Overnight at the Museum

Overnight Adventures

Enjoy an overnight adventure with your troop, ministry, or child soon!

Choose from a wide selection of programs including:

Animal adventures (ages 5+)
Learn about animals from around the world when you meet one of our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and enjoy a program at the Ark.

Magnet Madness (ages 5+)
Explore the properties of magnets by testing to see if different materials are magnetic and playing magnetic games.

Wind Tubes (ages 5+) 
Invent and create your own miniature aircraft to send flying into our famous wind tubes!

Vigorous Volcanoes (ages 5+) 
Find out what the inside of a volcano looks like, why volcanoes erupt, and even assist in a volcanic eruption!

Give Me 5! (ages 5+)
Learn all about your fantastic 5 senses! Try out the jelly bean challenge, test out some optical illusions, and more!

Go With the Flow (ages 5+)
Get a firsthand look at what happens to water in our environment with our gigantic 3-dimensional EnviroScape. Pollution and runoff are colorfully evident when rain falling carries soil, chemicals, and oil through a watershed to a body of water. Can you help save the watershed community and our planet?

Included in your Overnight Adventure: 7PM – 8AM

Play time in the Museum, themed programming provided by museum Discovery Guides, healthy evening snack, continental breakfast, gift shop open for a limited time during the evening, and a FREE museum pass for each child camper to return another day. Please have everyone here by 7:15 to help us stay on schedule and give your group plenty of Museum time.

Items You Should Bring:

Sleeping bag or small air mattress
Comfortable pajamas
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Signed medical release form for every child and adult
Flashlight (optional)

Items to Leave at Home:

Portable music players
Food & beverages (snack & breakfast will be provided)
Any items of value (Hands On! is not responsible for any lost or stolen items)

Sample Evening Schedule:

7:00-7:15 Campers arrive and unload gear
7:15-7:30 Review rules and camp-in procedures
7:30-8:00 Program time
8:00-8:30 Snack in the Welcome Room
8:30-10:30 Museum play time & gift shop open for purchases
10:30-11:30 Unpack gear, set up sleeping areas, and change into pajamas
11:00 Lights Out (No one is permitted outside after lights out and the doors will remain locked except in cases of emergency.)
7:00 Wakeup
7:15-7:45 Breakfast
7:45-8:00 Pack up gear. Please be packed and ready to go by 8:00 am.

 To Book your Overnight Adventure

Contact Heather at heather@handsonmuseum.org or call (423) 423-4263 ext. 107. Make your reservation today – dates fill up quickly! When e-mailing a reservation please include: date requested, number of children, organization/group name, contact name and information, and theme. Camp-ins are NOT reserved until a 50% deposit is received and a confirmation is returned.

 Pre-Order Your T-shirts

Pre-order your campers’ Hands On! t-shirts for $10 each. That’s a savings of $2 per shirt. This also ensures that your receive the color and size of your choice. T-shirts will also be available the night of your camp-in at the regular price of $12. Selection may be limited.


For camp-ins of 20 children or less, the cost is $450 and includes the cost of up to 20 children and up to 5 adults. If the maximum number of children does not attend, you will still be charged the full $450. 1 adult for every 5 children is required to attend. A 50% deposit is required in order to reserve your date.

For camp-ins exceeding 20 children with a maximum of 40 children, the base charge is $500 and includes the cost of 20 children and up to 8 adults. 1 adult for every 5 children is required to attend. Each additional child after the 20th is an additional $20. Each additional adult after the 8th is an additional $10.

Birthday camp-ins are also available.

We require a final count of children and adults attending 3 weeks prior to your event date. All campers must meet the minimum age requirement for the camp program/activity. Once an initial reservation is made, a 50% deposit is due immediately to maintain your reservation. A receipt will be sent with the confirmation packet.


1. Always use your walking feet.
2. Always use your inside voice.
3. Please don’t touch the animals in the ark.
4. Treat our live animals with respect (don’t tap on the cages/tanks).
5. Kids slide safely in the coal mine (sorry adults, kids only).
6. NEVER open the door for anyone – get an adult.
7. Please stay away from doors and windows after lights out.
8. Sleep upstairs in designated areas.
9. No one is permitted outside after lights out.