Many people tend to think of science centers as destinations strictly for schoolchildren and families with kids in tow, but SciWorks staff are working to change that perception. The museum already offers a number of programs suited for adults, including Science Cafés, planetarium laser shows, and astronomy observations, but SciWorks is expanding the programming aimed at adult audiences with two new special events.
This Saturday, February 28, from 1:00-5:00pm, SciWorks will host Repair Fair. Volunteers who are knowledgeable in a variety of repair areas will be on hand, and visitors are invited to bring broken items – everything from bikes, TVs, and light fixtures to computers, radios, and landline phones – and watch and learn as their items are repaired. This event is modeled after successful programs in Europe and Canada and is intended to encourage participants to consider fixing items rather than simply throwing them away. “We’d like to introduce people to a fourth ‘R’: reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair,” stated event coordinator Ally McCauley. “Our society has developed a use-and-toss mentality and, sadly, it’s often cheaper to buy something new than to fix a broken item,” she continued. “We hope to help change that fact for some of our visitors. While we can’t guarantee that every item can be fixed, we’re certain that attendees will have a good time and learn something new.” Repair Fair is included with museum admission and free for SciWorks Members.
The second new event is not simply targeted for adult audiences… it is exclusively for adults. In keeping with a hot new trend in museums across the country, SciWorks has created a special series called SciWorks After Dark. The philosophy behind this series is three-fold. First of all, the theme for each evening will focus on something scientific that is also timely and fun. Secondly, these events will offer participants a safe place (with convenient parking) where they can catch up with old friends and meet new ones. And, finally, SciWorks After Dark programs will allow participants to explore the museum exhibits… perhaps for the first time since they were much younger. “When I tell people I work at SciWorks,” says Ms. McCauley, “they often comment about how much they love the museum. But, when I ask them how long it’s been since they visited, they’ll respond, ‘Oh… I haven’t been there since I was in school.’ We want to give those people, as well as others who already visit us with their children or grandchildren, an adults-only opportunity to enjoy the museum.”
The inaugural SciWorks After Dark event is “Brewing and Distilling” which will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 5:30-8:30pm. Guests will have the opportunity to sample brews from Foothills Brewing, Hoots Roller Bar, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, and Olde Mecklenberg Brewery. There will be demonstrations by the Forsyth County Home Brewer’s Association and Mayberry Spirits Distillery, and light refreshments will be provided by The Porch Kitchen & Cantina. Tickets, which are $18 in advance (through March 10) and $23 at the door, may be purchased at www.sciworks.org or at the museum admissions desk.