Bring your family, students, scouts, or youth group on a unique overnight adventure.
Enjoy a night of hands-on thematic programming and exploration! Designed for groups of children ages 5-14, overnights at the EcoTarium are educational, interactive, and FUN!
Imagine exploring the EcoTarium after hours when all the visitors have left for the evening. Our Night Journey experiences are the perfect way for scout troops, families, schools, or any group of up to 80 people, to see what happens when the lights go out and the exhibits and animals settle in for the night.
Arrive and get greeted by your EcoTarium hosts. Your night will include a fun scientific theme with educational programming geared for youth ages 5-12, explore the museum gallery, three hands-on activities, and an evening snack before you climb into your sleeping bags and sleep in front of the indoor exhibits. In the morning, you will enjoy a continental breakfast and tour the outdoor exhibits to visit Animal Corner, Eagle, and Owl.
When: September through June on select Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Required Group Size: Night Journey programs will run with attendance of 35 guests (youth and adults) or more. Groups smaller than 35 guests are welcome and encouraged to register, however program delivery is dependent on additional enrollment from other groups. Groups will be notified at least one month in advance of their program if there is insufficient enrollment. Groups of 70 or more guests who would like a private Night Journey are able to guarantee a private Night Journey program with the payment of 70 people.
All Night Journey programs are co-ed except for Girls Night Out. Family Night Out Events do not need 35 guest min but each family group must have a min of one youth and one adult.
Age requirement and ratio: 5 years of age or older. Minimum required ratio for all group Night Journey programs is 5 youth to 1 adult.
- 5:15 pm - Arrival and check-in begins
- 6:30 pm - Programming begins with three activity sessions and snack after second education session
- 10:00 pm - Bedtime
- 7:00 am - Wake up and breakfast
- 8:00 am - Morning programming
- 9:30 am - Check out
Sleeping Accommodations: Overnight guests will be sleeping on the floor among the museum exhibits – please plan accordingly.
$60 per person. Prices apply to youth and adults.
Optional Night Journey Experience Patches are available for $2.00 each plus tax (paid in advance with reservation).
Guests may choose to stay and further explore the EcoTarium for the day following their overnight stay for an additional $5 per person (paid individually that morning or paid in advance at time of reservation).
All Night Journeys program payments are non-refundable.
Four weeks before your scheduled program, final attendance numbers and payment must be received by the EcoTarium.
Adjustments to the number of attendees may not be made after final numbers are submitted. If a member of your group is unable to attend the scheduled Night Journey for whatever reason, you may transfer their enrollment to another person. The EcoTarium secures staffing and supplies in advance to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.
If a member of your group tests positive for COVID, you may transfer your group registration to another evening. If a member of your group tests positive for COVID and you do not wish to reschedule your group reservation, you may transfer their enrollment to another person, or, the person who has tested positive will receive a family 4 pass to return to visit the EcoTarium at a later date.
Estimate your group size and consider some possible dates.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508.929.2703 to reserve your date at least one month in advance. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required at booking. Many dates fill quickly, so we recommend that groups reserve their date early.
Final group size and the remaining balance is due no later than one month prior to your overnight. Please understand that we may not be able to accommodate your group size change if the maximum capacity for the night has been reached.
Be sure to share the overnight information sheet (shared with you upon registration) with all chaperones.
If your group has members with severe allergies or needs any additional accommodations, please let us know at least two weeks in advance of your overnight stay so that we can help you plan accordingly.
Family Nights - Bring the kids, your curiosity, and your sleeping gear! Our Family Night events are designed to give small groups of 6 or fewer and their caregivers a chance to enjoy a Night Journey experience. Meet new friends, explore, and sleep among the exhibits!
Family Night Out Dates:
February 16, 2024
Girls and Boys Night Outs - Does your Troop or Pack have a smaller number of members? Are they excited about spending the night at the EcoTarium? Girls Night Out and Boys Night Out Events are just for you! These events are specifically designed for either Girl Scout Troops or Boys Scout groups to attend as a small group.
Your Troop or Pack will enjoy a Night Journey with other Troops or Packs from the area. It's all the fun of our typical Night Journeys without the need for your group to meet the guest minimum!
Girls Night Out Events are for Girl Scouts only.
Boys Night Out Events are co-ed since packs may be boys only, girls only, or co-ed.
Girls Night Out Dates
Nov 18, 2023 -- SOLD OUT
December 2, 2023 -- SOLD OUT
February 9, 2024
April 5, 2024
June 8, 2024
Boys Night Out Dates
Nov 17, 2023
December 1, 2023
April 6, 2024
June 6, 2024
Night Journey groups will get to enjoy one of the following themes during their program. Group leaders are welcome to share their theme preferences with us before their final payment is due; however, we cannot guarantee that any group will experience their preferred theme unless it is a private booking.
Nocturnal Nature [New Offering!]
Whoo…whoo comes out at night? Discover what animals do at night by exploring the clues that they leave behind. Visit one of our nocturnal animal residents and follow the animal tracks for fun.
Crimes, Codes, & Clues
A night of plot twists and intrigue! Solve an animal-centered mystery using logic, fingerprints, DNA, and codes!
Stars & Space
Zip around the solar system in our planetarium, explore Mars, and land your own spacecraft on the red planet! Observe the constellations and, weather permitting, take a look through a telescope!
Science for Wizards
Explore the scientific method and use science to feel like a wizard as you attend 'classes' in some of your favorite magical subjects, such as potions and astronomy! Non-magic folk are welcome. Wands and robes are encouraged but not required.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Night Journeys stand out in several ways! Besides having an awesome overnight staff team, our overnights are smaller than those at many other museums and are more focused on the hands-on programming and themes. Less time is dedicated for exploring the museum exhibits and grounds because it’s important to fill your time with the special activities and experiences that you can only get during an overnight. The museum and grounds will be there for you to explore another time. Guests who want more time to explore can easily do so with our Museum Day Add-On option, and all guests under 18 receive a return admissions pass to come back for free another day!
We limit our overnights to around 80 guests per night. This could comprise a few large groups or several smaller groups.
Any group of 35 people or more is welcome to attend a Night Journey! Night Journeys are co-ed, all-ages (5+) events! Girl’s Night Out is our only event that is specific to Girl Scouts only.
Groups smaller than 35 guests are welcome and encouraged to register, however, program delivery is dependent on additional enrollment from other groups.
School and youth groups of fewer than 35 are encouraged to reach out to other similar groups in their community to reach a combined total of 35 guests for their reservation. Alternatively, a group may choose to pay for 35 guests, despite knowing that fewer will attend the overnight, in order to qualify for a reservation.
Boy Scout or Girl Scout groups of fewer than 35 are invited to make a reservation for one of our Night Out events.
Groups will be notified at least one month in advance of the program if there is insufficient enrollment and we will find a different night that works for your group.
Troops who merely require a physical division (i.e. a closed door or a separate floor of the building) between their Girl Scouts and other co-ed groups during sleeping hours are encouraged to share this requirement with to our Reservations Department (508.929.2703 or email@example.com) at time of reservation.
Troops who wish to attend a Girl Scouts Only overnight are encouraged to register for one of our Girls’ Night Out events, which are specifically offered for Girl Scouts and have no minimum group size for registration.
Every group attending a group overnight, must have at least one adult chaperone present for every five guests under 18 years of age. Chaperones are expected to stay with the youth they are responsible for at all times in order to assist them with activities and enforce behavioral expectations. Once you make your group reservation we will be sending you a chaperone guide to share with all adults attending the overnight.
A $150 non-refundable deposit is required at time of reservation. The next payment (50% of final total) is due the Friday 6 weeks prior to your event. The final payment (remaining balance) is due the Friday 4 weeks prior to your event. No changes may be made to your reservation after this time.
Please do not arrive before 5:15 pm for your overnight stay. After 5:15, you are welcome to start exploring the museum as soon as you have dropped off your gear and checked in. Night Journey guests who wish to explore the museum before 5:00 pm are welcome to purchase museum day passes for $5 a person but must be reserved ahead of time. Those with day passes will be able to explore the museum from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Overnight participants are also welcome to purchase next day passes for the morning after their overnight for $5 a person either before their overnight or the morning of the program.
Guests will sleep inside among the exhibits on the museum floor. For safety, youth must sleep within sight of their caregivers and a few lights will be left on at all times. For groups that are part of single sex programs and want to sleep in a designated area please let our reservation team know when making your reservation.
As part of your confirmation packet once registered you will receive more comprehensive FAQs and additional information about the event. If you have any additional questions or are ready to book your Night Journey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-929-2700.