Not Just for Kids 14

Discovery place mixes up Friday nights with Science on the Rocks

When you hear Discovery Place, you probably think of a bunch of kids running around but on the third Friday of each month, Discovery Place hosts “Science on The Rocks”, an evening packed with science learning for adults. Appropriately titled, this 21+ event mixes adult beverages with science. With games, music, activities, and lots of fun, this monthly event is the perfect place for spending time with friends or for a date night.

Each night has a theme. Past themes include 90s night, Summer Camp and most recently, Game Night. Each event has activates related to the theme. At the Summer Camp themed event, there was Nerf archery, kayak races, liquid nitrogen marshmallow s’mores, and a station to make friendship bracelets (my personal favorite).

Your ticket purchase also grants you access to some of the exhibits the museum has to offer. Discovery Place has many themed exhibits including Project Build with focal points like architecture and building blocks and World Alive, an exhibit with aquariums filled with frogs and underwater creatures, some of which you can touch.

Another very popular exhibit is what Discovery Place refers to as the “Cool Stuff” section. These are physics based activities that teach you, “why things do what they do to.” The exhibit has three main areas: lift, push and look/move. All three areas have hands-on activities such as the air chair, bed of nails and rope climb for you to participate in with friends or people you meet.

Discovery Place also has one of the largest IMAX theaters in the Carolinas. During science on the rocks, you can take a behind the scenes tour of the IMAX theatre and watch a movie for an additional $5. Currently, IMAX is showing, “National Parks Adventure.” This movie highlights America’s most legendary parks and outdoor attractions including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches.

If you love science and cocktails, you should come to the next event and bring some friends.  Science on the Rocks takes place the third Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door (tax included).