Happy Endings promises to raise a smile

HAPPINESS. Is it pleasure, contentment, being carefree? What’s it all about anyway and how can we get some?

The elusive state of well-being is the focus of Questacon’s latest adult-only SciNight, to be held on October 28 after hours, and visitor programs manager Robert Fuller says there are a few things science knows about happiness that Questacon will explore.

Robert Fuller... “Happiness is a bit of a buzzword these days, and we know there are ways we can boost our happiness levels.” Photo by Andrew Finch

Robert Fuller… “Happiness is a bit of a buzzword these days, and we know there are ways we can boost our happiness levels.” Photo by Andrew Finch

“Happiness is a bit of a buzzword these days, and we know there are ways we can boost our happiness levels, although we also know there has to be a balance and there’s no light without dark,” he says.

“We’ll be focusing on a few areas of happiness at SciNight, including nostalgia, mindfulness, food and drink, catharsis, exercise and excitement.

“We know that we feel best when we’re out with our friends, or after a bike ride when we’re flooded with endorphins, and it’s things like this that contribute to a sense of well-being.”

Robert says that SciNight has been running for four years with a couple of cheeky adults-only events a year, with completely different activities every time to highlight its adult themes and to hopefully teach visitors something new while they’re playing.

“Questacon is for everyone, but this event gives adults a chance to play without being judged by a 10-year-old,” he says.

Rob says the science-related happy things will include the recreation of childhood games such as Nintendo 64 consoles and Hungry Hungry Humans for nostalgia, colouring-in and meditations for mindfulness, a crockery smash in a secret behind-the-scenes location for catharsis, greyhound puppies to cuddle, silent zumba for the endorphin rush and the freefall slide for thrills. There’s also more than 200 interactive exhibitions as well as the tailored, grown-up activities.

Robert also promises some surprises that will be a bit more risque – as well as two bars, cheap drinks and chocolate tasting.

“The aim is to create hands-on, experiential learning that you feel and hold in your body, so you’ll take away amazing happiness-inducing memories from the night,” he says.

SciNight Happy Endings, October 28, 6pm-9pm (the bar will be open from 5.30pm). Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Cost is $10, bookings online questacon.com.au or at the door. Free entry for Q Club members

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