Press Release

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133


Celebrate the winter holidays with a scientific twist
from November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (September 25, 2012) — How do reindeer survive the Arctic winter? What animal produces its own version of antifreeze? And how far do monarch butterflies migrate every year? Find out this holiday season during 'Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences, seven weeks of wintry festivities and family fun that will explore the many adaptations of animals in winter—from birds and butterflies that migrate thousands of miles, to bears and beetles that hunker down and endure the cold. From November 16 - January 6, visitors can meet a pair of live reindeer, experience indoor snow flurries, discover why the Earth has seasons inside a giant "Snowman Theater," and much more. A suite of holiday-themed programs, including quiz shows and live music and dance performances, will round out the festive atmosphere.

In and around the Academy’s central piazza, visitors will find a wintry wonderland, complete with:

  • Indoor snow flurries twice an hour
  • A "Snowman Theater"—an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play a child-friendly show on the science of seasons
  • Mounted specimens of a polar bear, snow geese, monarch butterflies, California ground squirrel, ermine, and more that illustrate one of two winter strategies—heading south or staying home
  • A stage for special programs including quiz shows and live music and dance performances
  • A pair of live reindeer, which will take up residence in the museum’s East Garden for the duration of the exhibit.

Check in November for a schedule of public programs, including a daily "Reindeer Rendezvous" in the garden, a "P is for Penguin" spelling game, and more.


'Tis the Season for Science
November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Celebrate the festive, winter season at the California Academy of Sciences' annual holiday exhibit. Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and the giant Snowman Theater will return to delight visitors of all ages. Along the way, you'll discover the diverse and often surprising ways that birds, bears, and other animals survive and thrive in winter.
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.