Press Release

Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133


SAN FRANCISCO (Penguins + Pajamas SleepoverApril 1, 2013) — The most adventurous sleepover ever returns! 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 2013. Tickets are available at

Penguins + Pajamas Sleepovers (ages 5+): May 10, June 15, October 18,
November 8, December 28, 2013
Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover for Grownups (ages 21+): September 20, 2013
Check for tickets, 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. In addition to dynamic exhibits and exclusive programming, sleepovers may also feature visits from Academy scientists, where informal chats and captivating presentations will allow guests to ask questions and hear about their fascinating research here at the Academy and in all corners of the world.

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 Tusher 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 and snacks. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café.

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, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 94118
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 am on advertised dates (see above)
Tickets: $99 ($79 for Academy members and groups of 10 or more), available at