Brainiac

Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Test the limits of your cerebral cortex on a night dedicated to brain power. From animal intelligence to the human mind, discover what it really means to use your brain.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Brain Power Piazza
(Piazza)
7:00 - 9:00pm,
Put your worldly knowledge to good use with science-inspired trivia from Brainstormer. Play one round or stick around for all three!

  • 7pm: Physics Round
  • 8pm: Chemistry round
  • 9pm: Biology round

Octopuzzles
East Pavilion

7:00-7:20pm, Learn how Academy Biologists keep our Octopus occupied with games and puzzles to keep its mind sharp by watching a demo and listening to a brief lecture on how they've pioneered this method.  

Memory Tricks
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm, 
 Stop by the project lab to hear San Francisco Memory Techniques Club teach memorization tricks to help sharpen your mind. Then learn about the learning process and explore new ways to go about it from My Mind Education. Check out researchers from Stanford Neuro Research Department to learn why forming memories, recollection, disease and finding your car in a parking lot are all related. Test your memory against your friends with their specially developed Recall Challenge!

Let your brain wander with the nautical, psychedelic house and techno sounds of DJ Tristes Tropiques in the coral reef.

FOOD & DRINK
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby. Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight! All bars accept cash and credit cards.

EXHIBIT TIMES
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

PLANETARIUM UPDATE
Please note: Planetarium seating is limited​. Admission is available to NightLife ​guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

PLEASE BE ADVISED
Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

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