Natural History Museum of Utah Hosts First Family Sleepover on November 9

Utah families are invited to an event they will not soon forget – to spend the night in a sleeping bag beneath a case of sparkling butterflies or under the watchful eyes of an elk at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Registration is open through Oct. 31, for the Museum’s first Family Sleepover event at the Rio Tinto Center, to be held from 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 9, to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 10. Sleepovers are for children from five to 13 years old with an adult.

After unloading in front of the Museum, stowing gear, and an orientation, the adventure begins. In addition to exploring the Museum’s galleries and many interactive exhibits, families will be able to participate in a variety of hands-on science activities designed to engage children and adults alike, such as making paper airplanes to fly from a balcony; learning how paleontologists protect the fossils they discover in the field and creating a fossil jacket around a member of their group; getting up-close with live insects; or designing their own ancient Fremont figurine. After an evening snack, parents and kids will gather around a virtual campfire to listen to cozy bedtime stories by flashlight before they drift off to sleep in the Museum’s Life Gallery. –