What’s at Putnam? Why, it’s the Polar Express PJ Party

From Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 15-18, a decade-old Putnam Museum and Science Center Christmas holiday tradition will be back again in full force: The Polar Express Pajama Party!  

For four days families will be able to enjoy the holiday classic, Polar Express 3D, on the GIANT Screen in the comfort of their pajamas and take part in activities for all ages including face painting, a hot chocolate bar, a make-and-take sleigh bell station, and a lights-out adventure through the museum, the Davenport destination promised in a news release.  

“The Polar Express Pajama Party is a beloved holiday tradition within the Quad City community and we are excited to welcome it back for another year,” Putnam President and CEO Rachael Mullins said.  

There is a lot to celebrate post-pandemic at the museum this year, leaders said.

Amanda Crosby, the Putnam’s event organizer and visitor services manager, said she is delighted the event will be back to full capacity this year after several years of modifications due to COVID-19. She added: “This is an incredible event that families across the Quad Cities look forward to each year. We’re so excited for people to make more special memories this holiday season at the Putnam.” 

The Polar PJs Parties are made possible by Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Davenport and Whitey’s Ice Cream, which continue to sponsor this Quad Cities tradition. 

Tickets went on sale on Friday, Nov. 18. Prices are $16 for adults, $14 for youth, with a VIP package option for $30. General ticket holders will be able to pick their movie and participate in all activities. VIP ticket holders will be able to pick their movie, participate in all activities, plus have priority seating for the movie and receive a VIP package, which includes exclusive Polar Express memorabilia. 

For families who can’t make the in-person party dates or want to continue the magic after the party ends, the Putnam also will have at-home kits available. The basic kit will be $34.99, and the deluxe box kit will be $74.99. Each kit includes everything necessary to have a Polar Express Pajama Party at home, including an Amazon gift card to stream the movie. 

These kits can be ordered by calling the Putnam Museum at (563) 336-7285. All of the details and a list of what comes in the kits can be found at www.putnam.org.  

Don’t want to watch in your jammies? As always in 2022, the Putnam is showing The Polar Express beginning after Thanksgiving. For showtimes, visit the museum’s website

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