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

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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, ansp.org.

 


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