Even before “Night at the Museum” was a movie, we’ve all wondered how completely cool it could be to search through the halls after dark. Is there any possibility whatsoever that the animals of the Serengeti come to life, even flick a whisker, when nobody’s around to see? Could you truly travel all the way to Mars in the space exhibits, if no lights or closing hours were there to stop you? The American Museum of Natural History invites you to find out all of this and so much more, with a sleepover experience that’s anything but ordinary.

When the doors have closed for the day and your slumber party has entered the building, the mystery and excitement begins with a scavenger hunt through the museum grounds. Adventuring past bioluminescent sea creatures and polar bears frozen in time, every heart young and old with race with sheer disbelief and giddy laughter. Following this, sleepers have first class seats to their own private IMAX screening of Born to be Wild, the tale of incredible researchers who save orphaned orangutans in Borneo. Everyone will have hands-on animal interactions and time with museum entertainers, and when all is said and done, will drift off in the vast, tranquil Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, beneath the peaceful presence of the museum’s 94-foot scale model of a blue whale.

In the morning, imaginations will soar as kids realize all over again where they are, opening their eyes to amazing sea creatures and excited fellow campers. Breakfast will be served and every kiddo will be sent home smiling. Not your standard sleepover of popcorn and tearful calls in the middle of the night to come home, this is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure not to be missed, and never to never be forgotten.

Open for ages 6-13 and parents, speciality dates and packages are offered for for Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. Prices per slumber partier start at $129 per person, discounted for parties of 15 or more. Contact sleepovers@amnh.org or call the dedicated sleepover line at 212-769-5570, and read on at the site for complete information.

–Genna McGahee