Overnight Adventures at Museums, Zoos, & More

by DullesMoms.com, March 2018

Looking for some local overnight adventures for the family or a group outing? There are many local places that offer night-time adventures after-hours! Whether your kids are animal lovers, natural-investigators, or history buffs, there is a sleepover with their name on it!


Sleepover at National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
The sky is no longer the limit at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center! 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. Be on the lookout for aliens, too! Get your head in the clouds here.

Haunted Museum Lock-ins at The Weems-Botts Museum | Dumfries, VA
For the brave, the wary, and the most adventurous ghost-hunters, The Weems-Botts Museum is the place to visit in October! Each Friday and Saturday night during the month of October, the legendary museum opens its doors for visitors to enter and spend the night. The evening kicks off with a Haunted Heights Ghost Walk and then continues inside “Dumfries’ Most Haunted House!” Will you last the entire night? Call the museum to book your spot and find out!

Washington, DC

Sleepover at National Museum of American History | Washington, DC
Your child can become a detective for a night right here in the Nation’s Capital! While collecting clues, they will enjoy crafts, games, and experiments. They are sure to get a good night’s sleep after solving exciting mysteries. Crack the code here.

International Spy Museum Operation Secret Slumber | Washington, DC
Enjoy some ‘spy time’ with your little one. Participants not only have access to the museum during non-operating business hours, but also get to interrogate a real spy, play games, and hide beneath their disguises! The fun doesn’t end in the morning, as you get to bring home mystery goody bags. Keep an eye out for details here.

Snore & Roar at the National Zoo | Washington, DC
Families can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime adventure from June to September. Gaze at the stars while listening to the sounds of lions, tigers, and bears…oh, my! This enchanted evening will start off with a tour, games, and fun activities. Then you can end the night pitching your tent amongst the wildest of the wild while the sounds of the animals lull you and your little ones to sleep. Join your furry friends here.

Sleepover at National Museum of Natural History | Washington, DC
Imagine sleeping amongst over 124 million objects! Get your PJs and sleeping back and enjoy exploring the National Museum of Natural History after-hours! You’ll get crafty, experience a 3D IMAX movie, and have the chance to enjoy some of the museum’s best displays. Make history by clicking here.

Sleepover at the National Archives Museum | Washington, DC
Spend the night next to some of the most famous documents in the US. From chats with famous pioneers to movies in the theater, it will be a night of excitement! Book your visit here.

Overnight at the Crime Museum | Washington, DC
The night will start off with exploring an interactive forensic lab before enjoying a scavenger hunt. Then, enjoy a movie in the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Studio. Lights out begin at midnight, and you’ll wake up to a continental breakfast and children will leave with temporary tattoos and permanent memories. Investigate a trip to the museum here.


Historic Ships in Baltimore Overnight Adventures | Baltimore, MD
Gather your crew and climb aboard one of Baltimore’s historic ships for a unique and memorable experience! For children and adults, the Historic Ships in Baltimore’s Overnight Adventures program offers an exceptional opportunity to learn about life aboard one of their treasured vessels. Spend the night on a Navy warship, World War II-era Navy Submarine, or a Coast Guard cutter while taking part in an extremely hands-on and valuable adventure!

Sleepover at the National Aquarium (Dolphin/Shark) | Baltimore, MD
Spend the night with the friendly dolphins or the not-so-friendly sharks! After a fun family dinner, you will see quadruple at the 4-D immersion movie, followed by time at the interactive Dolphin or Shark Discovery Lab, depending which sleepover you sign-up for! If you dare, you can walk the catwalk where sharks will be swimming just inches under your feet. Fish around for more information here.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum Overnight Adventures | Baltimore, MD
From the sciences to the arts, there is something for every child to enjoy at this overnight visit! Kids can explore a mystery house, climb a 3-story treehouse, and explore all that the wonderful indoors of Port Discovery has to offer! Build a fun group adventure here.

Maryland Science Center Camp-In | Baltimore, MD
Gazing at the Planetarium stars and an experiencing an IMAX movie all on the same night is something your child won’t forget. With fun workshops and interactive exhibits, the adventure will be non-stop. The Maryland Science Center camp-in runs Friday and Saturday nights from January through May. More information is right at your fingertips here.

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this DullesMoms.com post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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