Sleep under the stars at Adler Planetarium

One of the lesser known events around Chicago are the overnights available at the museums throughout the city. These events can provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite landmarks and provide an outing that’s a bit more adventurous than just a day at the museum. Nights at the museum can be rather fun and kids of all ages are sure to enjoy! Recently, we had the opportunity to check out one of these monthly overnights at Adler Planetarium.

Astro-Overnights at the Adler Planetarium are an opportunity to spend a night under the stars. Designed for children ages 6-10 with their families, scout groups or another special group, these evenings are perfect for getting out and exploring more about the mysteries of outerspace. Parents have an opportunity to have children attend the evening-only portion or a full overnight session. Throughout the overnight, families can enjoy hands-on activities, two amazing sky shows, telescope observation (weather permitting) and snacks, with a continental breakfast served in the morning.

My son, Charlie, loved setting the rocket into blast-off mode and settling into his sleeping bag under the star ceiling overhead. Keep in mind that you are sleeping on the floor, so come prepared with a twin size air mattress or sleeping bags to cushion you! One of the best elements is that while there is a structure of available activities, there’s plenty of time for exploration on your own. It’s the perfect time also because the Planetarium is not open the public and you can peruse at your leisure!

Add to the experience by having Adler put together a pizza dinner! For just $11 per person, Adler will provide a personal cheese pizza, chocolate chip cookie and fountain drink. Available for pick-up from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Overnight rates for Astro-Overnights are $60 per person or $55 per member. Head on over to their website for more information and to register for upcoming dates that are filling fast!

Which Museum would you love to experience an overnight? Could you imagine sleeping next to dinosaurs, weather storms or under the stars? Sweet dreams!

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