I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Jurassic Lounge is an after-hours ghoulish grownup get together at the Australian Museum. A steady stream of ghosts, goblins, mummies and mermaids made their way down William Street as the 7pm witching hour approached. Everyone was in a party mood and many went to great efforts with innovative and unusual costumes and makeup. Wally and Wanda were easy to find, Fred & Betty Flinstone came as did Mrs Doubtfire, Handmaids from Gilead and many costumes were inspired by The Day Of The Dead.
Entertainment provided by the drummers got us dancing as we waited to enter the museum. A program (plan of attack) was handed out as tickets were scanned and the partygoers dispersed to the various activities which were held over three levels of The Australian Museum. The makeup artists and photobooth were very popular early in the night as were the various pop-up bars. There was a good range of alcoholic beverages but the food choices were limited to gourmet rolls, hot dogs and fries.
The 'Freaky Photobooth' was in the 200 Treasures gallery (image JW)
The silent disco was great fun for spectators as well as participants and the giant dance lesson put a new spin on The Minster Mash. Apart from the Halloween inspired activities you could wander around the standard exhibits and talk to passionate scientists about taxidermy, forensic pathology, frogs and dissection among other things.
The price of admission gave ticket holders access to all the spooky activities as well as admission to the special exhibits of Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year and Whales Tohora. This was a very enjoyable evening that combined fun and education and I will be definitely on the lookout for similar events in the future.