NightLife: Lunar Underground

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 - Ivy The DJ
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Ivy The DJ
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

6 - 10 PM

LED Lion Dance Remix

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

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:
  • 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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