Science, drinks, and a silent disco — what more could you possible ask for in a museum’s adults-only night? Find out what you can expect at Fernbank Museum’s next Summer Block Party event:
Summer Block Party
The Summer Block Party series at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an adult-only (21+) night of science and history fun held one night a month throughout the summer. There’s museum exhibits, there’s outdoor adventures, there’s a silent disco. We went to the first event on June 23 and had a great time. There’s still two more chances to join in on the fun July 28 and August 19.
The event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. We arrived around 7 p.m. and there weren’t a ton of people there. We didn’t have to wait in a line to get in, so we breezed right through and headed for the drinks table. If you’ve read my review of Fernbank’s other adult night Fernbank After Dark, you’ll remember that the bar situation was the one major problem. For the Summer Block Party, the bar wasn’t a problem at all. They went simple on the drink choices this time, with only a small selection of canned beers, ciders, wines, and cocktails (Gin & Tonics, Gin & Soda, etc.). A free drink voucher comes with the ticket, and after that drinks cost around $6-$7.
Wander Through the WildWoods
With drinks in hand, we headed out to the WildWoods exhibit. WildWoods is a nature walk that takes you on a boardwalk through the treetops and the forest ground, ending at the Fernbank Forest, which is closed during the event. There are beautifully designed tree pods that allow for seating areas that sprout out of the walkways. The Nature Gallery has woven sculptures made out of invasive vines and oversized games like chess and checkers. The Adventure Outpost, which is normally for kids up to tweens, is also open so we adults can let out our inner child while we climb through rope tunnels and over rope bridges. The outdoor exhibit closes at dusk, usually about 9 p.m., so make sure you get plenty of play time in before then.
Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Back inside, it was time for the movie. Admission to the 20-minute Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D come with the event tickets. The movie explores the oceans from the coast of Australia to the Arctic. It’s also about how otters are saving the world by eating terrifying sea urchins. It’s worth it to watch just for the otters alone.
Explore the Museum
After the movie, we explored some of the museum exhibits. All of Fernbank Museum’s permanent exhibits are open during the Summer Block Party, including A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Reflections of Culture, NatureQuest, Giants of the Mesozoic, and Sensing Nature. Our favorite is the interactive Sensing Nature exhibit because you get to create giant bubbles and play around with optical illusions, and you get to do it all without children getting in your way. The summer exhibit FOOD: Our Global Kitchen is also open during the party. The exhibits close at 10:45 p.m.
Silent Disco Time!
The silent disco starts at 9 p.m. I love silent discos; they’re so much fun with the headphones on and so funny to watch with the headphones off. A silent disco is a dance party where, instead of a speaker system, a DJ plays music through wireless headphones. There’s usually two or three channels to listen to, so you can mix up your genres. Each person gets to cycle through the channels, so you might not be dancing to the same song as the people next to you, but you’ll still be having a great time. The Summer Block Party’s silent disco is spun by Lethal Rhythms. There were three channels to choose from here, which is great for a variety. You can walk around with the headphones on, though the signal doesn’t stretch far enough to really be able to walk through the exhibits. It’s enough for you to be able to do some embarrassing dance moves to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” while reading about the affects of food on culture, but a little less if you don’t know the song you’re listening to. The silent disco goes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. when you unfortunately have to take the headphones off and dance your way out.
The Fernbank Summer Block Party will be back Saturday July 28 and Saturday August 19 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $34 per person and are well worth it!
What’s your favorite thing to see at Fernbank Museum? Let me know in the comments!