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Philadelphia Science Festival

April 21–29, 2017

crowd enjoying the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival

philadelphia science festival 

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a 10-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in the spring. It features a science carnival, as well as lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

Where you can find the Academy at the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival: 

Neighborhood Science After School
Monday, April 24, 2017
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Torresdale Library

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide fun and free programs, including interactive activities, family-friendly experiments, and hands-on demonstrations. On April 24, the Academy will provide a brief introduction to dinosaurs at Torresdale Library. 

Science Cafes

Science After Hours: Prom
Friday, April 21, 2017
7–10 p.m.
Tickets: $20; $15 for Franklin Institute Members
Location: The Franklin Institute

The wildly successful celebration for the 21+ crowd is back, this year with a prom theme! Academy malacologist Nasreen Phillips will be sharing what it’s like to look after millions of mollusks at an interactive table. Meet a variety of live terrestrial snails and slugs from the Academy’s Malacology Collection.

Science on Tap Untapped: Scientific Malarkey
Monday, April 24, 2017
6–8 p.m.
Tickets: Free
Location: National Mechanics Bar, 22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences, Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wagner Institute of Science, the Mütter Museum, and National Mechanics for a special PSF Science on Tap that will explore debunked theories that were once accepted as reality in the scientific world. Five speakers representing each institution will dive into beliefs that clouded scientific reasoning throughout history. Guests will be able to rate the most outrageous stories, question reality, and raise a glass to the all-too-human response of accepting things at face value.

Fake Out: The Science of Deception
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:30-9 p.m.
Tickets: $5 presale, $10 at the door
Location: Chemical Heritage Foundation

See if you can determine fact from fiction in this engaging program all about the science of deception. Go behind the scenes of the world’s most convincing tricks as you uncover the secret science behind artificial sweeteners, animal mimicry, artistic forgeries, and more!

Get the facts on the science of deception with Academy entomologist Greg Cowper and speakers from our partner institutions.

Science Storytime
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free, donations accepted
Location: Smith Playground

A lifelong love of science starts with a spark! At Science Storytime, youngsters will begin to develop an inquisitive approach to the world through movement, dance, and joint discoveries. Read, ask questions, and celebrate creative thinking as you begin to ignite the spark of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in your child.

Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tickets: Free

We’re joining 100 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment. Think you have what it takes to be a paleontologist? Investigate the fascinating world of fossils and discover what it takes to dig one up and move it back to the lab! Help us pack a bag to take into the field, uncover fossils, prepare them for study, and learn about new, exciting paleontological discoveries.