9 Great Wedding Venues For Science Lovers

A wedding is a joyous occasion, and the right venue can keep your guests happy and entertained. For the more scientifically minded, a reception in a museum or zoo might be just the thing.

1. American Museum of Natural History 

What could be more romantic than getting married under the whale at the Museum of Natural History? The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life can accommodate over 3,000 guests and offers in-house catering. For added entertainment, the museum offers an exclusive screening of an IMAX film in the LeFrak Theater or a Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium. You can also plunder the gift store for party favors and centerpieces.

2. Boston Museum of Science

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Ever want to dine right next to a dinosaur? At the Boston Museum of Science, you can surround yourself with exhibits, or walk onto the balcony and enjoy the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The museum offers Wolfgang Puck catering and breathtaking sights. Larger parties have the option to rent out the entire museum.

3. MIT Chapel 

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This chapel, located on MIT’s campus, looks like something out of The Jetsons. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure is windowless and cylindrical. In the center, a skylight shines sunlight through a shimmering metal sculpture made by Harry Bertoia. Couples standing near it look like they are being abducted by a very beautiful alien spaceship. 

4. Adventure Aquarium 

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Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey offers two locations within their park for weddings. Aptly named Currents Ballroom and Ocean Realm Gallery, these beautiful rooms offer aquatic views while you say your vows.  

5. Bronx Zoo 

The Bronx Zoo is the perfect location for animal lovers who wouldn't mind having a peacock walk through their ceremony. The zoo offers two locations to choose from: The Schiff Family Great Hall (which can hold 200 guests) or the Congo Gorilla Forest (which can accommodate 80 guests). Your guests can enjoy cocktails while ogling lemurs and Nile crocodiles. Even better, your wedding can help animals in need—all proceeds go to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

6. Franklin Institute 

The Franklin Institute offers wedding guests the chance to be surrounded by Philadelphia history and science. The bride and groom can say their vows on the rooftop, with a clear view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the reception features interactive exhibits and dancing under the stars of the planetarium. 

7. Adler Planetarium 

The Adler Planetarium offers many locations within its walls to hold your wedding, but nothing can beat the breathtaking view at Café Galileo's. The space provides guests with a panoramic look at the Chicago skyline thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. 

8. California Academy of Sciences

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The academy has a number of rooms to tie the knot in. You can get married under the stars in the planetarium, next to penguins in the Africa Hall, or shrouded in blue light in the Steinhart Aquarium. Docents on staff can walk guests through the exhibit and explain what they’re seeing. Depending on availability, they can also bring out snakes and lizards to the floor. Holding your wedding at the academy comes with a complimentary one-year membership.

9. Botanic Gardens 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers couples two options for venues: The Palm House or the Atrium. The iconic glass enclosure of the Palm House offers the perfect backdrop for a wedding, while the atrium has a bit more space and an outdoor terrace. 
LEGO Is Rolling Out Its First Sustainable, Plant-Based Blocks

LEGO produces roughly 19 billion elements each year [PDF], and until recently, most of those bricks, minifigures, and accessories were made using oil. Now, the toy company has announced that it's experimenting with more sustainable production methods for certain items. As Mashable reports, the company will start selling 'botanical' pieces made from real plants this year.

To craft the new type of material, LEGO is sourcing sugarcane from Brazil. The crops are grown on agricultural land rather than former rainforests, and the sourcing has received the stamp of approval from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance, an organization that encourages corporations to make sustainable, plant-based plastics.

Making LEGO parts from sugarcane results in a softer plastic, so the new method will only be used to make plant pieces like leaves, bushes, and trees for now. The bioplastic botanicals will start appearing in LEGO boxes this year and become standard by the end of 2018.

“The LEGO Group’s decision to pursue sustainably sourced bio-based plastics represents an incredible opportunity to reduce dependence on finite resources," Alix Grabowski, a senior program officer at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a release from LEGO.

Though the switch will reduce the company's carbon footprint, the bioplastic botanicals still only make up of a small fraction of their total product line. LEGO says the change represents one step in its mission to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

[h/t Mashable]

St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers

You know St. Patrick's Day falls on the 17th of March. And you probably know how many green beers is too many green beers for you to consume. But do you know how many boys born in Ireland are named Patrick each year? Or how many people travel to Ireland to celebrate the holiday each March? The folks at RewardExpert, a website dedicated to helping travelers find the best frequent flyer and travel credit card reward programs for their lifestyle, do. And they've gathered it all together in one handy infographic, just in time for the big day.


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