Lifestyle Spend a night at the museum in NYC The American Museum of Natural History regularly hosts sleepovers. Photo Credit: AMNH / R. Mickens By MEREDITH DELISO firstname.lastname@example.org @themerryness April 19, 2015 1:14 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Forget sleepovers with spooky stories around a campfire -- how about sleeping underneath the American Museum of Natural History's blue whale, or getting woken up by the barks of sea lions? For the ultimate zoo or museum experience, here's a look at overnight programs for families at New York City's cultural institutions. FOR BUDDING SCIENTISTS New York Hall of Science On the agenda: NYSCI Sleepovers typically feature science activities, from studying optical illusions to how ants communicate to a scavenger hunt, and a pajama party in front of the museum's 3-D theater, before bed. In the morning, kids can further explore the museum's exhibits. Where you sleep: Among NYSCI's exhibits Geared toward: Community groups, scout councils and service units (not available to individuals) Upcoming available dates: April 25 (for Girl Scouts) Cost: $69 per person Also includes: Parking, 3-D theater show snacks, breakfast, special NYSCI Sleepover badge Info: 47-01 111th St., Corona, 718-699-0005, nysci.org/nysci-sleepovers FOR MILITARY AND MARITIME BUFFS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum On the agenda: During Operation Slumber, overnight guests can experience what it's like to live aboard the Intrepid while participating in scavenger hunts, ride the XD Theater Cosmic Coaster and explore the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which details the history of the Shuttle program. Where you sleep: Among the planes and exhibits in the Hangar Deck Geared toward: Families, organized youth groups such as scouts troops and camp groups and their chaperones, youth ages 6-17 (ideal for ages 8-12) Upcoming available dates: April 25, July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 26, Oct. 17 and 24, Nov. 7 and 21, Dec. 5 and 12 Cost: $120 per person Also includes: Dinner, snacks and breakfast, cots, goody bag, complimentary voucher for museum admission good for 60 days Info: Pier 86, W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue, 877-957-7447, intrepidmuseum.org/groups/overnights.aspx FOR NATURAL HISTORY FANS American Museum of Natural History On the agenda: After hours during the museum's sleepovers, guests can go on a fossil fact-finding mission by flashlight, explore the live-animal exhibitions or meet live animals and watch a 3-D show in the LeFrak Theater. Where you sleep: Either the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life under the blue whale, in the Hall of African Mammals beneath the dioramas or in the Hall of Planet Earth among the geological formations Geared toward: Youths ages 6-13 (Scout nights, 6-16) Upcoming available dates: July 17, Aug. 7, Oct. 9, Nov. 7 (Boy Scouts night), Nov. 13 (Girl Scouts night) Cost: $145 per person Also includes: Evening snack, breakfast, cots, take-home activities Info: Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5200, amnh.org/plan-your-visit/amnh-sleepovers FOR ANIMAL LOVERS Bronx Zoo On the agenda: Pack a tent, sleeping bags and dinner and experience the zoo's Family Overnight Safari. The experience includes activities like a scavenger hunt, crafts and sing-alongs, as well as visits to exhibitions. The wake-up call comes courtesy of the sea lions. Where you sleep: Southern Boulevard section of the zoo, near the Sea Lions and Peacock Garden Geared toward: Ages 5 and up Upcoming available dates: May 2, June 13, Sept. 12 and 26 Cost: $150-$185 per person Also includes: Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, breakfast, commemorative T-shirt Info: 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-220-5100, bronxzoo.com/programs Queens Zoo On the agenda: The Queens Zoo offers a similar experience to the Bronx Zoo with its Family Overnight Adventures. Bring a tent, sleeping bags and picnic dinner for a night under the stars among the zoo animals. Educational activities include working with the staff to prepare animal treats, a night tour of the zoo, meeting the animals and, in the morning, a bird walk. Where you sleep: On the lawn by thick billed parrot exhibit Geared toward: Ages 4 and up Upcoming available dates: May 16, June 6 Cost: $125 per person Also includes: Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, breakfast Info: 53-51 111th St., Corona, 718-271-1500, queenszoo.com/programs By MEREDITH DELISO email@example.com @themerryness Meredith has been a features editor with amNewYork since 2013, covering dining, health, travel and books. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.