Circus Playhouse for Adults

True born-and-raised Floridians probably remember Circus Playhouse in Hollywood. Long gone now, it was a progenitor of the ubiquitous Chuck E. Cheese but so much better. Lionel the Lion played ringmaster to a cast of animatronic animal friends. Nothing like watching an enormous gray hippo in her tiny pink tutu as you gorge down school-lunch-styled pizza while pumping tokens into the skee ball machine. Anyone who shares such memories is not only a Florida lifer but way past childhood. Luckily, Dave & Buster’s (3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood) caters to overgrown children who love arcades — just with more alcohol and fewer children. On Tuesday, Dave & Buster’s and the Hollywood Gazette will soothe your Peter Pan complex and your conscience by allowing you to “Party With a Purpose.” From 5:30 to 7 p.m., your $10 donation to the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood will get you free hors d’oeuvres, half-priced cocktails, door prizes, and more. But, sadly, no amount of money will bring back Lionel and his animal friends. Dave & Buster’s is located at (3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood.) Visit, or call 954-921-3274.
Tue., March 15, 5:30 p.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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