The science of sleep(overs)

We think we speak for many Chicago families when we say that the Museum of Science& Industry is one of the most fun museums in a city. But even if you’ve descended into the coal mine more times than an actual miner, watched multiple generations of baby chicks enter the world in the hatchery or visited the U-505 Submarine enough times that you could give the tour, there’s always something new to discover. Case in point: MSI’s popular Science Snoozeums.

If you go

Science Snoozeums

5:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m. Feb. 5-6 and 20-21; March 11-12; April 15-16

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Every kid who’s seen “Night at the Museum” has probably longed for a museum sleepover (minus the cursed exhibits, of course), and the Snoozeums are MSI’s answer to that. Families can explore all of their favorite exhibits until 11 p.m., try out science activities throughout the museum, complete a scavenger hunt, and even make some scientific toys. Of course, it’s all leading up to lights out, when everyone bunks down throughout the museum—you may be catching your zzzz’s next to a giant heart or a real airplane.

Whether you actually sleep or not, well, we make no promises (complimentary sleep masks are available, but you may want to bring your own earplugs). But no matter what, there will be breakfast in the morning—and memories that are sure to last until they’re taking their own kids to experience all that MSI has to offer.

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