Science after hours: 18+ events at the Carnegie Science Center


Barnacle Feet rocks out in the Science Center’s Robot Lounge. Credit: Kaelei Whitlatch

PITTSBURGH – The Carnegie Science Center is not just for kids!

The Science Center hosted its first event of three for those 18 and older on Sept. 24. These events give opportunities for adults to enjoy the Science Center and all of its displays without children.

The event was rock and roll themed and included a live band, food, drinks, games and musical activities.

The museum made use of all five floors. Games such as giant Jenga and concessions were on the ground floor, and guitar and keyboard trials were on the first floor lobby. The second floor included a planetarium to see stars over Pittsburgh and live music from Barnacle Feet.

On the BodyStage third floor, there was a “Sounds like Science” presentation that included a Rubens’ tube where sound waves were visualized in flames. The fourth floor activity was an interactive guitar soundboard and a one million volt electricity display from their Tesla coil.

The Tesla coil produces one million volts of electricity. Credit: Kaelei Whitlatch
The Tesla coil produces one million volts of electricity. Credit: Kaelei Whitlatch

The event concluded with a laser show in the planetarium set to the music of Pink Floyd. Attendees were able to view the show for an extra cost.

Friday was the first of three adults-only events at the Science Center.

With no kids around, expect deeper science content, riskier experiments and party games with your friends. From space to robots, it’s the perfect night out for ages 18+ in Pittsburgh,” according to the Carnegie website. “Whether you are looking for a great date night, conversation about current science topics or events or things to do in Pittsburgh, you can find them here. 18+ nights at the Science Center will challenge you, entertain you and provide you with something different to do with friends.”

The next 18 and older event will be for the Science Center’s 30th anniversary on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The theme will be Dirty 30 where attendees will throwback to 1991. The last of the events will be the Team Design Challenge on Nov. 19.

Tickets are $20 in advance on the Carnegie’s website, and the price for members is $18.