Sleeping bags and PJs are on the overnight packing list for Utah families spending the night in the Natural History Museum of Utah this Friday night, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.   

The first event of its kind in the museum, children ages 5 to 13 can look forward to a variety of hands-on, science-based activities they just can't do at home. For instance, wrapping a fossil jacket around a group member as they learn how paleontologists protect real fossils. Or most excitingly, enjoying stories around a luminary campfire and exploring museum galleries by flashlight.

Several subsequent sleepovers toward the beginning of 2013 will also be available.

The sleepeovers are a way to promote parent involvement in their child's learning experience. Research has shown that when children have positive experiences with science, especially when their parents are engaged in those explorations, they are much more likely to develop a passion for science.

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