The theme is “The Mating Game”—appropriate as the lead up to Valentine’s Day—and you must be 21 and older to attend.
Mating—all living things do it, but sometimes it seems the wild kingdom does it a bit weirder than humans do. The Academy staff will carefully select museum specimens from their world-renowned collection, plus engaging live animals to reveal unique courtship rituals, dinosaur foreplay, and other sexy secrets of the animal world.
Participants can warm up at the open bar featuring Eight Oaks Craft Distillers, then sing and dance through mating calls and courtship rituals, go on a “blind date” in the diorama and dinosaur halls, eat great food, and much more.
A premium ticket includes guided behind-the-scenes tours of the natural history collections featuring bodacious birds and those surprisingly sexy beasts, the diatoms. Tours start at 6 p.m. and are limited in space, so sign up early.
COST: Tickets are $75 and $125, with a $15 early bird discount if you register by Jan. 8.