‘Bringing Science and Fun Together!’
Get your nerd on at the Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine day festival that occurs annually in Philadelphia each April. This year’s Science Festival will take place from April 21 to 29.
In it’s 7th year, the Philadelphia Science Festival is presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by the awesome folks at The Franklin Institute.
The festival aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and shows how much fun it can be to explore the world of science. There will be a huge variety of events that incorporate everything from family-friendly educational outings to after-dark events that tells us that science lessons aren’t just for kids.
The festival concludes on Saturday, April 29 with the massive, annual Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing.
Our 2017 Top Pick of Events
This year’s Festival has more than 80 events across the Philadelphia region and in South Jersey including events for families, adult programs, educator workshops and many more activities for all ages.
- Science After Hours – Prom
Friday, April 21 ~ 7 pm – 10 pm ~ The Franklin Institute (Directions) ~ Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with your old prom dress or that flashy bow tie where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+. More Info, CLICK HERE
- Philadelphia Science Festival in the park ~ Hunting Park
Saturday, April 22 ~ 12 pm – 4 pm ~ Hunting Park (Directions) ~ Bring the family to your local park for a day of fun, hands-on activities exploring the extraordinary power of science, technology, engineering, and math! Teach your kids that you don’t have to go far to have fun with science, and discover its joys and wonders together during this family fun day. All Science in the Park events are FREE! More info, CLICK HERE
- TINKER LAB
Saturday, April 22, 4 pm -7 pm ~ NextFab North ~ (Directions) Exercise your imagination, indulge your curiosity, and embrace your inner innovator while experiencing how to bring your inventions to life through hands-on activities and guided projects. Try your hand at 3D printing, circuitry, and laser cutting techniques with help from the expert inventors at NextFab! FREE For more info, CLICK HERE
- FISHTOWN SCIENCE CRAWL
Sunday, April 23, 2 pm – 5 pm - Start at Frankford Hall & Go To Various locations in Fishtown ~ (21 +) Toast science and innovation and take bar hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials at awesome Fishtown venues and engage in hands-on science activities with some of your favorite museums and science organizations!. For more info, CLICK HERE
- Murder at the Mütter: Hooked
Sunday, April 23 ~ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm ~ Mütter Museum ~ (Directions) Uncover clues, analyze evidence, and crack codes alongside real forensics experts and find out if you have what it takes to be a crime scene investigator. Ticketed Event. Sold Out More info, CLICK HERE.
- Science On Tap Un-tapped: Scientific Malarkey
Monday, April 24, 6 pm -8 pm ~ National Mechanics ~ (Directions) explore debunked theories that were once accepted as reality in the scientific world. Five speakers will dive into beliefs that clouded scientific reasoning throughout history. FREE For more info, CLICK HERE
- Fake Out: The Science of Deception
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 pm -9:30 pm ~ Held at Chemical Heritage Foundation ~ (Directions) ~ 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! Ticketed Event ~ More info, CLICK HERE
- Cookie Lab
Tuesday, April 25, 11 am -2 pm ~ Held at Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center, 4th Floor ~ (Directions) This sweet event will show you that baking is a science and every step is crucial—especially when making the classic chocolate chip cookie. Ticketed Event. More info, CLICK HERE
- Geek Out Game Show!
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ~ Held at Franklin Institute ~ (Directions) Are you a science whiz with a competitive streak? Several lucky contestants will put their knowledge to the test in a series of wild and weird science challenges with the hope of being crowned the champion. Ticketed Event. More info, CLICK HERE
- Life On Mars
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm – 8 pm ~ Held at Ruba Club Studios ~ (Directions) Will we see the first humans on Mars in our lifetimes? What does all this Mars chatter really mean? Join The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a series of fast-paced and engaging flash talks exploring the topic of the mysterious red planet, what we know, and what we may find in the future. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ticketed Event - More info, CLICK HERE
- City Wide Star Party
Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm – 10 pm ~ Held at 20+ locations throughout Philadelphia! (Click on April 29 for details) Look towards the sky with dozens of telescopes and local astronomers. Gaze at the stars, contemplate the universe, and discuss the cosmos. FREE More Info, CLICK HERE
- SCIENCE CARNIVAL ON THE GREAT PLAZA AT PENN”S LANDING
Saturday, April 29, 10 am – 4 pm ~ The Philadelphia Science Festival’s signature event. GET NERDY at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with your friends, family and science lovers from all over the region. You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! The Carnival features more than 175 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner-workings of robots, taking a tour of a helicopter, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more! For more info, CLICK HERE
For the complete day-to-day activities, click here.
Philadelphia Science Festival
Locations Throughout Philadelphia
April 21 – 29, 2017
Cost varies | Many events are free
All photos courtesy of The Philadelphia Science Festival
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