For reservations or more information, please call the Membership Office at 215.448.1200, 9:00AM-5:00PM daily.
When: 11:30AM and 2:00PM unless otherwise noted, on the dates listed below.
Cost: $7.50 per Child Member. Adult required to attend and assist children. Free parking* in included with advance reservations.
Advance reservations required. Space is limitedregister early!
March 16 - Mysterious Molecules
There's a colorful chemistry-inspired mystery to be solved! Members will use their deductive powers to explore properties like density and pH and watch reactions that change colors, fizz, foam, and heat up. Gather clues by learning why chemistry is all about molecules and changes.
April 6 - Member Mess Fest
Get your hands dirty in gooey, slimy science, watch some fizzing, oozing reactions, hear a few foamy explosions, and then clean it all up with the science of bubbles. You may even want to bring a change of clothesit's going to get messy!
May 18 - Weather Lab
Learn about the elements that create weather, both every day and major weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes. Make your own meteorological instruments to help you gather and track weather phenomena.
*Parking is first come, first served in The Franklin Institute's parking garage.
The Franklin Institute is Expanding!
The Franklin Institute broke ground on the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The building addition, scheduled to open in summer 2014, will enable us to engage more students in our effective education programs, secure our standing as the preferred destination for traveling exhibitions, and unveil a brand new cutting-edge core exhibit on the human brain. The lead gift from Mr. and Mrs. Karabots is a remarkable endorsement of the Institute's mission and we are grateful for their extraordinary support. Please look for additional information on this exciting project as we count down to its opening. Thank you for your continued membership and support. CLICK HERE for more information and updates.
The CONSTRUCTION CAM shows progress so far.
Night Skies in the Observatory
When: Thursday, March 13 - 7:00PM-10:00PM (Presentation at 8:00PM)
Cost: FREE for Members!
The Franklin Institute's Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open for evening public observing on the 2nd Thursday night of every month. On these special nights, The Franklin Institute invites the public to view celestial objects in the sky, like stars, planets, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from five different telescopes. Night Skies includes a Fels Planetarium show and a lecture or presentation (appropriate for ages 8 and up) on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided. Don't miss out on these "out-of-this-world" evenings! Schedule subject to change.
March's Theme: TBA
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When: Sunday, March 23 - 4:30PM-6:30PM
Cost: FREE for Members! Reservations required. Please call 215.448.1200 to reserve your spot.
Book Launch, Signing and Reception
The sequel is here!
Frog Commissary at The Franklin Institute invites you to celebrate the launch of Elisa Ludwig's second novel, Pretty Sly, with a signing and light snacks. Copies of the newly released book will also be available for sale. HarperTeen recommends this novel for girls ages 12-16.
Summary - Sequel to Pretty Crooked...
Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.
However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not to come looking for her. Willa knows her mom's in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.
But when Willa and Aidan's journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it's sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth.and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong.
Pretty Sly is Elisa Ludwig's fast-paced sequel to Pretty Crooked, the second book in a trilogy that's pitch-perfect for fans of Ally Carter. With a daring heroine who has one-of-a-kind spunk, a roller-coaster Bonnie and Clyde romance, a thrilling mystery, and a shocking twist ending, this book will have readers rooting for Willa as she makes the wrong choices to do the right thing. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the series conclusion. ~ Goodreads
Click the link below to view the video trailer for Pretty Sly.
About Elisa Ludwig
Elisa Ludwig studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University, but wanted to be a writer long before all of that-technically since she started writing, editing, and publishing "The Elisa Bulletin," which she printed on a dot matrix printer and sold for ten cents a pop.
In the intervening years she has worked as a freelance writer, covering the following topics: hot dogs, insurance, cyber theft, penny-pinching, weddings, music, movies, restaurants, mental health issues, diets, engineering, furniture and travel, among many others. But writing about teenagers is her favorite subject. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son. Pretty Crooked is her first novel, followed by Pretty Sly, and Pretty Wanted on its way in 2015. Visit Elisa online at www.elisaludwig.com.
When: Sunday, March 23 - 11:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE for Members! No reservations required.
Join The Franklin Institute Educators and Executive Chefs from Frog Commissary once a month as we examine topics in Kitchen Science. These fun- and flavor-filled events will engage you in an exploration of food science through hands-on, tastebud-activating activities that help you understand the science behind food and cooking.
March's Theme: Microbes in the Kitchen
We all know germs are bad for us, but did you know there are some good bacteria? Come learn how these tiny creatures can help us in the kitchen. Stop by from 11:00AM-3:00PM in Jordan Lobby.
CLICK HERE for information about other upcoming Kitchen Science topics.
Kitchen Science programs are made possible by a grant from the Don Falconio Memorial Fund.
Additional support provided by:
Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture for Brain Awareness Week
When: Thursday, March 13 - 6:00PM
Cost: FREE for Members, CLICK HERE to register.
Join the Penn Neuroscience Graduate Group for 10, 15-minute TED-style talks presented by Penn Neuroscience faculty members. Topics include addiction, obesity, neuroeconomics/decision-making, concussions and more. The event will be followed by a small reception.
Pompeii Lecture Series - Penn Museum
When: Various dates. See below.
Cost: $5.00 per person for Franklin Institute Member. Reservations are required. CLICK HERE for more information and to book! Use code franklinmember to receive this discount at checkout.
As a Member of The Franklin Institute, pay just $5 per person for Pompeii-themed lectures at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
This winter, the Penn Museum invites Franklin Institute Members to delve into the sordid, the scientific, and the surviving details of this ancient city with the Pompeii Lecture Series presented on select Sunday afternoons to complement One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute!
Sunday, March 16 at 2:00PM
Victoria Coates, Penn Department of Art History
Visiting with the Ancients: Herculaneum, Pompeii and the Grand Tour
The Grand Tour was well established by the time Herculaneum and then Pompeii were excavated in the 18th century. Their recovery transformed the practice, however, adding a new de rigueur stop on the itinerary where eager antiquarians were promised an opportunity to directly encounter the Roman past.
Pompeii Lecture Series - Camden County College
When: Various dates. See below.
Cost: FREE for Members
Join the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at Camden County College for a free and engaging Pompeii-themed lecture series.
March 5 - Vesuvius, 79 AD: Anatomy and Aftermath of an Eruption
March 12 - Caesar's Death and the Birth of the Roman Empire
March 26 - Hard Lives at Pompeii
April 9 - The Amphitheater, from Pompeii to the Present
April 16 - Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena
CLICK HERE to read the special events and mini-course brochure to learn more about the lectures.