Springfield Museums is excited to announce a new family engagement program: Teen Night: Stranger Things, June 20 from 5-8 pm at the Springfield Museums. Young people 13+ years old are invited to celebrate the hit TV show Strangers Things while also enjoying programing from the Museums.
“We offer programming for people of all ages, but this is our first program specifically for teens,” said Jenny Powers, Family Engagement Coordinator. “We thought a great way to attract teens is to have fun with a popular show that gives us an fun opportunity explore science.” Powers asks visitors to dress as their favorite character from the popular sci-fi series. “We are also going to learn the science behind the Upside Down,” she promises.
Stranger Things is a NetFlix horror/science fiction show set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the early 1980s. The nearby Hawkins National Laboratory secretly does experiments into the paranormal and supernatural. Inadvertently, they have created a portal to an alternate dimension “the Upside Down,” which affects the residents of Hawkins in calamitous ways.
“We are very excited about offering an evening just for teens,” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education. “We like to work to make sure many audiences find their place at the Springfield Museums.”
Reservations suggested. Please call 413-314-6489
Costume Contest, 5-7:30 pm
Will you dress as Joyce, Steve, Lucas, or maybe even Benny or Barb? Choose your favorite character and show us your best costume. Judges will be circulating during the event and winners will be announced at 7:30.
Meet Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi, 5:15-6 pm
Sheriff Jim Hopper’s character was inspired by real-life public servants. Meet Hampden County’s real-life sheriff, Nicholas Cocchi, whose department has been nationally recognized for the innovation in facility and community programs.
Astrophysics and the Upside Down, 6-6:30 pm
Portals and rifts in spacetime? Access to other dimensions and alternate universes? Do Stranger Things and other sci-fi TV shows get it right? Maybe. Come hear a talk by Curator of Astronomy, Michael Kerr, and learn about colliding black holes, tunnels to other parts of the universe, and some truly stranger things. This special presentation will be held under the stars in the Seymour Planetarium.
Ongoing Activities, 5-8 pm
No need to shoplift or use your powers of telekinesis to get a tasty snack. Stop by the Eggo buffet for a thick and fluffy waffle complete with sweet toppings.
Meet a Mini Mind Flayer
Get up close to a creature who may have inspired the iconic mind flayer from Stranger Things, the Springfield Science Museum’s very own Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula. Learn all about arachnid adaptations, like spinning sticky webs, venom, quick movements, and special senses.
Inspired by the final scenes of Season 2, bring your squad or your sweetheart to hear the iconic hits of the 1980s at the Snowball Dance.
We’ve learned that magnets can change the way compasses point and electromagnetic fields can disrupt the way electronics work. Learn why and make your own magnetic slime to take home.