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Philadelphia Science Festival Events 2018

The family-favorite Philadelphia Science Festival features nine days of hands-on fun at museums, libraries, parks and other venues throughout Philadelphia, the Main Line and South Jersey. Out of nearly 80 events, here are our top picks for each day. 



Philly Science Spotlight at the Franklin Institute, Phila. Learn about cutting-edge discoveries and meet local scientists who are breaking ground in their fields.

Star Party at Awbury ArboretumEsperanza College, the Woodlands and Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, Phila.; Battleship New Jersey, Camden, NJ & Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyne, PA. Grab a telescope to check out the night sky and enjoy activities that vary by location, including camp fires, science fairs and star-map making.



FREE Family Food Science at Reading Terminal Market, Phila. Take part in activities led by educators from the Franklin Institute, and see if you can complete a scavenger hunt to discover the science behind the market and its many merchants. 

FREE Naturepalooza Family Earth Day Celebration at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Phila. Celebrate all things water through science and environmental art activities, hikes and crafts. There will also be dancing, food trucks and even a fort-building competition.

FREE Science in the Park at Clark Park and Hunting Park, Phila. Teach your kids the fundamentals of curiosity and experimentation as the community comes together to delight in the science that surrounds us every day.



FREE Be a Geologist at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Phila. Staff from this venue and geologists from Temple University will be on-site with interactive activities about rocks and minerals. Bring your own rock collections for identification if you have one.

FREE Family Science Sunday at Rowan Univeristy, Glassboro, NJ. Festivities include 3D printing demos, make-and-take ice cream, robotics and a STEAM obstacle course.

FREE Science in the Garden at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center, Phila. Through demos and hands-on activities, guests will learn about the wonders of water, the peculiar habits of pollinators and the strength of seeds as they engage with master gardeners in demonstration gardens.

FREE Science Slam at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Travel to a space station via virtual reality, investigate a crime scene for evidence, learn about blood typing and enjoy drone flying and car racing.



The Future of Food at the Drexel Bistro, Phila. Join scientists for a discussion on food sustainability from sensory, nutritional and culinary perspectives. Tickets include a tasting menu of nutritious, sustainable foods prepared by Drexel students and faculty.



FREE Community Night at the Franklin Institute, Phila. Explore the venue’s signature exhibits, as well as special programming and shows.

From the Delaware River’s Heart: Stab at Thee at the Independence Seaport Museum, Phila. Check out a Revolutionary War fortification made of wood and iron, on display for the first time publicly, and make clay animation videos about the Delaware River.



For the Love of Science: An Evening of Storytelling at Frankford Hall, Phila. Join local scientists and researchers as they explore the moment that science sparked their passion. Most be 21 or older.

Science of Distilling at the Pine Tavern Distillery, Monroeville, NJ. Explore the chemistry of cocktails. Must be 21 or older.



FREE Science After School at the Cobbs Creek Library, Phila. Local engineers, scientists and other experts visit the library to lead STEM activities.

FREE Science in the National Park at Independence National Historical Park, Phila. Explore the connection between history and science with activities geared to a fourth- and fifth-grade audience. 



FREE Parents' Night Out: Food Science at the Lenfest Center, Phila. Adults discover how a pinch of salt and a dash of science can transform everyday foods into something magical.

FREE West Philly STEM-a-thon at White Rock Baptist Church, Phila. Kids try science, tech, engineering and math challenges while they build, program and tinker.



FREE Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila. The culmination of the festival includes dynamic demos, engaging experiments, geeky games and all-ages entertainment.


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