1. How many people can attend a Smithsonian Sleepover?
The sleepover can accommodate up to 150 people.
2. How many chaperones are required to participate with a group?
Each group must have one adult supervisor for every three child participants.
3. How old must a chaperone be?
A chaperone must be at least 21 years old.
4. Are the exhibits and programs handicapped-accessible?
Yes, all sleepover activities are handicapped-accessible. The museum’s Constitution Avenue entrance is handicapped-accessible.
5. Are younger and older siblings allowed to participate?
No, younger and older siblings are not permitted to participate, unless they are between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and have also registered for the sleepover.
6. Can I bring a birthday cake or cupcakes to celebrate my child’s birthday at a sleepover?
No, we are not equipped to handle this activity.
7. When do I receive confirmation for the sleepover?
You will receive an email confirmation immediately after you register. Please print it out and bring it to check-in along with your completed participant release forms.
8. Can we increase the number of participants in our group?
Space is very limited. If you want to increase your group size or make changes to your reservation, please call 202-633-3030 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday-Friday. If spaces are available, payment is due immediately and accepted over the phone.
9. What if someone in our group cancels?
There are no refunds.
10. What time is the sleepover?
Check-in for the sleepover begins at 7 p.m. and goes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the following day.
11. Where do we load-in and out?
Use the entrance to the American History Museum on Constitution Ave (between 12th and 14th St NW). If driving, you will have to pull up and unload curbside (on the street side of the silver barriers), then proceed to park your car (see question 12).
12. Where do we park?
Cars cannot be left on the street overnight. Due to ongoing construction at nearby museums, it is recommended to seek parking in one of the parking lots located nearby. For their location, please view this map. We recommend you call those companies to confirm if they will accommodate overnight parking and the fees associated.
Driving/Parking Alternative: The museum is conveniently located near Federal Triangle Metrorail station (Blue, Orange and Silver lines). Metro hours, fare information, and maps are available at wmata.com.
13. How do we check in?
Check-in is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the Presidential Suite located near the 1st floor gift shop. Everyone who attends a sleepover needs to check in at “will call” to submit their party’s release forms and receive a wristband to wear throughout the event. Families who have pre-registered will be listed on our roster and will need to give the name under which the reservation was made.
YOU MUST BRING A SIGNED RELEASE FORM FOR EACH PERSON IN YOUR
PARTY WHEN YOU CHECK IN.
After receiving your wristbands, you will be shown to the Presidential Suite to store your overnight gear. All participants must attend orientation, which will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Stars & Stripes Café.
If a participant needs to leave between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., please contact a staff person during the sleepover. Children must be in the company of an adult throughout the sleepover. If an adult must leave and no other adult from the group is present, the entire party may be asked to leave.
14. What types of food will be served?
Overnight guests are strongly encouraged to eat dinner before arriving for the program. An evening snack may include cookies, fruit, animal crackers, juice, coffee, and tea. Breakfast will include fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, milk, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea and juice. Not every item listed will be available at every sleepover—this is merely an example. Under no circumstances can the food provided be taken outside the designated eating areas.
15. Can we bring our own food and beverages?
No outside food or beverage will be allowed, except:
If a guest has severe food allergies or specific dietary needs, he/she may bring a nonperishable snack and breakfast in a heavy-duty plastic container (not a plastic baggie), labeled with the guest’s name. We can’t take responsibility if it is lost or stolen.
Any food not meeting these criteria or that is found in an exhibition hall will be confiscated. Any guests needing to bring in food should notify registration when ordering tickets and also the overnight staff upon arrival. Any special medical needs also should be noted then.
16. What if someone gets sick during the sleepover?
Please notify a sleepover staff member. Appropriate action will be taken.
17. Can we leave early?
Yes, participants may leave early if needed. However, all participants from the group must leave unless another adult from the party remains with the children. No children may be left without an adult chaperone.
18. Where do we change into our sleeping clothes?
Restrooms are available on the same level as 1 West Performance Plaza, adjacent to the sleeping area.
19. Where do we sleep?
Guests will sleep on the marble floor in 1 West Performance Plaza on the first floor.
20. The next day
The Main Store will open at 8:00 a.m. the morning after the sleepover, and offer a 10% discount for sleepover participants. Participants are welcome to explore the museum after opening time at 10 a.m. If you want to stay, please put your gear in your cars before returning to the museum.
21. Security and emergencies
The Smithsonian Office of Protection Services has staff members inside the building 24 hours a day. However, we highly recommend leaving your valuables at home or keeping them on your person at all times. The Smithsonian does not take responsibility for lost or stolen items.