By Kathy L. Collins
For the first time, the Glazer Children’s Museum will be open to adults only when they host Craftology 2015 on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets to this first ever event are just $60 for general admission and $95 for VIP tickets, which also gets the attendee early admission at 7:30 p.m. and other perks. Tickets can be purchased at craftologytampa.com.
Many underprivileged children are unable to enjoy the benefits that museums like the Glazer Children’s Museum offer. The mission of the Glazer Children’s Museum is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them in order to develop lifelong learners and leaders.
Director of Education and Community Partnerships Kerry Falwell told of a recent experience that epitomized the museum’s mission. Falwell said, “The museum hosted a private event for a group of children that benefit from social services. During an impromptu story time, I had the pleasure of helping a first grader, who read beautifully, encourage a 9-year-old who could not read at all. They worked together line-by-line.” Falwell added, “The Glazer Children’s Museum creates a safe place for kids of all abilities to explore and learn. We need partners and events like Craftology to help us underwrite access for all children to visit the Museum regardless of an ability to pay admission.”
Craftology currently has over 15 local breweries on-board including Coppertail Brewing Company, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 3 Daughters Brewing and more. Local downtown establishments such as Anise, Bravaro’s and others will also serve their top food selections. The Spazmatics of Florida will be performing on the museum’s third floor as guests can enjoy the downtown view throughout the evening.
The Glazer Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural resource. The 53,000 sq. ft. museum provides a safe and playful environment where children and adults can learn about themselves and each other through exploration, role-playing and direct experience. The highly interactive museum includes multiple themed galleries and 170 interactive, hands-on, minds-on exhibits for children aged birth to 10.
The Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza (next to Curtis Hixon Park) in downtown Tampa. For more information, visit www.glazermuseum.org.