SAN FRANCISCO (October 9, 2013) — Did you know that reindeer see UV light? Or that their antlers are among the fastest growing bones in the animal kingdom? And that they have a likin’ for lichen? Explore the amazing adaptations of reindeer during ’Tis the Season for Science, five weeks of wintry festivities and family fun at the California Academy of Sciences. From November 27 - January 5, visitors can meet a pair of live reindeer, experience indoor snow flurries, step inside a giant “Snowman Theater,” and much more. A suite of holiday-themed programs, including quiz shows and live music 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 reindeer titled Roaming with Reindeer
- Interactive displays that highlight the amazing adaptations of reindeer and invite visitors to see an animation of antler growth, feel how reindeer fur insulates against cold, spin zoetropes illustrating reindeer in motion, experience a simulation of reindeer vision, and trace a reindeer migration route
- A stage for special programs including quiz shows and live music performances
- A pair of live reindeer, which will take up residence in the museum’s East Garden for the duration of the exhibit.
See below for a schedule of daily and special programs at the Academy during ’Tis the Season for Science.
'TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE PROGRAMS
“P” IS FOR PENGUIN
Daily at 11:30 am
Learn about African penguins and their marine adaptations—including the reason for their tuxedo-colored feathers and why they’re such great swimmers. Play a fun spelling game and learn a new mystery word of the day. This program is recommended for children 12 and under. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
Daily at 12:00 pm
Ever wonder how reindeer are able to travel so far? Get up close with live caribou and discover why these animals are known as the Nomads of the North, migrating up to 3,000 miles per year. Learn about their unique adaptations and what makes them such an important part of the northern ecosystems. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
HOLIDAY MIGRATION QUEST
Daily at 1:30 pm
Team up and investigate the winter migration patterns of various animals by participating in a friendly game show-style trivia contest. Learn how animals prepare for, adapt, and travel during the coldest season of the year. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379 8000. www.calacademy.org.
FESTIVE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AT THE ACADEMY
Performances at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Nov. 29: Brainy Tunes with Ira Marlowe
Nov. 30: Young Women’s Choral Projects
Dec. 1: Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco
Dec. 13: New Castle High School
Dec. 20: Barker College
Dec. 21: Chris Bradley Jazz Band
Dec. 22: Golden Gate Park Band Clarinet Quartet
Dec. 23: Golden Gate Philharmonic String Quartet
Dec. 24: Golden Gate Carolers
Dec. 26: Chuna McIntyre
Dec. 27: Westlake School for the Performing Arts
Dec. 28: Chuna McIntyre
Dec. 29: Community Music Center Woodwind Ensemble
Dec. 30-31: Creative Arts Charter School
Jan. 1: Golden Gate Carolers
Jan. 2: Careers in Science Youth
Jan. 3: Golden Gate Park Band Saxophone Quartet
Jan. 4: Careers in Science Youth
Jan. 5: Bell Appeal
Live on the Academy’s Piazza stage, enjoy festive performances by musicians, cultural groups, and more on select dates this holiday season. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
'Tis the Season for Science
November 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014
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 amazing adaptations that reindeer have evolved to survive and thrive in the Arctic.
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.