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Family Sleepover FAQ's

Who Can Participate?

NHMU’s Family Sleepover is a program for children between the ages of 5 and 13 accompanied by an adult chaperone 25 years of age or older.  We do not make exceptions to these age limits. One adult chaperone is required for every group of up to 4 children.  Adults cannot attend unless there is a child in their party; no unaccompanied children may participate in the sleepover.

Waiver Forms

Waiver forms are required for each Family Sleepover participant.  Please download and fill out the forms.  You can return them to the Museum via mail, e-mail, or fax: 801.585.3684, or bring the paperwork with you on the night of your program. Participants without completed forms will not be allowed to take part in the program.

Download or Print Adult Waiver Form
Download or Print Child Waiver Form

Museum Family Sleepover Packing List

Please Bring:
• Comfortable clothing that can get dirty
• Sleeping bag and/or blankets; a pillow; a sleeping pad, cot, or air mattress
• Pajamas and slippers
• Personal toiletry items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, washcloth, etc.)
• Sleeping mask and earplugs (optional)
• Flashlight (optional)
• Camera (optional)
• Water bottles are permitted, but must have a lid

What NOT to Bring:
• Tents
• Hairdryers, curling irons, shaving gear, etc.
• Valuables
• Knives or other sharp objects
• Matches or lighters (smoking is not allowed and the Museum will be locked)
• Electronics
• Toys (teddy bears or other comfortable creatures are OK)
• Food, candy, or beverages (besides water)

Family Sleepover Comfort Tips

• Bring something soft to sleep on, like an air mattress or sleeping pad. The Museum’s floors are made of concrete.
• Dress in layers.  Sometimes we’ll be active.  Sometimes we’ll be quieter.  Dressing in layers will help you stay comfortable.
• Bring a sleeping mask and earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. There are emergency lights at the Museum that stay on for safety and sometimes the building systems and other campers make noises.

Sample Family Sleepover Itinerary:

Friday Night
6:15 – 6:45 pm       Arrive at the Museum, check-in, and stow gear 
6:45 – 7:00 pm       Orientation in the Canyon
7:00 – 8:00 pm       Explore the Museum and enjoy hands-on activities
8:00 – 8:45 pm       Snack time
8:45 - 9:45 pm       Explore the Museum and enjoy hands-on activities
9:45 – 10:30 pm     Change into PJ’s and set up camp
10:30 – 11:00 pm   Lights out and virtual campfire stories
11:00 pm                 Bedtime

Saturday Morning
7:15 am                  Wake-up call and lights on
7:30 – 8:15 am      Continental breakfast served, pack up belongings
8:30 am                  Depart the Museum. See you next time!

Arriving at the Museum

Please enter the Museum through the Group Entrance doors on the north side of the building for check in. We recommend dropping off your sleepover gear in the turnaround near the Group Entrance and then parking your car in the Museum lot. Parking in the turnaround is not permitted. We have many exciting activities planned for the evening. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to park and check in so you don’t miss any of them.

Early Departure

If you need to leave early, make arrangements with Shelli Campbell, Youth and Family Program Coordinator, in advance at programs@nhmu.utah.edu or (801) 585-3948.

Special Needs

We will provide peanut-free and dairy-free options for both our evening snack and breakfast.  If a member of your party has special needs, dietary or other, please contact the Shelli Campbell, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, at least one week in advance of the event at or (801) 585-3948.

Will dinner be provided?

No.  The Museum will provide an evening snack Friday night and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning.  Please eat dinner before arriving at the Museum for check-in.

Family Sleepover Rules

The following Family Sleepover rules help insure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants:

• Follow the directions of Museum staff and volunteers
• Do not bring food or drink into the exhibit galleries.  Water in a container with a lid is permitted
• Wear shoes or slippers except when sleeping
• No running
• Children and their chaperones must stay together at all times
• Treat your fellow campers and their belongings, Museum staff and volunteers, and Museum property with respect

Museum staff reserve the right to remove guests from the Museum during the Family Sleepover program.  Behavior that would merit removal from Museum includes, but is not limited to, belligerence to a staff person or other guest, damaging exhibits or other Museum property, fighting, or possession or consumption of alcohol or illegal substances. Refunds will not be issued.

What is the role of adult chaperones?

Adult chaperones explore the Museum and enjoy hands-on activities with the children in their group.  We ask chaperones to help us insure the safety of all the members of their group.

• Chaperones are responsible for supervising the children in their group at all times
• Chaperones should discuss any concerns about allergies or medical conditions that might effect a group member’s participation in the sleepover with Museum staff
• Chaperones should notify Museum staff if someone in their group is not feeling well or gets injured

Substitutions

Substitutions can be made until one week prior to the date of your sleepover. Less then one week prior to the event, substitutions are not permitted.  Please contact Shelli Campbell, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, at or (801) 585-3948, if you need to make a substitution. 

Cancellations

In the event that we need to cancel this program, we will notify you by phone as soon as possible. You will recieve a refund (allow 2-3 weeks for processing). If you need to cancel your registration please let us know as soon as possible. You will receive a refund, less a 20% administrative fee. Due to supply and staffing commitments, refunds and credits cannot be given for cancellations made less than one week prior to the program date. NHMU reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment.