Play Crawl: STEAM For Adults Event Set For Saturday Evening At Central Park Square


The public is invited to participate in a new ScienceFest event on Saturday, July 15. From 6-8 pm Play Crawl: STEAM for Adults will be activating Central Park Square with math games, engineering and art activities, science experiments, root beer floats, beer, raffle prizes, and trivia for ages 18 and up.

“We felt it was important this year to offer activities targeting a variety of ages and interests. We think of this event as a counterpoint to our incredibly successful family-friendly & youth-focused, Discovery Day, which took place on July 8th,” said Jacquelyn Connolly, Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District’s Executive Director. “In planning for this year’s ScienceFest, we noticed requests for play opportunities for an older demographic.”

Los Alamos STEAM Lab owner, Lisabeth Lueninghoener, said “I often see adults wanting an opportunity to play with many of the activities that STEAM Lab offers, especially with building materials and robots. Providing a space for them without the worry of stepping on or limiting the play of children or building ‘too dangerous’ towers, is important and we’re excited about the event.”

Beginning at any of the locations below, adult participants will receive a Play Crawl Bingo Card & Map. As they complete the various activities, the accumulating stamps will enter them into a raffle with a chance to win one of many prizes. Along the way, food and beverages will be available for purchase, including bubble teas and slushies at Samizdat, drinks and food at Boese, and $1 off beer and wine at Bathtub Brewery for play crawlers. 

Participating spaces and organizations: Los Alamos STEAM Lab and Samizdat Bookstore and Teahouse, Bathtub Row Brewing and Co-op, projectY cowork, Boese Brothers Brewpub, Mathamuseum, and Los Alamos Arts Council.
Fun is the name of the game for this event and its goals are to engage adult brains with creativity and play, something research shows is pivotal in releasing endorphins, relieving stress, and thus improving brain functionality.  This setting has the added benefit of providing opportunities for human connection, which improves the overall state of physical and mental well-being.

Other ScienceFest Events for Saturday, July 15

Poetry Under the Stars  Los Alamos Nature Center, 7 p.m.
Join New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp for a special evening of poetry under the stars of the planetarium! Register on the PEEC website.

“House at Otowi Bridge” Film Discussion – Fuller Lodge, 7-8:30 pm A panel of historians, producers, and writers will discuss the development of the movie project and the story behind Edith Warner and the “House at Otowi Bridge.”

Dark Sky Party – Overlook Park, White Rock, 8:30-11 pm
During this special July New Moon enjoy dark skies and star discoveries with Pajarito Astronomers Club. Astronomers and high-quality telescopes will be available for viewer enjoyment and learning opportunities. For more information and updates go here.
On July 18 – Tuesdays at the Square ScienceFest Closing Party, Central Park Square, 6-8 pm
Next week, Tuesdays at the Square, in addition to the incredible jazz band Half-Pint and the Growlers, will host a performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos, a play space for the littles provided by First Born, science activities from MainStreet’s Science Busking program, art making with Los Alamos Arts Council, games with Samizdat and more!

Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District is grateful for Zia Credit Union’s sponsorship of Tuesdays at the Square.

For more  ScienceFest information and the latest event schedule, visit

The Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District thanks all the sponsors and volunteers who are making these events possible, including Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Triad National Security, Los  Alamos National Laboratory, Government Scientific Resources, University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, the Richard  P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N3B, and Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service.

About Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District: Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation  (LACDC), a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization. LACDC  serves as the umbrella organization for Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District, Los Alamos  Chamber of Commerce, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, projectY cowork  Los Alamos, Los Alamos Research Park and the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneur Program (NM  LEEP).