I think we can all agree that 99% of people love dinosaurs. And who better to celebrate that love and curiosity of dinosaurs with than the Academy of Natural Sciences? March 4 and 5 marks the return of Paleopalooza, “a weekend family festival of musical dinosaur puppetry, live animal shows of dinosaur descendants, rare dinosaur fossils, and even a look at the prehistoric sky.”
Alaskan artist, Ray Troll will be live chalk drawing the famous Hadrosaurus foulkii on the gigantic chalkboard in the “Drawn to Dinosaurs” exhibit. Troll is the recipient of the Academy’s Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art so this is sure to be a show to catch. If for some reason you can’t make it to Paleopalooza (your excuses are lame), Troll’s drawing will be on display for several months.
Besides watching a chalk drawing, visitors can attend “Field Station: Dinosaurs” at 11 a.m. both days where they can explore the eating habits and table manners of dinosaurs while in their puppetry form. The dinosaur puppets will also roam the Dinosaur Hall at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
The Academy’s own paleontologist, Ted Daeschler will be describing his recent adventure to Antartica where he was on a research expedition and give a fascinating presentation on Devonian fossil finds at 2:00 p.m. both days.
Paleopalooza will have a guest appearance from the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts. He will be taking visitors on a journey to the past where they can view the same prehistoric sky that T. rex did, well at least when he wasn’t busy devouring other dinosaurs. This will take place at 1:00 p.m. both days.
When not at one of the shows, visitors can take in the displays of rare fossils from the Academy’s world-renowned collection, take part in interactive activities, create crafts, and more. Members of the local chapter of Jurassic Park Motor Pool will have replicas of the iconic vehicles on display.
See, I told you these are the folks to hang with when it comes to dinosaurs!
Saturday & Sunday, March 4 and 5
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Admission is free for members or with general admission to the museum.
Get a discount when you buy your tickets online.