We should all be familiar with the “Night at the Museum” fundraising idea, but it doesn’t have to stop there. While museums are a great place to hole up for the night, you may have a difficult time convincing museum management to buy in on the event. If you can’t score a local museum for the night, look for other facilities that may be just as much fun or even more fun like a ball park, an amusement park, aquarium or zoo, bowling alley, theater, or maybe even a state park (if you don’t mind the great outdoors). If you can’t secure any well know establishments, you can even set up at your local school gym, church or local business. Of course, the more exciting the facility, the more you stand to make as a fundraiser. Some museums, aquariums, etc., already have established sleepover programs set up for youth groups and families which you can tap into.
Of course, you’ll want to make the event as much fun as possible. Here are a few ideas on what you might want to include:
- Include hands-on activities (usually tied to a theme – i.e., games, a treasure hunt…)
- Include pizza and soda (or some other fun foods)
- Plan some craft activities
- Have a fun educational speaker available (preferably tied to your theme or your overnight facility)
- Show a movie which has some relevance to your theme of the night
- Make some t-shirts for the event
- Have something simple available for breakfast
A night at the museum style fundraiser can work great for just about any type of group, organization or club looking to raise funds. It can work especially well for school clubs, because it’ s the type of fundraiser that kids can get really excited about. You can also ti-in some Eco-friendly elements.
Plan out all of your potential expenses and charge accordingly so that you can make a nice profit for your club, group, or organization. Have fun and be sure to let us know how your event went!