An overnight is a great way to see some of your favorite museums in a totally new way. Move right in – you’ll feel like you own the place as you explore after hours and set up camp near your favorite exhibits.
Looking for a group overnight? You’ll be a hero to the kids in your family or scout/community group when they’re exploring the museum late at night. Discounted group rates are often available, and all events require a parent or chaperone to stay with children.
Spend the night with the stars at the Adler Planetarium and you’ll be treated to two sky shows, telescope observing, and lots of hands on activities. A light snack and breakfast are included; cheese pizza and a limited menu at Cafe Galileo is available for purchase for dinner. Overnights are for kids 6-10. The rate is $60 per person ($55 for members), or $70 for the VIP experience under the “stars” in the Grainger Sky Theater. An evening only option from 6:00 to 10:00 pm is available for $30.00 per person ($27.50 for members). For an additional $11 per person you can get a dinner of pizza, a cookie, and a fountain drink. Astro Overnights will be held on February 5, March 4, March 11, April 1, May 6, and June 3, 2016.
Sue the T-Rex loves having overnight visitors at Dozin’ with the Dinos. Kids 6 to 12 will play games, check out bugs, listen to bedtime stories, and explore the museum by flashlight. During the event, the gift shop will sell items available only to Dozin’ with the Dinos attendees. The Dozin’ with the Dinos experience is $65 ($60 for members), or pay $78 ($68 for members) for the Premium experience and sleep in Dinosaur Hall. If you want the Dozin’ with the Dinos experience plus a special behind-the-scenes tour (recommended for kids 9-12), it’s $90 ($80 for members). Dozin’ with the Dinos overnight events are scheduled for January 15, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 18, March 18, April 1, April 9, and May 6, and May 13, 2016.
Sign up for an overnight at the Shedd Aquarium and you’ll be sleeping with the fishes – in the best way possible! Dinner, a snack, and breakfast are all included, and you’ll be able to freely explore all the exhibits. Crafts, activities, a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, the Aquatic Show, and a 4-D movie experience will keep you entertained all night, but it’s lights out at 11 pm. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30 am, but if you’re still having fun, feel free to stay as long as you like because your overnight ticket includes admission for the rest of the day. Overnights are for children ages 5 and up, and are geared specifically for kids 5-12. It’s $75 per person ($60 for members), or get the VIP experience for $90 ($75 for members).
Asleep with the Fishes events will be held on January 29, February 12, February 19, March 4, and March 18, 2016. They book up fast so make your reservations fast!
A night of science is on the agenda at Science Snoozeum. Check out exhibits, participate in science activities, see an IMAX film, and receive a special patch for completing a scavenger hunt. When the activities are over, you’ll be laying down your sleeping bag near a 727, next to a giant heart, or by the toy-making factory, and waking up to breakfast.
There are dates scheduled for Science Snoozeum on January 22, February 5, February 22, March 11, and April 15, 2016. Sign up on the MSI website to be notified of new dates and book it early! Science Snoozeum is $65 per person.
Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg and the Sci-Tech Hands On Museum in Aurora have also offered overnight experiences in the past. Sci-Tech Overnights can be scheduled with a minimum of 50 people.