Smithsonian Sleepover in Natural History Museum - Lead learning activities with excited kids!


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Fri May 18, 2018 06:00 PM - Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:15 PM


A Smithsonian Associates SleepoverNatural History Museum10th Street and Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DC 20026
Smithsonian Sleepovers at Nat. History Museum!
Henry the Elephant is our official mascot! All volunteers receive a T shirt with this logo to wear while helping us host this exciting evening event for kids and their adults.


Help co-host a scavenger hunt style exploration of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History museum for a big crowd of 8 - 12 year old boys and girls (and their chaperones). Volunteers will encourage and inspire these kids by leading creative learning activities at various stations in the museum.

We need volunteers for the following shifts - 6 pm to 11 pm and dates:
Friday May 18
Friday June 1
Friday June 29
Friday July 6
Friday August 24
Friday August 31

Please apply for multiple dates. We love having repeat volunteers, and once you do it you will really "know the ropes."

NOTE: We have a separate volunteer listing for our 6 sleepover dates at our American History Museum, so take a look at that opportunity too!

Volunteer Tasks include: Arrive at 6 pm for orientation, then go set up activity tables, chairs, and supplies around the various halls in the museum. Some lifting will be required (up to 15 lbs). The big "event" at the sleepover is exploration of many museum halls, with arts and crafts activities, demonstrations, and games. You will be assigned to one of these activities with a volunteer partner (given a script and detailed instructions at the Orientation) to lead throughout the night. Around 10:45 pm we clean-up/load-out all the activities, check in with staff, and then you can go home! Some flexibility in assignments should be expected, as last-minute changes do happen.

You will get to go home and sleep in your own beds, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you helped all these children to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget!


  • History
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 pm - 11:15 pm, 6 different evenings available
  • need to sign up for at least 2 of the 6 dates

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