10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This April

This First Friday, make sure to stop by the Arizona Science Center for a free night of fun.
This First Friday, make sure to stop by the Arizona Science Center for a free night of fun.

Fellow nerds, let us begin by saying: We know your pain. We know you must be going through a lot right now. The release of Batman v Superman has been hard on all of us. We can only accept the fate we've been given and move on. Should you need an equally nerdy shoulder to cry on or a night of entertainment to distract you from your sorrows, here are 10 great nerdy events in April to keep us going until Captain America: Civil War

Adults' Night Out
On Friday, April 1, the Arizona Science Center will celebrate First Friday by reserving the entire museum for adults. This 18-and-over event offers free admission to the museum, as well as discounted tickets to the new "POPnology" exhibit (which made our list of the best nerdy things to do back in February). In addition, the Center will host artist and filmmaker David Bossert from The Walt Disney Co. to discuss his work on classic films such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. The lecture and Q&A is also free, but seating is limited. To reserve your tickets now, visit the museum's website.

If you love creatures that would make most people run as fast as they can, Repticon is for you.EXPAND
If you love creatures that would make most people run as fast as they can, Repticon is for you.

Repticon Phoenix
Cons aren't just for comic or video game enthusiasts. This convention celebrates reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic creatures of all kinds. On Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, visit the Arizona State Fairgrounds to see a huge variety of snakes, lizards, toads, turtles, frogs, and more. If you pick out a new pet, you can find all the supplies and food you need in the same place. The con also features a number of panels and presentations both educational and entertaining. You can purchase VIP two-day tickets now for $12 online; otherwise, it's $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass at the door. Learn more and buy tickets at Repticon's website.

"Morris From America" staring Craig Robinson will open this year's Phoenix Film Festival.
"Morris From America" staring Craig Robinson will open this year's Phoenix Film Festival.

Phoenix Film Festival
Every year, the Phoenix Film Festival provides a great opportunity for Phoenicians to see hot new indie movies before they make their national debut, and appreciate the work of local Arizona filmmakers. This year looks as promising as ever, with a loaded film schedule spanning a full week. The festival will take over the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theater from Thursday, April 7, to Thursday, April 14. Individual film tickets typically cost $13 per person; you can also purchase various package deals, such as a "Flex Pass," which accounts for admission for four films for $40, or a "Festival Pass," which allows full access to all the festival's films for $120. See the list of movies and purchase tickets at www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

Two great things — skating and the '80s — get even greater when you put them together.
Two great things — skating and the '80s — get even greater when you put them together.

I Love The '80s Party at Skateland
Strap on your skates and get ready for a blast from the past. On Friday, April 8, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Skateland Mesa will host a night of retro-themed fun. The event features an '80s costume contest, a DJ mixing hits of both the '80s and today, and more. Tickets cost $10.50 per person including skates if you text the promotional number listed on the event. This event is 18 and over. To find out more, visit the Facebook event page.

Show off your best cosplay, and walk away with some great pictures.EXPAND
Show off your best cosplay, and walk away with some great pictures.

Epic Cosplay Party Photoshoot
If you take cosplaying seriously, you know the importance of hiring a good photographer. This event not only provides plenty of options in one place, but makes for a great opportunity to connect to other cosplayers and celebrate each other's work. CourteX Studios, Speed Force Photography, and Mort Productions will all provide their photography services for $50 per person, so you should get plenty of bang for your buck. This event will take place Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 4408 North Miller Road, Scottsdale. To learn more and purchase tickets, check out the Facebook event.


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