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’Tis the Season for Science
‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice, the Academy’s annual holiday exhibit, celebrates the remarkable adaptations that allow Arctic and Antarctic animals to thrive in snowy ecosystems.
This year, see how another animal adapts to life on ice: You! Lace up your skates and take a spin around our all-new outdoor ice rink. With several skating sessions available daily, you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your form.
‘Tis the Season for Science and the holiday ice rink will be open daily from November 22, 2017, through January 7, 2018, including 10 am-3 pm on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) and 11 am-5 pm on December 25 (Christmas Day).
'Tis the Season for Science is free with Academy admission, but a separate ice rink ticket ($12 non-members/$10 members) is required for those wishing to skate. Ice rink tickets alone are not valid for general admission to the Academy and a separate general admission ticket or membership is required for entry.
Holiday Ice Rink
Science and skating, all in a day's adventure. Add a 55-minute ice skating session to your Academy visit for just $12 ($10 members). See FAQ below for ice rink details.
Life on Ice
Learn how plants and animals brave the planet’s most extreme environments—and see how you stack up next to life-size models of polar bears and Emperor penguins!
Festive live performances by musicians and cultural groups bring holiday cheer to the Academy’s Piazza stage on select dates this season.
Step inside a snowman-shaped digital dome theater for Science of Snow, a kid-friendly short film about the dazzling geometry of snowflakes.
For all the science-lovers on your holiday shopping list.