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Grown-Up Club: For the kid in all of us

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The Grown-Up Club is a monthly activity group for adults.
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Never is being childish more appealing than when you're an adult. But diving into a bin of Legos without a child present or writing a silly sketch with your friends seems almost taboo.

That nostalgia-driven fun is the goal of the Grown-Up Club. Taylor Baldry and Regan Smith both run and organize events around the idea that children aren't the only ones who can be creative and messy.

The Grown-Up Club's recent Lego event
Participants create Lego creations during a March 24 Grown-Up Club event at Bauhaus Brew Labs in Minneapolis.
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"When you're younger you play for the sake of playing," Smith said. "You're not creating for the sake of putting it on your portfolio. Our events are really about playing and creating and having fun just for the sake of that."  

Baldry, a co-founder of the club, said he wanted to create events that he and his friends would want to attend.

Regan Smith, left, and Taylor Baldry
Regan Smith, left, and Taylor Baldry are actively involved with the Grown-Up Club. Photographed March 29.
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"They're also slightly ridiculous," he said. "We try not to take ourselves very seriously with what we do."

The club's upcoming event is the Casual Science Fair. Applicants have submitted experiments that will be on display from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday at Sisyphus Brewing.

Twenty-five amateur scientists will showcase their experiments based on the scientific method: posing a question, forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis and sharing their results. The presentations will be judged and prizes will be awarded. 

The event is free and open to the public. More information is on the group's website.