The Blacklight Slide event, hosted by Cool Events, LLC, hit San Manuel Stadium on May 4. This event featured two water slides, with four slides each, flowing with neon glow-in-the-dark water that ensured participants were flushed with color by the time they reached the bottom.
The event was free. However, when registering, a small donation and a medical coverage fee were required. Included in the registration was a towel with the logo for the event.
The event began at 6 p.m. before the sunset which allowed participants to use the slides in daylight, as well as in the dark when the black lights were turned on. The event was open to all ages. To use the water slides, a tube was required. Participants had the option to buy them with their registration or to bring their own.
The event featured two food trucks, La Bufadora and Buqqa Gourmet, and a craft beer station. Menu choices included pastor, asada and fish tacos, chef special fries, chicken and beef gyro wraps and quesadillas.
In between unlimited trips down the water slides, participants were able to dance the night away to a live DJ. The DJ threw glow sticks and green neon filled bottles into the crowd that was used every time the beat dropped to soak the crowd in the luminescent light. The DJ played a variety of music, from electronic dance music to hip-hop, that kept the crowd engaged.
“When you bring glow water, bikinis, four-story slides and me DJing live together it’s an experience you’ll never forget,” said DJ Automatic, who has previously worked for the Blacklight Slide event. “It really is one of the best events of the summer.”
While dancing, many people were able to come together to share in the fun by throwing the water slide tubes around the crowd. Participants were seen singing, dancing, holding each other up on their shoulders and swinging glow sticks.
“Meeting new people and just the experience itself is amazing,” said Diana Hoffman, a past participant of the event.
Cool Events, LLC works with the Children’s Miracle Network to support families at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital by donating the profit they make from holding unique events like this. Other charities they partner with include: Special Olympics Massachusetts, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Adoption Awareness. Each event that they hold is dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Other events that they hold include a foam glow, bubble run, blacklight run, terrain race, and color run. Events can be found at coolevents.com.