NYC’s best museum sleepovers for kids

If you thought your kids enjoyed a night at their BFF's, these museum sleepovers will take things to a whole new level


For those who assumed beloved NYC attractions close at a particular time, think again. These museum sleepovers—and even zoo sleepovers—are further proof that New York is truly a 24-hour city. Dare to brave an overnight at one of the city's most interesting destinations? See our guide to what's coming up soon below! Just don't forget to sign up early, since the events tend to sell out pretty darn fast.

Looking for even more cool places to explore in NYC? Make sure these kids' attractions, fun indoor activities for kids and kids' playgrounds are on your list.

Best museum sleepovers

Photograph: Courtesy ©AMNH/D.Finin
Museums, Science and technology

Sleepovers at American Museum of Natural History

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Head out with flashlights at AMNH for a variety of cool adventures! You’ll get to explore the Hall of Human Origins, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and a 3-D Movie in LeFrak Theater. Bring your own sleeping bag and other comforts for settling down in one of the museum’s dedicated halls (AMNH will provide a cot but no bedding), and enjoy a snack and light breakfast (included in your ticket). Reserve your spot by calling 212-769-5200. $150, members $140. Aug 3, Oct 13, Nov 9, 17 6pm–9am. Ages 6–13, adult chaperone required.

Museums, Military and maritime

Operation Slumber at the Intrepid

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Get an insider’s look at the Intrepid and Space Shuttle Pavilion without the massive crowds when you sign up for a sleepover. Children will get involved in educational activities, unlimited rides in the flight simulator and guided tours with museum experts. There will even be pop-up planetarium shows, so future astronauts can learn more about the stars and planets. Snacks and breakfast are included. Cots are provided, but it’s a BYO sleeping gear situation. Reserve your spot by calling 646-381-5010. July 26, Sept 15, Oct 13, 20, Nov 3 (girls only), 10, 17, Dec 1, 15 $130, group price $105. Ages 6–17 with adult chaperone. 

Museums, Science and technology

New York Hall of Science Sleepovers

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Available specifically to Boy and Girl Scouts, NYSCI overnights allow your whole crew to experience the wonders of the museum and its 450 exhibits by going on a scavenger hunt to learn the “secrets” of science. After you're done exploring, it's time to rock your PJs for milk and cookies in the museum's captivating 3-D theater. The next morning, you'll enjoy continental breakfast (complete with coffee for the adults!) and be able to explore the museum before it opens. To reserve your spot, call 718-699-0005 x 361. Girl Scout Dates, March 9 and 30 2019, Boy Scout Dates March 23 and April 6, 6:30pm–9am. $85. All ages.

Attractions, Zoo and aquariums

Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY

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Critter-lovin’ kiddos will jump at the opportunity to sleep within reach of their favorite animals. Attendees will enjoy a Wildlife Theater performance, animal encounters, access to World of Reptiles at night and early access to specific exhibits on Day Two—not to mention the Children’s Zoo and a morning scavenger hunt. Hot breakfast will be served and guests will leave with a commemorative T-shirt. To reserve your spot, call 800-433-4149. Sept 8–9 4:30pm­–10am. $145, members $135. Ages 5 and up, adult chaperone required.

Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher/ Wildlife Conservation Society
Things to do, Birthday parties

Queens Zoo Family Overnight

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The gates might be closed, but the fun doesn't stop at the Queens Zoo. BYO tent, sleeping bags and a picnic dinner (but beverages, dessert, late-night snacks and breakfast are included in the ticket price). Speaking of food, you'll learn all about animals and what they eat, help to prepare animal treats and meet a few critters—like turtles and chinchillas—up close. To reserve your spot, call 718-271-7045. $125, members $100. June 1–2 2019 5:30pm–10am. Ages 4 and up.

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Historic Richmond Town

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Ready for some mayhem? The overnight adventure at this beloved attraction will have little ones trying to solve the murder trial of the "Witch of Staten Island." After making their own candles to light their way, kiddos will head to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House to make some snacks, listen to the 19th century tale of Polly Bodine and ultimately try to solve the mystery. To reserve your spot, call 718-351-1611 x 280. Groups of 15 children, $900, $60 per additional child. Grades 3–6.


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