Friday, December 26, 2014

Become a great explorer this summer with these interactive science exhibits

Just because it is almost summer time, doesn't mean we should be letting our minds go to waste. There is always something cool to learn and explore every day. If you or your child love dinosaurs, making experiments or exploring the natural world, then you will dig these events.

Become a great explorer this summer with these interactive science exhibits

At the Academy of Natural Sciences, there is a lot of hands-on science fun for kids of all ages. (Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences via Facebook)
At the Academy of Natural Sciences, there is a lot of hands-on science fun for kids of all ages. (Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences via Facebook)

Just because it is almost summer time, doesn’t mean we should be letting our minds go to waste. There is always something cool to learn and explore every day. If you or your child love dinosaurs, making experiments or exploring the natural world, then you will dig these events.

At the Academy of Natural Science, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you can learn about the research going on at the academy’s Science at the Academy and see a replica of a 375-million-year-old-fossil containing fish and land animal bones. You have from now until October 28 to check it out.

The academy is also offering an unusual perspective on natural history in its exhibit: Lor Nix: Unnatural History. Find out what goes on behind the dioramas at a natural history museum. Enjoy an inside look at how the science and the animals all come together. “Unnatural History” is at the Academy of Natural Sciences from now until August 2.

With today’s concerns with overpopulation and global warming, there is a real danger for parts of the world to run out of clean drinking water. The exhibit Living Downstream, also at the academy, looks at our effects on local water sources.  Make this a must-see before it ends in October.

For the creature lovers out there, the academy will also take you on a trip to New Guinea to experience the birds-of-paradise courtship ritual through a multimedia presentation. Come dance with these exotic birds from now until September 1. All of the academy exhibits are included in admission to the museum which is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.

For the Albert Einstein’s and Madam Curie’s out there, at Cherry Hill’s Garden State Discovery Museum’s Subaru Science Shop, you can test gravity, build molecules, and use flashlights to create pictures in a dark room. The exhibit will be open now until June 30, 2014.

Get into some trouble with Bubble Trouble also at the Discovery Museum. You and your kids will enjoy the hands-on activities that teach the science of soap.  Don’t miss your chance to get inside a giant bubble. The exhibit is running from now until June 30.

For more dinosaur fun, visit the museum’s Dinosaurium which is running from May 20 through June 30. There will be plenty of hands-on activities to teach your kids about the world of dinosaurs. All of these exhibits are included in the price of admission. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9:30-5:30 p.m.

“Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus Foulkii” at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ offers visitors the chance to be a part of the biggest discovery in the paleontological world.  You can see the cast of the world’s first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton that was found in Haddonfield, NJ. The exhibit includes a 25-foot long cast of the Hadrosaurus foulkii along with a life-size, hand-drawn illustration on a chalkboard. You have from now until January 4, 2015 to visit. Donations are suggested: $5; $4 seniors and students; free for children 12 and under.

Don’t miss Science Saturdays at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE. Get your creative juices flowing as you work together on various experiments and other hands-on activities.  You can join the fun through May until August 23. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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