Imagine: YOU, a stellar geekette/geek stud secured the date of your dreams! Now, where can you take this hot dude or dudette to impress them, but still maintain integrity to your true nerdy self? Answer: A night at the museum! Wait. I know what you are thinking: “Night at the museum? Like the movie?!”
Um, no. Luckily for my Geek Chic Krisraelreaders you will learn about the hottest after hours events at the best science museums in the Bay Area! In other words my favorite geeky first date formula: booze + dark + dancing + music + fun science stuff = MUSEUMS ALL GROWN UP!
For the 18+ crowd:
Upcoming Event: DIRT, Thursday June 7 from 6:00-10:00pm
“Dig into soil science and get the dirt on everything from mushrooms to meteorites.
Exploratorium physicist and Mars expert Paul Doherty pilots a tour of extraterrestrial dirt found as far away as Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and as near as your own home. Fellow staff scientist Bryce Johnson steers us through San Francisco Bay’s sediments and Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck reveals the creeping, crawling world inside a rotting log. And in an edible approach to our theme, mushroom farmers from Back to the Roots share secrets to growing gourmet mushrooms from coffee grounds.
Dirt also features compost demonstrations, urban farming explorations, special films, and an exhibition of historic color photographs documenting the end of the Dust Bowl era.”
For the 21+ crowd:
Upcoming Event: Birds of a Feather
“Claw, peck or fly your way to NightLife for a live concert by Birds & Batteries, and a variety of fun activities in honor of International Migratory Bird Week. Artist and comedian Michael Capozzola and his cartoonist companions will transform you into bird-version of yourself in minutes. Channel your inner naturalist in a bird sketching workshop led by renowned illustrator and wildlife biologist John Muir Laws, author of numerous field guides of California habitats. Plus, see how Academy scientists prepare bird specimens for their research collections and future study. Additional music by DJ Omar, whose eclectic sound resonates widely.”
6-8pm Rainforests of the World (Last entry at 7:45pm)
6-9pm Science Love Stories: Migrant Birds with Academy Mammalogist Moe Flannery/ Project Lab
6-10pm Birds of a Feather Cocktail Tour/ Bars Throughout
6-10pm DJ Omar/ East Pavilion
6-10pm Cartoonists, Bird Specimens & Bird Craft with SCRAP/ African Hall
6:30pm Tour of the Night Sky/ Planetarium
7pm Penguin Talk/ African Hall
7:30 & 8:30pm Life: A Cosmic Story/ Planetarium
7:30-8:30pm Bird Sketching Workshop with John Muir Laws/ Forum
8pm Live Bird Presentation with Native Bird Connections/ East Garden
8:45pm Birds & Batteries/ Piazza
Every month you can discover more about science and technology, or just relax and have fun with friends!
- GIANT GAMES like 4 Foot Tall Jenga-Style Blocks, Over-Sized Chess, and Giant Four in a Row.
- Live music and dancing.
- In additon to our Grodon Biersch beer tasting, you can sip on a glow-in-the-dark Tech-tini from our no-host bar.
- Limited cafe menu available for purchase.
Visit their After Hours Photo Booth and share smiles with your friends. They will post your photos on the OFFICIAL After Hours Facebook page and share your pictures!
Enjoy the bar menu with tasty appetizers now only $5 per item!
It’s your Birthday? Come celebrate at The Tech Museum’s After Hours event! If your birthday occurs within a week of an After Hours event, just show your ID and YOU get in for FREE!
Adult Cuddle Time: Museum Sleepovers
The Tech Museum: Museum Sleepovers
Sleepovers are a special way to enjoy The Tech Museum after hours. Bring your pj’s and sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibit! We will supply a one-of-a-kind sleepover space plus, you will enjoy a special educational film showing in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning. Tickets on sale now: Call (408) 294-8324.
California Academy of Sciences: Penguins and Pajamas
“Listen to the evening songs of the rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool. Then head over to African Hall to interact with a Penguin specialist and become a stargazing guru during an after-hours planetarium show. Before bedtime, settle in for story time while snacking on cookies and milk and learn about Pierre — the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.”
- Overnight stay in African Hall, Aquarium, Lower Swamp, or Islands of Evolution
- Penguin Central in African Hall
- Live animal demonstrations
- Rainforests of the World Exhibit until 8:00 pm
- Two Planetarium showings
- Late-night snack and continental breakfast
- Overnight parking in Music Concourse Garage
- Next day admission to the Academy
- Commemorative Gift
Mo’s Geek Chic Take: Museums at night are a total win, not just to calm first date jitters but to have a remarkable and unique experience with friends. Whether it be an after hours event or an adult sleepover, you will be able to learn something educational but still have adult fun. For example, when I first went to the California Academy of Sciences NightLife event I didn’t know what to expect. Whenever, someone asks me how my experience was this is what I reply. . .
“Museums at night are fantastic! Not only is it a cheaper museum admission rate, you don’t have to deal with screaming kids and baby strollers while you look at your favorite penguin exhibit. And let’s face it: It’s kind of amazing to be able to hold a beer in one hand and touch a sea urchin in a tide pool with the other as long as the beer doesn’t spill. Science is COOL again!”
Until next week: Stay true. Stay you. Stay geek chic! -Mo