Friday, August 31, 2012

Adults Find DIY Fun at Discovery Center

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Adults flocked to the Discovery Center once again for Adult Night.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Adults flocked to the Discovery Center once again for Adult Night Aug. 30.

The Discovery Center of Idaho once again opened its doors to an older clientele than usual Aug. 30, continuing its popular Adult Night series on the theme The Science of D.I.Y.

The 21-and-older set visited a variety of stations and learned new skills from area crafters. At the Ceramica station, people clustered around large ceramic garden gnomes and snack plates shaped like footballs to participate in a communal painting project. The gnomes will be taken back to Ceramica for firing and then raffled off by the Discovery Center.

Adult Night participants painted garden gnomes at the Ceramica station.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Adult Night participants paint garden gnomes at the Ceramica station.

In another corner, representatives from The Potters Corner helped attendees old enough to remember Ghost find their inner Demi Moore on pottery wheels, and Boise Art Glass taught participants wanting to play with fire how to craft glass pendants for $10.

Boise Art Glass representatives teach Adult Night attendees how to craft a glass pendant.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Boise Art Glass representatives teach Adult Night attendees how to craft a glass pendant.

Bricolage brought a pile of buttons, scraps of cloth and sewing machines to the event, and helped curious adults get crafty.

The Discovery Center's regular exhibits also delighted adults, as they clutched their beverages and learned about everything from sound waves to making a movie with children's toys. One station measured height, and drew protests from a group of men who insisted it was an inch-and-a-half off.

Adult Night attendees learned about sewing at the Bricolage station.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Adult Night attendees learned about sewing at the Bricolage station.

Even the Wienhoff Drug Testing table got in on the DIY action, handing out compact hairbrush/mirror/sewing kit combos, as well as letting participants find out how drunk a beer will get them with breathalyzer tests.

Outside, St. Lawrence Gridiron, Archie's Place and A Cupcake Paradise filled the air with smells of fries, sloppy joes and the sweet stuff. Wooden tokens were placed in buckets and color-changing beer cups were filled with barley pops from Payette Brewing Co. and Crooked Fence Brewing, while Indian Creek Winery doled out wine.

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