A group of children from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice were treated to a sleepover that was out of this world, thanks to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax.
The children, who attend the Shooting Stars siblings group at the North Anston based hospice, visited Eureka! for the museum’s bi annual overnight stay on Friday October 7th.
The sleepover celebrated World Space Week and the achievements of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake.
140 children camped out in the museum, including the group of siblings from Bluebell Wood. They enjoyed workshops on the planets and what it would be like to be in space.
The Shooting Stars sibling group is just one of the many wide-ranging services offered by Bluebell Wood, which include end of life treatment, music therapy, counselling, home visits, and much more.
Laura Beckett, Sibling Co-ordinator at Bluebell Wood, said: “Having a sibling with complex medical needs can be hard for a child to deal with; they may feel lonely, scared, or less important than their brother or sister.
“We are so grateful to Eureka! for letting us stay at the museum. Shooting Stars is all about letting our siblings have fun and be themselves, and this trip definitely did that.”
Jenny Parker, Play and Learning Manager at Eureka! added: “Science night sleepovers at Eureka! are exciting and fun-filled events for both children and adults. Groups get to experience a mix of interactive shows and workshops as well as explore the museum galleries, rounded off by camping in the museum overnight.
We welcome bookings from all pre-organised groups for children aged 8-11 years and it’s always great to see how well children from different groups like Shooting Stars mix together on the night.”