CHILDREN will get the chance to spend a Night at the Museum with a special event that could see them sleep with dinosaurs.
The Percy Hedley Foundation and Northumbrian Water are taking over the Great North Museum in Newcastle next weekend to raise money for the disability charity.
Children and their parents can spend the night in the attraction next Friday with activities laid on to fire the youngster’s imagination.
Fund-raiser Jane Morland said: “I came up with the idea of spending a night surrounded by all the exhibits. As far as I know it’s the first time it has been done in the region.
“We put it to the Great North Museum and they were enthusiastic. The project has been more than a year in the making and will be a good opportunity for fundraising as well as fun for those taking part.”
A range of activities has been laid on for the event next Friday including a bug banquet.
Jane said: “The dress code is pyjamas and that goes for the adults too. During the night there will be a bug banquet when participants will get the chance to eat cooked bugs.
“There are crickets, beetles, scorpions, and a special kind of edible worm. These are real insects. While they are being eaten there will be close-up pictures of the insects. There is also the chance to hold things like tarantulas and a boa constrictor.”
The participants will be split into groups with some getting the chance to sleep next to Great North Museum exhibits like a mummy and the T-Rex skeleton. But there will be no screening of the Night at the Museum films because of cost and copyright issues.
“The original plan was to show the films at midnight,” Jane said. “But the idea was abandoned when we realised how much it would cost and there were some copyright issues as well.”
There are still a limited number of tickets left. Anyone interested should contact Jane on 07814 917001.
Tickets are £30 each or £100 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).
The Foundation hopes to raise £1,000 from the venture which is part of a programme of activities organised by graduate trainees at Northumbrian Water.