Guest with candy cane in mouth at Minute to Win It! activity

Guests enjoy a night of sweet science at LSC After Dark: Candyland

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On Dec. 19, 2019, we celebrated the holiday season at LSC After Dark: Candyland! Guests 21 and over came to the Science Center for a night of sweet science, icy cool experiments, and sugary surprises all throughout the building.

It was an incredible evening, and the perfect way to celebrate the final LSC After Dark event of the decade! Here are a few of our favorite highlights from the night:

Taking a spin on the Sock Skating Rink

Guests taking a spin on the Sock Skating Rink

Who needs ice skating when you have sock skating? All night, guests took a spin on our Sock Skating Rink, made from a high-tech synthetic polymer surface. It isn’t made of real ice, but it is really slippery!

Check out a video of the Sock Skating Rink in action:

Playing a candy version of Minute to Win It!

Guests using their mouths to pick up candy canes at Minute to Win It! activity

Guests were invited to play a candy version of Minute to Win It!, with tasks such as sorting M&Ms and Skittles by color, stacking Smarties into a tower, and using only your mouth to hook together candy canes. Super fun – and super challenging!

Learning how to make bubble gum

Guests at the bubble gum-making presentation

Yum! Throughout the night, our educators taught guests the science of creating their own bubble gum.

Browsing the Holiday Bazaar and Midnight Market

Midnight Market food vendor list

Our friends from JC Oddities Market returned this month with a special Holiday Bazaar! Local vendors joined the party with unique gifts, art, and jewelry for guests to bring home to their loved ones.

Guests also toured the neighborhood with local food vendors from Midnight Market! This month's food vendors included Cryo Cream, Hold My Knots, Waffle Totz, Tayby & Co., Tojo Kitchen, Bearded One BBQ, Empanada Papa, and Gusti Di Sicilia.

Participating in a coat drive

Guest at the coat drive

This month, we partnered with Jersey Cares and asked guests to donate new and/or gently used coats at the event. Thanks to all who participated!

Decorating a giant gingerbread house

Guests decorating giant gingerbread house

Right upon entering the building, guests were greeted by a giant gingerbread house that they got to help decorate!

Playing a planetarium version of Candyland

Planetarium show schedule at LSC After Dark: Candyland

This month, we took the classic Candyland board game and brought it to the planetarium! In an interactive adventure like nothing we’ve ever done before at LSC After Dark, guests teamed up and worked together to complete a game of Candyland (or, in our version, the Milky Way!) projected on the massive planetarium dome.

In addition to Candyland in Space: The Game, guests also enjoyed a Laser Wonderland laser show, featuring artists such as Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, Dean Martin, and Adam Sandler.

Sending birds soaring in Angry Birds Universe

Guests using slingshot to throw bird in Angry Birds Universe

Guests enjoyed our current premium exhibition, Angry Birds Universe! In this adventure based on the popular Angry Birds characters, guests played a real-life version of the game – by using real slingshots to send birds soaring! – plus designed and animated their own birds, climbed a giant rock wall, and more.

Exploring the future of flight at the Innovation Station

Guests checking out

Every month at LSC After Dark, our Innovation Station shows off the latest in must-see tech!

This month, we were joined by the company Kitty Hawk, who had “The Flyer” on display. “The Flyer” is an all-electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) single-seat aerial vehicle that employs 10 individual lift fans to fly 3 ft. to 10 ft. over water.

It was a really unique opportunity for guests to explore the future of flight and transportation!

Taking candy-themed pictures at the Photo Booth

Guests holding candy props in Photo Booth

Over at the Photo Booth, guests showed off their sweet side with candy props!

So many great ugly sweaters!

Guests wearing ugly sweaters at LSC After Dark: Candyland

We saw so many hilarious ugly sweaters throughout the night!

Here are a few of our favorites:

Guests wearing ugly sweaters at LSC After Dark: Candyland Guests wearing ugly sweaters at LSC After Dark: Candyland Guests wearing ugly sweaters in Photo Booth

Thanks to everyone who came out, and happy New Year! Click here to get tickets now to LSC After Dark: Science Speakeasy on Jan. 16, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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