For a place that specializes in kids, Children’s Museum of Phoenix is doing a pretty good job of reeling in this 30-something.
The three-story museum, housed in the historic Monroe School Building at the corner of Seventh and Van Buren streets, hosts Play Date Friday night, its first adults-only soiree.
“Hands down, the (Schuff-Perini) Climber is probably the exhibit that adults find the most thrilling,” says spokeswoman Marion Wiener of the eclectic, 37-foot contraption that rises in a maze of twisting staircases, catwalks and turrets from the atrium floor.
“They also enjoy running through and hiding in Noodle Forest,” she says. There, foam tubes are suspended from the ceiling en masse, creating an otherworldly wood so thick you can’t see the forest for, well, the noodles.
Aside from the displays and exhibits, a host of activities will hearken back to childhoods spent in 1970s and ’80s: a giant Atari video game wall, a Nerf shooting gallery, and a “cootie catcher” station for making those folded-paper “fortune tellers” girls would open and close on their fingertips at recess and at slumber parties.
There are also slot car races, a LEGO lounge, a giant Jenga set, Slinky races down the staircase and a slew of board games, such as Operation, Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship and Connect Four.
Munchies will be available from food trucks Luncha Libre (Mexican food), Buzznbeez Good Food (international fare) and Torched Goodness (crème brulee).
No children will be admitted, and you must be 21 or older to attend, as there’s a cash bar on every floor. Bartenders will be giving out souvenir martini glasses while supplies last.
Tickets are available online at a discount through Friday afternoon. But act fast, as Wiener expects the event to sell out.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s next adult Play Date is scheduled for Sept. 28.
DETAILS >> 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St. $15 at the door; $12 if purchased online in advance. (602) 253-0501 or http://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/events/play-date/.
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