When we broke the news about last year’s Science After Hours the response was overwhelming. In fact Franklin Institute saw such a great response to their adult only science event and immediately began to plan their 2015 schedule. Well guess what? The new Science After hours line-up is out and it looks like it’s better than ever.
In case this is all new to you, The Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours is an adult only science program that will feature experiments, demonstrations, conversations, and best of all cocktails! This 21 and over event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and is part of The Franklin Institute’s effort to engage the adult community more and provide a great alternative event that provides a fun and educational evening. However, you don’t need to be a science nerd to attend one of these events. Each event will cover a wide range of cool, fun, and interesting subjects.
For 2015, the Franklin Institute expanded the program from four to ten subjects. This year’s line-up kicks-off February 10th with Speak Easy: A Celebration of All Things Outlawed. Visitors can expect a cool roaring 20’s themed event that will cover everything from bootlegging, race cars, and the booze catapult. Each event is held once a month from 7-10 pm, which gives you plenty of time to sober up for work the next day.
In case you were wondering about food, every Science After Hours is accompanied by light food and snacks that correspond to each theme. For example the camping themed Science After Hours will come with s’mores and other fun camping snacks. However, let’s not kid ourselves the real draw here are the cocktails. Each event will feature a cash bar with an assortment of cocktails for you to purchase. How many chances do you get to hang around a museum and get a little tipsy? This is an awesome alternative to a traditional night of drinking at your local watering hole. You’ll get a chance to not only enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage but actually learn something in the process. Perfect for a cool date or a fun group outing, Science After Hours will now be a monthly field trip to the museum that you won’t need a permission slip for. Check out the 2015 line-up below!
Speak Easy: A Celebration of All Things Outlawed
Feb. 10th | 7-10 pm
Revisit the roaring 20’s and learn all about the decade that brought us bootleg liquor, race cars and the booze catapult. Take in an explosive show, learn how to Lindy Hop, and see if you can find our own secret speakeasy at our first Science After Hours of 2015!
March 10th | 7-10 pm
Test your duct tape ingenuity and navigate using the stars as you avoid viral outbreaks and natural disasters. Think you can survive adrift at sea or on a remote island? See if you have what it takes to be a survivor!
5th Annual Philadelphia Science Festival Kick-Off Party: 8-Bit Night
April 24th | 7-10 pm
Join us for the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival Kickoff Celebration! This opening night extravaganza will feature over 40 activities. Be a pinball wizard, play Galaga in the Fels Planetarium, dissect an arcade machine, and enjoy music from your favorite video games!
Trek, Wars and Who
May 12th | 7-10 pm
Venture where no human has gone before in this ultimate mashup that puts the “sci” in Sci-Fi. Be you Vulcan, Silurian or Jawa, let your inner sci-fi geek boldly go to a galaxy far, far away.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
June 2nd | 7-10 pm
Calling all Wyld Stallyns. Dial-in to the right year andlearn about scientific advancements during the ages of Socrates Johnson, Bob Genghis Khan, Maxine of Arc and of course Abraham LIncoln. Feeling daring? Try playing games against the Reaper.This is sure to be a most excellent adventure!
Camp Franklinana: Summer Camp
July 14th | 7-10 pm
Take a trip back to childhood and embrace your inner camper on a cool summer night at Camp Frankliana! Finally get the real ingredients for bug juice, indulge in s’mores a la science, play your favorite camp games and make arts and crafts at the best summer camp in town!
Science + Art
August 11th | 7-10 pm
Art and science collide at this multi disciplinary Science After Hours. Use your creative and your critical thinking skills and discover how art and science have inspired each other throughout the ages.
Green: From Eco Friendly to Envy
Sept. 8th | 7-10 pm
Join us to explore the color of ecology, envy, money, snot and ham (well, ok not ham) from every angle. Green is the new black.
Oct. 13th | 7-10 pm
Can someone really leap tall buildings in a single bound, crawl a wall or channel the power of lightning? Where could you get your hands on a grappling hook? Find out and explore the science of superheroes. All mutants welcome!
Mr. Franklin’s Gym Class
Nov. 17th | 7-10 pm
Break out those cross trainers and listen for the whistle as you revisit your school gym class! Science After Hours will dust off it’s giant parachute and break out those dodge balls for this physically fantastic evening. In between sets and reps see just why those shower shoes were so important and explore our newly renovated Sports Challenge exhibit.