Fanciful photo illustration of s'mores flying through the night sky over the Academy

S'mores & Snores: An Adult Sleepover
Friday, May 19, 2023, 6 pm-8 am
$229/$216 members (discount applied after login)
For adults 21+ only

All the fun of camping—none of the bug spray! Pack your sleeping bag and sense of adventure for an adults-only indoor “camping” experience at the Academy. Revisit all of your favorite childhood camp activities (s'mores and spooky stories, anyone?), go stargazing in our planetarium, and drift off to dreamland alongside your favorite Academy animals.

Your ticket includes:

2 female NightLife guests smile for the camera in the Academy West Garden
  • Farm-to-table dinner buffet in the Café
  • Planetarium showings and a late-night movie screening
  • Campy crafts and games—friendship bracelets, cornhole, Connect 4, and more
  • Live science presentation
  • Al fresco breakfast boxes on the Living Roof
  • Cash bar
  • Free garage parking
  • And, of course, s'mores!

Don't forget to electronically sign your waiver of liability in advance! Guests who fail to do so will not be admitted into the event. 



What health and safety policies are in effect for this event?

The health and safety of our staff and guests continues to be our top priority. All guests will be required to complete a health self-screening before entering the Academy, and masks and vaccination are encouraged but not required. Please note that our health and safety policies are subject to change.

Does each guest need to complete a waiver and behavioral contract?

Yes, each guest must complete a separate waiver and contract. You can e-sign here.

What type of sleeping pad should I bring?

We recommend bringing camping pads, yoga mats, or small cots. There will be limited space and access to power outlets. You are welcome to bring an air mattress as long as it is a reasonable size (for 1 person).

Someone in our party has dietary restrictions, what are my options?

We do not allow outside food into the Academy during sleepovers, except in connection to a dietary restriction (please contact us in advance to arrange this). Dinner and drinks are available for purchase at the Academy Café from 6-8:30 pm, and a complimentary bedtime snack is available until 9 pm. Breakfast the next day is included.

What is the age limit for the event?

All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid form of photo ID.

Is alcohol served at the event?

Yes, there will be cash bars at the event serving beer and wine.

My plans have changed and I can’t attend. Do you offer refunds or rainchecks?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds or rainchecks on sleepover tickets. You are welcome to send someone in your place as long as they sign a waiver of liability and are 21 or older with valid ID.

What should I bring?

Do bring: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (booster dose strongly encouraged), well-fitted face mask, pillow, sleeping bag, toiletries (showers not available), hard-soled shoes/slippers, appropriate pajamas/sleepwear. Optional: Sleeping pads, earplugs, sleep mask, yoga mat.

Do not bring: Flashlights, tents, outside food/drink (unless related to dietary restrictions), coolers, balloons, radios, weapons.

Can I stay at the Academy the next day?

After the sleepover event ends at 8 am, the museum must be vacated to prepare for public opening. Next-day admission to the museum is included with your sleepover ticket, so you are welcome to re-enter when the building opens to the public at 9:30 am.

Where can I park?

Garage parking is included with your ticket, and validation will be distributed when you leave the museum in the morning after breakfast. Please note that there is no overnight street parking in Golden Gate Park and that the garage is not operated by the Academy.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

Check-in begins at 6 pm, and you are welcome to check in anytime before 8 pm. There are no in/out privileges during the sleepover. If you leave the sleepover for any reason before its conclusion, you may re-enter when the Academy reopens the next day.

Do I get to pick where I sleep? Can I pick ahead of time?

Sleeping area designation cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival. You may only obtain sleep cards for guests who are present. Sleep cards cannot be picked up ahead of time for latecomers or guests not physically present in the building.