Black Girls Celebrate Space?

Let's get this party started...Ready to begin the night.

Let's get this party started...Ready to begin the night.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Cosmonaut, became the first person to enter space. To celebrate Cleveland commemorated with the last Saturday with Yuri’s Night at the Great Lake Science Center (GLSC).

Chauna and I didn’t know what to expect or wear.  Should we dress in theme or find a great dress.  We chose theme, but what kind of sci-fi theme would we embrace?  After a failed attempt at being Martha Jones from Dr. Who, I went with Star Wars and Chauna chose Marvin the Martian.

Yuri’s Night was amazing. On arrival, we signed up for the scavenger hunt, but quickly became distracted by the food, drinks, music and exhibits so we never completed it. We watched a science demonstration by GLSC staff and special guest Astronaut Greg Johnson, I realized I had probably watched this demonstration with my kids before,  but with a drink in hand and no fussing or super excited kids engaged, I was totally engaged.

Although the crowd was not very diverse culturally, night was comfortable and fun.  Just about everyone we encountered from guest to staff were super friendly. We took pictures with the people we met, danced with strangers, and talked with lots of people.  

Photobombed by a GLSC scientist.

Photobombed by a GLSC scientist.

Balloon drop to end a wonderful night

Balloon drop to end a wonderful night

The night ended with awards given for the scavenger hunt, I think we completed 4 questions, and the costume contest. Then the band rocked out until midnight with a balloon drop to signal the end of the night.  

If you go to Yuri’s Nights here are some things you’d like to know;

  • Buy your ticket early- Prices go up as the event nears

  • Get there on time- We arrived around 8 pm but there was so much to do I felt like I needed more time to do see and do everything

  • Wear comfy shoes- lots of walking around the various levels of shoes so if you can rock the cute heels all night go for it but you definitely don’t want your feet hurting to be a reason you don’t take it all in.

  • Bring cash- Although the ticket price included food and drinks (beer and wine) there was a cash bar for spirits and syringe shots for $3.  The gift shop is also open and let me tell you it’s a cool place to check out without kids trying to get you to buy them something.

  • Play- this is your chance to check out the science center exhibits and without the crowds.

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All partied out but one last selfie.

All partied out but one last selfie.