Ever since Ben Stiller discovered what happens to exhibits after the sun goes down in the movie “Night at the Museum,” sleepover experiences have taken off at attractions across the country. These overnight adventures invite big kids, ‘tweens and sometimes young teens (and a parent) for an overnight stay that delivers fewer crowds and the chance to explore with some exclusive, VIP activities thrown in. As you might expect, overnight events at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the National Museum of Natural History in D.C. – the backdrops for “Night at the Museum” and its sequel – are hot tickets that can sell out months in advance. Programs at other museums can often have shorter waiting lists. What can you expect? In general, museum overnights are aimed at the 6-to-12 crowd, but be sure to check the age range at each institution. Count on paying between $100 and $140 per person and bringing a sleeping bag, flashlight, and sense of adventure.
Okay, your group may not have quite as an exotic option as this but do you have access to a facility that would appeal to people. Other groups have used a new jail facility, aquarium, zoo, library, etc. Put your thinking cap on!
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.