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Sleepovers

Sleep over in the coolest place in the solar system—without having to be an astronaut!


NYSCI has the perfect, wonder-filled night for every young scientist, right here in Queens.

WHAT YOU GET

Science Activities

Science Activities

Grab your notebook, pencil, and lab coat. We begin with a journey through the museum to discover the secrets of science; everything from how to create a circuit to the magic of optical illusions.

3d Pajama Parties

3D Pajama Party

After scouring the museum for clues to the mysteries of the universe, it’s time to snuggle in your PJs with milk and cookies in front of NYSCI’s very own 3D theater.

Rise n Shine NYSCI Behind the Scenes

Rise n Shine: NYSCI Behind the Scenes

Time to roll up the sleeping bags as we fire up the bunsen burners and prepare for the day’s activities. Make sure to fill up on the continental breakfast provided (especially the coffee, adults)! Afterward, explore the exhibits while you have the whole museum to yourself.

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Group orientation
  • Organized science activities
  • 3D theater show
  • 450 hands-on exhibits
  • Milk and cookies with a 3D theater show
  • Bagels, cereal, orange juice and coffee in the morning
  • Play time in NYSCI’s outdoor Science Playground (weather permitting)
  • Special NYSCI Sleepover badge

Price Per Person

$85

* Open to community groups, scout councils, and service units. Not available to individuals.

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Group orientation
  • Organized science activities
  • 3D theater show
  • 450 hands-on exhibits
  • Milk and cookies with a 3D theater show
  • Bagels, cereal, orange juice and coffee in the morning
  • Play time in NYSCI’s outdoor Science Playground (weather permitting)
  • Special NYSCI Sleepover badge

Price Per Person

$85

* Open to community groups, scout councils, and service units. Not available to individuals.

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FAQS

  • Everyone in your group will need a sleeping bag and a pillow.
  • You may bring an air mattress, but mattresses larger than twin size must be shared with another person. Battery-powered air mattresses are preferred but electrical pumps are permitted. (Once the lights are out, you may not blow up or refill your mattress.)
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing to sleep in, as the temperature can fluctuate during the night.
  • Bring minimal toiletries.
  • Money for souvenirs in NYSCI’s Science Shop and for vending machine snacks is recommended.
  • Electrical appliances are not allowed after the lights are turned off. Leaders may use a flashlight to guide children to the restroom. We do not recommend bringing electronic devices such as ipods, portable DVD players, or personal gaming devices, as NYSCI is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

If you wish to increase the number of campers in your group, please call 718-699-0005 ext. 361. If space is available, we will be happy to accommodate your request. All payments must be made before the sleepover date. Payment may be made over the phone. A reservation is required for all campers.

Science Sleepovers begin at 6:30 pm and end at 9 am the next morning. To allow for smooth check-in and orientations, please arrive between 6:30 and 7 pm.

Sleepover participants park in the gated parking lot behind the museum, not in the open public lot. The majority of your group must be dropped off at the front entrance with their belongings and enter the museum. A NYSCI sleepover staff person will direct the driver to the parking lot and to the rear entrance.

Upon arrival, your group leader will check in at the registration desk at the front entrance and will receive all necessary materials. The leader will then distribute those materials to your group. All groups will attend a quick orientation and will be guided to the sleeping area to drop off gear.

Only complete groups will be checked in. IN everyone in your group has not arrived, your check-in will be delayed. (If you know a member of your group will be arriving late, please call in advance to inform us.)

We highly recommend that you eat dinner before arrival. A snack of milk and cookies will be provided at the 3D theatre show and breakfast (cereal, juice, bagels, etc.) is available from 6:45 - 7:45 am. There will be coffee for adults at breakfast. Please note that refrigeration is not provided for any food. All food must be eaten in the dining area. NYSCI does not allow outside food to be brought in under any circumstances.

You and your group will be sleeping in an assigned area among NYSCI’s exhibits. You will be directed to your area after check-in. Please make sure the group follows all instructions in order to keep emergency paths clear.

All adults are responsible for the behavior of their children, but it is not necessary to keep the entire group together during the evening activities. We suggest setting up a buddy system with periodic meeting times for the entire group. It is important that everyone participates in the scavenger hunt and be together for the D theatre show. Leaders are responsible for informing all adults and children about sleepover rules and procedures. We recommend that your group meet one week prior to your sleepover date to review and discuss all sleepover information. The Dining Area will be open to adults only from 12 am - 5 am. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Please remember that we require a ratio of one adult for even five children.

Once the lights are out, many outlets lose power. If an item needs to be powered overnight for a medical reason, please see the Sleepover staff and they will guide you to areas with powered outlets.

A first aid room is available. However, your group must provide your own first aid person to attend to an ill or injured child. We do not provide any types of medication, including aspirin.

If an emergency causes you to leave in the middle of the night, you must inform the security guard located in the front of the building. If you know that you have to leave before lights out, please inform the Sleepover Coordinator so that we can make arrangements for your safe departure.

THIS IS A SAMPLE ONLY: You will be provided with a detailed schedule at check-in:

EVENING
6:30 - 7 pm
Check-in and Orientation
7 - 9 pm
Science Scavenger Hunt
9 - 10 pm
Bedtime Preparation
10 - 11:30
pm Pajama Party with milk and cookies and 3D Theatre Show
11:45 pm
Lights Out

MORNING

12 - 5 am
Adults Only Allowed in the Dining Area
6:45 am
Wake Up Announcement
6:45 - 7:45 am
Breakfast
7 - 9 am
Exhibits Exploration
7 - 9 am
Science Shop Open
8:30 - 9 am
Departure

  • Only girls with female adult leaders may register for open evening Girl Scout Sleepovers.
  • Only boys with male or female adult leaders may register for open evening Boy Scout Sleepovers.

CONTACT FORM
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For group Sleepover inquiries, call 718-699-0005 ext. 361, or complete the contact form below.