Asleep with the Fishes and Other Museum Overnights in Chicago

Fish in an aquarium - Museum Overnights in Chicago

A new year is a great time for new experiences and several local museums offer you a chance for new experiences and perspectives by staying open overnight for sleepovers. Grab a sleeping bag, toothbrush, and jammies and reserve your tickets now. Many of these overnights will sell out quickly, so it’s best to reserve your spots early.

Dozin’ with Dinos at the Field Museum

While it’s unlikely you’ll spot SUE wandering the Field Museum after hours, there are plenty of fun events you can enjoy if you spend the night with her at the Field Museum during Dozin’ with Dinos. (Note: SUE will be de-installed beginning February 5 and won’t be on display again until 2019, so hurry in if you want to see her!) Workshops, a 3D movie, late night activities, and a breakfast are just some of the experiences on the agenda.

Overnights are for families with children ages 6 to 12 years old only. Tickets are $65 per person, or $90 for the Tour Package allowing you to sleep in the Dinosaur Hall and go on a behind-the-scenes tour with a Field Museum scientist. Discounts are available for Field Museum members and for groups of 15 or more people.

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Friday, May 4, 2018

No other dates will be scheduled until 2018 so don’t miss your chance, and don’t forget to bring your flashlight!

Asleep with the Fishes at the Shedd Aquarium

Pizza dinner, an aquatic show, a Caribbean Reef dive presentation, a scavenger hunt, and exhibit exploration are on the itinerary when you sleep with the fishes at the Shedd Aquarium.

Overnights are for children ages 5 and older and activities are geared toward children 5-12 years old. Tickets are $75 per person, $90 per person for VIP (Caribbean Reef), or $100 per person for VIP (Wild Reef). VIPs can bring an air mattress, receive VIP seating for the aquatic presentation, and receive other perks. Wild Reef VIPs also have the opportunity to sleep next to the sharks and stingrays. Not ready for a full night? Enjoy evening only activities for $40.

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018

Astro-Overnights at the Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium’s Astro-Overnights offer unlimited access to all exhibits, hands-on science activities, and a snack and continental breakfast. Guests will enjoy two sky shows, one of which is exclusive to overnight guests! A dinner of pizza, a cookie, and a soft drink is available for $11.

Participants should be between 6-12 years old and their parents or chaperones. Tickets are $60 per person or $70 with a VIP option of sleeping under the “stars” in the Grainger Sky Theater. (Note: VIP tickets are sold out for all current events.) Tickets for the evening only are $30 per person. Discounts are available for members and groups of more than 15.

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 – overnight sold out; evening only option is still available
  • Friday, March 9, 2017 – sold out
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Friday, May 18, 2018 – sold out

Science Snoozeum at the Museum of Science and Industry

Live science experiments, an Omnimax movie, tours of the Coal Mine and the U-505 Submarine, make-and-take activities, and a scavenger hunt will keep sleepover guests busy at Science Snoozeum, and a snack and continental breakfast are included. Dinner is available for purchase during the event. When you’re all tuckered out you’ll sleep next to a giant heart, by a 727 plane, or by the toy making factory.

Science Snoozeum is for families with children 6 to 12 years old. Tickets are $65 per person and include parking.

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 – wait list only
  • Friday, March 9, 2018 – wait list only
  • Friday, April 20, 2018

Bunking with Butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum gives scouts a chance to spend a night with butterflies and up close to other live animals, participate in nature-inspired crafts and activities, and provides an evening snack and a continental breakfast in the morning. Events are facilitated by museum educators.

The Peggy Notebaert Overnight Program is for children 6 to 12 years old. Tickets are $50 per scout, and $30 per adult chaperone. One adult chaperone is required for every 5 children; additional adult tickets are $50 each.

  • Friday, February 23, 2018 – Scout Overnight Program

Peggy Notebaert doesn’t have any other public overnight events scheduled, but they do offer overnights for private groups of at least 40 people at $55 per person.

What museum overnight looks best to you? Or what museum do you wish offered overnights?

Fish - Museum Overnights in Chicago

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