Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences will be holding its annual Paleopalooza paleontology festival on Presidents' Day weekend. This year's attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with paleontologists, attend lectures, tour the Academy's Dinosaur Hall, and view fossils from its extensive collection.
For children, there will be a fossil hunt, "trilobite races," and a "What Color is Your Dinosaur" sing-along. Both festival days will include face painting, balloon animals, and a display of live animals that are evolutionarily descended from dinosaurs.
The Academy of Natural Sciences, which is located on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was founded in 1812, making it the oldest natural history museum in the United States. Its collection of dinosaur fossils is made up of more than 22,000 specimens, including the Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection, the Lewis and Clark expedition's only collected fossil, and some of the first dinosaur fossils discovered in North America.
Paleopalooza 2013 will take place at the Academy's museum at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, February 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission will be $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors and children.
More information can be found at the Academy of Natural Sciences website.
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