Pull on that ugly sweater and head to the Carnegie Science Center
What not to wear is what to wear in this case.
Grab the most hideous sweater you have, put it on and head for the Carnegie Science Center's 21+ Science After Dark Ugly Sweater Party.
The holiday fun begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 22 at the science center on Pittsburgh's North Side.
“Once they find that ugly sweater, they can come by and just dive in a play with any of the exhibits,” says Lamont Craven, program manager for adult programs at the science center. “They can mix and mingle and have a good time. There will be things here they might not have know we have here.”
This is the second year for this un-fashionable event. Hosting such over 21 nights and events allows the big kid in us to enjoy the exhibits and interactive stations the museum has to offer – without having children around – and while drinking a favorite adult beverage.
There will be laser karaoke, a trivia game show, a live performance by Steel City Improv and an opportunity to experience drone races. Pittsburgh's premiere drone racing chapter, PITTROTORcross will host a micro drone race. Drone Addiction will be onsite to answer educational questions about drones and Pittsburgh Drone Masters will discuss commercial drone efforts in the region.
A limited number of spaces are available for a special Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center Laser-Cut Holiday Ornament workshop. Cost is $10 and registration is required.
In celebration of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” playing in The Rangos Giant Cinema at the science center, partygoers will enjoy Star Wars-themed activities, including making stormtrooper snowflakes (tickets for the film are in addition to science center admission).
Last year's event nearly sold out at close to 1,000 guests, Craven says.
“The ugly sweater party is a big hit here,” says Craven. “I have several ugly sweaters, so I am not sure which one I will be wearing that night.”
There will be an ugly sweater fashion show and even if you don't have an ugly sweater, but want to be in the runway event, bring an old one -- there will be an opportunity to make one that evening at the ugly sweater creation station.
“The perception is the science center is just a place for kids and families but science is for everyone,” Craven says. “We want to change that perception and break that stigma. When adults come to our events we often hear them say they learned a lot and had such a good time they plan to come back.”