Spark After Dark
The Heart of It

Spark After Dark (18+)

The fun kicks off February 10!


Up Next: February 10, 2022

More 2022 Dates Below!


5:00 - 10:00 PM (MST)


Admission $26
Free for Spark members


Adults Only 18+
Must have valid photo ID

Come to the dark side, there is science over here! Spark After Dark (18+) is back!

It is a new year, and a new Spark After Dark! Back by popular demand, this adult-only event series is filled with evenings of science-tastic programming! Spark After Dark is here with the food, the drinks, the ice cream, the music, and of course, the science!

First up for the month of looooooove, Spark After Dark will get to the heart of positive relationships and cardiovascular health! On February 10, guests can experience The Heart of It, the first Spark After Dark of the season, for all of your Valentines, Galentines, and Palentines celebrations!

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

  • The entire science centre is open for adults-only
  • Four exhibit galleries with heaps of hands-on experiments
  • Test your lion heart and emergency response skills with our new Rescue Travelling Exhibit
  • Join Dr. Kathleen Hughs to explore the intricacies of relationships for adults
  • Enjoy full bar service and sip on our specialty cocktail for the evening called "Your Better Half"
  • Indulge with our authentic Italian heart-shaped pizzas
  • Dying to try Astronaut Ice Cream? There's no better time than the present!
  • Catch a show in our newly renovated Infinity Dome
  • Let our robot pup Flint steal your heart

Spark Memberships for Adults and Students

Attend 6 Spark After Dark events for the price of 3 if you purchase a Spark Adult or Student Membership. Spark Members receive all kinds of perks like free parking, and admission to events, as well as: a 15% special discount at the Spark Eatery, Astronaut Ice Cream cafe, and the Spark Store on Spark After Dark evenings! (The regular discount for members is 10%). Buy a Spark Membership here, and always have exclusive access to science!

More 2022 dates

  • April 15 - "This is Your Brain on Drugs"
  • June 10 - "Beyond the Rainbow"
  • August 12 - "The Games People Play"
  • October 14 - "Bon Appetite!"
  • December 9 - "Sparking the Holidays"

Jumpstart your weekend with Spark After Dark!

General Tickets Member Tickets



Pet Therapy with PALS

The science pooches are back! Pet Access League Society (PALS) is a non-profit organization providing regular pet therapy visits.

These roaming pooches will be ready for your adoration at Spark After Dark!


In Flux: Navigating Adult Relationship Dynamics

Join Dr. Kathleen Hughes and learn about the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that go into navigating relationships for adults.

There is so much that goes into managing relationships for adults, from socioemotional factors to educational outcomes, and more.


DJ: Chris Brennan

For live mixed electronic music perfect for dancing, DJ Chris Brennan will be filling Spark's Atrium with his unique style of music.


For food

The way to the heart is through the stomach.

Bring your appetite because the Spark Eatery is going to be serving up hot dishes like pizza imported from Italy, mini pierogies and more.


The Drinks

Featured cocktail: Your Better Half

Perfect for the gram, the test tube cocktail is made for consumption - only after you cheers it for a boomerang! Packed with a punch, prepare to wake up your taste buds!


Ice Cream

No visit to the science centre is complete without tasting our solar system!

You've seen them everywhere, now's your chance to choose a favourite planet – this time, with sprinkles!



Most people wonder how they would react in an emergency. Could you rescue a swimmer if you were the first on the scene with your jet ski? Now you can test your rescue instincts in 17 different interactive situations in Spark's new exhibition, RESCUE!


Being Human

Though all human beings have nearly identical DNA, each one of us is unique. Explore the human experience in deep and wonderful ways – from how we fall in love, to what we see, how we feel, and how memories work.


Earth & Sky

Do you know why Earth is a space-cial place? It keeps everyone grounded!

In this gallery, you can experience the forces of nature that have shaped and continue to shape Alberta, our planet, and our universe.


    • Is there an ATM on site?

      There is an ATM on the second floor at the top of the entry stairs and outside of the Social Eatery. Electronic tender is preferred.

    • 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 high encouraged.

    • Can I buy tickets at the door?

      There will be available tickets at the door, however due to capacity and previous events selling out, reserving a ticket online ahead of time is high encouraged.

    • Are children allowed?

      Spark After Dark is an 18+ event only.

    • How much is parking?

      Parking is FREE for Spark members.

      Parking is $7 and is managed by Calgary Parking Authority through ParkPlus. If paying by mobile, enter Zone 8310 or use one of the pay machines located near the front doors, to pay online with ParkPlus click here.

    • Are masks required?

      All Members and Guests attending in-person to Spark will be required to continue to comply with all other applicable health and safety measures to reduce the hazard of COVID-19, including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing.

    • Is proof of vaccination required?

      Proof of Full Vaccination (14 days from second dose) with QR Code Generated from the Covid Records Homepage OR

      Proof of a Negative COVID 19 Test Result (within 72 hours). Tests must be from a private test provider and not from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

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

      Yes! 4 exhibit galleries will be open during this event.

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