Get your mind out of the gutter; not that type of adult night! Just the literal kind, the kind without kids.
Children are great, but there are a lot of interesting and fun places that are designed predominantly for kids – you can tell when you are at one of these places where there are a lot of interactive exhibits, tiny step stools and signs that are made up of more pictures than words – that have super cool exhibits that you really want to play with.
In San Francisco, these include the California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium, and much like children’s movies, they have to appeal to adults on a lot of levels, because the adults are shelling out the cash for them, so they are full of fabulously fun things for adults, but they can be more of a minefield when a lot of kids are present, and none of them are yours.
Adults bringing their own kids is a relatively common situation– after all, kids can’t drive themselves. But when you are attending sans child, you feel like you are invading the territory of the children and families present And there is nothing more awkward than when you are standing perfectly still, enjoying some t-rex bones or an albino alligator and a little one runs face first into your leg (your leg if you are lucky, by the way) and ends up crying on the ground.
This is very awkward because you were just minding your business, and all of the sudden someone crashes into you, and somehow it is your fault because you are the adult. Then the child is hurt and scared and in this litigious age, you certainly don’t want to try to help the poor kid up if it means having to touch them for fear of a lawsuit, so you just stand there looking really awkward and saying your sorry (even though it’s totally not your fault) and inch away, trying to avoid eye contact with the parents. Plus, you always feel like you have to stand way in the back at all the exhibits because it would be rude and selfish if you didn’t let the kids gets get a good view, even though you paid way more than they did to get in, and they probably get to come back on a school field trip, when you will be working like a sucker.
So avoid this whole awkward song and dance by finding a night dedicated to adults. The Academy of Sciences hosts a “NightLife” evening every Thursday, which is 21+, so as a bonus, there is alcohol is involved. There are fun theme nights, like for Pride, and it is a great chance to get out and see the parrots, butterflies, planetarium and whatever other cool stuff they have on display without worrying about a three year-old blowing his cute little nose on your leg.
Know of any adult-only nights at museums in your city? Let us know in the comments!