Snowman Theater

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Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
Friday, November 13
| 6 pm – 8 am following morning
Ages 5-17, with adult chaperone

Why count sheep when you can count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out next to your favorite Academy exhibit or creature for a cozy fall night to remember!
Tickets: $89 members, $109 non-members. Registration required. Visit for program details and registration.

Live Bats at the Academy!
Sunday, November 1
10:30 am
East Garden

Bat expert and TV personality Rob Mies from the Organization of Bat Conversation invites you to step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. You’ll learn surprising facts about the benefits of bats, the need for conservation, and what can be done to help these unique mammals.

‘Tis the Season for Science
Opens November 25 through January 3

The Academy’s annual holiday exhibit returns! Celebrate the festive winter season with live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, special daily holiday-themed programs, and more.

'Tis the Season for Science Daily Programs:

“P” is for Penguin
November 29 – January 3 | Daily at 11 am

Find out why African penguins are perfectly suited to their rocky ocean homes during this jolly interactive program. Best for ages 10 and under.

Reindeer Rendezvous
November 29 – January 3 | Daily at 12 noon

East Garden
Trace reindeers’ epic 3,000-mile migration through forests and tundra to discover why they roam and how they impact their far-flung habitat.

Wild Winter Trivia
November 29 – January 3 | Daily at 1 pm

Team up and explore the winter survival strategies of different animals with this friendly game-show-style trivia contest.

The Science of Snow – and Live Snow Flurries
November 25 – January 3 | Daily, starting 15 minutes after opening

Snowman Theater
Explore the science behind fluffy white snow under an immersive digital dome, then proceed over to the nearby snow storm area to catch some snowflakes.

Festive Holiday Performances
November 27, 28, 29; December 6; December 19 through January 3 (except December 25)
Daily at noon and 2 pm

Come see holiday themed performances including musical concerts, song and dance performances, magic shows, and the famous Tap Dancing Christmas Trees! For a schedule of performances, please visit

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture Series
The Universe in a Box
Monday November 9 | 7:30 pm
Dr. Tom Abel, Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University
Galaxies that began assembling, one star at a time, just one hundred million years after the Big Bang are still growing today. Join Dr. Abel in a fascinating journey through the early universe, where he uses the latest computer animations of early star formation, supernovae explosions, and the buildup of the first galaxies to offer remarkable predictions about the development of our universe.
$8 members, $10-12 non-members
For additional lecture details, visit

Don’t miss Whales, closing November 29!
There’s never been a better time to come face to face with some of the Earth’s largest and most elusive creatures. Experience Whales: Giants of the Deep to marvel at the enormity of a sperm whale skeleton, crawl through a life-sized replica of a blue whale heart, and learn how scientists are working to study and sustain whale populations around the world and in our own backyard. For details, visit

Ongoing Events at the California Academy of Sciences

Family Nature Crafts
Saturdays | 10 am
Sundays | 11 am

Spark creativity with nature-inspired crafts for the whole family. In November, there will be colorful bats and cute owl projects to celebrate Fall.

Junior Scientist Adventure
Daily | 10 am
Be a junior scientist for the day by checking out a field science backpack full of tools and activities to guide your exploration. Backpacks checked out daily 10 am – 4pm on a first come, first serve basis. Program generously supported by Oracle.

Animal Color Encounters
Daily | 12 noon
Science Today Station
Meet an amazing live animal and learn how colors help it thrive and survive.

Ocean Action
Daily | 12:30 pm
Project Lab
Explore the ocean’s special chemistry in this fun, experiment-based program.

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Admission to the Academy is: $34.95 for adults; $29.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, seniors ages 65+, and students with valid ID; $24.95 for children ages 4 to 11; and free for children ages 3 and younger. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. During peak periods, including some holiday weekends, extended hours may apply. Visit or call (415) 379-8000 for more.

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