Our turtles will enjoy time in a run pen and compete for a fast moving treat: fresh crickets! (Don’t worry; there will be plenty of crickets to go around.) Shows at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Turtles Through Time

On land and in the sea, turtles are some of the most ancient animals on the planet. Explore real turtle biofacts and real old turtle fossils to learn more about these fascinating reptiles.

Leopard tortoise facing camera

Ninja Turtle Face Painting

“Go green,” and then choose your favorite mask color to complete the look. Will you be Mikey, Raph, Leo or Donny today?

Turtle Shell Plate Craft

kids doing crafts

Put on your new turtle shell and wonder if a mutation might be to blame for your transformation! Make and take a special themed craft.

Live Reptile Macroscope Cart

At this interactive tech cart showcasing our weird and wonderful live animal collection, check out some of our smaller live reptiles and examine some of their finer details.

Free for members or with general museum admission. Not a member? Buy your tickets to Totally Turtles Weekend today.

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