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Scenario 9: We need something cultural our kids won't choke on.
Spend a night at a museum: Museums across the country have sleep-ins or overnight camping. The programs are usually geared to locals, but in reality anybody can do this — and it's a cheap night. One of my favorites, where the 'Night in the Museum' movie was set, is the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. Going through its Dinosaur Hall by flashlight is super cool. They have special programs about different kinds of animals. You can literally sleep under a giant blue whale. (amnh.org). Kids will remember this trip all their lives. By the way, at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, the best place to sleep on the floor is next to the jellyfish. Because of the way the tank is lit, it's like sleeping next to your own organic lava lamp. (montereybayaquarium.org)