A Toronto Transformation

Friday Night Live (Partying with Dinosaurs)

One of my favourite places to lurk on a rainy Toronto day is the Royal Ontario Museum. I love the dinosaurs and the giant prehistoric sloth and the bat cave and the glittery minerals. Always have. I even get a delightful shiver poking around the super creepy room full of stuffed birds. So I can tell you I was quite perturbed to learn that their sleepover camp has an age limit and I am approximately two decades beyond it.

Imagine my delight when I heard about Friday Night Live at the ROM. While they don’t actually let you stay the night, they invite anyone over 19 to  roam the galleries from 7-9:30pm before guests are corralled into the dino-heavy first and second floors which are outfitted with bars and food vendors to spend your ROM bucks at (ROM bucks are probably the only drawback. You have to purchase them and use them to buy food/drinks and they are non-refundable. So be sure to use ‘em up before last call).

Each week is a different theme, (Big Fashion is coming up this week) and last week’s was Africa. We were lucky enough to arrive in time to hear two Massai Warriors speak about their culture, show off some of their weaponry and casually flabbergast us with stories to the tune of “I was told after grade eight that I was done with school and could not go to high school unless I killed a lion. So I killed a lion…”


I was there with a group of pals but kept thinking it would be a great event to take a date too, either as an ice-breaker or just to shake things up. No awkwardly staring at each other over overpriced pasta here. The conversation starters are practically handed to you!

The first floor lobby is transformed into a dance floor for these events, and after I’d had my fill of tacos and oysters and Singapore chicken wings, last Friday night’s DJ had me utterly possessed with dancing until the clock struck twelve and we were ushered out into the night like so many tipsy Cinderellas.

If you’re in the city of a Friday night, I can’t recommend Friday Night Live at The ROM(And buying your tickets online to avoid the lineup) enough!

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