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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover what happens after dark at the Florida Museum of Natural History, during “Overnight at the Museum” from 7 p.m. March 12 through 9 a.m. March 13.

“Overnight at the Museum” is $50 for a member parent and child and $65 for a non-member parent and child. Additional guests are $20 each for members and $25 for non-members. A maximum of three children per adult may register.

Registration is available online, or by phone, 352-273-2061. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register early. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 8.

During this fun-filled sleepover, discover what hides in the cave, curl up next to the mammoth or mastodon and get ready for a night of activities, crafts, games, movies and snacks.

“Visitors will be able to see the whole museum at night and have a lot of fun with arts and crafts,” said Tiffany Ireland, Florida Museum education assistant. “Last year we had about 60 participants. The kids really enjoy exploring the exhibits during the evening, and it’s fun for the parents too.”

The program is designed for children ages 6-12. Participants should bring comfortable clothes, a sweater or jacket, sleeping bag or inflatable mattress and a pillow. A light breakfast will be provided in the morning.

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Source: Tiffany Ireland, 352-273-2061,
Writer: Logan Gerber
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,