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'Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice

Presented by California Academy of Sciences


Starting Friday, November 16, visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can revel in the wonder of ‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice, the museum’s annual holiday exhibit that explores the science behind the winter season. This year, the Academy’s outdoor holiday ice rink in the museum’s East Garden returns, inviting visitors to skate in the heart of Golden Gate Park. Inside the museum, the Academy’s annual exhibit explores our planet’s polar regions—from the North Pole to the South Pole—and the animals that call them home. Plus, the Snowman Theater, a suite of hands-on daily programs, and a dynamic line-up of live performances on select dates will return to delight visitors of all ages this holiday season.

Open 365 days a year! Open 10 am – 3 pm on November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) and 11am – 5 pm on December 25 (Christmas Day)


As the Academy transforms into a wintry wonderland, visitors can enjoy:

  • Outdoor snow flurries falling twice an hour
  • The “Snowman Theater”—an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman playing Science of Snow, a 7-minute, family-friendly show that illustrates how snowflakes form
  • Life-size models of polar bears and Antarctic penguins that invite guests to learn about and examine these fascinating animals up close
  • Special programs and live performances
  • A festive outdoor ice rink open daily this holiday season in the Academy’s East Garden!

Skate session tickets are $10 per person (including skate rental) and do not include general admission to the museum. Sessions may be reserved in advance online or at the museum on the day of your visit; times are subject to availability.

For more information on the Academy’s holiday ice rink, please visit https://www.calacademy.org/holiday-ice-rink.

This year, the Academy is excited to offer even more family-friendly opportunities to get on the ice. Join us for Sunday Skate Nights in Golden Gate Park on November 18 and 25 and December 2 and 9 from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Academy’s East Garden. Enjoy special after-hours access to the holiday ice rink, sip hot chocolate, decorate cookies and enjoy seasonal treats, and listen to festive winter tunes.

For more information about Sunday Skate Nights in Golden Gate Park, visit www.calacademy.org/skatenights.

Sunday Skate Night tickets are $15 per person/$10 for Academy members and include ice skating and skate rental. Entry-only for non-skaters is $5 per person/free for Academy members.