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RMSC’s NEW Almost Overnights will provide an entire evening of family fun and adventure – pajamas welcome

    ROCHESTER, NY— Families attending the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s (RMSC) new Almost Overnights will experience the RMSC like never before, at an evening full of family fun. Kids of all ages and their families are welcome to join this newest after-hours family friendly adventure and spend almost the whole night exploring their curiosity and the Museum’s 200 hands-on exhibits, including the newest limited-time exhibit, SoundSense.

    Pajamas are highly encouraged! 

    Upcoming Almost Overnights include:

    Spooky Sweet Tooth Science, Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30–10pm (Member early entrance at 5:30pm)

    A spoonful of C12H22O11 helps the science go down! Just in time for Halloween, you and your family are in for a treat with Spooky Sweet Tooth Science Almost Overnight. Join us for a fun-filled evening that is light on the tricks and heavy on the treats! Get ready to mix and experiment with sugary treats to discover chemistry in a whole new way. Zoom in on sugar crystals, investigate artificial colors that make candy so appealing, and discover chocolate like never before. Meet dentists and discover objects from the RMSC collection.

    Registration includes participation in three workshops, including:

    • Move it like a Molecule: Get your body moving like a molecule and play the States of Matter game, discover a simple experiment that gets molecules moving right before your eyes, and get hands-on building gumdrop molecules.
    • Candy Chemistry 101: Perform experiments and investigate candy colors and more in candy chemistry 101. Taste the rainbow with candy chromatography and grab your goggles for some totally sweet chemical reactions!
    • Chocolate Lab: Will it sink or float? Put your favorites chocolates to the test and experiment with chocolate’s buoyancy. Mix up a batch of chocolate slime and discover more of the science behind this favorite sweet treat.

     Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark!, Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30-10pm (Member early entrance at 5:30pm)

    Grab your flashlights and start discovering the science of the nighttime world with the next Almost Overnight—Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark! Staying up late is all part of the fun as you and your family will explore to find the answers to many intriguing questions: Why is the nighttime dark? What happens when we sleep? How do animals adapt to life in the dark? Meet nocturnal creatures and try to recognize them by sound. The stars will align as you learn how to read the night sky, identify constellations and discover more about Earth’s place in space. Become a nighttime explorer and experiment with the science and technology that help us light up the night—and not be afraid of the dark!

    Registration includes participation in three workshops, including

    • The Sky Tonight: Just what is night anyway? Turn your eyes to the night sky as we explore orbiting objects and how the shadow of night uncovers the countless stars in space. Discover the phases of the moon and make a mini planetarium to take home and project your favorite constellations.
    • Light Up the Night: Who turned out the lights? Learn how fireflies light up the night and explore the natural wonders of bioluminescence. Experiment with biomimicry and the science and technology that helps humans see in the dark. Mix up a batch of glow-in-the dark slime and complete a circuit to light up LEDs.  
    • Animals at Night: Investigate the wild world of animals that come out at night. Discover the super senses of nocturnal creatures–turn sound into sight and play a game of bats & moth, dissect an owl’s dinner, and explore the world through an owl’s super-sized eyes.

    Tickets to Almost Overnights are $25 per person. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged at or by calling 585.697.1942. Registration includes participation in three themed workshops throughout the evening, held at 6pm (Members Only), 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, and 9:15pm. Workshop sign-ups will occur at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for specific workshop sessions ahead of time, please contact Member & Visitor Services at 585.697.1942. The Museum opens at 5:30pm for Members and 6:30pm for the general public, allowing attendees to enjoy Museum exploration and Almost Overnight workshops in a unique after-hours experience.

    For additional information contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.