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Carin Schoppmeyer: Grown-ups take over Amazeum

Play day fundskids’ programs by Carin Schoppmeyer | May 2, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
Bailey Thompson (from left); Shannon Dixon; Ben Hasan, UnGala honorary chairman; and Bill and Karen Akins help welcome guests to the play date for adults April 24 at the children's museum in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

Adults took over the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville for a casual day of play April 24 in support of the museum.

During the in-person portion of the two-part UnGala, guests got the chance to unleash their creativity at pop-ups around the children's museum that included playing the Flame Organ; building watercraft using materials such as polyethylene foam, chenille stems, craft sticks, straws and sponges; and a glow in the dark zone working with black-light painting and glow in the dark "scribble machines." Scribble machines are analog robots made from recycled materials that use a battery-powered motor to travel around with highlighters attached.

Nabholz Construction took home some hardware, the Zing Cup, in this year's 24-volt corporate challenge race where teams race specially prepared children's ride-on vehicles.

Guests took their turns playing on the "Impulse" seesaw installation in the museum's parking lot. The installation consists of a dozen "interactive light- and sound-enabled 30- to 40-foot-long seesaws that when activated through play create a dynamic, ever-changing composition of light and sound -- an ever-changing symphony depending on the number of seesaws activated." Impulse will be open to the public day and night through May 10. Admission to the museum is not required.

"The entire Amazeum team wants to thank the community for joining us at this year's UnGala FUNdraiser to support our Amazeum 4 All accessibility initiatives and trusting us to create an event that prioritized the health, safety and well-being of our guests," says Paul Stolt, marketing manager. "After a year of socializing virtually, it felt good to see the joy in people as they playfully explored experiences inside and outside the museum. We want to thank all our sponsors, especially presenting sponsor Nabholz Construction, for making this event a great success."

Stolt tells me Maker Sessions for teens and adults return to the museum this month. Acadia Kandora, museum maker-in-residence, and team members will introduce tools and techniques for block printing. "We are working to engage teens specifically in exploring their personal brand of curiosity." Sessions are set for May 12 and 17 for ages 13 to 17; May 13 and 20 for adults 18 years and older; and May 15 and 22 for ages 13 to adult.

The museum will offer a full slate of day camps this summer with a different theme each day. Theme categories are set to include Take Aparts, Fantasy, Maker Days, Whoa! and Try It Out. Spaces are limited, but you can find more information at amazeum.org/programs/camps/2021/.

Grown-ups getting out to play at the UnGala for the museum included Elda and Eric Scott, Corinna and Alan Dranow, Jaclyn and Raymond House, Laura and Michael Parker, Jennifer Cozens, Whitney Yoder and Walter Blackburn, Karen and Bill Akins, Jill and Jason Suel, Kassie Misiewicz, Sam Dean, Shannon Dixon and Ben Hasan, honorary event chairman.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Michael and Laura Parker stand by the Nabholz 24-volt Zing Cup race entrant at the UnGala on April 24.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Michael and Laura Parker stand by the Nabholz 24-volt Zing Cup race entrant at the UnGala on April 24. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jesse Pierre (from left) plays the flame organ at the Amazeum UnGala as Vince Pianalto and Shelby Fleming watch and listen.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jesse Pierre (from left) plays the flame organ at the Amazeum UnGala as Vince Pianalto and Shelby Fleming watch and listen. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Melissa and Michael Belman launch the boats they constructed at the UnGala. 
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Melissa and Michael Belman launch the boats they constructed at the UnGala. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Edna Stanley (right) gets airborne as she and Dora Poage play on the Impulse seesaws installation at the Amazeum.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Edna Stanley (right) gets airborne as she and Dora Poage play on the Impulse seesaws installation at the Amazeum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Mike Allen and Kelsey McCall work on building boats at the UnGala. 
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Mike Allen and Kelsey McCall work on building boats at the UnGala. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Terah and Patrick Clark play at the Amazeum UnGala fundraiser April 24.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Terah and Patrick Clark play at the Amazeum UnGala fundraiser April 24. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kelsey Meziere (from left), Christine Heinz, Vince Pianalto, Nathan Dosa and Sandi Macklon take a break from cooking at the UnGala.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kelsey Meziere (from left), Christine Heinz, Vince Pianalto, Nathan Dosa and Sandi Macklon take a break from cooking at the UnGala. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean (from left) visits with Whitney Yoder and Walter Blackburn at the UnGala.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean (from left) visits with Whitney Yoder and Walter Blackburn at the UnGala. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kassie Misiewicz (from left), Jason and Jill Suel
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kassie Misiewicz (from left), Jason and Jill Suel Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Mike Allen and Kelsey McCall
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Mike Allen and Kelsey McCall Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jennifer Cozens and Paul Stolt
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jennifer Cozens and Paul Stolt Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Marshall Shafkowitz (from left) and David and Angie Gomez
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Marshall Shafkowitz (from left) and David and Angie Gomez Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Carmen and Mitchell Stapleton (from left) and Amy Warren
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Carmen and Mitchell Stapleton (from left) and Amy Warren Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
24-volt vehicles to compete in the Zing Cup race
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
24-volt vehicles to compete in the Zing Cup race Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Terah and Patrick Clark
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Terah and Patrick Clark Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Amy and Zack Warren
Amazeum UnGala
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Amy and Zack Warren Amazeum UnGala (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
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UnGala

Who: Scott Family Amazeum

What: Adults took over the children’s museum for a day of play.

When: April 24

Where: The museum in Bentonville

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