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NightLife: Level Up

Grab your Player 2 (or 3 or 4) and get your game on at NightLife.


Story Mode
6 - 10 PM

  • For one night only, find out more about video game history…literally, we mean find it. Join the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) in a scavenger hunt and look for plaques scattered around the museum to learn more about this entertaining and evolving medium.

Arcade Mode
6 - 10 PM

  • Check out our makeshift Academy Arcade and play the world’s only 10-player strategy arcade game, Killer Queen, vie for the high score on pinball machines from the Pacific Pinball Museum, or test your luck at winning a Claude plushie in our Claw-de machine (see what we did there?)

VS. Mode
African Hall
6 - 10 PM

  • Ready, set, smash. Watch 64 players go head-to-head at the Academy’s first-ever Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, hosted by YungWaff.

Free Play Mode
East Garden
6:30 - 9:30 PM

  • From on-screen to in-person, let the nostalgia commence and jam out to the sweet sounds from your favorite video games with local orchestral powerhouse, Awesöme Orchestra.
    • 6:30-7:00: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • 7:00-7:30pm: "To Far Away Times" music from Chrono Trigger
    • 7:40-8:30pm: Celeste Symphonic Suite
    • 8:40-9:05pm: "Clip Joint Calamity" from Cuphead
    • 9:05-9:30pm: "Floral Fury" from Cuphead

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Science Today
7 PM

  • Omanyte, I choose you! Enter the Pokémon universe and learn about the real-life inspiration behind some of your favorite Pokémon with our very own Curatorial Assistant in Geology, Maricela Abarca. And as an added bonus: we’ve hidden a few Pokéballs around the museum for those that “gotta catch ‘em all”.

Power Down
Curiosity Grove
6 - 10 PM

  • Don’t worry, board game lovers, we know gaming isn’t just digital. Local SF gem, Game Parlour, is back for another round at NightLife with a variety of classic board games.

Thursday, 08/25/22


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California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone: (415) 379-8000
Website: Click to Visit