Be a Kid Again Gala: Funtastic Fifties

Benefits Miami Children’s Museum

Scenes from the 2007 MCM gala:
aerial acrobat, above; Alan Potamkin
and Deborah Spiegelman, below.

Saturday, September 27, 2008, at 8 p.m.
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island
305-373-5437, Ext. 127

Celebrate Miami Children’s Museum’s 5th anniversary with a night of Good times and Rock ’n’ Roll at the museum’s Be a Kid Again Gala. Themed the Funtastic Fifties, this year’s event takes you on a magical journey to the “Happy Days” of sock hops, drive-in movies, cool music, Elvis and the golden age of television. Explore the museum’s 14 galleries transformed to take you back to simpler times. Co-Chairs Carlos Garcia, Norma Quintero and Jana Sigars-Malina have planned an evening that will keep you rockin’ with delectable food and drink, music, entertainment and an incredible silent auction.

A major source of funding for MCM’s cultural programs comes from its annual Be a Kid Again Gala. Community donations account for 35 percent of MCM’s operating budget, and the Be a Kid Again Gala is a vital aspect for raising the funds. Plus, it’s not a typical gala. It’s a big, blown out cocktail party. Adults get to come in and explore the museum as if they were kids again. So, come out for a fun evening and help Miami Children’s Museum raise the funds that allow for MCM to be a child’s first cultural experience. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 305-373-KIDS (5437), Ext. 127.

Tickets are $250 per person or in “Play Groups” of ten for $2,000.

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, the Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center and 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

The Miami Children’s Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and children; MCM members and children under 12 months are free. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.