‘Tis the Season for Science

The California Academy of Science transforms into a floor-to-ceiling winter wonderland complete with snow flurries, caroling, festive programs, and a visiting pair of reindeer. 

Starting November 23, visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can revel in the wonder of ’Tis the Season for Science, the Academy's annual holiday exhibit showcasing the science behind the festive season.

This interactive exhibit invites you to explore some of the most awe-inspiring details of reindeer adaptation, from how they stay warm—and afloat—when crossing icy rivers to what they eat and how they find food in the harsh Arctic winter. Step inside the Snowman Theater to learn about the northern lights, and then settle in and enjoy a variety of holiday-themed programs, including quiz shows and live musical performances.

Some highlights include:

Reindeer Rendezvous, Daily at noon, Trace reindeers’ epic 3,000-mile migration through forests and tundra to discover why they roam and how they impact their far-flung habitat. Don’t forget to say hello to two of Santa’s four-footed helpers who have taken up residence at the Academy for the season. 

Lights of the North– and Live Snow Flurries, daily every half hour, Snowman Theater, immersive digital dome, watch this short, kid friendly show exploring the science and beauty of aurora borealis. Step outside the theater to revel in delightful indoor snow flurries.  

Interactive displays that highlight the amazing adaptations of reindeer and invite visitors to see an animation of antler growth, feel how reindeer fur insulates against cold, spin zoetropes illustrating reindeer in motion, experience a simulation of reindeer vision, and trace a reindeer migration route.

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Scuba Santa - Watch as a "special guest" diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.

Festive Holiday Performances, November 25-27; December 11; December 17 through January 2 (except December 25) Daily at noon and 2 pmPiazzaJoin us for 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 calacademy.org.

Make ’Tis the Season your new holiday tradition—it's a perfect way to celebrate the holiday's with family and friends.