Around 50 people played laser tag, drank beer and and learned about lasers at the Cade Museum Wednesday night.
The museum, located at 811 S. Main St., partnered with First Magnitude Brewing Company, located at 1220 SE Veitch St., to host the first event of a new program called Tech 21, which encourages people who are 21 and older to go to the museum, said Leslie Ladendorf, the museum operations director.
Tickets were sold for $25 and each included access to all the activities, food and beverages, Ladendorf said. First Magnitude provided beer and Dos Mamas’ Catering provided food. Besides laser tag, attendees could experiment with different types of optics at the museum’s creativity lab.
“Everything we do at the Cade has an educational component to it,” Ladendorf said. “In our creativity lab you can learn about lasers and optics, so it pairs with laser tag.”
The new museum won’t be open to the public until April 2018, but event attendees were able to get a sneak peek of the facilities as it turned into a laser tag battlefield, Ladendorf said.
Attendees explored an exhibit featuring laser experiments as Patty Lipka, the director of experiential education, guided them through directions and fun facts. Lipka said she is excited about the museum’s new program and is looking forward to more events and the official grand opening.
“Tonight, everything is about optics because it’s laser tag,” Lipka said. “There’s beer, food and lasers, what else do you need? It is epicallyawesome.”
Ladendorf said the museum will host Tech 21 events monthly or quarterly depending on participation.
“There’s more to do at the Cade than just kids programming,“ Ladendorf said. “As the museum opens and we start our programming, keep an eye for new and exciting things to happen as we get closer to opening.”