Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133


Penguins + Pajamas SleepoverSAN FRANCISCO (January 1, 2012) — Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now 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, has added new dates for 2012. Tickets are available at

Penguins + Pajamas Sleepovers (ages 5+): February 11, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 20, October 12, November 10, December 30 (6:30pm start time), 2012
Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover for Grownups (ages 21+): September 21, 2012
Check for details and 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 Cafe. 

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: $99 ($79 for Academy members), available at