Spark After Dark: The Games People Play
Spark After Dark (18+)

The Games People Play

A night of science, music, food, drinks and fun!


August 12, 2022


7:00 PM - Midnight (MT)


Admission $26
Included in Spark membership


Adults Only 18+
Must have valid photo ID

It's Game Night, Folks!

The odds are in favour of having a good time during the next Spark After Dark on August 12! Bring your A-game (and besties, of course) to level-up your brain during an evening of gamification and understanding how games create the foundation of life-long skills.

What can you expect from an 18+ night at the science centre?

  • Prepare to be amazed by the nights headliner Chris Funk – The Wonderist Redefining Wonder Magician!
  • Test your physics and math skills during a game of human billiards, or see how your golf angles match up in a round of mini-golf.
  • Use those critical thinking skills to get out of a submarine or a pharaoh's tomb in the mobile escape rooms!
  • Learn why games like Scrabble are important for brain growth and stimulation with U of C professor Penny Pexman.
  • Looking to get digital, check out all the fun video games and the science behind them in the Gaming Lounge!
  • Playing games are always fun when you get to do them outside! Visit the Brainasium Play Park for more game-fun.
  • Take a break from the game and those cuddles in with adorable furry friends from PALS (Pet Access League Society).
  • Break it down on the dance-floor to music from DJ Chris Brennan.
  • The entire science centre is open for adults-only!

Spark Memberships for Adults and Students

During Spark After Dark, Spark Members receive all kinds of perks like free parking and admission to events, as well as a 15% discount at the Spark Eatery, Astronaut Ice Cream café and the Spark Store! Buy a Spark Membership here, and always have exclusive access to science!


Game Platter | $14

Chicken Wings, BBQ Beef Skewers, Spanakopitas, Tempura Cauliflower and Tater Tots

Cheeseburger with sides | $14

Big Crunch Chicken Sandwich with sides | $13

Cheese Rocket Pizza | 8” $12 | 12” $19

Pepperoni Planets Pizza | 8” $14 | 12” $21

Zinger Chicken Wings (6pc) | $12

BBQ Beef Skewers (6pc) | $10

Spanakopita (6pc) | $9

Tempura Cauliflower | $8

Tater Tots | $4


Feature Cocktail: Pac-Man Pineapple Punch | $18

Spiced Rum, Malibu Rum and Pineapple Juice

Mocktail: Pac-Man Pineapple Punch | $9

Lime, Pineapple Juice and Maraschino Cherry

House Liquor $9

Vodka, Rye, White Rum, Dark Rum, Gin, Scotch

Beer and Coolers $9

Budweiser, Traditional, Village Blonde, Kokanee, Canadian, Vizzy Cooler

Wine 5oz $9

Longshot Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio

Soft Drinks $5

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Chris Funk – The Wonderist Redefining Wonder Magician

Chris Funk’s REDEFINING WONDER is an engaging and visceral multimedia experience that has audiences talking and scratching their heads for years to come. Finally, a MAGIC SHOW WITH LIVE MUSIC! Chris has pioneered the use of instruments like the violin, guitar, flute and more into his illusions.


Science-tastic Game Show

This show is still under production, but expect a science-tastic showcase with amazing prizes, including one mega grand prize. Stay tuned for more info!


Escape Rooms from Mobile Escape

From escaping a sinking submarine to exploring an ancient tomb, these escape rooms will test you and your friends' critical thinking skills. Can you escape, before it's too late?


Human Billards

Use those mathematics, science and physics skills to play a life-size game of pool! Challenge your friends and become the ultimate billiards champ!


Video Game Room

If you're looking to get digital, check out all the fun video games and the science behind them in the Gaming Lounge! Check back here or keep an eye on Spark's Instagram stories for updates.


Serotonin Boost with PALS

Pet Access League Society (PALS) provides Pet Visitation Therapy to over 60 facilities in the City of Calgary. Boost those serotonin receptors in your brain by playing with these adorable fur-friends all night long!


DJ Chris Brannan

Chris Brennan has made a career out of music. His passion for music and teaching spans to the next generation, through tutoring at foundations such as the Legacy Children’s Foundation in Calgary, and one-on-one lessons with his son. 2020 will be his biggest year to date, with Slush Cup, summer parties, festivals, and of course, his weekly radio show all on the horizon.


Joel Fraser

Joel is an instrumental finger-style guitar player that has performed all over North America for over 15 years. With his unique take on how to play the guitar and beautiful melodic lines, you are sure to be moved by his creative take on the acoustic guitar.



How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Persuasion BY David McRaney

David McRaney will explain how minds change, scientifically, as well as why they resist, then I'll walk through how to use that knowledge to have better conversations aimed at changing minds.


This Your Brain on Scrabble by Penny Pexman

When you are passionate about a game and play it a lot, how does your brain respond? In other words, how do your hobbies shape your cognition? These are questions Penny will be teaching Spark guests through the lens of professional and passionate Scrabble players.


The Mind of a Winner by Alayne Hing

How do Olympians perform on the biggest stage of their lives? What does it take to get into the zone, and how can we set ourselves up for the best chance of success? Using data from the pros, Alayne will share how you can foster the mindset of a winner.


Games and Gamification at Work by Derek Chapman, Ph.D.

How can organizations use game play to solve problems in a workplace settings? Games could help recruit new employees, and identify who would be a good fit for a particular job! The question is, can games provide insight about personalities at work?


Be your own avatar - An introduction to stage combat

Step inside a video game, and become your very own avatar that can kick some serious butt. Join John Knight, owner and operator of Knight Fights Calgary, as he walks through the basics of stage combat techniques. Learn how to push, punch and kick like popular video game characters, in this 90-minute workshop!

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Cost: $54.00 per person, or $99.00 for a pair of tickets. Spark members get 10% off.

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    • How much is parking?

      Parking is FREE for Spark members. For everyone else, parking is $7 and managed by Calgary Parking Authority through ParkPlus. If paying with your mobile, enter Zone 8310 or use one of the pay machines located near the front doors. To pay online with ParkPlus click here.

    • Is there overflow parking?

      Yes! If there is not enough room in the Spark parking lot, visitors are welcome to use the north parking lot of the Calgary Zoo at 84 St Georges Dr NE. Parking at the Zoo is $12. For more information click here.

    • Is there an ATM on site?

      An ATM is located on the second floor at the top of the entry stairs, outside of the Spark Eatery.

    • I'm a member, do I need a ticket?

      Due to capacity and previous events selling out, reserving a ticket online ahead of time is highly encouraged.

    • Can I buy tickets at the door?

      That depends. Due to capacity and previous events selling out, reserving a ticket online ahead of time is highly encouraged.

    • Are children allowed?

      Spark After Dark is an 18+ event only.

    • Will the entire science centre be open for this event?

      YES! That includes the four main galleries, Infinity Dome theatre, Astronaut Ice Cream café, Spark Eatery, Quantum Sandbox, Birdly, Pixelarius VR and Brainasium Outdoor Park.

Get in the VR Zone with Pixelarius

During Spark After Dark, be sure to check out Pixelarius, the newest VR experience at Spark!

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