Winter Break Programming Is…

Xtreme Science Days!

We are switching up our winter programming to bring you some slimy, spicy and out of this world science extremes! You can make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.

Educator holds large animal jaw around child's face

This is the perfect time to explore the extreme science behind climate change, evolution and other hot topics, and unleash your inner mad scientist with hands-on experiments in the lab. You can visit Xtreme Bugs for an epic experience featuring giant animatronic creatures. This exhibit leaves January 21, so now is the time to squeeze in your visit!

Plus, the afternoons will feature a beer garden under the famous Academy T. rex. in Dinosaur Hall. Guests can relax and play games, enjoy treats and sip seasonal beverages. 

Read on for details on what’s on the schedule.

Xtreme Science Days Activities:

Xtreme Food Challenge and Afternoon Beer Garden
Thursday and Friday – 1–5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 12–5 p.m.

Are you an adventurous eater? Will you survive the spiciest sauce or chow down on the chirpiest cricket chips? Check out real Academy specimens as you sample extreme foods, play some floor games and then take a well-earned break in the beer garden.

Beer garden, dino hall photographed from above

Auditorium Show: Xtreme Animal Adaptations
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the creatures that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Xtreme Bugs on the Big Screen
1 p.m.

Did you know that bugs outnumber humans 200 million to 1? Check out some awesome arachnids or cool cockroaches in this technology-enabled show featuring the live invertebrate collection of the Academy. Compare these bugs to your favorites in Outside In!

Mad Scientist Laboratory

10 year old boy in lab coat and Einstein wig

Enter if you dare! Unleash your inner mad scientist with a photo op and some wacky wigs while you design your own hands-on experiments. You can study bugs, plan a city and test waterways to explore the extreme science behind climate change, biodiversity, water systems and evolution.

Get Collected … Xtreme Bugs Edition!

In this epic take on entomology, the specimen you collect will be…YOU! From the collecting jar to the identification and labeling station to the pinning box, follow the journey of a museum specimen. Get your camera ready! #scienceliveshere @acadnatsci

Slime Time

Girls making slime

What time is it? SLIME TIME! Make and take some ooey-gooey slime from our secret recipe.

Xtreme Bugs
Open through January 21, 2019

Children explore Xtreme Bugs at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Rocco Avalone for ANS

From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly to a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs. Get a bug’s-eye view of the world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods and play an Xtreme bug facts game. Fee in addition to museum admission. Learn more about this limited time exhibit. 

Get more information on Xtreme Science Days, and purchase tickets today!

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