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Forty Winks With The Sphinx
May 12, 2009, Volume 55, No. 33

A new sleepover program at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology beginning May 29, will allow children and their parents or chaperones to take an overnight “expedition” to the museum. 

Forty Winks with the Sphinx sleepovers will be held on the following Fridays (advance registration is required): May 29, June 5, June 12, and September 25, October 30 (with a Halloween twist), November 20, and December 4, 2009.

The activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more. A scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery.

Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags—to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world, by the 3,200-year-old pillars from the great palace of the Pharoah Merneptah, son of Ramesses II. Forty Winks with the Sphinx concludes with a continental breakfast in the Museum Café, and time to visit the children’s gift shop.

Forty Winks with the Sphinx begin Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and end Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The program is geared to children ages 6 to 12, and one parent or chaperone is required for five children. Forty Winks with the Sphinx is $50 per person (adults and children); $45 for Museum members. For details and online registration visit the Museum’s website at www.museum.upenn.edu/sleepovers or call the Museum Events Office at (215) 898-2680, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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