The kids and I took a trip to the city to check out the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The institution is filled with so much history on the institution from the beginning thru today. Who knew this gem of history and exploration was in our backyard? My only pet peeve with trying to do anything downtown Philly during the week is parking. There is a flat rate on Saturday and Sunday however during the week I was unable to find anything for less than $25. On street parking is $7.50 if you’re lucky enough to find a designated space.
We arrived at 3:00 and the museum closes at 4:30 so we had an hour or so to cover three floors. The first exhibit was the butterfly exhibit and it was nice entering the area. The room is kept at a certain temperature so it feels really tropical. Butterflies are great at camouflaging themselves so the guides will identify where they are located on the foliage. This museum has the largest moth in the world which was really cool to see. Some of the butterflies are flying around and will land on you so don’t be alarmed!!!!! It was nice to see animals that are indigenous to the geography.
Next we went up to the 2nd floor for the African Hall so see animal exhibits filled with animals that are indigenous to the continent of Africa. On the 3rd floor are live animals reptiles, spiders, beetles, a bee hive that funnels bees from outside, digging area for shark teeth depending on the day kids are able to pet the animals. While we were there a guide came out with a small guinea pig. Don’t worry there is sanitizer on the way out!
Lastly, we were able to walk through the dinosaur exhibit in the rear there is an area where kids can learn how fossils are extracted from earth. On the second level of the dinosaur exhibit kids can dig for fossils with a tool and googles.