Scout Overnights & Workshops

We offer Workshops and Overnight Sleepovers especially for Scouts and other organized groups

With our overnights, which can be scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings, you can bunk down for the night amongst the Children's Museum of New Hampshire many exhibits, participate in engaging, interactive workshops, enjoy a safe, affordable and hassle-free night complete with educational fun, snacks and breakfast.

Our workshops are just as fun as overnights, compacted into 2 1/2 hours! Workshops are great for smaller groups and we offer many of the same projects as during our overnights. Workshops can be scheduled during the day when the Children's Museum of New Hampshire is open to the public, or in the evening, after the Children's Museum of New Hampshire closes at 5pm, as a private event.

Learn more: Boy Scout Programs

Learn more: Girl Scout Programs

Daytime Workshops:
Minimum: 12 children
Maximum: 30 children*
Cost: $15 per girl, $7 per adult chaperone
*We can accommodate large numbers if notified in advance

Minimum: 60 Participants Maximum: 90 Participants (incl. Adults)
Cost: $30/ child, $20/adult chaperone

To Book a Workshop or Overnight call or email Caitlynne at 603-742-2002.

Questions? Please call or email Xanthi Gray at 603-742-2002


Up, Up & Away! – (Daisy-Juniors and Cub Scouts)

Experience the fun of the design process as you create and test things that float, fly & sour through the sky. Can you make a balloon float through the air? What is it about wings that help an airplane fly, and rockets soar? Learn about famous inventors & makers, experience their flying contraptions and use your imagination to design, create & test your very own flying things!

Chemistry Creations! –(Brownie & Juniors and Cub Scouts)

Kitchen chemistry makes chemistry more accessible because it brings together scientific experiments and everyday practicality. Chemistry is all around us and affects every aspect of our daily lives, but all too often we overlook the beneficial impact of chemical sciences. Explore the fun of science through experimentation; learn how bread rises, how liquid freezes and what makes cream turn into butter. The final reward comes when you get to try your all of your delicious creations!

Medieval Marvels! -(Daisy-Juniors and Cub Scouts)

Kids love to explore and imagine what it would be like to live in medieval times. Step back in time and experience different activities that were common during the Middle Ages. Come dressed in medieval wear and create a Family crest & crown, and take on the challenge of constructing a castle that can hold weight! End the night with a snack & a story enjoyed during that era.

The Blueprint for You – (Juniors & Webelos)

What makes you YOU? It’s all in your DNA! Perform science experiments to extract DNA from strawberries and from your cheeks, and learn more about your body’s instruction manual! We’ll also get the chance to use the STEAM Innovation Lab’s sophisticated cell-imaging microscopes!

All workshops for both Girl and Boy Scouts are 2 1/2 hours and include time to explore the Museum's exhibits. Workshops can take place during the hours the Museum is open to the public, or private evening workshops can be arranged after the Children's Museum of New Hampshire closes at 5pm for an additional fee. A minimum of 12 children and a maximum of 30 children per program is required. Cost is $15 per child and $7 per adult.

Spend the night at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire!

Overnights can be scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings year-round and include three science and art activities, an evening snack, breakfast, a scouting patch and a Children's Museum of New Hampshire guest pass at a cost of $30 per Scout and $20 per adult chaperone.

A minimum of 60 participants per overnight and a maximum of 100 per event is required. (We are happy to work with smaller troops to match you with other troops to meet the minimum number.) Overnight guests arrive at 6-6:30pm and depart at 9am the next morning. Shower facilities are not available.


Who can participate?

Overnights are designed for children in grades 1 - 6 and their adult chaperones. Organized groups such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can register for an overnight for their troop or den. Other youth organizations can participate if they meet the guidelines for age, minimum numbers for capacity and can provide an insurance certificate.

How much does an overnight cost and what does it include?

The fee to attend an overnight is $30 per child and $20 per adult. This fee includes an evening snack, a wide array of breakfast items, all activity materials, access to all museum exhibits and a free admission pass for each participant.

What kind of food do you serve for snack and breakfast?

Snack consists of mix-your-own snack mix using cereal, pretzels, raisins, chocolate chips and crackers, as well as juice, water and a coffee/tea station for adults. Breakfast items include muffins, mini-bagels, cream cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola bars, juice, milk and coffee/tea for adults. We make all efforts to stay away from serving food products containing peanuts and tree nuts.

What are the hours of an overnight?

Each overnight program officially starts at 7pm. Groups can arrive as early as 6:15pm if they plan to bring in bag meals or pizza to eat in the museum classroom prior to the start time. (This must be arranged in advance). All groups should plan to arrive by 6:45pm. Departure is by 9am the following morning.

What should campers bring?

Keep it simple! Each camper should bring a sleeping bag, pillow and basic toiletries. Adults are welcome to bring a camping pad or small inflatable mattress. We suggest that campers dress in layers of comfortable clothes and shoes that they can wear to sleep. Packing a change of clothes inside your sleeping bag is one way to save space. The museum does not have shower facilities. Flashlights are not necessary as bathrooms and common areas remain lit and nightlights are placed throughout the museum.

Where do I park?

There is public on-street overnight parking on Henry Law Avenue, as well as a parking lot on the left of Henry Law Avenue to the right of the museum building.

Do we earn a scout badge?

Hands-on experiences with the arts, science and world culture do not correlate directly with one specific badge. Please refer to badge guidelines to see how these activities could be used toward earning badges.

Where do we sleep?

Each group is assigned an exhibit space to sleep when they arrive for the overnight. Floor surfaces consist of carpet, wood and rubber tile. When the lights go out at 11 am, all campers must be in their sleeping areas. Museum staff will let you know where they will be positioned if you need them during the over night hours.

Will the museum store be open during our stay?

Yes. Museum staff will let you know when the shop will be open. The shop sells a wide variety of educational and fun exhibit-related items. The majority of shop items cost between $1 - $15.

What if children or chaperones cancel after we have paid?

The museum does not issue any refunds after a final count and payment have been made one month prior to your scheduled overnight. You may find substitute chaperones to replace those who cancel.

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