Special EventRoar & Snore: Dinosaur Overnights

Spend a night at the museum, sleep with the dinosaurs, take over the exhibits, snack on popcorn while watching a movie, compete in a scavenger hunt and learn about dinosaurs and fossils – all while wearing your pajamas!

Be prepared for adventure as you explore the museum after hours and make new friends along the way!



February 24, March 31 and April 28


6 pm – 8 am


Members: $48 | Non-Members: $55


Ages 5+. An adult must attend w/ child.

Overnight (1)

What to Expect

  • Great for families or friend groups (children must be accompanied by an adult, see details below).
  • Explore the museum exhibits, including Expedition: Dinosaur, after hours!
  • Meet a Dilophosaurus and watch the *new* Live Science Show, Dinosaur Encounter.
  • Participate in a paleontology chat & fossil dig.
  • Compete in a dinosaur-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Enjoy popcorn and a movie in the Live Science Theater.
  • Set up camp and sleep in the exhibits. Who’s always dreamed of sleeping with dinosaurs?!
  • Pizza party, snacks and breakfast are included.
  • And more!

Sample Schedule

Friday Night

Friday Night

6:00 pm….. Check-in, free play until dinner

6:30 pm….. Pizza Party

7:15 pm….. Welcome Pep Rally

7:20 pm….. Dinosaurs of Antarctica dome movie

7:45 pm….. Dinosaur Encounter Live Science Show

8:30 pm….. Activities! Choose one

  • Paleontology Chat & Fossil Dig
  • Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt

9:00 pm….. Activities! Choose one

  • Paleontology Chat & Fossil Dig
  • Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt

9:30 pm….. Snack time & set up camp/beds

10:00 pm…. Movie in Live Science Theater

11:30 pm….. Story time in Castle

11:40 pm….. Get ready for bed

12:00 pm….. Lights Out & exhibits off

*subject to updates

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

6:00 am….. Coffee available

7:00 am….. Lights on, breakfast available

8:00 am…..  Event ends

*subject to updates

Event Details
  • Ages & Adult Supervision
    • Each child and adult in your group must purchase a ticket.
    • All children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult during the entire event.
    • This event is for children 5 – 17 years and adults.
    • One adult may chaperone up to three children.
    • Each night will be limited to 125 attendees.
  • What to Bring
    • Sleeping bag/bedding and a pillow
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, deodorant, etc.)*
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Pajamas and a change of clothes
    • A light jacket or sweatshirt (the museum can be cold)
    • Flashlight
    • Eye mask and/or ear plugs (some exhibits never turn fully off)

    Optional Items

    • Air mattress or extra padding
    • Tents are welcome as long as they are freestanding and no larger than a queen size air mattress
    • Extra drinks or snacks (no glass bottles, no alcohol)

    *Please note that there are no showers at Exploration Place

  • Arrival
    • Arrive between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    • Check-in with Exploration Place staff in the Main Lobby.
    • Unload your gear in the circle drive and park in the main Exploration Place lot. Wagons will be available to use.
    • Bring in all of your belongings for the night when you arrive. We’ll help you stash items in Discovery Room A until it’s time to set up camp.
    • You are free to enjoy the exhibits until the activities begin.
  • Sleeping Area
    • Sleep with the dinosaurs in Expedition Dinosaur! Other galleries available for sleeping include Health Inside Out, Design, Build Fly, Explore Kansas, KEVA and the first floor of the castle in Where Kids Rule.
    • We’ll wait to set up camp until later in the evening, after the activities in the exhibits have concluded for the night.
    • Restrooms are easily accessible from all sleeping areas. Exploration Place does not have showers.
    • Access to wall outlets will be available, but not necessarily next to where you are sleeping. Don’t forget your charger!
    • The exhibits and main lights will be turned off at midnight. Safety lighting and some building/exhibit sounds will remain on throughout the night. Ear plugs and eye masks help!
  • Departure
    • Please check the museum for any personal belongings.
    • The event officially ends at 8 a.m.
    • All attendees must depart Exploration Place by 9 a.m.
  • Safety
    • The building will be secured at 7:30 p.m. and will remain so until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. No one may enter or exit the building during this time.
    • If you decide you do not want to stay the night, you may exit with the assistance of staff. You will not be allowed to re-enter.
    • Adults are responsible for monitoring the children in their group and are asked to stay together during your adventure.
    • Exploration Place staff and a security guard will be on-site throughout the event.
  • Refund Policy

    All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The only valid tickets available for Exploration Place events are sold directly through Exploration Place. Please don’t purchase tickets from third parties or via social media. If you have any questions or need help with a specific situation, give us a call and we’ll do our best to help.