Ever wanted to spend a night at the museum? Well, now you can—minus the dinosaurs and exhibits coming to life. From May through August, the Smithsonian Institution, which organizes more than 750 educational programs a year, will host a series of sleepovers for kids at the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, an hour west of Washington, D.C.
Interactive nighttime events include a mystery-themed scavenger hunt at the American History Museum, arts and craft projects at the Natural History Museum, plus aviation activities, games, and tours at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. By the end of the evening, the kids will fall asleep under a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird jet or a 50-foot whale.
Just don’t wait too long—tickets to the Smithsonian sleepovers tend to sell out in a hurry. General admission costs $135 per person or $125 for Smithsonian Associate members. Discounts are available for military families and groups of 20 or more. The ticket includes after-hours access, all activities, an evening snack, and breakfast the following morning.
National Museum of Natural History sleepovers are planned for May 18, June 1, June 29, July 6, August 24, and August 31. Children ages 8 to 12 may participate with a chaperone.
National Museum of American History sleepovers are scheduled for May 11, May 25, June 15, and August 10. Children ages 8 to 12 may participate with a chaperone.
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center sleepovers are planned for July 14, July 28, and August 18. Children ages 8 to 14 may participate with a chaperone.