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97 Days of Play

Did you know? There are 97 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day—we counted! That’s 97 days to keep the kids active, entertained and learning.

Soak up the summer fun at Fernbank Museum during 97 Days of Play, featuring a variety of unique activities, events and fun-filled ways to keep families entertained and inspired during the summer months.


Island Adventure Day
Saturday, May 31
Enjoy a variety of island-themed activities including a Museum scavenger hunt, temporary tattoos, crafts, games and more.

Ocean Lab
Sundays, June 8 – July 27
Have you ever wondered how a sea star eats? Explore this topic and more while creating marine-themed crafts, exploring aquatic biofacts and helping to construct an oceanic mural. 

Superhero Day
Sunday, June 15
Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a day of games, hands-on activities and more.

Fins & Flippers Day
Saturday, June 28
Splash into a day of family fun featuring puppet shows, giant bubble fun and a variety of ocean-themed hands-on activities.

Reptile Day
Saturday, July 12
Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with and learn more about these unique and ecologically important creatures.

Carnival Science Day
Saturday, July 26
Embrace your inner-scientist! Enjoy special performances, science demonstrations, a variety of carnival games and a special craft.

Dinosaur Birthday Bash
Saturday, August 23
Guests will enjoy a day filled with dinosaur- and birthday-themed activities, including games, crafts, hands-on activities and more. Costumes encouraged!


Shark Tooth Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, July 1 – July 29
The first 250 children at the Museum will receive a free shark tooth.

Safari Hat Sundays
Every Sunday, July 6 – July 27
The first 100 children at the Museum will receive a free safari hat.

Whales: Giants of the Deep
Special exhibition on view through August 24
Featuring a unique blend of science and storytelling, this interactive exhibition is filled with fun ways to explore whales from the inside-out.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Now showing through September 1 in Fernbank's MAX® Theatre
Enjoy a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar as you experience the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—Lemurs. 

Great White Shark
Now showing through October 16 in Fernbank's IMAX® Theatre
Get closer than ever to the “king of the ocean” in this giant screen adventure and discover why this animal is not the menacing villain many believe it to be.

Be on the lookout for special programming including hands-on activities, live animal encounters and more. Like us on Facebook for schedule updates.

With the exception of IMAX® films, all 97 Days of Play offerings are included with Museum admission and are free for members.