Recess for the Grown-Ups

October 6, 2013 |

Adults enjoy the Children’s Museum Tucson interactive exhibits during the 2012 Evening of Play fundraiser.
photo: Britta Van Vranken/courtesy Children’s Museum Tucson

There are levitating balls, a miniature train set and a sound wave machine. You want to experiment and play. It’s okay, you can admit it. This stuff is cool! But you’re an adult, and the Children’s Museum is just for kids. Right?

Wrong. At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, the Children’s Museum opens its doors for its third-annual Evening of Play, an adults-only exclusive event that allows the “big kids” to play and interact with the museum’s exhibits.

“It’s such a unique opportunity for adults to come down and to enjoy the museum and just play,” says Michael Luria, executive director of Children’s Museum Tucson.

But the fundraising event doesn’t stop there. Live music, artistic performances and a silent auction are also included in the festivities. The best part? All of the Evening of Play’s proceeds will support the Children’s Museum in their ongoing efforts to provide interactive and innovative learning experiences for children and families.

“It’s just really a fun interactive event that really supports our exhibits and programming,” Luria adds.

And just in case the excited adults work up an appetite during all of the activities and entertainment, some of Tucson’s treasured tastes from local eateries – Geo Taco, The Hub, Cup Café, Contigo and others – will be on hand. Adult beverages, such as “Playtinis” are on the menu along with other “playfully inspired libations.”

The evening will also allow adults to take a look into the museum’s brand new “Wee World” and Art Studio exhibits, a highlight for the event. The museum is expecting about 350 to 400 guests

“Anyone is welcome to attend,” said Daniela Siqueiros, marketing and membership manager. “It’s going to be a really fun evening.”

Can’t get enough Children’s Museum? The museum is also looking forward to their Bollywood inspired event called “Fame” – Family Arts and Music Experience – that will be a free admission day to children and their families on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Evening of Play begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 200 S. 6th Ave. Tickets are $125 per person. All proceeds will help the museum continue to provide innovative learning opportunities. To RSVP or for more information, call (520) 792-9985 or visit

Category: Arts, Community, DOWNTOWN / UNIVERSITY / 4TH AVE, Events