DARK MATTERS is an 18+ event, where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play

Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

January marks the return of another fan favourite: GAME ON! Battle for first place in the IMAX Theatre, test strategies at the Table Top Board Game Café, and prototype local student-made games. We’ll also explore the math, technology, and physics behind everyone’s favourite games -- the first-step toward becoming a game-master.  


  • Step into the world of virtual reality as you explore cutting-edge games by local game-designers. 
  • Tests your nerves, and your wits, with Escape Room-style puzzles & games. 
  • Drop-in Dungeons & Dragons. Join a local Dungeon Master, suit-up your character and embarks on a 10-minute Dungeons & Dragons experience.
  • Play giant Battleships, head-to-head, with cardboard ships & all!
  • Build your own Live-Action-Role-Play armour in The Science Garage, using random materials we provide. 

And as always:

  • DJ Thomas Culture 
  • Bar & Purple Pear Restaurant
  • Exclusive access to all of our permanent galleries, and; 
  • Grown-up science experiments!

PUBLIC RATE$19.95 $25.95 
TWOSE MEMBERS $16.95 $21.95 
GROUP (20+ GUESTS)$17.95 -

All prices +GST.

Co-Presenting Sponsor:

Table Sponsor:

Throughout the night:

  • Escape room style puzzles and games - SideQuests Adventures Inc. & SmartyPantz
  • Step into the world of virtual reality and try a VR game!* - CTRL V 
  • Try your hand at some student-made video games - Edmonton Digital Arts College
  • Meet local video game designers and try out their games - GDX Edmonton 
  • We'll be hosting a game where we will make a choose your own adventure game through the night. You get to decide the outcome - Canada Learning Code
  • Are you a poker player?  Try your hand against DeepStack, University of Alberta’s Poker AI (artificial intelligence), which plays expert-level heads-up no-limit poker - Dustin Morrill, Trevor Davis, and Michael Bowling, Computer Poker Research Group, University of Alberta
  • Learn the winning strategies to some common games from the experts in mathematics - Society in Graduate Mathematics and Statistics
  • Travel back in time with EPL and revisit some of your favourite childhood games.  Enjoy gaming on retro consoles like Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Vectrex, and Gameboy - Edmonton Public Library
  • Compete against your friends to see who can build a LEGO creation in the fastest times - Alberta Institute of Mentors & Builders of Tomorrow
  • Have you ever wondered how to solve a Rubik’s Cube? - Alberta Cubers

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018: Laboratory
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018: Shake It! 
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018: Science of Sex
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018: Do or Die
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018: Scientific Masterpieces

Here is a peek at some of the fun we had in 2017:

Past events photo archive

Dark Matters is an 18+ event. You will be asked to show photo I.D.