Instead of heading out to the shopping malls after Thanksgiving, why not pack up the kids and head down to The Academy of Natural Sciences instead? November 26 – 28 are “Dinosaur Days” at the Academy. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each of those days, families can experience fun activities featuring dinosaurs and their closest living relatives, birds.
Some of the activities available include:
- Fossil preparation demonstrations in the Paleo Lab
- Dinosaur and bird shows each day in the auditorium
- Make your own fossil discoveries through games and hands-on activities
- Prehistoric crafts and face painting
There are also three special events scheduled:
- Friday, November 26, 1 pm
- â€œLimping, Sprinting, Hopping, Climbing or Walking with Dinosaursâ€
- Paleontologist Dr. Philip Manning, from the University of Manchester, will show how dinosaurs got from here to there.
- Saturday, November 27, 1 pm
- â€œThe Greatest Dinosaur Show on Earth â€“ Guess Where?â€
- Dr. Peter Dodson, a paleontologist from the University of Pennsylvania, will take a look at breathtaking dinosaur discoveries from China.
- Sunday, November 28, 1 pm
- â€œBuilding a Dinosaur from Scratchâ€
- Jason Poole, paleo artist and manager of the Academy’s Fossil Prep Lab, demonstrates the transformation of a fossil to a fully fleshed-out dinosaur.
The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Call 215-299-1000 or visit ansp.org for more information.