An Event Series for Adults 21+

Explore hands-on science. Visit with local presenters and community experts. Enjoy delicious food and drink from an array of Bloomington’s best restaurants, bars, and distilleries. Tickets for each event are available for purchase on-line.

Proof of COVID Vaccination Required.

The WonderLab AfterHours Series is sponsored by Griffin Realty, Inc.
and Mira Salon and Boutique Spa.

AfterHours: Chocolate

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 7-9pm

Experience a night full of science and delicious, local chocolate. Explore the chemistry of chocolate, the science of taste buds, and dip into chocolate throughout history. Enjoy delicious treats from local companies.

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AfterHours: Granfalloon

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 7-9pm

Explore the science of the Galapagos and the science of catastrophe as we celebrate Granfalloon with Indiana University Arts and Humanities in celebration of Kurt Vonnegut’s book Galápagos. Observe evolutionary adaptations, determine what would happen after an apocalypse and much more!

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AfterHours: Gastronomy

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 | 6-8pm

WE LOVE FOOD! Indulge yourself with hands-on demonstrations and activities that celebrate, revel in, and explore food and drink. Attend guided classes, meet with local chefs and learn about food systems.

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The Science of Good Eating

Experience a variety of hands-on demonstrations and activities centered around food and drink. Attend a guided class on how to make different foods and drinks, and talk with IU experts about food systems.

  • Adults 21+ Valid ID required
  • Saturday, September 24
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination Required

Tickets per person $15 Members/ $18 Non-Members/ $10 Access Pass

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Feed your inner Foodie, and explore the science behind Gastronomy.

Crystal Borden & Jesse Lloyd
Muddy Fork Bakery

Learn the science behind whole grain bread, try your hand at making sourdough starts, and taste some delicious samples with Crystal and Jesse.

Erin Hosein
MA student in Food Studies, Associate Instructor of Human Biology at Indiana University

Join Erin to explore the history, science, and nutrition of peppers and even try a dish that uses fresh peppers, dried chile powder, and hot sauce in her talk, “The Spice of Life: The History, Science, and Nutrition of Chile Peppers”

David Frew
Museum Experience Assistant, WonderLab Science Museum

WonderLab’s own David Frew jumps into the history of protein, all while making a delicious tofu curry.

Vicky Getty
Senior Lecturer and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics at Indiana University

Join Vicky as she makes “quick” ice cream with the temperature lowering property of rock salt.

Experience Galapagos

Discover the science of the Catastrophe as we celebrate Granfalloon with Indiana University Arts and Humanities. Engage with Indiana University speakers, observe evolutionary adaptations, determine what would happen after an apocalypse.

  • Open to adults 21+
  • Saturday, May 21
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination Required

Tickets per person $15 Members/ $18 Non-Members/ $10 Access Pass

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Activities, Presentations, and Experiments!

Can you identify hints of the past when putting together a human skeleton? What might humans look like a million years from now?

Experience what it is needed to protect people from environmental disasters with this game.

Sophia Fatouros, School Director, Windfall Dancers Inc., wants to know how we might move differently as we evolve.

Explore the evolution of dance. If we have the same body, how might we dance in the future?

What happens after an apocalypse? Simulate environmental regrowth through primary and secondary succession.

Learn about species that can only be found on the Galapagos with WonderLab’s very own Marine Biologist, Sam Couch.

Jennifer Lau, Associate Professor of Biology at IU, explores the evolution of plants.

How have plants evolved? How might plants continue to evolve in the absence of human influence? Dive in to plant evolution.

Guests are provided a random species and must create an environment to keep the species alive and thriving.

What was the Earth like a million years ago? What could the Earth look like a million years from now?

Julio Postigo, Assistant Professor of Geography, takes a look at the future of food.

Join IU Geography’s Julio Postigo in exploring how food has evolved over time and will continue to evolve.

Roger Hangarter
IU Art and Humanities Council, Distinguished Professor of Biology

Dive into nature and our environment with Roger in his talk, “We Have Met Nature’s Enemy and He is Us.”

Christoph Irmscher
IU Art and Humanities Council, Professor of English

Learn about Kurt Vonnegut, as Christoph discusses, “Vonnegut and the Ends of Evolution.”

Food and Drinks from local eateries!

A Sweet Celebration

Explore the chemistry of chocolate, the science of taste buds, chocolate throughout history, and so much more. Enjoy delicious treats from local companies, and learn from local experts on chocolate.

  • Open to adults 21+
  • Saturday, March 26
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination Required

Tickets per person $15 Members/ $18 Non-Members/ $10 Access Pass

TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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Dr. Olga Kalentzidou is returning to AfterHours Chocolate!

Dr. Olga Kalentzidou, a Lecturer in the IU Department of Geography, will be discussing Xocolatl. Learn about the history and cultural significance of cacao beans, and practice with fun and easy-to-make recipes.

Jada Bee is joining us once again for AfterHours Chocolate!

Jada Bee’s Black Witchery is a Black Owned Business striving to connect modern life & ancestral roots through natural magics, & home based goods & remedies.

Tasty Treats and more at the event:

Baked! cookies are for everyone wanting more and more sweets. Enjoy their delicious treats!

Bloomington Chocolate Company will delight you with their handmade artisan truffles and chocolates.

Crumble Coffee & Bakery will have tasty mini-cookies baked just for you.

Sample delicious tea from the wonderful Cup & Kettle tea shop.

Let’s adventure into the chemical and physical properties of chocolate!

Oliver Winery has a style of wine for everyone attending, even if you don’t think you’re a wine person.

PopKorn is providing delicious gourmet popcorn. One handful and you’ll be sure to want more!

Pizza X is here to compliment your sweet-tooth with savory, delicious, freshly made pizza.

The 2022 WonderLab AfterHours Series is made possible by generous support from: