Friday, September 27, 2019
CMOP Members Only Night!
Many Arizona families have heard about the Children's Museum of Phoenix and how they have three floors of fun child friendly exhibits to explore, but did you know they also offer yearly memberships that can save you a ton of money? If you plan on going to the museum often I highly recommend purchasing a membership for a year, not only do you get unlimited visits to the museum for an entire year but you also receive gift shop discounts + discounts on extra offered activities & everyone month they host a members only night. As part of the PLAYfluencer program with the Children's Museum of Phoenix, Each month I will be posting about different aspects of the museum. Last month I posted about the entry area into the museum and this month I want to talk about the members only night + two of their current offers.
On the third Friday of every month the museum stays open from 4pm-7pm for families who are membership holders. Members of course get free access into the museum and are able to explore during the evening hours. This month their newest exhibit opened on the same day as Members only night and it will run until October 18th. The exhibit is called BOX Mania and is located in the entry way near the giant play structure, children will be able to explore boxes, and create anything they want from a vast amount of cardboard boxes. There was a huge assortment of box sizes, some could fit several children in them and it was a lot of fun seeing the kids building tunnels, castles, space ships, robot suits to wear and more.
The BOX Mania event isn't just for members! It will be available daily and is free with admission to the museum so there is no need to worry about missing out on it. The boxes used in BOX mania do eventually get smashed or cut to where they are no longer used, however the staff come out with a cart frequently through out the day to pick up some of the smaller scraps and replenish the boxes so you don't have to worry about showing up to unusable boxes. During this members only night we also decided to go check out the KIDchen for the first time.
The KIDchen is a fantastic spot for kids who love to learn how to cook and decorate different food items. During the week and on the weekends the museum offers different foods to cook and taste, some events are hosted by the museum staff and others have special guest chefs who visit to cook with the kids. Seating is limited so reserve a spot early! This program does cost extra it is $6 for members or $8 for Non-members. For our KIDchen experience we were able to decorate caramel apples!
After arriving to the KIDchen with our cooking pass, the kids were provided with a sink to wash their hands before beginning their apple decorating. The kids were able to select their own toppings for their apples and were able to select from either a red or green apple to create their caramel apple. The caramel is made inside of a crock pot and is kept hot so a staff member will dip the apple into the caramel for you and hand it to you on a plate. After receiving your apple you can take a seat and begin decorating. The KIDchen was open during the duration of the member only night event so we didn't have a ton of people in the room with us, at first it was just us then two families joined so I can not say how full their normal cooking activities are. When we were finished decorating our apples and letting the caramel cool a bit we were provided with a take home container. The kids had a blast with both events and really enjoyed the members only night.
Membership prices vary depending on the size of the membership you are thinking about purchasing. They start at $125 a year for 1 Adult + 1 Child and go up to $335 a year for 8 guests including the cardholder, You can learn more about becoming a member Here. If you would only like to stop by to check out the museum for a day to see what it has to offer tickets are $14.95 per person.
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