The Academy will be open 10 am-3 pm on Thanksgiving Day (11/25) and 9:30 am-6 pm on 11/26-27.
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Science @ Home
Got some science-loving small frys at home? Keep them engaged with an all-new array of themed activity packs created for kids ages 4-11, packed with guided videos, hands-on crafts, and real experiments. New packs published every month!
Dinosaurs may have died out 66 million years ago, but their larger-than-life legacy lives on. Dig into an extra-large assortment of dino-themed crafts and activities, from an edible Maiasaura nest to a musical instrument that mimics the sound of a Parasaurolophus.
Lush, green, and teeming with life, rainforests are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, home to millions of plant and animal species. This week, ascend from forest floor to canopy and get to know a few rainforest residents along the way.
No arms? No legs? No problem! Over the eons, snakes have evolved into master predators—despite losing their limbs. Develop warm feelings for these cold-blooded reptiles through 16+ activities, from a slithering paper snake craft to a lesson in snake movement mimicry.
Just in time for our new Sharks exhibit! Start your summer off on the right fin with over a dozen activities that will instill fascination, not fear, in your little shark-lovers, from crafting a "shark-tooth" necklace to learning more about sustainable seafood.
One shark-themed activity pack was definitely not enough, so we scoured the seas to deliver another! Older shark fans will enjoy more advanced crafts, including a paper bag shark puppet, food web mobile, and over 15 more activities.
Space is the place—but how on Earth do we get off Earth? This week, explore the science and engineering that enables giant machines and high-tech equipment to visit other worlds by designing your own mission, making your own rockets, and more.
Since we're all spending a lot more time closer to home these days, it's a great opportunity to get to know what grows, growls, squeaks, and squawks in your own local habitat. Take a trip to your backyard or local park to discover the secrets behind the scenery you see every day.
Swamps, bogs, marshes, and other wetlands may be muddy, but they serve a squeaky-clean purpose: Filtering water, nurturing important species, and protecting communities from flooding and sea level rise. Venture into the swamp to experience these eerie ecosystems.
From iridescent blue morphos to migrating monarchs, butterflies are captivating case studies in evolution and adaptation, and a vivid introduction to the world of insects. Prepare for takeoff into a week of activities celebrating the full spectrum of these colorful creatures.
Heads up! It’s time to turn our attention to the heavens. Voyage into the cosmos with this curated collection of interactive videos, crafts, and projects sure to make all-stars out of young astronomers throughout the universe.
Chances are, your 4-8-year-old has a lot in common with coral reefs: Active, frenetic, and constantly in motion! Temporarily tame their antics with an immersive introduction to the wonders of the reef, featuring a variety of coloring, crafting, and guided video activities.
Covering less than 1% of the ocean but home to more than 25% of all marine species, coral reefs are essential to the healthy functioning of our planet. Learn more about these unique ecosystems with over 16 activities organized around a different coral reef theme each day.
We love penguins for their charisma and cuteness—and with a colony of African penguins living right here at the Academy, we’re the perfect place to observe and appreciate them. Dive into over a dozen activities to learn more about penguin care, conservation, and, of course, chicks.