Kiddin' Around: Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University opens an Animal Grossology exhibition about animal vomit, blood, mucous and poop on Saturday.

The long: Vomit, mucus, poop and blood are the four foul-ish pillars of this long-traveling, book-based, carnival-cartoony, summer-only exhibition. Slime, however, is the leitmotif. Opens Saturday; here through Aug. 30.

The short: Flies barf before eating and then eat their barf.

The demo: Toilet-humor aficionados of all ages. (Colorful animated characters appeal to ages 3 to 7; toots and burps give elementary schoolers the giggles.)

The book: Sylvia Branzei and Jack Keely's best-selling series gets animated via lovably slimy hagfish, fill-up mosquitoes, and red, yellow, blue and clear blood.

The games: Make a frog burp babies, match the stool to the species, become a bovine's digestive aid, pump fake blood into a giant tick, compete as a snail in a game show.

Not for the faint of stomach: Video of tapeworm swimming through intestine, and adjacent, realistically filled toilet.

Academy carts: Volunteers steering mobile displays offer hands-on presentations about grody products (honey's made from bee spit!), yucky animal insides (sea urchins, squid), and No. 2 galore.

Germaphobes: Staff plans to sanitize touching stations frequently. So that's something.

Deja goo: The Franklin Institute did this exhibition in 2007.

Discount: Get $2 off online tickets by

using the code AGRC.

The basics: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $13.95-$15.95 (under 3 free), 215-299-1000,


Daily News staff writer Lauren McCutcheon has a 3-year-old who is just as gross as any other animal.