A scenic, scientific, and satisfying Family Night

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Boston Museum of Science
Great Balls of St. Elmo's Fire were evident at the Boston Museum of Science during Family Night

A single trip to Boston's Museum of Science brought guests to the terrain of the African Serengeti, the ice age, an eco-garden, and right in the middle of an electrical storm.

Dinner, including hand-carved roast beef and turkey, crab cakes, Caesar salad, and pasta, was served to the backdrop of the Charles River. Friends, family, and colleagues took in the lights of the Shining City as they ate their fill and then satisfied their sweet tooth at the miniature pastry buffet.

Attendees were greeted by a life-sized head of a Tyrannosaurus rex, just one piece of the puzzle to the museum's dinosaur exhibit. Live animal demonstrations gave guests an eyeful of various animals, including a beaver and a porcupine.

The five-story-high 18,000-watt, high-fidelity Mugar Omni Theater brought a larger-than-life, realistic look at the African Serengeti. A true tale of survival, the film followed wildebeests and a cast of fierce and unforgiving predators, such as hippopotamuses, lions, and crocodiles. The film also took a look at the survival of the Masai tribe.

Three showings of the popular "Laser Classic Hits," the museum's planetarium laser light show, syncopated the beat of the drum with the pulse and animation of the lights.

Guests had the chance to observe their own physiology in the Human Body Connection exhibit. They had the opportunity to use a microscope, an EEG machine, and a pulse oximeter. Human skulls and fashion-conscious skeletons were on display, some donning baseball caps and sunglasses.

At the end of the evening, guests gravitated toward the museum gift shop to pick up a scientific souvenir or two, and shuttle bus service brought guests right to the doors of their hotels.

The evening's events were co-sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and Bayer Corp.