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This Saturday and Sunday, the California Academy of Sciences is celebrating its one-year anniversary. To me, science museums conjure up those great experiences you had as a kid, when you went on a field trip and got to goof off with your friends and see cool things, rather than read boring things. And that’s why I have a soft spot for science museums. But not this one, for some reason I don’t really find it as interesting as what it used to be. Maybe it’s because it always smells like poopy diapers.

But there are some events that do seem like they’re ok for anyone older than five. You can go to the living roof and see the sun through a solar telescope. That’s pretty cool I guess.

Another is being able to see some mountain lions. They’re so cute on leashes!

You can also meet some owls and hawks and falcons. I hope they’re all wearing those leather flying caps. And then the mountain lions will get loose and there’ll be a battle of two predators. That’d be sweet!

Then there’s this thing called “The Sky Tonight,” where you apparently walk into an inflatable sphere and see stars and hear a presentation. But I predict it’ll be a long wait to be one of 20 people who gets to go in.

Performance-wise, besides the lions battling the hawks, there’s some ethnic dances and such.

There’s also two drumming ensembles, The “Nigerian Masquerade Drummers” (Saturday & Sunday) and a “Inter-generational drumming ensemble”, Loco Bloco (Sunday only), that seem fun and trance-inducing.

I’m not so sure I’d go to this just to go to this, if there weren’t some other, better events in the park that weekend I’d also want to hit, like the Expo for Indie Art. But I think I’ll check it out and see if I have patience in the midst of the screaming kids and shitty parents. If only to see lion v. hawk.

What: California Academy of Sciences one-year anniversary
When: 9:30-5 Saturday, 11-5 Sunday
Where: Golden Gate Park
Tickets: Buy online, adult admission is $24.95.

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  • Tim Ehhalt

    You had me at poopy diapers.