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Family Overnights

Experience the most unique family camping experience in the galaxy!

Cost | $79.95 per person

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Launch your family camping trip into orbit in our Family Overnight program at Space Center Houston! You and your entire family can experience a unique overnight camping experience.

Pack your tent and set up camp under a twice-flown Falcon 9 rocket or in Independence Plaza, right underneath a Boeing 747, the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905, and our high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence. Prefer to cozy up indoors? All you need is a sleeping bag and a pillow to complete your campsite, surrounded by some of the rarest spaceflight artifacts on Earth.

Overnight experiences include:

  • Welcome briefing in preparation for the night’s activities in the Mission Briefing Center.
  • Exciting, hands-on STEM activities.
  • Overnight campsite amongst historic flown space artifacts and national treasures.
  • Dinner and breakfast served at Space Center Houston.
  • Second-day visit to Space Center Houston.
  • Outside campsites are 10-by-10 feet.

Upcoming Family Overnight experiences

Please note: You must register your family at least two weeks prior to the event date. All campers must be at least 5 years old at the time of the event.

2024 Dates

Jan. 13-14
Apr. 20-21
May 25-26
Jul. 6-7
Oct. 26-27
Nov. 8-9
Dec. 14-15

Family Overnight | Galaxy Frights

Saturday, October 26, 2024
–Sunday, October 27, 2024
*Requires Registration

Family Overnight | Veteran’s Day Weekend

Friday, November 8, 2024
–Saturday, November 9, 2024
*Requires registration

Family Overnight | Galaxy Lights 2024

Saturday, December 14, 2024
–Sunday, December 15, 2024
*Requires Registration

Sample Itinerary


  • 5:00 p.m. – Check-in
  • 6:00 p.m. – Welcome Show
  • 6:15 p.m. – Catered Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. – Activities Conducted
  • 10:00 p.m. – Get ready for bed
  • 11:00 p.m. – Lights out



  • 6:45 a.m. – Wake-up / pack-up / load gear in vehicles 
  • 7:45 a.m. – Catered Breakfast
  • 8:20 a.m. – ISS Space Explorers Film
  • 9:00 a.m. – Tram Tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
  • 10:00 a.m. – Dismissed

Please note: The above morning schedule is subject to change without notice. Length of tram tour and the locations visited may vary based on availability.


You and your family will navigate your own space exploration journey while engaging in science, technology and engineering related activities. Build rockets and explore robotics.

Activities cover an array of difficulty levels to excite guests ages five and older. Explore engineering design and coding as you and your family work together program and operate robotic rovers. 

Build your own rocket and then see how high you can launch it. Train like an astronaut, learn about spacewalks, and perform tasks and tests conducted by astronauts. Tour Starship Gallery, home to multiple flown spacecraft, astronaut training models, one-of-a-kind artifacts and more.

Read our Overnight Experiences Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.), which includes program policies and procedures.

Members save on Family Overnight experiences!

Did you know? As an exclusive benefit, members at the dual-level and above receive a 10% discount off Family Overnights.

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