To observe the end of summer, the Wayne County Museum will host its first-ever Movie on the Lawn night.
The event will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 116 N. William St.
Jennifer Kuykendall, executive director of the Wayne County Museum, said movie night will also celebrate the last couple weeks of the museum’s exhibit “Stars, Stages and Screens.”
“We thought showing a museum-related and history-related film would be perfect, so we chose the family favorite ‘Night at the Museum,’ ” she said.
Kuykendall said a giant inflatable movie screen will be set up by a local business, Party in the Yardy, on the museum’s side lawn. Moviegoers can take their own chairs and blankets. The museum will also have some folding chairs available.
People can also take their own drinks. The Nekid Yeti food truck will be on site selling concessions created for the event.
The movie is free. There will also be movie-related activities for children throughout the day and into the evening.
“We will have surprise characters visiting for photo ops with families at 7 p.m.,” Kuykendall said.
She said children ask the museum staff frequently what the museum is like at night and if any of its taxidermy ever comes to life.
“Kids are fascinated with imagining behind-the-scenes adventures in the museum after hours, and this film explores those fantasies,” Kuykendall said.
“We want to connect with kids and their families and get them interested in learning about history in an entertaining way. We agree with the quote from Theodore Roosevelt in the movie, ‘The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.’ ”
Kuykendall said the museum staff plans on doing movie nights a couple of times a year in the future if there’s enough interest from the public.
The museum will be open with restrooms, activities and exhibits. Children must be accompanied by an adult and can’t be in the museum building without adult supervision, Kuykendall said.
For more information about the event, the museum can be reached at 919-734-5023.