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Ignite the Night | Sparking our inner child

September 20, 2024 | Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Welcome to an awe-inspiring event where adults come together to unleash their imagination and craftsmanship through PLAY! Sparking their inner child, teams of 6 will use an array of loose parts to design and build extraordinary exhibits. Spectators are invited to witness their craft firsthand, cheering them on as they bring their visions to life. With interactive experiences, themed challenges, and opportunities for collaboration, this event promises to ignite creativity and foster teamwork like never before. 

Agenda

5:30pm

Team Arrival

6-7pm

Cocktail Hour
serving light apps

7-8pm

Show

8-8:30pm

Judging

8:30pm

Announcement of Winners

8:45pm

Free Play

Attention all creative and crafty minds!

REGISTER YOUR TEAM

Cost: $1500/team | 12 teams max

Join us for an exhilarating event where twelve teams of six adults will ignite their imagination and craftsmanship through PLAY! Spark your inner child as you collaborate with your teammates to design and build extraordinary exhibits using an array of loose parts.

  • Teams Consist of 6 Players

    Teams will be formed prior to the event. As teams open their box of loose parts, they'll uncover a surprise array of materials to work with. Provided a theme, teams will have 60 minutes to create their own exhibit inspired by the theme, adding an exciting twist to their design process.

  • Access to Basic Tools

    But that's not all! Teams will have access to a set of basic tools including scissors, glue guns, tape, hammers, and nails. Plus, the more funds your team raises, the more luxurious items or expert assistance you'll have access to—think power tools and professional guidance!

  • "Pay to Pause"

    For those who thrive on competition, we offer the option to "Pay to Pause" a team. For just $100, a team or individual can Pay to Pause a competitor for 5 minutes, with a maximum pause time of 15 minutes per team (no pausing allowed in the last 15 minutes). This adds an extra layer of strategy and excitement to the event!

  • Awards

    There will be judges and awards for exceptional achievements, including "Plays Well with Others," "Creative Design," "Practical Design," "People's Choice," "Top Fundraiser" and "Best Use of Materials."

Gather your friends and colleagues as we showcase our ingenuity and camaraderie in action for a great cause!

Light apps included. Cash bar.

Space is limited – get your tickets before they sell out!

GET YOUR TICKET

Cost: $100/each

Spectators are invited to witness the teams craft their exhibits firsthand, cheering them on as they bring their visions to life.

Light apps included. Cash bar.

Become a Sponsor

Welcome to an extraordinary opportunity to support creativity and teamwork!

With your sponsorship of IGNITE THE NIGHT, you’ll be sparking their inner child as they use an array of loose parts to design and build extraordinary exhibits. Spectators will witness their creativity firsthand, cheering on teams as they bring their visions to life. With interactive experiences, themed challenges, and opportunities for collaboration, this event promises to ignite creativity and foster teamwork like never before. Join us in inspiring creativity and camaraderie—become a sponsor today!

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting “IGNITE” Sponsor | $10,000

  • VIP Lounge for 20 in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft or
    ONE complimentary team with 10 tickets.
  • Drink Tickets, VIP Beverage Services, Appetizers
  • Largest logo on all marketing: electronic program, posters, projection screens, signage, promotional media
  • Logo on Children’s Museum website & Facebook
  • On-air recognition with our on air and Media Sponsors
  • Event recognition throughout the program
  • Premier Event Signage in multiple locations
  • Signature Drink
  • Corporate Partner Membership valued at $5,000
  • Opportunity to speak at the event

“FLAME” Sponsor | $5,000

  • VIP Lounge for: 10 in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft or
    ONE complimentary team.
  • Corporate Partner Membership valued at $1,000
  • Drink Tickets, VIP Beverage Service, Appetizers
  • Logo on marketing: electronic program, posters, signage, promotional media
  • Logo on Children’s Museum’s website & Facebook
  • Event recognition

“SPARK” Sponsor | $2,500

  • 8 tickets and includes appetizers
  • Drink Tickets + VIP Beverage Service, Appetizers
  • Logo on marketing: electronic program, posters, signage, promotional media
  • Logo on Children’s Museum’s website & Facebook
  • Event recognition

“EMBER” Sponsor | $500

  • 4 tickets
  • Logo on marketing: electronic program, posters, signage, promotional media
  • Logo on website

“Kindling” Sponsor | $155

  • Monetary donation towards sponsoring Family Membership for a child and family experiencing barriers to Play.
  • Can’t make it? You can still make an impact.
  • Electronic program and social media recognition

Team Registration | $1500

  • Team of six adults includes ticket to the event.
  • Drink Tickets and appetizers
  • Logo/Team Name on marketing: electronic program, posters, signage, promotional media
  • Logo/Team Name on Children’s Museum’s website & Facebook
  • Event recognition
  • Team Shirt with custom team name
  • Fundraising tool-kit provided.

Event Partner | TBD

  • In-Kind support of the event

Ready to join the Ignite Society?

Become a member by donating $500 or more today.

FAQs

01.

— Why is the Museum launching the IGNITE SOCIETY?

In celebration of the support the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota receives each year, we are launching the Ignite Society to show our most invested donors the impact they provide through a variety of recognition and engagement opportunities. With special events and advanced notice about new exhibits, we hope the Ignite Society will deepen our donors’ relationship with the Museum and encourage more support for the Museum in the future. 

02.

— Why does the Museum need support?

Admission and membership revenue alone does not balance the Museum’s budget each year. We depend on donations to not only close the gap not covered by fees. More importantly donations provide a margin of excellence at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota allowing us to focus on creating engaging experiences for all children.

03.

— How can I join the IGNITE SOCIETY?

It’s easy! Simply make a gift or pledge of $500 or more to our Annual Fund. Gifts can be made through a one-time contribution or by setting up multiple payments throughout a 12-month period. You can give online here or by calling Louise Dickmeyer at 507.344.9104.