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Nights at the Museum

Stephens porch-260pxGuided by Lantern to the Courthouse

Mystery, Murder and Mischief

Overnight Adventures for Grades 3-6

It's a spooky night at the museum when kids relive the murder trial of the "Witch of Staten Island." It all happens in the very courtroom she was tried in during the 19th century.
 
The drama starts at 7:00 p.m. when the kids make their own candles to illuminate the approaching darkness. They trek through the dusk to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House where they gather around the fiery hearth to pop their own corn and churn butter. Next, they climb the Courthouse steps to uncover the "back story" of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history.

Upstairs, in the same courtroom where Polly Bodine was tried for murder in 1843 they cuddle in their sleeping bags, munch popcorn and participate in the dramatic re-telling of Polly's mysterious and bizarre trial. The story ends when they render their own verdict and discover what the real jury decided more than 150 years ago.

As darkness wraps the Courthouse, the lights are turned low and the children fall sleep in the shadow of the witness stand where the "Witch of Staten Island" testified.

After a long night of rest in peace, they shake the sleep from their bones and head down to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House to griddle their own Indian Flappers (corn meal pancakes), join a scavenger hunt and other activities. Finally, they are initiated into the "Society of the Secret Treasures" and are sworn as "Keepers of Treasure" to cherish and pass on secrets to new members.

By 11:30 a.m. they are ready to return to the present day.
 
Great for birthday parties!  Build your own package.  Add bonuses for the kids: extra handmade crafts, tickets to events, memberships, passports, books and other gifts from our gift shop.
candles at the GLTGuyon-Lake-Tysen House Kitchen

 

Groups of up to 15 Children, $675

$45 Per additional Child
$40 for each Adult Chaperone


Call (718) 351-1611, ext 281

 


718 • 351 • 1611

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


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Upcoming Events

  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Fri - Jun 5, 2015 7:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • UNCORKED!
    Sat - Jun 6, 2015 12:00PM
    NYC'S premier outdoor spring fine food and fun event!
  • Breakfast at Bennett Café
    Sun - Jun 14, 2015 9:30AM
    Enjoy a delightful Sunday morning Homestyle Breakfast in our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Sat - Jun 20, 2015 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Father's Day Focus Tour
    Sun - Jun 21, 2015 1:00PM
    What did dad's workshop look like in the past?
  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Fri - Jun 26, 2015 7:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Independence Day Celebration
    Sat - Jul 4, 2015 12:00PM
    It's an old-fashioned, patriotic celebration of the classic American holiday. Get your hand-churned ice cream and a pie-full of traditional fun!
  • All American Drive-In • Monday
    Mon - Aug 3, 2015 7:00PM
    First of six nights of retro blockbuster films on a huge screen. Park and immerse yourself in cinematic nostalgia.
  • All American Drive-In • Tuesday
    Tue - Aug 4, 2015 7:00PM
    Second of six nights of retro blockbuster films on a huge screen. Park and immerse yourself in cinematic nostalgia.
  • All American Drive-In • Wednesday
    Wed - Aug 5, 2015 7:00PM
    Third of six nights of retro blockbuster films on a huge screen. Park and immerse yourself in cinematic nostalgia.
  • All American Drive-In • Thursday
    Thu - Aug 6, 2015 7:00PM
    Fourth of six nights of retro blockbuster films on a huge screen. Park and immerse yourself in cinematic nostalgia.
  • All American Drive-In • Friday
    Fri - Aug 7, 2015 7:00PM
    Fifth of six nights of retro blockbuster films on a huge screen. Park and immerse yourself in cinematic nostalgia.

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