Boonshoft Bash Silent Auction

Put in your bid on one of our silent auction items that will transport you back to your childhood – in the best way possible!

Guests at the Boonshoft Bash will be able to support the Boonshoft Museum by bidding on one-of-a-kind experiences in the silent auction, or supporting the Society by purchasing much-needed equipment.

Exclusive Experiences

Family Movie Night in the Planetarium  
Bring aallll your family -- up to 100! -- with any movie you choose for viewing in the planetarium. Includes popcorn and soda.

Nerd League Party   
You, your friends and your fandom.  Whatever your poison (Avengers? Star Trek? My Little Pony?) in an after hours party with the museum’s Briks® at your disposal before the movie of your choice in the planetarium. Nerds unite!

Wine Tasting among the Stars
In a tasting that is out of this world, this experience comes with wines to sample, cheese to nibble, and a conversation with an astronomer with sci-fi music in the background.  This is a fun reward option for companies or maybe a group of friends who are looking for a great birthday option.  

Dinner with the CEO at her Home
Bring up to 8 guests for a one-of-a-kind evening!

Private Tai Chi Class with Patience the Sloth  
You and 3 of your friends can learn Tai Chi with our resident master, Tom, in the presence of Patience our Linne's two-toed sloth. The class is an hour with a question & answer period from our zookeeper.  Bidder receives a Patience t-shirt!

Tea with Taxidermy
The collection includes numerous taxidermized birds. This auction gives you the opportunity to have tea with a curator and view up to five birds of your choice in the collection with bonus artifacts in the old planetarium.  An absolute must for any bird lover! 

S'mores and Ghost Stories by the Fire (at SunWatch)
By the light of the moon and a hearty fire, listen to stories of ghastly ghouls while roasting s'mores. Ghosts need not apply!

Mothman Festival -- but just moths! (at SunWatch)
Come celebrate the local population of butterflies and moths out on our sprawling prairie.  Receive an information packet and follow the guide as you discuss and discover some of SunWatch’s most dazzling residents. (Late Summer/Fall only)

Movie Night Under the Stars (at SunWatch)
Grab your blankets and 20 of your friends for a spectacular night watching your favorite movie under the stars! Comes with popcorn and soda.

Stargazing with an Astronomer at SunWatch (at SunWatch)
An evening out with the stars and an astronomer! Bring a group of friends for hanging out with a professional while watching the night sky.

Fund Projects, Needed Equipment & More!

Deck the Vault!  Each year, our curators have a wish list of much-needed supplies and equipment to care for the objects in our care. From a Nilfisk Vacuum to clean the fibers of the mummy's wrapping ($2100) and Arten Calibration Kits ($175)  to HEPA cartridges ($430) and heavy-duty shelving ($1400), consider supporting the conservation of the collection by purchasing something they really need! Fifteen items will be available, ranging from $80 to $2100.

Deck the Exhibits Shop! Our fabulous builders can use your help, too. Support their work by providing new equipment such as a chop saw ($200), a mobile dust collector ($480), a band saw ($600), or even just contribute to the new forklift fund! Eight items will be available, ranging from $100 to $600.

Zoo Toy Drive -- Like many of our youngest visitors, our Discovery Zoo crew likes to play hard and nap hard -- and are almost as hard on their toys as the toddlers! Purchase puzzle feeders, toys, and other equipment need to keep the animals in our care healthy, happy, and safe. Items range from $20-$100.

The only way to bid on the exclusive experience packages is at the Boonshoft Bash on September 7 -- so make your reservation today!

* Denotes a Bash-exclusive prize package that is not currently available for purchase.

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