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Finally Friday: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory poster

5:30pm–7pm: Food, live music and science stations.
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary.


Do you have a golden ticket?

Well, Charlie Bucket sure does! Join Charlie and his grandpa as they take a tour through Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory, where chocolate rivers flow and Oompa Loompas are hard at work on fantastical new treats. Discover all of Mr. Wonka’s scrumdiddlyumptious creations, and you may even have a chance to win an amazing prize if you can resist the temptations. So grab your golden ticket and head off on this sweet adventure in the September installment of Finally Friday: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Plus, learn everything you ever wanted to know about the science of candy, chocolate, bread and much more.  We’ll host Danielle Centeno, Co-Owner of Escazu Chocolates,  who will help us separate the facts from the sticky fiction following the screening.  Don’t miss it!

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This event is going to be sweet — literally!

Our friends from Insomnia Cookies will be providing free delicious cookies for our visitors.

And free ice cream will be provided by WALMART! You can’t miss it!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), produced by Paramount Pictures and based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, is considered a classic fantasy tale and one of 50 best cult classic movies of all time. It was even selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

In the film, impoverished Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) delivers newspapers to support his family, but dreams of enjoying candy and chocolate. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), a mysterious candy maker, announces that five lucky winners will be invited on a grand tour of the wondrous, wacky Wonka factory. Little do they know that they also have a chance for an even grander prize — if they can resist temptation.


Good Egg, Bad Egg
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Telling a good egg from a bad egg is very important — just ask Veruca Salt! But do you think you could distinguish a bird’s egg from a reptile’s egg, or even a mammal’s egg? Stop by this station and discover the various animals that lay eggs in the natural world.

Chocolate Slime
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Augustus Gloop does love chocolate, and we have to confess, we do too! So why not play with it? You may have made slime before, but have you ever made chocolate slime?

Floating in the Air
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Charlie and Grandpa Joe know that floating like a hot air balloon can be fun, but do you know how it works? See and learn how heated air can make a bag float in the air.

Defeating Violet Beauregarde
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Violet Beauregarde loves to compete, at least when it comes to how long she can chew a piece of gum. We dare you to show your skills in jumping and strength (no gum required) and defeat all the rest of your competitors.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Like Mike Teevee, experience WonkaVision in real life as you watch your creations shrink right in front of your eyes!

Button Handouts
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Hot off the press! A new button from our movie collection has been released. Get one fast before they disappear!

MUSIC (5:30–7PM)

Ambient and symphonic electronica from Senator Jaiz and SkidMatiK


This Finally Friday event enjoy Tinga Chicken Tacos or Beef Sliders for $6. There will also be a vegetarian option, enjoy our salads, The Harvest Salad or The Quinoa Avocado Salad for $8. And don’t miss our selection of wine and craft beers!

Finally Friday Menu



September 28, 2018
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$2/ticket for members, $5/ticket for non-members


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Hugo Romero-Sanchez