Children's Museum of Phoenix

March 4 through March 6
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The most talked about event of last summer is back!



March 4-6, 2016

Get ready for Arizona’s Original SANDFEST! Can you dig it? An entire weekend of beach-filled fun! Dive into the festivities at the Beach Bum Block Party, featuring food trucks, giant Jenga, beer pong and other fun – for adults only! On Saturday, all ages are invited as we ignite imagination through sand with 2 days of indoor and outdoor sand activities. This community beach party promises kids-only sand play inside and out, giant sand sculptures (crafted by local teams and international experts), food trucks, music and more! PLUS, Sunday offers FREE admission and activities just for grandparents and grandchildren visiting together!

Three days of fun in the sun and sand!


Vanilla Spice rapperFriday, March 4th | BEACH BUM BLOCK PARTY! 5pm to 9pm

Kick off SandFest with this extreme version of our popular adults-only night at the Museum!

This sand-sational party will that place in the north lot of the Museum and will feature:
Live Entertainment! Popular 90’s cover band Vanilla Spice
Local Breweries! North Mountain Brewing Co.O.H.S.O., Sun Up Brewing, and Phoenix Ale House
Food Trucks! United Lunchadores, Buzz N Beez,  Livin Lite, Press Food Truck and Loca Popa
Cash Bars!!!
Beach Volleyball
Fire Pits
Giant Jenga
Giant Beer Pong
Corn Hole

Must be 21 or over to attend. Guests must show ID to enter. 

$20 pre-sale
$25 at the door


IMG_0002Saturday, March 5th | SANDCASTLES ON 7TH! 9am to 4pm

Come and enjoy FREE outside sand fun all day!  Food Trucks! Live Music and Entertainment!  PLUS…the “Sand Guys” from Travel Channel’s “Sand Masters” Show create a one-of-a-kind signature sand sculpture AND share some sand-sculpting basics with you!  Then join the fun as some of the best and brightest of our valley’s business community compete in a sandsational sandcastle building competition….and you get to vote for your favorite! After having fun outside, come inside and play in the Museum for a special admission price of $8/person (a savings of $3/person)! 

Food Trucks! Chicken and Waffles for the People by Buzz N BeezJamba Juice, Pour Jo and Carh’s Kitchen

Signature Sand Sculpture by the Sand Guys

Join our Community Partners for hands-on activities outside!

Arizona Children’s Association: Decorate with colorful sand
Arizona Humane Society: Animal tattoos and coloring sheets
Arizona Science Center: Ocean Acidification; Ocean Commotion
AZ State Library: Castle building with wooden blocks
Choose A School AZ: Paper plate crafts
Civitan Foundation: Spring sun hats
Dignity Kids, Inc.: Climbing wall/agility equipment
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation: Painting activity
Girls on the Run: Plinko and coloring
Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council: Craft activity
Phoenix Public Library: Kinetic sand and beach craft
Phoenix Zoo
Ryan House: Streamer kite making
Special Olympics Arizona: Obstacle course and strider bikes
Stelco Stories: Live Hermit Crabs and Book reading/activities

Sunday, March 6th | SAND-PARENTS DAY! 9am to 4pm

The sand fun continues with picture opportunities outside with the sandcastles!  PLUS… we’ll have special activities just for grandparents and their grandchildren plus admission is FREE for grandparents and grandchildren visiting the Museum together! Everyone else can enjoy the special reduced admission price of $8/person (a savings of $3/person)! 

Food Trucks | 11am-2pm! Cactus CornFrites StreetPaz Cantina and The Maine Lobster Lady