Take your kids for a ‘Night at the Museum’ in Idaho Falls

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Last year’s “Night at the Museum” | Courtesy Chloe Doucette

IDAHO FALLS — The Museum of Idaho is hosting an overnight stay with fun, educational activities for third to sixth graders on Dec. 7 through 8.

This “Night at the Museum” will include a mini scavenger hunt, a steam-punk themed movie, pizza at midnight and a light breakfast. The night includes an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits.

Children will participate in “STEAM” activities. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

The STEAM activities will be at booths run by different organizations, including the Idaho Falls Zoo, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho National Laboratory, East Idaho Aquarium, Veolia, the Idaho Falls Library, the ARTitorium on Broadway, the American Nuclear Society, and the Museum of Idaho. Registrants will pick their top three activities and be assigned one booth to visit.

The booths include subjects from sculpture to ecosystems, steampunk to Newton’s Laws of Motion. Each child will create something in the class they attend to take home.

“By giving kids a chance to do something unique and fun while they learn, it is my hope that they will continue to love learning throughout their lives,” said Director of Education Chloe Doucette.

Scholarships to reduce the costs of the stay were available from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and Cross Charitable Trust. According to the museum’s website, all scholarships have been claimed at this time.

The museum “plans to offer this event once per traveling exhibit and expects that more scholarship funding will be available at that time for students from under-served communities,” Doucette said.

The stay begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 and ends at 8 a.m. on Dec. 8. The cost for a ticket is $60.

Parents who want to register their children or act as a “pod leader” for the Night at the Museum should visit the museum’s website.

The Museum of Idaho lives inside a building from 1914 that used to house the Idaho Public Library. Originally called the Bonneville Museum, it was renovated and the name changed in 2003.

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