LSC throws a prehistoric party for LSC After Dark: Wine-O-Saurs

LSC After Dark

RAWR! On Aug. 15, 2019, Liberty Science Center traveled back in time 150 million years for LSC After Dark: Wine-O-Saurs, our latest LSC After Dark event for guests 21 and over.

Three guests in cavemen costumes pose with a dinosaur costume character

At this prehistoric party, guests danced with dinosaurs, enjoyed delicious wine tastings, and searched for fossils. The whole night was unforgettable – including a shocking proposal on the dance floor, right at the end of the evening!

Here are just a few highlights from the event:

Fossil searching in Dino Dig

A man and woman dig for fossils in Dino Dig

It was a beautiful night for a dino dig! In our popular outdoor adventure, guests became paleontologists by digging through 35 tons of sand to uncover more than 60 fossils – many of them replicas of those discovered in Montana by Jack Horner, the famed paleontologist who inspired Jurassic Park.

This month, Dino Dig also featured prehistoric marine animals, including the Plesiosaur, Ichtyosaur, and Ammonite.

Becoming a dinosaur at the Dino Obstacle Course

A guest wearing dinosaur feet tries to walk like a dinosaur at the Dino Obstacle Course

How does it feel to move and run like a dinosaur? Over at our Dino Obstacle Course, guests donned some dino masks, tails, and feet, then wrapped themselves in chains (to mimic T-Rex arms) and completed some challenges like a dinosaur!

Checking out the Cosmic Collisions planetarium show

Picture of an asteroid colliding toward Earth

Over in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium – the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere – guests experienced our new Cosmic Collisions show, which examines massive impacts like the asteroid that (potentially) killed the dinosaurs. Did you know that when the asteroid (again, potentially) impacted the Earth, it was traveling between 10-20 miles per second?

In addition to the Cosmic Collisions show, guests enjoyed the Lady Gaga Laser Show, featuring Gaga’s songs set to exhilarating high-tech lasers!

Posing with the Jurassic Park Jeep

Guests pose in a model of the Jurassic Park Jeep

For just one night, Liberty Science Center turned into Jurassic Park! Outside on our front lawn, guests posed for photos with a model of the iconic Jurassic Park Jeep.

Touching prehistoric creatures

Guests touch a horseshoe crab at the Prehistoric Touch Tank

Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been around longer than dinosaurs? Over at the Prehistoric Touch Tank, guests touched real animals that have been on this planet for an extremely long amount of time!

Creating custom fossils

A woman uses shells and wet clay to create her own fossil

Upstairs in our third floor lab, guests created their own fossils using shells and wet clay! It usually takes millions of years for fossils to form, but at LSC After Dark: Wine-O-Saurs, the process moves along much quicker!

Looking through gravel to find (and keep!) real fossils

Guests look through gravel to find tiny fossils

At our Fossil Finders activity, guests sifted through gravel to look for tiny (and real!) fossils that they would get to keep. Using an identification key, guests looked for different fossils that included shark teeth and crocodile bone.

Browsing animal artifacts

Various items at the animal artifacts table

What can we learn about dinosaurs by studying animals that are still around today? Over at our artifacts table, guests touched different items – such as a bird feather and eggs from a tortoise – to explore the connection between prehistoric and modern day animals. Did you know all birds are technically considered non-avian dinosaurs?

Exploring hydroponic farming at the Innovation Station

The party wasn’t just about dinosaurs. Over at the Innovation Station, guests learned about the innovative company Garden City Grown!

Garden City Grown is a local indoor hydroponic farm that grows rare and unique herbs for cocktail bars. They deliver locally all year round, which means fresher herbs to mix and garnish cocktails.

Experiencing Sean Kenney’s Art Made with LEGO® Bricks

Sculpture of a snow leopard made of LEGO pieces in Sean Kenney’s Art Made with LEGO® Bricks

Guests also experienced LSC’s premium exhibition, Sean Kenney’s Art Made with LEGO® Bricks!

This exhibition features beautiful works of art made from LEGO bricks – all created by Brooklyn artist Sean Kenney, using 1 million+ LEGO pieces – to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and mankind’s relationship with nature. Pandas, tree frogs, polar bears, and hummingbirds are just a few of the incredible sculptures included in the exhibition.

The exhibition also includes a hands-on play zone where guests can make their own creations using LEGO bricks!

Sean Kenney’s Art Made with LEGO® Bricks will be at LSC through Sept. 2, 2019.

Dancing with dinosaurs

Guests party on the crowded dance floor with a dinosaur costume character

Many guests showed up in creative and hilarious dinosaur clothes and costumes! It made for some great moments on the dance floor, such as this dance between a dinosaur and John Hammond from Jurassic Park:

Witnessing a proposal on the dance floor

A man proposes to his girlfriend on the dance floor

“I want to spend the rest of my dino days with you.” Toward the end of the night, guests witnessed a dinosaur-themed proposal on the dance floor. Congratulations to Travis and MayaBea!

Check out the video of the proposal:

Thanks to everyone who came out! Join us Sept. 19, 2019 for LSC After Dark: Bugs, Bacon & Beer, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Click here for tickets.


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