Dark Matters is an 18+ experience held bimonthly at Telus World of Science Edmonton. Their slogan, “where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play”, accurately sums up the experience; as play is what we did this past Thursday. My husband and I were drawn to the event because the theme for December was all about games. We were first time attendees, having just heard of the event from friends a few weeks ago. After spending five minutes there we couldn’t believe that we had never attended before. Like most people, I associate TWOSE with school field trips (being a teacher, I have probably attended more educational events here than the average person… including three visits to the Star Wars Identities exhibition a few years ago… yay!). Because of this association, it wasn’t hard to feel that I was breaking the rules by running around the building with a drink in my hand and playing around at all of the exhibits. The feeling makes you absolutely giddy and impossible to not laugh and have a great time.
The DJ was playing video game infused music, while the staff at TWOSE were serving up ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. We enjoyed watching a 4-player Mario Kart tournament on the IMAX screen, sitting down and playing a game at Table Top Café’s area (Boss Monster 2), and getting our fight on with Super Smash Bros on Wii U. The Margaret Zeidler theatre was host to many talks about the theory of gaming throughout the evening, and the IMAX theatre was the place to watch the Street Fighter movie later on the evening. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, (except for the girl we saw barfing in the garbage can at 8:30… seriously?! It’s a Thursday night at TWOSE for goodness sake!), and we are already planning to attend the next event. So YEG geeks, seriously, if you haven’t attended this yet... make it your priority to check it out sometime with your friends. It was refreshing to see so many adults taking in science, gaming, and fun. The next theme is DARK! and is being held on Thursday, January 21st. Events planned will help us celebrate our Northern roots and one of the darkest months of the year. Light painting and fluorescent dyes, in addition to exploring astronomy & celestial events is on the menu. For more information, visit: http://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/exhibits-events/events-calendar/dark-matters
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