Special Holiday Programming

We have FUN down to a science!
The special programs listed below are FREE with General Museum Admission. Check the program sheet when you arrive for locations.

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CREATION STATION | ACTIVITIES | DEMONSTRATIONS | SHOWS



CREATION STATION
December 31: 10:00AM-4:30PM

Let your imagination and creativity run wild! Children and adults alike will have fun designing and building with Giant Tinker Toys®, huge Imagination Playground Blocks®, and Keva Planks® in Creation Station.

Giant Tinker Toys®
The annual holiday tradition returns! Oversized Tinker Toys are available for children of all ages to test their creative side and construct bridges, buildings, vehicles and more!

Imagination Playground Blocks®
Create the playground of your dreams with Imagination Playground Blocks! These interchangeable blocks, including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders can be used to build animals, rockets, robots, houses and more! Let your imagination and creativity guide you.

Keva Planks®
Keva Planks are small, smooth, precision-cut, uniform size building blocks made of natural hardwood. Adults and children alike will enjoy designing and creating creatures, towers, castles, landscapes, or whatever else comes to their imagination!


DEMONSTRATIONS

Eye Dissection
December 31: 2:30PM
Learn how your own eyes work as you watch the dissection of a real cow's eye.

Heart Dissection
December 31: 12:00PM
Learn how your own heart works as you watch the dissection of a real sheep's heart.


INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES

Vesuvius Science Lab
December 31: 1:30PM-4:00PM
Examine real volcanic rocks as you learn about the dynamic processes leading to Mt. Vesuvius' eruption. Learn about the careful steps archaeologists use to preserve what remains from the ancient site of Pompeii.

Papermaking
December 31: 10:00AM-4:30PM
Try your hand at making a piece of paper to take home, using pulp made from recycled office paper.



Solar Observing
December 31: 10:30AM-3:30PM
Take a look at the sun* through our historic Zeiss refracting telescope and learn more about telescopes and astronomy. *Weather permitting.


LIVE SCIENCE SHOWS

Liquid Air Show
December 31: 12:30PM, 3:30PM
Take part in some chilling science with liquid nitrogen to see how ultra-cold temperatures change the ways that familiar materials behave. A great show for all ages!

Science of Fireworks Show
December 31: 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM
Discover the science behind what gives fireworks their color and what makes them sparkle and whistle in this interactive, live science show.


 

HOLIDAY HOURS

The Franklin Institute
December 31: 9:30AM-5:00PM
January 1: CLOSED

One Day in Pompeii
December 31: 9:30AM-5:00PM
Last admission is 3:30PM
January 1: CLOSED

PURCHASE TICKETS

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Purchase tickets online and print at home to save time at the box office. By Phone: 215.448.1200 (9:00AM-5:00PM, daily)
Purchase tickets by phone and go to "will call" to save time at the box office.
Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the box office.

IN THE THEATERS

While you're here, enjoy a motion picture in the Tuttleman IMAX® theater.



HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

Membership
Give the gift of science! Memberships at The Franklin Institute make great holiday gifts.

Sci-Store
Our Sci-Store has a wide variety of unusual gift ideas.