Orlando Science Center is fun and for adults only this Saturday
By Peter Covino
It is time to leave the kids at home as the Orlando Science Center is strictly for adults at Science Night Live tonight.
The center, usually a haven for the younger set, will be a night of rock ‘n’ roll music, adult beverages, the return of the laser light shows and more.
It will be a pretty busy night highlighted by two performances by TWITCHY, a rock band led by the faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology, including President Anthony Catanese and former NASA astronaut Captain Winston Scott. TWITCHY is an acronym for the names of its original faculty players. These professors-turned-performers will play sets at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. followed by question-and-answer sessions.
If it is a clear night, you view stars and planets from the Crosby Observatory. The 10-inch refractor telescope is the largest of its kind in the state available to the public. You can view the moons of other planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. In addition, enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline from the sixth-floor terrace.
The return of laser light shows in the Dr. Phillips CineDome features The Beatles. Light and sound will merge for a rock ‘n’ roll experience backed by 28,000 watts of stereo sound and laser effects. Show times for the light shows are 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
You can get physical at Sportsology, a new traveling exhibit exploring the science of sports. Composed of a series of hands-on challenges, Sportsology allows visitors to test their athletic abilities while learning how their bodies work. Discover the speed and physics of your fast ball, whether you can jump as high as a pro basketball player and even your reaction time.
You can even learn the fundamentals of soldering — how to preheat and tin your iron, make a good solder joint and desolder cleanly — in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory. And you can get competitive with some bar-style science trivia. Test your science knowledge in the categories of everyday elements, famous scientists and sports to win prizes.
The rest of the Science Center is available for exploration throughout the evening. All four floors of exhibits will be open including “NatureWorks”; “Science Park”; “Engineer It!”; “Our Planet, Our Universe”; and “DinoDigs.”
There won’t be any need to catch dinner before the evening. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Millenia Catering.
Experience Science Night Live at the special evening rate of $15. Admission includes TWITCHY in concert; one laser light show featuring The Beatles; all four floors of exhibits, live programming and presentations; and night-time viewing in the Crosby Observatory. Parking is free in the Science Center parking garage. Members can enjoy Science Night Live at no charge.
The adult night is open to those 21 and older only. While the Science Center has a lot to offer kids and families during regular hours, Science Night Live is exclusively for grown-ups. Dress code is casual attire.
For more information, call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org/snl.