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Wednesday, December 20
Name Time Location
Butterfly Release 11:00am - 11:05am Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 11:30am - 11:35am Free With Admission
Meet the Keeper 2:00pm - 2:30pm Free With Admission
Meet the Insect Keeper 2:30pm - 3:00pm Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 2:30pm - 2:35pm Free With Admission
Butterfly Release 3:00pm - 3:15pm Free with Admission
Farmyard Up Close 4:30pm - 5:00pm Free With Admission
Thursday, December 21
Name Time Location
Butterfly Release 11:00am - 11:05am Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 11:30am - 11:35am Free With Admission
Meet the Keeper 2:00pm - 2:30pm Free With Admission
Meet the Insect Keeper 2:30pm - 3:00pm Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 2:30pm - 2:35pm Free With Admission
Butterfly Release 3:00pm - 3:15pm Free with Admission
Snake and Alligator Feeding 4:00pm - 4:30pm Free
  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 20th, 2017
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 20th, 2017
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Dec 20th, 2017
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Dec 20th, 2017
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 20th, 2017
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 20th, 2017
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Dec 20th, 2017
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 21st, 2017
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 21st, 2017
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Dec 21st, 2017
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Dec 21st, 2017
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 21st, 2017
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 21st, 2017
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Snake and Alligator Feeding

    Dec 21st, 2017
    4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Free

    Stop by Carolina Wildlife and learn more about our reptiles while our Animal Keepers feed them their weekly meal.

    Snake and Alligator Feedings occur every Thursday at 4:00pm. 

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  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • 40th Annual Santa Train

    Dec 22nd, 2017
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    December 1-3, $15 | December 7-10, $20 | December 13-17, $22 | December 20-22, $22

    All Aboard the Santa Train!

    The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to host the 40th Annual Santa Train, the Museum's largest annual fundraising event and holiday tradition for the whole family.

    Thousands of twinkling lights will shine throughout the Museum campus, guiding the way to all the fun! Check out the "ice" skating rink for skate-in-your-socks excitement. Sip complimentary hot chocolate, have your face painted, and explore our crafts and activities tent where you can make and take special treats and learn about the science of Santa. Then hop on board the train for a moonlit ride to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves will greet all of our guests. On your way out, be sure to visit our pop-up Museum gift shop to take home something special!

    Your ticket purchase does so much more than help you make memories with your family. Proceeds from this event support the Museum's mission to create a place of lifelong learning where people from young child to senior citizen embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

    ACTIVITIES

    Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station explore festive activites including:

    • NEW! Butterflyhouse and Insectarium will be open during Santa Train
    • Face painting by Paint Savvy
    • Holiday crafts
    • "Science of Santa" activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
    • Holiday music and light displays
    • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
    • Complimentary hot chocolate
    • Pop-up Museum gift shop
    • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

    Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.


    Sensory Friendly Santa Train

    Friday, December 1st Train times: 5:20pm and 5:40pm

    We're excited to offer sensory-friendly Santa Train rides for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar needs. Train rides will include no yelling in the tunnel and no whistle sound; additional sounds and some lights will be lowered. Additional staff and volunteers from UNC TEACCH Autism Program will be on-hand to assist guests. Cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives available upon request. 

    Santa Train Activity System | Santa Train Social Narrative

    Please reserve these train times for our ASD community. Train rides after 6pm will return to full light and sound.

    If you are unable to ride at this date and times, cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives will be available for all Santa Trains.

    ACTIVITIES

    Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station explore festive activites including:

    • Face painting by Paint Savvy
    • Holiday crafts
    • "Science of Santa" activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
    • Holiday music and light displays
    • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
    • Complimentary hot chocolate
    • Pop-up Museum gift shop
    • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

    Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.


    Event Sales Information

    Supporting Members: October 31, 9:00am 
    Explorer Members: November 2, 9:00am
    Business Members: November 6, 9:00am
    General Public: November 7, 9:00am

    EVENT DATES & Prices

    December 1-3 | Tickets are $15
    December 7-10 | Tickets are $20
    December 13-17 | Tickets are $22
    December 20-22 | Tickets are $22

    Buy Tickets Now!

    Nightly: Gates open at 5:00pm and close at 9:00pm
    Trains leave every twenty minutes from 5:20pm through 8:20pm.

    *For questions about your order, call 919-220-5429 x 313 or click here for our FAQ.
    *All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

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    The Fine Print

    *Santa Train is an after hours event. General admission to the Museum is not included in your ticket cost.

    *Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the Admission Desk or event check-in location.

    *All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

    *$10.00 of each $15.00 ticket, $15.00 of each $20.00 ticket, and $17.00 of each $22.00 ticket is tax-deductible.

    *I understand that the Museum may photograph my family during the event. Registration grants permission to use photographs in Museum publications and approved media sources unless I request otherwise in writing via email. 

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