OC Adult Time: Discovery Cube Cocktails

The kid-nice science center hosts a party for the grown-ups.

IF YOU WANDER... into a science center, the kind that has numerous kid-sized stations exploring clouds and electricity and rockets and earthquakes and medicine, you can bet that, regardless of the time of day and what's on exhibit, small ones are more than welcome. This is absolutely the case at The Discovery Cube Orange County, a spot known for its Science of Gingerbread show at the holidays and its big, big Bubblefest in the spring. If you're there, you'll see tots taking in a lot of knowledge, and you'll see their parents nearby learning an awful lot as well. But just seeing the grown-ups about the Santa Ana center, sans the little ones, is a much rarer sight, though it is a sight that shall be seen on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21, when The Discovery Cube hosts Mixology and Mystery for the over-21 set.

SHERLOCK HOLMES... is one of the evening's themes -- "The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes" is still running at the institution through Sept. 7 -- and grown-up guests will sip potent brews as they wander through the historical, fictional, and pop cultural displays about the world's most renowned book-based gumshoe. There shall also be, beyond the Sherlock-y sights, "(p)resentations by a master mixologist on the science of cocktail making." Two signature cocktails are included in the twenty-dollar ticket price, which also gives attendees a chance to peek around The Discovery Cube as well as the Sherlock Holmes rooms.

HAVE YOU EVER... been to the fascinating science spot without the little ones in tow? Consider this a fine chance to do a full focus on the displays that catch your fancy the most. With, of course, a lovely sip in hand as you stroll. Whether you wear your Sherlock-style deerstalker cap, or pack your magnifying glass, is up to you.

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