The New Trend, Museum Sleepovers

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A new trend has started at museums across the nation: many of them are offering sleepovers! There are several museums in NYC that are now offering sleepovers this fall.

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Elephants at the Museum of Natural History © blink+ on Flickr

The American Museum of Natural History's "A Night at the Museum", is a wildly popular nocturnal adventure experience, and has new and exciting updates this fall. You'll witness some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience Hubble Space Telescope's striking images of the universe in the awe-inspiring IMAX film Hubble screening in the LeFrak IMAX Theater. You'll also explore their live-animal exhibitions with knowledgeable Museum explainers, and challenge yourself with one of our fun Museum Quests. You'll learn about a herd of wild buffalo, the Age of Dinosaurs and sleep beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale. For more information, visit: www.amnh.org/kids/sleepovers/.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square's also has an "Extreme Sleepover" where you'll sleep in the shadow of a baseball uniform worn by Babe Ruth. The action packed evening gives every participant an attempt in New York's only laser race - a timed challenge of flexibility, agility and speed through a high tech laser maze. Of course, the memories and photos from your evening are yours to keep, but Ripley's also provides each person with a souvenir t-shirt and limited edition patch. For more information, visit: www.ripleysnewyork.com.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be hosting "Operation Slumber" overnight visits for families, organized youth groups and their chaperones. Ideal for scouts troops, school and camp groups, this event is a great way for young people to experience life aboard the Intrepid. For more information, visit: www.intrepidmuseum.org.

The New York Hall of Science hosts "Science Sleepovers" that allow you to explore 450 hands-on science exhibits, participate in science demonstrations, make a cool science craft, and experience a science theater show. They have a variety of different themed sleepovers. For more information, visit: www.nysci.org/visit/groups/sleepovers

Historic Richmond Town's "Mystery, Murder and Mischief Sleepover" is also a lot of fun. Kids lay their sleeping bags out in the very courtroom where Polly Bodine was tried for murder in 1834 while enjoying popcorn and dramatic re-telling of Polly's mysterious and bizarre trial. For more information, visit: www.historicrichmondtown.org./sleepovers