Friday, April 8, 2011

Jurassic Lounge

Where does one go to see dinosaurs, drink alcohol, and dance at a silent disco? Jurassic Lounge of course! At the Australian Museum every Tuesday night (until 19th April) they open up their doors at night, and let adults only in. There are live bands, DJs, reptiles, competitions, a tattoo artist and a magician plus you are free to roam around the museum without any security guards telling you off!

I'd seen this event on a couple of other blogs, and when Gaffa's friend from the UK suggested we go as well, I was excited as I hadn't been to the museum since those good old primary school excursion days. Tickets are $15 and include entry and a free drink. They can be purchased online here or at the door. Doors open at 5.30pm and the event finishes at 9.30pm.

While we were walking along College St. to meet Gaffa's friend, Curtains; Gaffa got pooped on... not just a little plop, but a big splat! Lucky it was directly on his bare forearm and not on the camera bag or on me, haha. When we saw Curtains, the first words to her were, "Hi! don't hug me." After entering the museum and finding a toilet to clean himself up, Gaffa was back to his cheery self enjoying a glass of red, while Curtains and I had pink moscato.

After roaming around the skeletons and minerals section for a while, we stumbled into Angus the Bearded Dragon. He became friendly with Gaffa, and I got this awesome photo with the DSLR camera. (it was on auto mode though, so I'm not pro yet).

Gaffa's new friend Angus

Next we went off to find this infamous silent disco that we'd read and heard about. At first it was weird seeing people dancing to the sound of nothing, but when you put the headphones on, you're transformed into a ragging dance nightclub! Woot woot! Just check out the photos below, to see the crazy shenanigans you can get up to in a silent disco at the museum with glow sticks!! =D (and having your camera set on bulb mode)

A trip to the museum is not complete without a photo with a dinosaur or such the like. I don't know what this was called, but we were all happy to pose with it. Smile! Cheese! (And a photo of a dude and his pet dog, for good humour).

Our tummy's were rumbling and my feet were hurting. (Thank God for Flipsters that I bought a few weeks ago, my feet were saved) So we decided to find the exit and head for dinner. Before we left we saw the tattoo artist who was doing live tattoos. I think he was finishing off the 2 grenades on a guy's shoulder blades...

Just as we were about to leave, we were stopped by the magician doing card tricks, by the name of Illusionist G. He asked Gaffa to pick a card and write his name on it, so you could easily notice it. He then stuck the card in the middle of the pile and magically made it appear on the top of  the pile and another time, in his mouth. WOW. He was also able to pick the card out of the deck when all the cards were turned over. He then made a bend in Gaffa's card and put it in the middle of the deck. You could still see the bend, and then after a tap and woosh of his magic hands it magically appeared on top or the pile of cards, still bent. Pretty awesome. It still baffles me how he did this!

Another trick he did was with these red foamey balls. He had 2 and placed them in one of Curtains' hand. He then made 3 appear in her hand. And then made the balls disappear after putting them in her hand again, and he magically had them in his hand. And then one ball appeared in his pocket....It was easier to see how he did this set of tricks, since the balls were easily squished up and he could hide them in his hand while he closed Curtains' hand. I don't mean to sound like a party pooper and spoil his magic tricks, but it annoys me when I don't know how they're done! (that's my analytical side coming out!)

So, if you haven't had a chance to have a night out at the museum, you better be quick as there's only 2 more nights left - 12th April and 19th April. It's a fun experience for the over 18's.

Happy Friday peoples! What are your plans for the weekend?

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