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Roar All Weekend at Paleopalooza

Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University for a ton of prehistoric, hands-on fun.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will hold the annual — and super popular — Paleopalooza this weekend, March 4 and 5. The “festival of fossils,” which celebrates “all things prehistoric,” will feature a wide variety of exhibitions for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.


The two-day event features five separate auditorium shows, which will be run both days. There’s “Feeding Frenzy,” a multimedia show featuring music and  puppets, to teach attendees all about the Paleolithic food pyramid. The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, will present “The Ancient Sky,” to let attendees know what the sky looked like in the dinosaurs’ time.


In “Searching For Fossils at the Bottom of the World,” the academy’s own Ted Daeschler talks about what was food on recent expeditions to Antarctica. And in “Rad Reptile Relatives: Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds,” attendees will learn all about dinosaur reptiles. They can also get a look at the living reptiles who were descended from the dinosaurs.


Another special event is an appearance by artist Ray Troll, who will recreate the Hadrosaurus foulkii , in chalk, over the course of the two days.


Other activities include guided tours of the museum’s permanent Dinosaur Hall, encounters with the “T.Rex,” and a visit with the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, a group of enthusiasts of the Jeep-like cars featured in the Jurassic Park movies. There were also be fossil hunts, Dino Brick Builders, and other exhibits familiar to Academy-goers.


Tickets to Paleopalooza are free for members, as well as those paying for general admission admittance. Click here to buy tickets.


The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The museum is open from 10 am — 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.


Photograph by Will Klein, courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences. 



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