Thank the movie Night at the Museum for not only igniting your kid’s interest in historical artifacts, buildings and things of the past, but also opening up doors across the U.S. for after-hours fun. Wonder what you can do at these galleries when the lights out? Click through our flipbook to see the top 18 museums and zoos where you can stay the night and let your curious mind wander.

Operation Secret Slumber at the International Spy Museum –Washington, DC

Your littlest secret agents have a mission, and it takes place as soon as the museum doors have been locked for the night. Take on a secret identity, gather intelligence about real spy skills and get ready to break secret codes, interrogate real spies and catch a mole. Be prepared for a dramatic finale as the sun comes up.

Ages: 9-13
Cost: $115/person
Online: www.spymuseum.org

photo: Chris Waits via Flickr 

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— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen