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.

Fly Overnight at Museum of Flight – Seattle, Wa

Tots with their head in the clouds will have no trouble spending a night away from mom and dad at the Museum of Flight. Their program includes rocket building, a personalized after-hours tour of the Museum's galleries and their choice of a 1-hour Flying Gismo show, a Planetarium show or a 2-hour interactive space or flight experience.

Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $52/youth; $22/adults; free for one group leader

Online: museumofflight.org

photo: Wildcat Dunny via flickr

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— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen