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Travel Tip: Museum Sleepovers Across the Country

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Childrens Museum (2)If you’ve ever had a hard time convincing your kids to visit a museum, listen up. They might just pay attention if you tell them to pack their sleeping bags.

Several major museums around the country will let kids spend the night. The cool thing about it is you get to avoid the daytime crowds and get access to special activities by attending these museum sleepovers.

At the Museum of Science in Boston, the overnight program includes hands-on science activities, a late-night lightning display, and a private planetarium show the next morning.

The Field Museum in Chicago has an overnight program that lets kids explore exhibits by flashlight and camp out among the dinosaur displays.

Want to show them a whole different type of museum? The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., has an overnight camp where kids will get top-secret spy training—everything from code breaking to solving cases—while getting after-hours access to the exhibits.

Hey, this concept is so popular that the Museum of Natural History in New York launched an adults-only sleepover…only this one includes a three-course dinner and drinks.

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