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Academy of Natural Sciences: Night in the Museum

Pick your sleeping spot right next to the Academy of Natural Sciences' lions, tigers and dinosaurs! On select dates, the museum hosts an interactive sleepover where your little ones can explore throughout the exhibits, butterfly garden and dinosaur dig, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum and participate in a hands-on experiment. They can also enjoy a live animal show! Night in the Museum is appropriate for children ages 6–14. 


Baltimore Aquarium

This activity-filled overnight adventure is every shark lover's dream! Discover the truths surrounding these top ocean predators. Take part in hands-on activities in our Shark Discovery Lab and crafts station. With an expert guide, take a nocturnal prowl through the Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes areas, including a visit to the food prep area to learn how we care for and feed our sharks. Dare to walk the catwalk, where sharks swim silently just inches below you. Try your best to fall asleep knowing creatures of the deep are lurking close by. After breakfast, test your shark knowledge with an Aquarium version of Jeopardy! Participants in the sleepover must be at least 8 years old.

 

Bug Museum in NJ   

Grab your pajamas and sleeping bag and scurry over to Insectropolis and spend the night in our museum. Experience fun, educational activities during your overnight stay. Activities include an evening snack, a touch presentation with live arthropods, guided exploration with our knowledgeable staff, Q & A with our brainy Bug Keeper, and witnessing a feeding frenzy. Spy on our little friends with a flashlight and discover their nighttime habits. Then, relax and watch a bug movie on our big screen. The adventure ends the following morning with breakfast.
This fun-filled event is recommended for scouts ages 7-12. Our Night Crawl is scheduled for limited dates in spring and fall. Additional dates may be added if needed. Event starts in the evening at 6:30pm and ends the following morning at 8:30am. Night Crawls have a maximum of 85 guests. 

 

Carroll Indoor Sports    

Overnight party hours are normally 10 PM – 7 AM. However, hours are subject to adjustment for prior bookings or league scheduling. Chaperones are required on-site for entire party. Overnighters are popular for church groups, end of season team parties, businesses, bachelor parties, and more.

 

Chesapeake Maritime Museum    

The program is offered Fridays and Saturdays, April through June and September and October with advanced reservations required. Under the guidance of a museum educator, youth group participants experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on the museum’s 18-acre campus along the St. Michaels Harbor. 

 

Twelve to eighteen children and their chaperones can participate in the program. Children ages 8-12 travel back through time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a late 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Through educator-led activities, participants try their hand at the keeper’s traditional duties, listen to stories, and discover facts and clues about living in a lighthouse, navigation, and Bay history through games and puzzles. Built in 1879, the screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse once lit the way past Hooper Strait, nearly 39 miles south of St. Michaels. The lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1966, when the museum purchased the lighthouse and moved it to its current location. The lighthouse is one of only three of its kind still in existence on the Chesapeake. For youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). For inquiries about the program, or to register, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org

Da Vinci Science Center    

Programs take place from 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Brown bag dinners permitted; evening snack and continental breakfast provided. Scout groups can pre-order pizza from Domino’s to enjoy during their programs. One adult per five scouts is required; leaders and required chaperones are free. A 25-percent deposit required with reservation; full payment due four (4) weeks before program.
Merit Badge Overnights available for Boy Scouts as well.

 

Eco Adventures     

Imagine sleeping under the majestic canopy of the rainforest and waking to the sounds of howler monkeys or tree frogs. An EcoAdventures sleepover in our simulated rainforest is an experience your troop will never forget! First comes an evening of exciting activities that include a scavenger hunt with animal interactions, a possible night hike with flashlights or “eye shining” in the rainforest,  games, arts & crafts, and, of course, popcorn and a movie! Then, sleep the night away in the safety and comfort of our indoor facility. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfasts and then take a green screen photo with an animal as a souvenir of this unforgettable experience. Our educators can even customize activities to help meet merit badge requirements! Email for more information on customizable merit badge experiences and available sleepover dates at ecoadventuresmd@gmail.com

Frederick Keys    

Scout night /sleepover – normally held at the end of June

 

Franklin Institute   

The Franklin Institute’s Camp-in is the perfect sleepover event for children ages 6-13 and provides an unforgettable experience for families, scout troops, school groups, birthday parties, and more! Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive? Camp-In Highlights: Explore all of The Franklin Institute's beloved permanent exhibits like The Giant Heart, Sir Isaac's Loft, Your Brain, and more, after the museum closes!**Special exhibits are not included; ask about discounted rates. Telescopic observing in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory (weather permitting). Live Science: Astronomy Show Wildest Weather in the Fels Planetarium A Beautiful Planet in the Tuttleman IMAX® Dome Theater Astronomy themed cart activities on the museum floor Light continental breakfast BONUS: Return to the museum for FREE. Receive a souvenir patch that will grant you access to The Franklin Institute for free through the end of the 2018 calendar year.** Arrival: 6:15-7:00 pm  Departure: 9:30 am (all gear must be removed at this time, but campers may use their wristband IDs to stay in the museum until noon) 

 

Hershey Bears     

Join Coco the Bear and the rest of the Hershey Bears for the annual Scout Sleepover at Giant Center. Sleepover scouts will receive a game day admission ticket, dinner meal voucher, scout sleepover patch and parking pass. Plus post game activities and entertainment. On Saturday morning, enjoy a hot breakfast before departure. Minimum order of 15 (can include game only and sleepover packages). The event generally sells out. Tickets available in seat level 100 and 200 sections. 

 

International Spy Museum   

Participants will experience a one-of-a-kind 7 hour program (including spy missions!) with exclusive access to the Museum during non-operating hours, access to the museum’s permanent and interactive exhibitions, time to interrogate a real spy, 2 snacks, a continental breakfast, a take-home goodie bag, and a night you will not soon forget! Operation Secret Slumber is designed for children 9 to 13 years old. Check-in will be from 6:30 to 7:00 PM on Saturday.  The program will end at 10:00 AM on Sunday. After the program concludes on Sunday, families will have complimentary access to the Museum until closing at 6:00 PM.  Please be aware that we will not be able to store your gear on-site after 10:00 AM.

Maryland Science Center Camp-In 

Open to bears through Webelos II
Camp-In combines an indoor, overnight adventure with exciting, interactive science education. Camp-In includes three hands-on science workshops, a Planetarium show, an IMAX film, time to explore many of the museum's interactive exhibits, and limited time to shop in the store. Camp-In also includes an evening snack, a light breakfast and a participation patch. Check-In begins at 5:15 PM and the program ends at 9:00 AM.
Camp-In Highlights:
•    Hands-on Science Workshops
•    Planetarium Show and IMAX movie included
•    Special access to the Science Center and Science Store
•    A chance to spend the night in the museum

Maryland Zoo  

Join other zoo-loving families for an educational family sleepover inside Penguin Coast. You and your children will explore Zoo exhibits to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals and some of our local nocturnal animals. Price includes dinner, Continental breakfast, games, activities, and admission to the Zoo on the following day.
Dinner menu: Caesar salad with garlic and herb breadsticks, hand-tossed cheese, pepperoni or vegetable pizza, and a variety of soft drinks. Breakfast menu may include: breakfast sandwiches, pastries, muffins.

 

Natural History Museum in DC 

A night of adventure awaits you as you enter the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, just as the doors are closing, the lights dim, and the crowds shuffle out... 

 

National Zoo Sleepover    

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/snore-roar-sleepovers-families
10-20 People $75 per person age 6+. Your overnight excursion will include an evening snack, a keeper led tour of an exhibit area, a flashlight hike through the Zoo to check out the awesome nocturnal animals, a good night’s sleep in a tent proved by FONZ, under a blanket of stars on Lion/Tiger Hill. A family friendly scavenger hunt, a continental breakfast, and the chance to say you spend the night at the zoo!

NJ Aquarium Shark in the Dark   

Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium for an awesome overnight experience, Shark in the Dark! Experience the Aquarium’s amazing shark collection, as well as sea turtles, stingrays and a multitude of different fish. After your adventure, you’ll spend the night sleeping up close with one of these amazing aquatic animals. The next morning, you’ll get a chance to visit with our African penguins and hippos. It’s a shark-tastic experience you’ll never forget! Time: 6:00pm - 9:00am Ages: 6 - 12, with accompanying adult chaperones

Penn Museum: 40 Winks with the Sphinx

 

Penn Museum's sleepover, 40 Winks with the Sphinx , invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more.
An unforgettable experience for kids, ages 6 to 12, and their parents or chaperones! See our Events Calendar for scheduling and online registration. A scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags—to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world—surrounded by the 3,200-year-old pillars from the great palace of the Pharaoh Mereneptah, son of Ramesses II. 40 Winks with the Sphinx concludes with a light breakfast in the Museum Café, then time to explore the galleries by day, and visit the gift shop. Space is limited and dates sell out quickly. Please call 215.898.2680 for the latest information and available dates, or simply check out our Events Calendar where you can find an available date that works for you, then reserve your spot immediately by registering online. Scouts are welcome! 

Philly Zoo  

Experience the Zoo like never before when you book an overnight adventure! Start the evening off with a visit to some of our animal buildings, open late exclusively for you. The fun continues with an animal keeper meet-and-greet, followed by a late-night hike, crafts, activities and so much more! After a night of roars and snores, wake up with wildlife to set out on an expedition to enjoy the Zoo during the day.

 

Space is limited and these wild events fill up quickly. Call 215-243-5275 or email overnights@phillyzoo.org to reserve your program today! 

Available programs include our Overnight and Private Overnight experiences and are perfect for children ages 6-13. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. The program concludes when the Zoo opens the following day at 9:30 a.m. Admission to the zoo that day is included with the program. Dinner and breakfast are available for purchase at Tiger Terrace. A complimentary snack is included with the program.

Port Discovery    

Imagine taking your scout or youth group on a journey through ancient Egypt; exploring a mystery house; and climbing a 3-story tree house; all within one night! Overnight Adventures combines the fun and excitement of exploring the great indoors of Port Discovery with hands-on, educational workshops! 

Ripleys believe it or Not sleepovers in NY

Take an incredible journey in the footsteps of one of the world's most famous explorer, writer, radio and television personalities - Robert Ripley. At Ripley's Extreme Sleepover, participants experience the thrill of adventure to far away lands, encounter astonishing people and discover objects so outrageous they must-be-seen-to-be believed. There is a reason Ripley's Times square is one of New York's most popular attractions and this one-f-a-kind museum sleepover experience is one you don't want to miss!
After a delicious dinner and as the crowds on 42nd Street begin to fade, participants are led on an awesome flashlight scavenger hunt to find fossils, mummies, alligators, meteorites and even some living artifacts. If it's weird, wild, odd or bizarre, you can bet we have it and you'll see it.
Young explorers can even try to set a speed record in the amazing NEW Ripley's Laser Race. At the end of the eve, guests relax in our Babe Ruth Theater with a family friendly movie and tasty snacks before laying their heads to rest. In the morning, a light breakfast is prepared and Survivor Certificates are presented along with a goodie bag, complete with souvenir patch and t-shirt. Call now 212-398-3133  
All sleepovers are age appropriate for ages 6yrs - 18yrs old.
Customized sleepover dates are available for groups with a minimum of 25 people

Patuxent Research Refuge

There are several options for leaders wishing to bring their scout groups to Patuxent Research Refuge. If leaders are interested in working on accomplishing badge criteria, a copy of “Program Links” can be picked up or mailed prior to their visit. Program Links is a publication that describes how leaders can utilize the exhibits and trails at the National Wildlife Visitor Center to help their scouts meet some of the nature related badge requirements.
The North Tract entrance of the Refuge offers camping to scouts mid-March through the end of June. Camp sites are for primitive camping - use of tents only! Please contact North Tract at 301/776-3090 for more information.

 

Sandy Spring Adventure Park

With 13 Trails, 29 zip lines, 6 difficulty levels and almost 200 challenge bridges, the Adventure Forest the largest forest climbing park in the Nation.  
At the heart of the part is the main platform.  Think of it like the top of a ski mountain.  There is a ladder leading to the top of the platform.  Once on the main platform, there are 13 separate trails heading off and up into the tree tops.  Each is color coded indicating the difficulty of the trail.  Like a ski mountain, each climber chooses their own level of challenge.  
Scout discounts apply to all members of your group.  Invite siblings, friends, parents and neighbors.  
Here are a few trips for your unit at the The Adventure Park:  
•    Choose an overnight itinerary and stay in one of the large campsites onsite.
•    Climb in the dark.  Try the popular night climbs
•    Have pizza delivered or roast marshmallows over one of our fire pits.  
Patches are available too! All bookings require advance reservations. 
Please contact their reservations specialists at 240-389-4386 to book your scout’s next adventure.  

 

Ships in Baltimore        

Historic Ships in Baltimore's Overnight Adventures offers groups a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard a mid-19th century Navy warship, a World War II era Navy Submarine, or a Coast Guard Cutter that witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, HI. Just as importantly, they have fun!
•    Conveniently located in Baltimore's historic and picturesque Inner Harbor and a stone's throw from the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Harbor Place, and the Civil War Museum 
•    Program availability: 7 days a week, year-round
•    Cost includes two meals (evening & morning), bed (hammock or bunk), all activities, and trained educators 
•    Programs begin at approximately 5 PM and conclude at 9 AM 
•    A deposit of 20% of the program's total cost is required to confirm date. The final balance is due no later than 60 days prior to the program date. 
•    20-participant minimum per event
•    Maximum number of participants: USS Constellation (60), USS Torsk (30), USCGC Taney (80) 
•    Minimum age: 1st grade 
•    Maximum age: none 
Overnight patches are available through the Education Department and can be purchased on your program or pre-ordered at 410.396.3453

 

Other Ships

Camden, New Jersey  USS New Jersey (Battleship),  
New York City, New York USS Intrepid (Aircraft Carrier)
Quincy, Massachusetts USS Salem (Heavy Cruiser)

 


Fall River, Massachusetts

 

  • USS Massachusetts (Battleship)
  • USS Joseph P. Kennedy (Destroyer)
  • USS Lionfish (WWII Attack Submarine) 


Patriots Point, South Carolina USS Yorktown 


    Norfolk, Virginia USS Wisconsin  


Smithsonians

  • National Archives
  • American History, Air and Space in VA, and Natural History 
  • National Portrait Gallery 

Terrapin Adventures

Ages 7-10 Enjoy Terrapin Explorer Kid’s Course, Stargazing & S’mores Overnight inside Savage Mill.6:00 PM -8:00 AM. Call 301-725-1313 if you have 15 or more scouts to schedule a custom program. This adventure is perfect for the younger explorer! We will be traversing our brand new Explorer kid’s course and then get to experience the night sky by creating a craft to help us learn where to find the season’s constellations. We will then take the adventure back outside and view the stars for ourselves while snacking on some s’mores! We will be sleeping inside the two party rooms we have. Participants get pizza and, non-caffeinated drinks for dinner. Then they get breakfast in the morning of cereal, fruit, and juice. Parents get bagels and coffee in the morning. The adventure will go from 6:00 PM- 10 PM, lights out at 10:30. No more than 30 boys per night and we are doing a 6:1 ratio for the boys: chaperones. We will be having two Terrapin Adventures staff staying the night. $65 per Cub Scout and $40 per adult. Terrapin Adventures patches are included. Pricing subject to change and we can customize a program especially for you. The scout prices require a minimum of 10 participants. Our specially trained guides will help your scouts realize their potential. Our course is built & inspected by Inner Quest, one of the founding members of the Association for Challenge Course Technology. We carry general liability, workers compensation and property insurance up to industry standards. TA is an approved vendor with the Girl Scouts. We emphasize safety first and all staff is CPR and first aid certified. Terrapin Adventures also has bike & kayaking trips for your troop. Call our office at 301-725-1313 to consult with one of our group planners and check date availability or fill out the Group Inquiry Form.