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Help the Boonshoft's Bats!
Quick, to the "Batcave"—some of our Live Animal friends need your help! Our favorite flying nocturnal Discovery Zoo residents need updates to their enclosure! There is nothing our 16 Egyptian Fruit Bats enjoy more than munching on delicious fruit, flying around their enclosure, and meeting friendly guests during public programs throughout the Museum. However, just like humans need to spruce up their houses with regular home improvement projects, our Discovery Zoo residents need updates to their enclosures to keep them safe, happy, and healthy!
Spring Break Camps
Spring Break Camps at the Boonshoft Museum
Summer isn't quite in the air, but soon enough spring certainly will be and what better way to celebrate than with Spring Break Camps! Offered to children in grades K-6, these camp sessions allow your children to spend their spring break having a blast while engaging in awesome educational activities and making new friends.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 31 – April 3 with half an hour for lunch (lunch will not be provided)
Monday, February 2
Join us outside the Museum for a grand weather prognostication during the Museum’s annual Groundhog Day celebration. Rosie, the Discovery Zoo’s resident groundhog and meteorologist extraordinaire, will weigh in on the future of our winter weather! Included with regular admission.
Learn More about the Discovery Zoo Crew here.
Members Only Family Night & Sneak Preview!
Friday, February 6
Calling all DJs, Gamers, Engineers, Artists, and more! The Boonshoft Museum needs your family's help designing one-of-a-kind masterpieces that strike the balance between art, music, and science! The Boonshoft Museum's newest exhibition, Design Zone, gives you the chance to craft your own adventure while you explore professions that use both science and the creative process to construct rollercoasters, design videogames, compose music, and more!
Not a Member? Sign up today for your Dayton Society of Natural History Membership!
Please note: You may only register for this event if you are current member of the Dayton Society of Natural History. Please register only those who are are listed as members on your Membership card. Members must bring their membership card and valid ID to present upon arrival.
Valentine's Evening Under the Stars
Friday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. OR 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars of the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, where the latest in digital planetarium technology will accompany great love songs and state of the art special effects. $30/couple for each show, age 18 and older. Online registration for Valentine's Evening Under the Stars is now available by clicking the link below.
Laser Light Shows
February 13 - 16
Immerse yourself in the sounds of modern classic albums with “throwback” shows in The Dome! A long-time favorite with Daytonians, these special effects shows bring classic albums to life. Rock to the sounds of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles while you relax under The Dome of the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater.
Admission is $5/person; early show rates ($3/person) apply to 5:00 p.m. showtimes.
Note: Special programming and couple pricing applies to Valentine's Evening Under the Stars.
Living With Wildlife Workshop
Saturday, March 14
10:00 a.m. - noon
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Live Animals Department is inviting you to learn more about local wildlife and attain the skills needed to make informed decisions about wildlife management when it comes to your yard and home. Not only will you get tips on how to keep your home, yard, and garden free from hungry critters, you will get the chance to meet live, local wildlife upclose, while learning more about their history and behavior.
Admission to this special workshop is $20/person; registration is required and will begin Thursday, February 19.
Science of Wine and Beer Too
Saturday, January 24, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.
The Boonshoft Museum is putting a new spin on Science of Wine by adding something NEW for beer enthusiasts. Join us for an evening of grown-up science fun as we transform our Main Exhibit Hall into a Beer Garden and Vintage Vineyard that boasts craft brew and fine wine. Guests will also enjoy delicious food and wine pairings, live music, and more! Our VIP guests will enjoy early admittance with a private selection of wine & craft beer, passed hors d'oeuvres, exclusive experiments and more.
Tickets are now available online.
$75/guest regular admission and $125/guest VIP admission.
About Pub Science
Pub Science provides a unique opportunity for adults to explore the newest thinking and scientific research in a casual atmosphere. No prior knowledge of the subjects is required, and there are no silly questions. Just bring yourself, your friends and your curiosity! It is currently held at Blind Bob’s, located in Dayton’s Oregon District. Admission to Pub Science is free; donations accepted at the door.
2014 Boonshoft Bash: BIOMES
At the Boonshoft Museum Saturday
Online registration for the Boonshoft Bash is now closed. Seating may still be available, but is extremely limited. Please contact Sam Curtis at 937.275.7431 x 146 for more information.
2014 Boonshoft Raffle
Support the Museum and get a chance to win one of three extravagant vacations to desirable destinations across the globe! Pack your bags and plan for an adventure through the green hills and castles of Ireland, the exotic paradise of Costa Rica, or the cultural hot spots of New Orleans.
Tickets are $100 and are now available online; need not be present to win. Only 500 tickets will be sold. For a complete list of Raffle rules, please click the link below.
Name That Sloth!
The Votes Are In--Patience Wins!
A big thank you to everyone who helped name the newest (and perhaps slowest) member of the Discovery Zoo crew. The votes are in---and this adorable mammal is officially named Patience! Patience, a two-toed sloth, is now on exhibit in the Boonshoft Museum's Discovery Zoo; be sure to stop by and say "hello"—she loves to see people's smiling faces!