In full disclosure, the National Archives Foundation is hosting Jersey Family Fun during their National Archives Sleepover to help us share details and our experiences about outstanding overnight programs for kids.
Tell me about a family sleepover event in a unique building, and I’m intrigued. Tell me about how my sons and I can be sleeping just steps away from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and I’m hooked. That feeling of we have to do it comes over me. That’s just what happened when I learned of the National Archives Sleepover in DC through a press release in my inbox. A chance to sleepover in the National Archives with my kids would not only be HISTORIC, but it would be a fabulous way for any family to enjoy a trip or vacation to Washington DC.
The next National Archives Sleepover, History, Heroes & Treasures will be Saturday, October 22, 2016.
Just take a look at how exciting their sleepovers can be!
Here’s how the National Archives Sleepovers typically work.
Families check into the National Archives building between 6:30 pm and 7 pm. Check in is followed by orientation. Then, the National Archives Sleepover activities begin. During the event kids and their adults become superhero citizens, meet heroes from history, and learn the power and responsibility of government and its citizens. Before bedtime, guests enjoy movies in the museum’s William G. McGowan Theater. When it’s time for bed, adults and children sleep in the Rotunda near the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
The next morning brings more fun, a hot breakfast with chocolate chip pancakes, activities, and demonstrations before the sleepover ends at 9 am.
Sounds like the National Archives Sleepover is a blast!
Here’s what you need to know about the National Archives Sleepovers.
- Upcoming National Archives Sleepover dates: October 22, 2016; February 4, 2017; October 14, 2017
- Time: 6:30 pm Saturday until 8:30 am Sunday
- Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC
- Price: $125 per attendee; $100 for Foundation members
- Ages: children 8-12 years old; chaperones must be 21+ (adults must be accompanied by a child)
Ready to register for the National Archives Sleepover?
There could still be spots left to join us on October 22, 2016. Click over to register now and to complete the required forms. You can also click over to the National Archives site to find out the answers to frequently asked questions and to learn about what to bring.
Want to know more about the National Archives Sleepover and hear about another mom’s experience?
Visit my friend Lisa from a Day In Our Shoes’ article, Visiting and Sleeping over at the National Archives in Washington, DC (with special needs!)
Want to know more about planning a family trip to Washington DC?
Visit our Family Travel to Washington DC series.
History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the National Archives Foundation; John Hancock; Susan Gage Catering; and American Heritage® Chocolate. Chocolate history demonstrations led by Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors.