Step right up, folks. The Franklin Institute’s adults-only Science After Hours event returns tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12, and it’s going to be a circus.
Designed specifically with grown-ups in mind (nope, no one under 21 allowed) the monthly adults-only events tap the deep resources of the museum to put on experiments, demonstrations, talks and more on a myriad of brainy topics — all accompanied by cocktails, wine and beer from a cash bar.
This month, the museum’s temporary exhibition Circus! Science Under the Big Top inspires the after-hours bash, so partygoers should be prepared for acrobatics, games and plenty of carnival-inspired eats, too.
The first traveling show to christen the brand-new exhibition gallery in the Karabots Pavilion, Circus! Science Under the Big Top explores the world and science of the circus. The temporary exhibition packs up on Monday, September 1, so don’t miss this chance to explore under the big top.
Beyond the exhibition itself, the after-dark soiree includes tons of other opportunities to discover the science of circus arts.
Four times throughout the evening, Olde City Sideshow performs a spectacle of a live show with fire breathing, a human blockhead, eye hooks, and even a bed of nails.
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be on hand, too, with professional demonstrations of acrobatics and amateur trials of juggling, tight-rope walking and aerialist ring flying.
Plus, guests can try their hand at old-fashioned carnival games like ring toss and balloon darts, and snack on circus-appropriate fare like cotton candy, funnel cake and hot dogs.
Tickets, just $15 for those who aren’t members of The Franklin Institute, are available online.
Just remember, it’s a 21-and-over event, so no one with a bedtime should sign up.
And mark those calendars for next month, too, when Science After Hours returns on Tuesday, September 9.
Truly, these science lessons aren’t just for kids.
Science After Hours: Science of the Circus: Fire-Breathers & Funnel Cake
When: Tuesday, August 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $15; $10 for members of The Franklin Institute
More info: www.fi.edu