Family Friendly Overnight Adventures | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Family-friendly sleepovers at the Museum and the opportunity to spend the night surrounded by our world-class exhibits!

Celebrate Your Birthday at the Museum!

Parties are at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 3 pm. To celebrate a birthday on weekdays at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, please call 213.763.3536.

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Adult-Only All Nighters

Put on your fancy PJ’s for an ultimate ‘nerd-chic’ experience at NHM's Adult-Only All Nighters!

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The Girls Are Back!

The historic Rotunda, with the centerpiece “Three Muses” statue, is one of the Museum’s most elegant and popular spaces. It’s also available again after renovation! Interested in creating an epic, or an epic event?
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Ever wonder what it’s like to have a sleepover at the Museum?  Grab your family and friends and have a night to remember. Spend an exciting night full of activities, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more, as you sleep among the collections at the Natural History Museum or the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Will you become a nighttime paleontologist, discover the mysteries of the Museum, or discover the Tar Pits by flashlight?  Choose your sleepover theme and get ready for your one-of-a-kind adventure.


Sleepovers at NHM

Reserve Online or call 213.763.3499


Dino Detectives

At this action-packed overnight, your group will be Junior Paleontologists, learning all about dinosaurs! Participants may embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt and make their own take-home craft!*

October 21-22, 2016 for Boys and Girls
November 4-5, 2016 for Boys and Girls
December 10-11, 2016 for Boys and Girls

Halloween Mysteries

A ghastly canine has been hounding the Museum – you and your junior forensic society member are invited to help solve a most curious mystery at this Halloween-time sleepover. Can you help find the missing T. rex bone and the spirited hound? Armed with your best forensic science techniques, explore the Museum and solve the clues. Activities will include: scavenger hunt, flashlight tour of the spider pavilion, secrets and legends ghost tour of the Museum, trick or treat stations and a dance party. Once the dancing is done, snuggle in for the night next to our world-class dioramas for sweet dreams. Costumes are encouraged.

October 28-29, 2016 for Boys and Girls


Curious about Paleontology? Or about the techniques used to conserve ancient artifacts? Learn about the ins and outs of Museum jobs at this Sleepover! 

November 18-19, 2016 for Boys and Girls

Sleepovers at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Ice Age Adventures

Learn about the La Brea Tar Pits and the titans that lived during the last Ice Age by experiencing the new Titans of the Ice Age 3D film!*

Spend an exciting night at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. Take a flashlight tour of the tar pits, go on a Museum-wide hunt, and make sticky crafts!

October 8-9, 2016 for Boys and Girls
December 3-4, 2016 for Boys and Girls - SOLD OUT!

Boo and Goo

Dig into the Halloween spirit with this Family-friendly sleepover that will invite you to follow in the shadowy footsteps of the extinct dire wolves to learn about what used to howl in the night during the Ice Age. Put on a costume and prowl through the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and learn to stalk prey like a Saber toothed Cat. Activities will include: make your own “tar,” Trick or Treat stations, flashlight tour of the tar pits, and Micro Fossil “candy” sorting.  Once the moon has risen, tuck in for the night under the specter of our skeletons. Costumes are encouraged.

October 22-23, 2016 for Boys and Girls

All Sleepovers provide a unique opportunity to learn about our natural and cultural worlds through hands-on activities and programming.  Each sleepover includes a light snack, light continental breakfast, and themed activities.

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*Please be aware all activities are subject to change based on availability and weather.