Welcome Winter Night
Hoof it to the Academy on December 6 for an all-new evening event that celebrates the season—and the arrival of two visiting reindeer for one night only!
A wintry mix of activities
- Dash and dance through your favorite exhibits, open late
- Meet Nicky and Butterscotch, our two visiting reindeer, and learn about their natural habitats
- Decorate holiday cookies and create a unique snowflake craft
- Be dazzled by magic shows and a holiday musical performance by The Hornman
- Investigate polar habitats and hear fascinating tales from underwater photographer Kayvon Malek
- Get a delightful glow-up from face-painting artists
- Sit back and stargaze during a planetarium show and enjoy specialty menu items in our Café
- And more!
Merry member perks
Academy members receive extra-sweet perks like discounted tickets, access to a members-only lounge with early entry at 5:30 pm to the event, complimentary wine tasting (21+), and a special craft for kids!
View important health and safety, exhibit access, and entry time information. We hope to see you soon!
- General admission for the event is 6:30 pm.
- Academy members are invited to enjoy a welcome lounge in the West Garden at 5:30 pm, followed by early event entry at 6 pm.
- Planetarium passes are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scan the QR code in the lobby when you arrive to reserve. Shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
- Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm. Our animals need their sleep!
Enjoy science safely! Please note the following as you plan your evening:
- All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Indoor masking and being up-to-date on vaccinations are encouraged, but not required.
- Food and drink must be enjoyed in the Academy Café or outdoors in the East or West Garden.
- For more information on the Academy's health and safety recommendations, please visit our Health & Safety page.