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Museum to host kids program

There won't be any T-Rex skeletons suddenly coming to life, but "Night at the Museum" at the Museum of the Waxhaw's promises a few fun surprises for the children who attend.

On July 14 and again Aug. 4, the Museum is hosting children ages 6-11 for an evening that offers dinner, games, crafts and fun around the campfire. The program runs 6-10 p.m. and costs $25 per child.

Night at the Museum is the brainchild of Waxhaw residents Barbara Pratt and Gay Diller. "We plan to capture the spirit of an old time summer camp evening" Diller said. "The big lawn in front of the museum is a perfect place to play games, do crafts and to enjoy a big campfire with food, stories and songs."

She said hot dogs will be the centerpiece of the dinner, and of course, s'mores around the campfire will provide the perfect dessert.

Pratt and Diller will be there to keep the evening lively. When she's not leading rousing songs around a campfire, Pratt is a talented actress and singer who also is the drama teacher at Parkwood Middle School. Diller is an artist and graphic designer as well as a member of the story telling McGee family. She also said she is a veteran of numerous vacation Bible school sessions, so her game and craft skills are finely honed.

They will be ably assisted by a number of teen-aged counselors, including their own sons.

Sessions will be limited to 20 children per evening. Credit card registration can be done over the phone at 704-843-1832. You can also bring or mail a check to Museum of the Waxhaws, P.O. box 7, Waxhaw, N.C., 28173.

The Museum is open this afternoon, so it's not too late to register in person.