If you’re lucky enough to have crossed the American Museum of National History’s “Night at the Museum” sleepover off your list, congrats. (If not, add it to the family “bucket list.”) Either way, that’s hardly the only sleepover in town. You and the kids can sleep like royalty in a cathedral, a sailor on an aircraft carrier, a scientist in not one, but two museums, and more. Just note the dates and book soon — these affairs sell out fast! Click through to find the overnight for you!

For the Classic: A Night At The Museum

It's the big one! It's the big one! Overnight visitors get a thorough flashlight tour of the heavy hitters of the museum, meeting "relatives" in the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, standing beneath a massive T. rex dinosaur, and exploring live-animal exhibitions with knowledgeable museum explainers. It's all followed by a screening of "Wonders of the Arctic", now showing in 3-D the LeFrak Theater. Then it's time to set up camp (i.e. grab a cot and unroll the sleeping bag) beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale, next to African elephants, or at the base of a striking volcanic formation. Recommended for kids ages six to 13.

Next Overnight: Jan. 27, additional dates through June

Tickets: $145/person' $135 for members

Central Park West at 79th St,
Upper West Side
212-769-5200
Online: amnh.org

  • For the Classic: A Night At The Museum
  • To Sleep Like a King or Queen: Knightwatch Medieval
  • For Air & Sea Fans: Intrepid Operation Slumber
  • To Visit Africa By Way of the Bronx: Family Overnight Safari
  • For a Science Sleepover With Fancy Flicks: Liberty Science Center
  • To Sleep Like a Sailor: Battleship New Jersey
  • For Science Sleuths: New York Hall of Science
  • For the Queens Zoo After Hours: Family Overnight Adventure

Do you have a favorite NYC family sleepover? Tell us in the comments below!

— Mimi O’Connor