Night out for teddies

Few get to experience the night life in a museum after the lights go out and the doors are locked.

Olivia Stringer (7), of Dunedin, is reunited with her bed-buddy Peter Rabbit following the Toitu...
Olivia Stringer (7), of Dunedin, is reunited with her bed-buddy Peter Rabbit following the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Teddy Bear Halloween Sleepover yesterday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
But a large group of teddy bears did just that, as part of the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Teddy Bear Halloween Sleepover on Wednesday.

As part of a holiday programme, children took their teddies to the museum on Wednesday afternoon and built a bed for them to sleep in, before leaving them behind for their night of adventure.

Yesterday morning, the children returned to pick up their beloved bed-buddies and watch a slideshow of the things they got up to while they were in the museum.

The slides showed them helping staff with filing, computer work, vacuuming, pricing shop stock, building mounts for displays and locking up the premises.

The Otago Daily Times spoke to teddy bears Debbie, Wild Dog, Max, Cool Cool and Pop Corn, but they were keeping tight-lipped about what they saw and heard after the lights went out and museum staff went home.

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