Each year, there are cool things that pop up after our Achievement list has been made and posted, so in the past few years we started accommodating these with Wildcards. A Wildcard is just that: an event that we hadn’t planned on but somehow knew we needed to make space for. This year, our first Wildcard was an awesome 21+ night at the Carnegie Museum.
I don’t know if other cities do this, but Pittsburgh is all about the over-21 party nights at our various museums. Last year, we got to check out After Hours at the Library and 21+ Night at the Science Center. But until this year, I didn’t realize the Carnegie Museum did one as well! Since we have the most awesome collection of dinosaurs in, well, basically anywhere, it made perfect sense to have Jurassic Park After dark.
And once we had signed in, it was time to determine what we were going to do. The event ran from 6-10pm, and there were a variety of different activities you could participate in. One hourly event caught my eye right away…
And this is Hunter the baby gator! He was very well-behaved. He is very young and will eventually be ginormous. The girls running this exhibit were the best. Not only did they put up with a bunch of 30-somethings patting their reptiles, they answered questions and told us all kinds of information about the animals. So fun!
Not all of the museum was open, but there were a ton of different exhibits you could see (without having to peer over the tops of little kids, bonus!). Obviously, the impressive dino collection was open.
No 21+ night is complete without some wine and cocktails. We tried one of each of the two specialty cocktails. Really liked the Tyrannosaurus (the bourbon cocktail), although the Triceratops (rum-based) was a little too sweet for our tastes.
Jurassic Park After Dark was a great night. There was so much to do; you really need the full night to enjoy everything. The next After Dark is being held on April 10, so get your tickets now!