The Mountain Top Children’s Museum will hold its largest fundraiser of the year today at the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge.
The event, now in its eighth year, will feature three-time Colorado Magician of the Year Brad Montgomery, an entertainer who can engage a diverse audience.
“He’s geared toward (ages) 0 to 100; he can pull everybody in,” said Laura Horvath, executive director of the Mountain Top Children’s Museum. “He has a little bit of a comedic component to what he does, and he’s planning to pull up people from the audience, both kids and adults.”
Magic for everyone
Over the past 25 years, Montgomery has done more than 1,500 shows on four continents and in all 50 states, sharing his passion for science and learning through magic. He has presented his act to a range of audiences, from corporate businesses to students.
“I like mixed-age audiences,” Montgomery said. “Most of my stuff right now is for adults, but I started my career doing family audiences, and I’m totally psyched to be doing that again.”
Montgomery said sometimes parents feel obligated to take kids to a show because they know how much their children will love it, even though the entertainment value for the adult is low.
“It’s my goal to make sure it’s fun for both kids and adults,” he said. “And as a parent, I’m always looking for stuff like that. In that way, it has an overlap with the goal of the children’s museum; they want to make it fun so that everyone goes and thinks, ‘That was great.’”
Horvath said the fundraiser, including the entertainment, follows the mission of the museum.
“We’re all about bringing families together to make connections, and this fundraising event is geared for the whole family to come out and participate in hands-on activities, enjoy themselves together and enjoy the show,” she said.
The fundraiser is designed for both local residents and visitors and includes an Italian buffet dinner, special hands-on activities for children, a silent auction, face painting from Suz-Q-Z and an hour of magic and comedy from Montgomery. The event directly benefits the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, which Horvath said is an important entity in the community.
“It’s a place where parents can come and make those connections with their children,” she said. “One of our big things, in this day and age of technological advancements, is getting kids back to the grassroots of connecting with people. A lot of what the museum does, too, is educationally based — you’re having fun with your family, but at the same time, you’re learning.”