The Smithsonian Associates Announces the Return of “Smithsonian Sleepovers”

A Night of Adventure Awaits Children at the National Museum of Natural History
February 20, 2013
News Release
Smithsonian Sleepovers elephant

The Smithsonian Associates presents a true night at the museum with a unique overnight experience for children in the National Museum of Natural History. Sleepovers will be held May 17, May 31, June 15, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Kids and their chaperones will experience the museum in a whole new way through an interactive exploration of exhibit halls consisting of topic-based questions, puzzles, games and challenges; exhibit-based craft projects; watching an IMAX film screening of Born to be Wild; and sleeping under the museum’s giant North American right whale, Phoenix.

Tickets for the sleepovers will go on sale March 4. Ticket prices are $135 for general admission and $120 for Associate members. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, an evening snack, interactive exploration, arts and crafts activities, IMAX film screening and a light breakfast. T-shirts are available for purchase while at the sleepover.

Children ages 8 to 12 may participate. There must be at least one adult for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8. Chaperones must be 21 years or older. No adults without children. All participants must pre-register by calling (202) 633-3030 or by visiting The Smithsonian Associates box office located in the S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Dr. S.W., Suite 3077. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Each year The Smithsonian Associates creates and presents more than 750 individual programs that deliver exceptional opportunities for learning and growth. Programs range from lectures on a multitude of topics to the performing arts for audiences of all ages, in the Washington, D.C., area and across the country.

The National Museum of Natural History is located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.

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