Rent the Museum: Make any event YOU-nique at HMNS

What could make exploring HMNS even better? Doing it with a meal in your hand!

When hosting a special event at HMNS, anything is possible. For those who choose to forgo the traditional cocktail hour followed by a seated dinner, a cocktail style party is a great option.

Cocktail style parties serve as an exciting way to get guests active. This type of event contains food stations rather than a plated meal. Also referred to as “food bars,” these stations promote movement, since guests can choose which station they would like to visit and come and go as they please. This concept allows more freedom for partiers to move around exhibit halls, compared to a traditional dinner.

“But what’s a food station?” you ask. Well, picture any meal that you would normally eat plated, but transformed into a portable and customized dinner.

Take the classic pasta bar, for example. Party goers choose their type of pasta, pick their sauce, and have it cooked and placed in a martini glass. Carving stations that offer a choice between chicken and beef are popular. Other food station ideas include a mashed potato bar, quesadilla bar and even a macaroni and cheese bar.

But don’t forget about dessert! An entertaining option for sweets is having an ice cream bar. Guests pick their flavor and toppings and have their favorite sundae treat prepared before them. You could also have a crepe bar, an espresso bar, or just a classic “candy bar (get it?)”!

Let your creativity take action and choose HMNS as your next party destination. For more information on hosting an event at HMNS visit

Still not quite sure what to do? Here are the top three reasons to have food stations at your event!


Just to be clear, with food stations you can still totally have enough seating for all of your guests. But now, you don’t have to worry about having them all assigned! This way your guests are free to mix and mingle, dance, grab some food, talk to grandma for a bit, get some more food, make small talk with your weird relatives, then make a quick escape to get more food and more food and more food … which brings me to the next reason.


Are you always hungry? Do you secretly love buffets, but hate that you have to get up in front of everyone for your second (or third … or fourth) plate? When you have food stations, it takes the pressure off so you can grab as much or as little from any station ALL PARTY LONG. 


You’re pretty hip, so why wouldn’t your event reflect that? Cocktail style parties with food stations are all the rage, so show your guests how awesomely cool you really are.

Mixers remixed: Introducing LaB 5555, our new after-hours, adults-only scientific shindig

Missing Mixers & Elixirs? Well, we’ve given it a makeover. It’s gotten in shape, revamped its wardrobe, learned to two-step and is a brand new event: LaB 5555.

Our new after-hours, adults-only scientific shindig launches this Friday and we want you there geeking responsibly right along with us.


LaB 5555 will have the same cash bars and awesome live entertainment as Mixers did, but it’s committed to bringing you scintillating science, food truck fare and local entertainment all year long. Each month is centered around a scientific theme, with the launch being all about Skin & Bones. Attendees will hear about the highlights of our new Hall of Paleontology in the Grand Hall and have access to tour the new paleo exhibit throughout the night.

Highlights include classy yet sassy music by string quartet/DJ ensemble Collide; food from It’s a Wrap, Big Happy’s Ice Cream & Treats, Pi Pizza and Luchi & Joey’s; cash bars and a sweet giveaway for the first 200 smarty pants to show up.

And you’ll want to get here early. Get your learn on in the Grand Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. before you get your drink on and hear straight from our staff about the skin and bones in our new paleontology hall that have everyone talking.

Here are the deets:

WHAT: LaB 5555 launch
WHEN: Friday, June 22 from 8 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science main campus at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

Click here for tickets: $20 for the general public; $12 for members. Tickets grant attendees access to the new Hall of Paleontology throughout the night, live entertainment and free planetarium showings of Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin at 8:15, 9:15 and 9:45 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Spicy Cocktails: Anvil’s Ginger Beer [Big Bite Nite]

What makes a good scientist? Attention to detail.

Click here for more behind-
the-scenes photos from our
video shoot at Anvil.

What makes a good cocktail? Attention to detail.

The fine folks at Anvil have attention to detail down. We went behind the scenes with Kevin, one of the co-owners, to capture those details, in the art and the chemistry that goes into making Anvil’s signature Ginger Beer, which they’ll be sharing with visitors at Big Bite Nite on April 29! (Tickets are going fast – get yours here.)

Despite its more familiar, sweet incarnations in ginger bread or gingerbread men – ginger itself is actually quite spicy. And the process of getting juice from a ginger root was both strange (when was the last time you juiced a root?) and fascinating.

Kevin kicked it up a notch by adding habanero peppers (which, you might remember from an earlier video, can just about burn your lips off if you’re not careful) just before final splash (or fizz) of CO2.

Even just a quarter of one habanero pepper was enough to make this quite a spicy spirit. It was a tad too much for me – but that’s just me. You can test your tastebuds on April 29, when Anvil samples it’s Ginger Beer-based cocktail at Big Bite Nite!

Check out the other videos in our Big Bite Nite series!
Spicy Science: The Evolution of Plants

Our resident botanist explores just what makes some plants so spicy!
Fire & Ice: Rev. Butter Turns Up the Heat

Preview Rev. Butter’s hot ice sculpting style – and check it out live before the doors open at Big Bite Nite on April 29!