During the holidays, the California Academy of Sciences explores the science behind the winter in ‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice,’ the museum’s annual holiday exhibit.

The interactive exhibit, which runs through Jan. 7, focuses on the science and animals of frozen polar regions, plus indoor snow flurries and a new holiday ice rink in the museum’s East Garden.

Inside the museum, exhibits will explore the North Pole and the South Pole and the animals that call them home. Interactive displays will educate visitors on the adaptations that allow polar bears, Antarctic penguins, and other polar-dwelling animals to survive and thrive in frozen ecosystems. Plus, the Snowman Theater offers daily, hands-on programs, and a dynamic line-up of live performances.

In and around the Academy’s central piazza, visitors will find a wintry wonderland, complete with indoor snow flurries twice an hour; the “Snowman Theater”—an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman playing Science of Snow, a seven-minute, family-friendly show that illustrates how snowflakes form.

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Life-size models of polar bears and Antarctic penguins that invite guests to learn about and examine these fascinating animals up close, and a stage for special programs includes polar-themed quiz shows and live performances.

Ice rink tickets are available online in advance or can be purchased on-site at the museum. Fifty-five minute skate sessions are $12 per person ($10 for Academy members) and skate rental is included. Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and advance ticket purchases are recommended to secure desired date and time. For more information on the Academy’s holiday ice rink and to purchase tickets, visit: calacademy.org/tis-the-season

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