It’s the bee’s knees: Join us for LaB 5555 Friday and learn all about the art of beekeeping!

Etymology meets entomology at this Friday’s LaB 5555: The Bee’s Knees.

LaB 5555 | Bee's KneesMany etymologists speculate that the expression “the bee’s knees” originated as an abbreviation of the British expression “the be-all and end-all.” This was shortened to “The B’s and E’s” and ultimately slurred together into the unlikely expression “the bee’s knees.” Nifty, huh?

However the phrase originated, we know Friday’s LaB 5555 will live up to it. With live music by The Suffers, noms on the patio from It’s a Wrap, Firehouse Tacos, Zeapod Cakery and Oh My Gogi! AND samples of Independence Brewing Co.‘s honey Braggot for the first 250 people, it’s bound to be sweet.

So whether you’re bringing your honey or aim to find one on the dance floor, join us this Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. and dive in to the art of beekeeping with the Houston Beekeepers Association.

You must be 21 to attend, or feel the STING of rejection. For tickets, click here.

There’s no crying in the Grand Hall: Cool off with Cryology – the study of freezing – at Friday’s LaB 5555

Cryology: It’s not the study of what makes you cry (answer: Sarah McLaughlin for SPCA, wild animals reuniting with previous owners), it’s actually the study of freezing, and we’re delving into it this Friday Night at HMNS’ second LaB 5555.

Join HMNS Educational Program Coordinator Carolyn Leap in the Grand Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. as she does live demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and explains the processes that cause matter to rearrange itself and freeze. Get here early for these scintillating science demonstrations AND free mini cups of Blue Bell ice cream!

LaB 5555 | Cryology

Fill up on the best local food truck fare from H-town StrEATS, Happy Endings, Coreanos and Melange Creperie and get some liquid courage from one of our City Kitchen cash bars before joining in the eccentric and electric performance of Vockah Redu.

Vockah Redu creates dance-ready beats that adhere to the New Orleans-born “bounce” genre of hip hop. Their animated, elaborate live performances incorporate street art and dance and dare the crowd not to shake it.

Watch Vockah Redu perform below:

For tickets to the smartest party in town, click here!

The LaB 5555 launch had a serious bite: Read patron reactions and add your own!

LaB 5555 launched Friday with the help of some 700 patrons who gathered to geek responsibly and boogie among bones for a paleontological party dubbed “Skin & Bones.” Each LaB 5555, held monthly from here on out, will feature a scientific theme with one hour of educational pre-party time, live music, local food truck fare, cash bars and more. For a full schedule, click here.


Don’t call it a comeback! Feel the love for LaB 5555

We’ve revamped our after-hours, adults-only geek chic event and re-dubbed it LaB 5555. This new monthly mixer boasts scientific themes, great live music and noms from Houston’s best food trucks. Geek responsibly with us at LaB 5555!

Storified by HMNS · Mon, Jun 25 2012 11:06:11

@jiroshi getting his learning on at the #lab5555 party @ Houston Museum of Natural Science
Everybody get your learn on (you know the words)
True story: A freaking dinosaur almost knocked over my cocktail. Rudeness. 🙂 only @hmns.Joel Luks
Grooving to the group Collide. #lab5555 Brannan
Don’t worry, it’s just a love bite. Come check out our awesome dinos by Erth dinosaur petting zoo!
I have it on good authority that @IndyBrewing Stash IPA will be at LaB 5555 2nite at @hmns. No need to drink Heinies w/ the dinos anymore.The Ferm
(Also, me with a coprolite!) #lab5555
Look at these pretty patrons
Looks like a success!!! 🙂 RT @hmns: Don’t call it a comeback!! This dance floor is poppin’ Denise
Hey @hmns, thanks for hosting such an awesome event. Looking forward to next month already! 🙂 #lab5555Rachel R.
Food truck pizza with pears and arugula… nom. #lab5555 Brannan
Pumped for Dancing w/ Dinosaurs tonight @HMNS w/ my Babe-osaurus Rex!Nathan Eguia
Don’t call it a comeback!! This dance floor is poppin’
Drinking in the @hmns at #lab5555. I saw dinosaurs!Kalley Powell
Dancing with dinosaurs! @sarahkmayes #lab5555 @ Houston Museum of Natural Science Durrett
Y’all, somebody here is WEARING A DINOSAUR. #lab5555
This party don’t stop. 15 minutes left and you can’t slow us down!
Last night was a blast, one of the best nights I’ve had in a while! #lab5555 #HMNSRachel R.

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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.