NightLife: Lunar Underground
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This event is sold out online! NightLife Plus tickets may be available, or you can try your luck at the door—a limited quantity of tickets are reserved for walk-up guests, while supplies last. Remember: NightLife is (almost) every Thursday, so we hope to see you at a future event!

Mahjong mayhem. Night market thrills. Lion Dance remix. Lunar Underground is back to ring in the year of the dragon the NightLife way.

Music

Music - Ivy The DJ
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Ivy The DJ
Piazza
6 - 10 PM

G'Ma’s MJ Lounge - Mahjong Madness
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African Hall
6 - 9:30 PM

  • Did someone say kong? We’re busting out the mahjong tables but be warned: This won’t be your grandma’s mahjong night (unless your grandma plays after-hours at a science museum, cocktail in hand — in which case, can you invite her?). Hosted by our friends at Baba’s House, grab a drink and a seat and pick your lucky tiles for free play and mahjong tutorials all night long.
Night(Life) Market
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Swamp/Piazza
6 - 10 PM

LED Lion Dance Remix
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East Garden
8:30 PM

  • Glow big or go home. The dancers at LionDanceME are upping the ante on a Lunar New Year tradition with the ultimate LED lion dance performance.
Lunar Underground Menu - Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness and Chef Rob
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In The Academy Café:

  • Lunar Fries

  • Veggie Potstickers

  • Orange Chicken with sticky rice

At The Swamp Bar and Aquarium Bar:

  • Love Dragon - Vodka, Sour Cherry Schnapps, Lychee Liqueur, Lime

  • Jade Stone - Rum, Melon Liqueur, Lime, Ginger Beer

A few don't-miss NightLife details:
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  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Café only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Find out what the Apollo astronauts found on the lunar surface, and why we may want to go back.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins

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