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Overnight Adventures Await Children at Four Smithsonian Museums!



Don’t just dream about adventure on a summer night, have one! Imagine rolling out your sleeping bag beneath a 50-foot whale, at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, in the shadow of the space shuttle Discovery, or near the portraits of presidents and visionaries. That’s exactly what kids and their chaperones can do when they attend a Smithsonian Sleepover.

The American History Museum, Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, and the National Portrait Gallery are all yours during a night of fun that features tours, games, crafts, and more. Which adventure will you choose?

National Museum of Natural History Sleepovers
Tonight, one of the world’s most popular museum is yours to explore. Join a small group of fellow adventurers and wander into the newly opened Fossil Hall, where dinosaurs cast giant shadows; explore the ocean’s aquatic wonders; walk softly pass mysterious mammals—did that one blink? Swap stories while enjoying hands-on crafts projects and games. And then, as the lights dim, roll out your sleeping bag and dream away, knowing that Phoenix the whale is keeping watch throughout your night in the museum. Sleepovers at Natural History will be held June 21, June 28, July 19, July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.

National Museum of American History Sleepovers
Solve a Smithsonian mystery of historic proportions! The devious diva Miss Rose has stolen six valuable objects from the National Museum of American History—and you need to discover what’s missing before evening’s end. Become a detective and roam through the museum’s galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate. After you have solved the crime, roll out your bag and sleep soundly knowing that you’ve protected some of America’s treasures—and had plenty of fun. Sleepovers at American History will be held May 24, June 15 and July 5.

National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center Sleepovers
There’s no more perfect setting for dreams of flight than the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Its two huge hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. Sleepover guests are on a mission to explore the whole world of flight, from its pioneering days through the era of commercial aviation to the excitement of today’s space program. Grab your flight checklist and take off for a night that includes plenty of games, art activities, and close-up looks at some of the most historic and fascinating craft ever to take to the skies. Udvar-Hazy Center staff are on hand to offer lots of great information and insights about the aviation treasures on view. Start the countdown to a one-of-a-kind adventure! Sleepovers at the Udvar-Hazy Center will be held May 18, July 13 and Aug. 17.

National Portrait Gallery Sleepovers
Spend the night in the Smithsonian museum that tells the stories of America through the people who have shaped our nation, from pre-colonial times to today. Discover the poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose portraits fill the galleries’ walls. Experience the roles of the artist, art critic, and storyteller in this unique sleepover for kids aged 10 to 14. Inspired by a variety of visual art mediums, games, and an immersive guided journey through the museum, sleepover guests create their own portfolios and display their work in a one-night-only gallery exhibition. A sleepover at the National Portrait Gallery will be held Aug. 23.


Ages: Children ages 8 to 14 may participate in sleepovers at American History, Natural History and the Udvar-Hazy Center. Children ages 10 to 14 may participate in sleepovers at the National Portrait Gallery. There must be at least one adult (21 and over) for every three children in any group that registers for the Natural History, American History and Udvar-Hazy Center Sleepovers, and one adult to every four children for the Portrait Gallery Sleepover. Chaperones must be 21 years or older. No adults without children.

Tickets: Ticket prices are $135 for general admission and $125 for Smithsonian Associate members. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, an evening snack, interactive exploration, arts and crafts activities and a light breakfast. T-shirts are available for purchase while at the sleepover.

Groups: Reduced rates may be available for groups of 20 or more. Call 202-633-3030 for more information.

For Military Families: A reduced rate is available for active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families. Please call 202-633-3030 and mention Promo Code 240808 to receive Military Promotion pricing.

FAQ: Information on what to bring, activities, rules, and the required release form for each sleepover location are available online. Additional questions? Email us at [email protected]

Call 202-633-3030 to reserve your adventure. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.SmithsonianSleepovers.org.


This post is sponsored by Smithsonian Associates, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Smithsonian Sleepovers

If your kid missed the first Smithsonian Sleepover of the season earlier this month, have no worries.  The event is taking place a few more times this summer on July 31, August 7, and August 21 (though that date is open to Girl Scouts only). For the full scoop on what the adventure at the museum entails check out this post.

If you just want quick details on how to participate, here’s the deal: The program is open to kids 8-12 years old. Cost is $125 General Admission and $115 Smithsonian Resident Associate & Friends of the Smithsonian members. You must pre-register and pay in advance by calling the Smithsonian at 202.633.3030 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm), or you can register at the Ticket Window at S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Drive SW (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm). Registration cut-off is 2pm on Friday for both Friday and Saturday Sleepovers.

For complete info, visit the Smithsonian Sleepovers website.

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Night at the Museum

Do you remember as a kid wishing you could live out the stories of some of your favorite movies? I would have given anything to tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, cycle over the moon with ET, or dance the hand jive at the prom with Danny Zuko (remember how cute John Travolta was back in the day?). Even as an adult, I still think it would be pretty awesome to meet some Oompa Loompas or hang with Harry Potter and the crew at Hogwarts.

Certainly, our kids have those same kinds of dreams, and they have a chance to make one come true.  Thanks to a wonderful, unique event from the Smithsonian Associates, kids have the chance to spend the night at the museum. Yep, just like Ben Stiller did in the hit movie.

On Friday, July 9, kids ages 8-12 are invited to a night of adventure at the National Museum of Natural History as part of the Smithsonian Sleepovers program. The evening begins with a screening of “Galapagos 3-D” and continues with more fun and exciting activities—a scavenger hunt, art projects inspired by museum highlights, a late night tour of the major exhibits. So maybe the animals won’t come alive like they did in the movie, but how many kids can say they spent the night in the same place as dinosaurs, whales, and a giant squid?

All participants must register and pay for the event in advance. The cost is $115/person for resident members, $125/general admission. The price includes an evening snack, light breakfast, the IMAX screening, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts activities, a guided tour, and exclusive access and activity in a Special Exhibit. All kids must be accompanied by a chaperon, and adults can chaperon up to three kids.

Register by calling the Smithsonian Associates at 202.633.3030 (M-F, 10am – 4pm). And for complete details, including rules and photos from previous sleepovers, visit the Smithsonian Sleepovers website.

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