Smithsonian Associates presents “Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures,” an after-hours experience, for children and their adult chaperones at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

When the crowds are gone, and the doors have closed, one of the world’s most popular museums is their playground until nearly midnight. “Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures” will be held Fridays, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Kids and their adult chaperones will join other night owls as they immerse themselves in a unique Smithsonian experience. As they wander through the museum’s galleries, brushed by giant shadows cast by dinosaurs, they will explore the Earth’s past, discover the wonders of the ocean and more. Participants will move along guided by the fun and challenging “Adaptation Game” filled with activities to complete, from making an underwater fossil and discovering whale ankle bones to picking a pollinator and building a dinosaur—and even learning how to eat like one. When their nocturnal adventure ends, they will journey home with objects collected on the trail through the museum. 

This event is designed for children ages 8 to 14. There must be one adult for every five children in any group that registers. Chaperones must be 21 or older. No adults are permitted without children. All participants must pre-register

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