Philadelphia Science Festival 2012 at Franklin Institute

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Franklin Institute & Philadelphia Science Festival

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I was invited to attend a media preview of the 2nd annual Philadelphia Science Festival at the Franklin Institute last week. We got a sneak peek at some of the family-friendly exhibits that will be available next month.

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Hanging out with my fellow PSMM'ers at the Franklin Institute

I’m happy to report that there will be plenty of family-friendly exhibits ready to explore at this year’s Philadelphia Science Festival.

And while the Festival may be led by The Franklin Institute it’s actually a citywide collaboration of more than 100 local partner organizations. In other words, these events aren’t only at the Franklin Institute. You’re going to see science in action in museums, libraries, street corners, restaurants… even a Phillies game!

I know my kids will both be thrilled to see animals from the Philadelphia Zoo!

franklin institute And it doesn’t get much better than a dancing robot…

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…unless, of course, it’s a robot playing piano!

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There are kitchen science exhibits planned, too… including cupcakes and the chemistry of baking. And at bars and restaurants around town, there will be other events exploring the science behind beer, chocolate, wine and food pairings and more.

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You can learn a little more about drilling ice cores and how scientists use that to explain and predict climate change. In fact, you’ll even get to hear from famous ice core researchers Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonnie Thompson as they talk about our Earth in crisis.

New this year is a Science Film Festival with nearly a dozen science- and technology-themed movies, including many East Coast premieres and award-winners from other festivals such as SXSW. (I’m thinking that there may be a date night planned that week at Franklin Institute for me and my film-buff hubby!)

If you go – Philadelphia Science Festival at Franklin Institute

April 20-29, 2012

- Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia
- Several other venues citywide (check listing)

- More than 100 events, most are free. You’ll have to register for each event to reserve your space (even those that are free). Find out more information and a complete listing of events and activities, visit

Disclosure: I was invited to a media reception and preview to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, though, all opinions are completely mine.


  1. Barbara @ Homeroom At Home says

    I was there… how did I miss all of you??? Great article, I’ve posted on Homeroom At Home facebook page. We are totally going to several events and hopefully will see some PMSS moms.

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