What's On in July at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, Courses, and Lectures

EXHIBITS

African Penguin Colony - ongoing exhibit
Watch as The Academy's African penguins dip and dive in their new tank, which contains four times as much water and nearly twice as much land as their old home in Golden Gate Park. Enjoy feeding shows every day at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. During the shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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Chocolate - June 11 through September 5, 2005
A unique tree in a lush tropical environment. A seed so precious it was used by the Aztecs as a form of money. A spicy drink and a sweet snack. Chocolate is all this… and much more. Journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we crave in Chocolate: The Exhibition. Begin in the rainforest and explore the unique cacao tree whose seeds started it all. Visit the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago. Finally, follow chocolate's introduction into the upper class of European society and its transformation into a mass- produced world commodity. Chocolate is a sweet experience for all ages! Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000.

Coral Reef - ongoing exhibit
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Wetsuit-clad divers enter the tank often to care for the corals and clean the tank walls. Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 225,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the New Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

SSsssnake Alley - ongoing exhibit
They're scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park, including the anaconda, African rock python, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, California kingsnake, ground boas, and emerald tree boas. Stop by and say hello to some of your favorite slithering snakes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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Touch Tidepool - ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don't let the fish have all the fun - start splashing at the Touch Tidepool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including sea stars, turban snails, hermit crabs, and sea cucumbers. The tidepool is staffed from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm almost every day with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Even when facilitators are not present, clear plexiglass tank walls allow visitors to view the tidepool inhabitants. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Steinhart Aquarium - ongoing exhibit
View thousands of fishes, a captivating array of reptiles and amphibians, and the Academy's beloved penguin colony at Steinhart Aquarium every day. Now that the animals are happily housed at 875 Howard Street, visitors may view them in up-close displays that bring the back of the house to the front, allowing the public to see the equipment and technology required to keep an aquarium running. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Scientific Illustration - March 1 - August 31, 2005
Recent works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will be on display through August 31, 2005. The skills of the scientific illustrator must extend far beyond the ability to create an attractive drawing. In addition to mastering the standard repertoire of artists' techniques, successful scientific illustrators must be proficient in a host of techniques and methods unique to their field. View watercolor, graphite, and digital works by Northern California masters. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

JULY EVENTS

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EVERY DAY
Penguin Feedings

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

EVERY WEDNESDAY- SUNDAY
Hands-on Science at the Academy

Hands-on learning demonstrators teach visitors of all ages how to examine microscopic aquatic life or study adaptations of marine animals. Takes place every Wednesday through Sunday in July at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JULY 1
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Pair chocolates from Peter Rabbit's Chocolate Factory, voted best Chocolatier this year by MetroActive, with wines from Hart's Desire Winery, a small, family owned winery known for superior balanced wines. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JULY 2
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Bird Beak Buffet
Study and compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. 1:30 & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Your Chocolate Figurine
Make your own chocolate figurine to take home using special molds. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, JULY 3
Adaptations for Survival

Many animals have developed unique characteristics and behaviors to defend themselves from predators. Learn about some of these incredible, and sometimes bizarre, adaptations for survival. 12-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
Coral Reef Caretaking

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, JULY 7
Chocolate Ecology 101

Learn about the amazing ecology of the cacao plant and its environment with the Insect Discovery Lab. Meet giant millipedes, rainforest walking sticks, wood roaches and arachnids. 1:15 & 3:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JULY 8
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

LaLoo's Goat Milk Ice Cream Tasting
Learn about the benefits of goat's milk while sampling delicious chocolate goat milk ice cream. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JULY 9
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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Ghirardelli & Vermeer Tasting
Taste chocolates from a San Francisco favorite - Ghirardelli, then wash them down with a sip of Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur - an irresistible blend of pure Dutch chocolate, premium vodka, and rich cream. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

What's That Ant in my Kitchen?
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species. Researchers working on the Bay Area Ant Survey will be available to answer questions and provide information on participating in this exciting scientific project. Materials will be provided. 2-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
Coral Reef Caretaking

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JULY 15
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Skull Detectives
Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists. Learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, compare your bones with those of native herbivores, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 12-2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Godiva Chocolate Tasting
Taste delectable chocolate morsels from Godiva Chocolatier, a world leader in fine chocolates for nearly 80 years. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JULY 16
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Global Warming Demonstration
Explore factors that affect global warming by sending virtual space probes to explore the nearby planets in our solar system. Your discoveries could help affect the future of the planet! 11:30 am-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Your Chocolate Figurine
Make your own chocolate figurine to take home using special molds. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
Lunch Break Lecture Series: Salmon

Learn about the different species of salmon that are caught in the NE Pacific, the importance of the salmon fishery in this area, and the challenges of preserving and protecting wild salmon populations. 12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Bird Beak Buffet
Study and compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. 1:30 & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Coral Reef Caretaking
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, JULY 21
Chocolate Ecology 101

Learn about the amazing ecology of the cacao plant and its environment with the Insect Discovery Lab. Meet giant millipedes, rainforest walking sticks, wood roaches and arachnids. 1:15 & 3:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Third Thursday
Filled with cocktails, conversation, clownfish, and corals, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while listening to live music and enjoying a no-host bar. 5-9 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. $5 admission.

FRIDAY, JULY 22
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Trivia and Tasting
Test your knowledge about chocolate with fun and fascinating questions from the ChocolateSmarts game while tasting truffles and confections by Charles Chocolates. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JULY 23
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Guittard Chocolate Tasting
Take a guided tour of chocolate tasting with Adam Smith of Fog City News and Gary Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, JULY 24
Skulls Tell It All

Can you tell what an animal eats just by looking at its skull? Does it hunt other animals or is it hunted? Does it have a good sense of smell, hearing, and sight? Examine skull specimens from different animals and find the answers to all these questions and more. 12-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Dart Frogs and Wild Chocolate
Meet a tiny frog that lives in the shade of the cacao tree, learn how chocolate grows in the wild, and take home a real cacao seed. 1 & 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Coral Reef Caretaking

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, JULY 28
Raptor Dinosaurs: Bird-like Predators of the Mesozoic

A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. 11 am & 12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JULY 29
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Threatened and Endangered Species of the World
Over 15,000 species of plants and animals currently face extinction. Learn about how these animals became threatened, see and touch specimens, and find out how you can help protect species and habitats in your community. 12-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Fudge Making and Tasting
Watch as fudge experts from My Friend the Chocolate Cake demonstrate classic fudge-making techniques, and enjoy tasty samples. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JULY 30
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Festival
Celebrate the taste and culinary history of chocolate by participating in a full day of demonstrations, tastings, and activities for families. 11 am - 4:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Mole Tamales: 11 am - 4:30 pm
Sample mole tamales, as made in the state of Puebla, México, and take home printed recipes. Mole is a traditional sauce made with chocolate.

From Cacao Bean to Chocolate Bar: 11 am
Meet Chocolatier Erin Solin and learn about the refining and manufacturing process for chocolate. Sample different chocolates from around the world, and take home recipes to try for yourself.

The Alchemy of Chocolate Making: 12:30 pm
Meet Frederick Schilling, founder of Dagoba Chocolate, and learn about organic, fair-trade cacao cultivation. Taste samples of roasted nibs (cacao bean pieces) and freshly-made chocolate.

Chocolate Singalong: 2:30 pm
Join Jose Luis Orozco for a medley of Mexican songs about chocolate and its origins in Mesoamerica.

Birds, Roaches, and Chocolate: 4 pm
Meet live roaches from the tropical rainforest, and learn why these arthropods - and others - are vital for cacao plant ecosystems and the birds they support.


JULY COURSES & LECTURES

MONDAY, JULY 11
A Kingdom of Chocolate? Tantalizing Research at the Great Maya Site of Chocolá in Guatemala Boca Costa
Lecture by Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

If Classic Maya civilization died in discord, blood, and war, did Maya civilization begin in sweetness? Research at the site of Chocolá, Guatamala, has yielded archaeological intimations of a paradise lost. Sitting just beneath stunning volcanic ridges, absorbing ample rainfall from the nearby Pacific, and harboring fertile earth, this site provided a perfect setting for ancient cacao cultivation. Kaplan, the lead anthropologist of the site, explores the connections between chocolate production and the rise of the great lost city of Chocolá, where preliminary findings indicate that the site was a significant center for social and cultural developments leading to the rise of the Classic Maya - a period characterized by exquisite ceramics, hieroglyphic literacy, and the most advanced mathematics and astronomy in the New World. Learn about this exciting archeological site and how to get involved as an Earthwatch volunteer. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

THURSDAY, JULY 28
Cook with Cacao!
Seminar with Kerry Alan

Chocolate is world-renowned for its sweet and savory culinary traits. Discover its versatility and learn how to make an array of innovative, mouthwatering dishes: warm chocolate-soup shooters, chicken mole poblano, chocolate Ibarra pie, and chocolate raviolis with almond-ricotta filling. And, of course, enjoy a sampling of all these tasty delicacies! Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. 7-9 pm; $60; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Every day at 11 am & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Fridays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 2 pm
Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10:30 am

"What's Bugging You?" Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about insects and other creepy crawlies. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2:30 pm

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

BIRD BEAK BUFFET
Saturday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 20 at 1:30 & 3:30 pm

Compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

YOUR CHOCOLATE FIGURINE
Saturdays, July 2 & 16 from 2-4 pm

Make your own chocolate figurine to take home using special molds. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

ADAPTATIONS FOR SURVIVAL
Sunday, July 3 from 12-1 pm

Many animals have developed unique characteristics and behaviors to defend themselves from predators. Learn about some of these incredible, and sometimes bizarre, adaptations for survival. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHOCOLATE ECOLOGY 101
Thursdays, July 7 & 21 at 1:15 & 3:15 pm

Learn about the amazing ecology of the cacao plant and its environment. Meet giant millipedes, rainforest walking sticks, wood roaches and arachnids. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WHAT’S THAT ANT IN MY KITCHEN?
Saturday, July 9 from 2-3 pm
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species. Researchers working on the Bay Area Ant Survey will be available to answer questions and provide information on participating in this exciting scientific project. Materials will be provided. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULL DETECTIVES
Friday, July 15 from 12-2 pm
Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists. Learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, compare your bones with those of native herbivores, and prepare your own specimens to take home. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

GLOBAL WARMING DEMONSTRATION
Saturday, July 16 from 11:30 am-3 pm

Explore factors that affect global warming by sending virtual space probes to explore the nearby planets in our solar system. Your discoveries could help affect the future of the planet! California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

DART FROGS AND WILD CHOCOLATE
Sunday, July 24 at 1 & 2:30 pm

Meet a tiny frog that lives in the shade of the cacao tree, learn how chocolate grows in the wild, and take home a real cacao seed. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULLS TELL IT ALL
Sunday, July 24 from 12-1 pm
Can you tell what an animal eats just by looking at its skull? Does it hunt other animals or is it hunted? Does it have a good sense of smell, hearing, and sight? Examine skull specimens from different animals and find the answers to all these questions and more. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS
Thursday, July 28 at 11 am & 12 pm

A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FUDGE MAKING & TASTING
Friday, July 29 from 2-4 pm
Watch as fudge experts from My Friend the Chocolate Cake demonstrate classic fudge-making techniques, and enjoy tasty samples. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 30 from 11 am - 4:30 pm

Celebrate the taste and culinary history of chocolate by participating in a full day of demonstrations, tastings, and activities for families. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.



The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults; $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID; $2 for children ages four to 11 and free for children ages three and younger. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm every day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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