Dino-mite Date Nite

Wednesday, July 26, 5–9 p.m.
$20 nonmembers/$15 members per person

dino mite date night 

Treat your other half to an adults-only summer evening picnic at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Start your visit with a glass of wine or a beer, and then bring out your inner kid while riding the bee bike, playing mini golf, and solving puzzles in our special exhibit, Backyard Adventures. Try your hand at bocce, experiment with baggo, play virtual sports, make a craft, and compete in a scavenger hunt. Check out live animals enjoying barbeques and pool parties. Then chat with real scientists and explore their crazy collections. When you’ve worked up your appetite, settle down in front of your favorite diorama, relax to the sounds of a bluegrass band, and enjoy a picnic (BYO food OR save time by pre-purchasing* from the Academy).

$20 nonmembers/$15 members

The night includes:

  • Cash bar
  • BYO food or pre-purchased picnic* in front of your favorite diorama. Bring your own blanket!
  • Access to the special exhibit, Backyard Adventures, where grown-ups finally get the interactive exhibits all to themselves
  • Live music
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Backyard games
  • Academy live animal picnics
  • Prizes to compete for throughout the night
  • Great summer movies
  • Organic bug repellent craft
  • Chances to meet real academy scientists with cool collections
  • Play a virtual tennis match or practice your pitching arm with some baseball 

Is it really a date night?

Sick of your other half, or would you rather leave them home to babysit the kids? Best buds, coworkers, and partners in crime are also invited—as long as they’re over 18 (21 to drink). 

Do I have to bring a picnic?

You are welcome to bring outside food—but if you’d like to pre-purchase, please do so when you register or before July 21, by calling 215-299-1060. Your purchased picnic includes a free Academy lunch tote. Supplies are limited, so reserve ASAP. Click for more details on pricing.

Do I need to bring a blanket?

What’s a picnic without a picnic blanket? We will have tablecloths on site, but if you’d like a comfy blanket, bring your own.

Can I purchase my tickets at the museum during the event?

Yes you can! However, sellout is likely, so we recommend reserving your spot in advance.

dino mite date night  

What is the special exhibit?

In Backyard Adventures, leap into a garden of wonders, where you can experience the magic of a special backyard world. As you ride the bee bike, collect nectar, check out a food web pond, copy critter calls, and even dress up like living creatures, you’ll uncover surprising details about how organisms live and interact in their environments. You can even become a mechanic or engineer by learning the feats of construction that go into building a shed, solving the paver puzzle, and playing garden mini-golf. Figure out how to turn your own garden into a mini-exhibit—you’ll discover more science in your backyard than you’ll ever imagine!

*Extra fee applies for the pre-purchased picnic

Picnic Meal Details:
$22 per person (includes a free Academy Lunch Tote)

After you complete your reservation, you will receive an order form to make your meal selections.

Adult Picnic Basket

Choose One of the Following:

  • Cheese Sticks & Pepperoni
  • Assorted Cheese & Crackers
  • Carrots & Celery Sticks with Ranch

Choose One of the Following:

SANDWICH OPTIONS - Condiments served on side

  • Turkey & Provolone
  • Ham & American Cheese
  • Roast Beef & Provolone
  • Chicken Salad
  • Roasted Veggies with Mozzarella


  • Turkey BLT
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Roasted Vegetable with Hummus

Choose One of the Following:

  • Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies in Light Vinaigrette
  • Tri-Colored Potato Salad with Dijon Dressing
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Glaze
  • Bag of Potato Chips

Choose One of the Following:

  • Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies
  • Assorted Brownies
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

Choose One of the Following:

  • Juice Options - Orange, Cranberry, or Apple Juice
  • Soda Options - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper, or Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Iced Tea - Unsweetened, Diet, or Green Tea
  • Bottled Water
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