Sleepover FAQs

Who can book a Sleepover Event?
Sleepover events are geared towards elementary school aged children and can be booked by Scout Groups. The program fulfills the requirements of the Cub Scouts' NOVA Award but can also be booked by Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. All participants must be a minimum of 5 years old. 

When do Sleepover Events happen?
Sleepover events will be available from October to early May on Friday evenings, pending availability, between the hours of 6:30 pm and 9:30 am the next morning. 

How much does the event cost?
Sleepover events cost $75 per child and $45 per adult. All participants must be at least 6 years old. A 20% deposit is required upon booking. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the event.

Are there minimum and maximum group sizes?
Yes, Sleepover Events require a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 50 participants. We will need to know the final number of participants 2 weeks prior to the event, when final payment is due. 

How do I book a Sleepover Event for my group?
Please fill out an ‘Sleepover Event’ Request form on our website. We will get back to you shortly about the availability of the date you have requested. 

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations may be made within 48 hours of the event for rescheduling within the Museum’s availability. If cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event, customer will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. Customer can reschedule their event but will need to pay full price. There will be no refunds for no-shows.

What is the age requirement for participating children?
All children attending the event must be at least 6 years old. Tagalongs and siblings under the age of 6 are not allowed. All participants must be registered and have paid in full prior to the event. 

What is the required chaperone to child ratio?
We require 1 adult chaperone/parent/guardian per 3 participating children (1:3 ratio).

What activities are included in the Sleepover Event?
Activities include a scavenger hunt, an arts & crafts activity, a patch, educational activities aligned with the Cub Scouts NOVA Award, and a bedtime activity. 

Are foods and drinks allowed in the Museum?
Drinks (non-alcoholic) and small snacks (chips, pretzels, pre-popped popcorn, cookies and candy) are allowed in the museum. We suggest eating dinner before you arrive at the Museum. If you would like to order pizzas for the event, you can make these arrangements on your own and have them delivered to the Museum. But please note that we do not have the facilities to keep food hot or cold. If you decide to order food for your event, please let us know ahead of time if so that we can adjust the agenda accordingly. All leftover food and food garbage must be taken out of the museum by the group at the end of the event.

Where can guests park their cars for Sleepover Event?
All visitors must register online for parking and can park overnight in the Museum’s parking lot (Lot 1). Registration information will be provided prior to the event. Each guardian will also be given a parking pass to place inside their vehicle. 

When/where do participants check-in on the day of their event?
All participants must check in at the front desk when they arrive. Check-in is between 6:30pm and 7:00pm. If your name is not on the participant list, you will not be able to participate in the event.

Can participants leave during the event?
Guardians are expected to remain at the Museum with the minors for which they are responsible for. However, if a guardian must step out (prior to 10pm), they will be required to check out with Museum staff. The front door of the Museum will lock at 10pm. Guests will not be able to re-enter the Museum between 10pm and 7am. 

Where can participants get ready for bed?
Participants can use the restrooms in the basement to brush their teeth before bed. We suggest wearing your pajamas to the Museum, but participants can change in the bathrooms if necessary. Please note, we do not have shower facilities. Also, keep in mind that the Museum does not have air conditioning, but does have heat.

Where will participants sleep?
All participants will sleep on the main floor of the Museum. No one will be allowed to sleep on the balcony.

What should I bring with me?

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad (the Museum floors are hard), and pillow. Please note that tents, air mattresses and cots are NOT allowed. 
  • Minimal toiletries (e.g., toothbrush and toothpaste).
  • Snacks and bottled water.
  • Flashlight (chaperones/adults only)
  • Sleeping mask if you require complete darkness to sleep.
  • Bag to hold all belongings.

What is not allowed in the Museum?
The following items are not allowed:

  • Cots/ air mattresses/ tents
  • Valuables. Rutgers is not responsible for any loss of or damage to any valuable items or electronics. 
  • Weapons and knives
  • Flammable items
  • Hot water heaters
  • Pets of any kind. If you require a service animal, please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements.

When do the lights go on/off?
Lights will go off after the bedtime activity ~11:00pm. Lights will go back on at 7:00am.

Will internet be provided?
No, internet will not be provided.

Are outlets provided to charge cell phones and other electronic devices?
The Museum has a limited number of electrical outlets. We recommend that you bring portable battery-powered chargers with you. However, we do not recommend bringing any valuables. Rutgers is not responsible for loss or damage of these items.

Is the Museum accessible?
No, the Museum does not have an elevator and is therefore not accessible. Guests must be able to climb 2-3 flights of stairs as the Museum is located on the second floor and the bathrooms are located in the basement. 

Does the Museum have heating/AC?
The Museum is heated during the cooler months but does not have air conditioning. During the warmer months, the windows remain open (with screens) to allow for ventilation.

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