Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128

"PENGUINS + PAJAMAS" SLEEPOVER PROGRAM AT THE
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES LAUNCHES IN JUNE

Tickets for new summer sleepover events go on sale at www.calacademy.org May 1st

Penguins + Pajamas SleepoverSAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2010) — Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Starting this summer, kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. The "Penguins and Pajamas" sleepover program, for children ages 5 and over and their adult chaperones, will launch with three summer events on Friday, June 18, July 16, and August 13. Tickets will be available at www.calacademy.org/events/sleepovers/ beginning on May 1.

2011-2012 Update – Additional sleepovers are planned for the following dates:
2011: June 25, July 15, Aug. 20, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 30, 2011
2012: February 11, March 16 (Boy Scouts Only), April 21 (Girl Scouts Only), May 19, June 16

 

Check www.calacademy.org/events/sleepovers/ for availability.

Doors will open at 6:00 pm, when sleepover guests are invited to come in and explore the Academy after it’s closed to the public. Participants can take in the evening songs of the rainforest birds, sing "twinkle twinkle" to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool, and watch the fish cruise under the moonlight in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Then, guests can catch a special penguin talk, and become stargazing gurus during an after-hours planetarium show.

Before bedtime, sleepover guests can grab a snack of cookies and milk and settle in for story time, featuring "Pierre the Penguin," the true story of the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, participants can unroll their sleeping bags in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, it’s time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8:00 am.

The "Penguins and Pajamas" Academy sleepover package includes overnight parking in the Music Concourse parking garage as well as next-day museum admission, breakfast, snacks, and a special commemorative gift. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café or the Moss Room. 

What: "Penguins and Pajamas" sleepover program
Who: Open to children ages 5 and over; an adult chaperone must accompany every group of up to five children.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 94118
When: 6:00pm – 8:00am on advertised dates (see above)
Tickets: Effective Oct. 1, 2011, $99 ($79 for Academy members), available at www.calacademy.org/events/sleepovers/.