• Family of 4 happily posing in their sleeping bags in front of coral reef exhibit
    Treat your family to an overnight Academy adventure!
  • Mother and son set up air mattress for Penguins+Pajamas sleepover in African Hall
    After an evening full of exciting activities...
  • Mother and 2 daughters make silly faces at Penguins+Pajamas sleepover
    ...drift off to dreamland next to your favorite exhibit!

A new year means welcoming you back to Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers! We hope your family is excited to explore the Academy at night again. Uncover the depths of the oceans, traverse through the rainforests, and get transported to space with a planetarium show!

Please note: Due to the nature of the event, we’re requiring all Penguins+Pajamas guests, including kids ages 5+, to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. All guests 12+ must also provide proof of a booster shot, if eligible. Masks must be worn when not eating or sleeping.

For more information, please visit our Health & Safety page.

A night at the museum for your young explorer!

Penguins + Pajamas guest comes face to face with Claude the albino alligator

Skip the crowd and enjoy the museum after hours. Travel from the ocean to space, and even explore the tropical rainforest!

After milk and cookies, roll out your sleeping bag in an exhibit area like the flooded forest tunnel, Philippine Coral Reef, or even face-to-face with Claude the alligator with albinism!

In the morning, rise-and-shine for breakfast time at the Academy Café—and continue your adventure with complimentary next-day admission to the museum.

Ticket price includes:


Available sleepover dates

Boy jumps on air mattress at Penguins+Pajamas sleepover

Sleepovers start at 6 pm and continue until 8 am the following morning.

  • Friday, March 11
  • Friday, March 25
  • Saturday, April 2 (Girl Scout Exclusive)
  • Friday, April 15
  • Friday, May 6
  • Friday, May 20
  • Saturday, June 4 (Girl Scout Exclusive)

Waiver of Liability

The Academy requires each adult and child attending a sleepover to electronically sign a waiver of liability in advance. After buying your tickets, click on the waiver for the date of your sleepover (see below for list of date-specific waivers). For children, the waiver must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian. The waiver of liability must identify the adult who will be responsible for the child during the sleepover. No one can be admitted without having completed their waiver.

Click to expand list of waivers

Please note that waivers are date-specific. Click the desired Penguins+Pajamas date below for the corresponding waiver:



What health and safety policies are in effect for Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers?

The health and safety of Academy staff, guests, and animal residents continues to be our top priority. Please keep the following COVID-19 precautions in mind as you plan your sleepover experience, and view our Health & Safety page for information:

Vaccinations required: All sleepover guests 5+ must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend, and all guests 12+ must also provide proof of a booster shot, if eligible.

Masks required: All guests must wear a properly fitted mask at all times while indoors, except when eating, drinking, and sleeping.

Please also note that the following activities are prohibited:

  • Running, yelling, climbing, or throwing materials of any kind
  • Touching, or attempting to frighten the animals in any manner, including tapping on aquariums or other exhibits
  • Taking anything out of, or putting anything into, the exhibits
  • Using the tanks and/or windows as writing surfaces (they scratch easily)
  • Bare feet; shoes or soled slippers must be worn at all times
  • Smoking, either in the Academy or Golden Gate Park; including use of smokeless tobacco products
  • Bringing in food or drink, except in connection with dietary restrictions
  • Using cell phones, except in the case of an emergency
What is the age limit for sleepovers?

Sleepovers are open to children ages 5-17. An adult chaperone (25 and older) must accompany every group of no more than five children, and assume full responsibility for such children.

No persons 25 and older may participate in the sleepover unless accompanied by a child for whom the adult is responsible. Similarly, no unaccompanied children may participate in the Sleepover. People between the ages of 18 and 24 are welcome, but may not serve as chaperones.

Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and safety of the children attending, and all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All our events, including Girl Scout-exclusive events, are coed, and we welcome moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and even interested friends as part of your group.

Please read our Guidelines and Safety Rules for more information.

What do I need to bring to the sleepover?

Do bring: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot (if applicable), pillow, sleeping bag, toiletries (showers not available), hard-soled shoes/slippers

Do not bring: Flashlights, tents, outside food/drink (unless related to a special diet), coolers, balloons, radios, weapons

Optional: Air mattresses, earplugs, sleep mask

Reminder: Don't forget to complete your online waiver of liability! Each member of your party must fill one out before your sleepover.

    Can I stay at the Academy the next morning?

    After the Sleepover ends at 8 am, the museum must be vacated to prepare for opening. Since next-day admission to the museum is included with your sleepover ticket, feel free to get your hand stamped and re-enter when the building opens to the public for the day.

    Can I bring my own food?

    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.

    Where can I park?

    Garage parking is included. Please note that there is no overnight street parking (as per Golden Gate Park regulations) and that the garage is not operated by the Academy.

    Can I leave at any time during the sleepover?

    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 re-opens the next day.

    What if I want to reschedule or need to cancel?

    Full payment is due at the time of booking for up to 9 individuals. Groups of 10 or more must pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of the number of the people in their group within 3 business days of booking request. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the event date.

    If requested more than 30 days prior to the event, up to 10 tickets of an order may be rescheduled once without penalty. No refunds or transfers to other dates will be given within 30 days of the event date. The Academy reserves the right to cancel any Penguins+Pajamas sleepover at any time.

    Group Discounts

    Book an unforgettable sleepover for a group of 10 or more inquisitive kids! There must be one adult chaperone (age 25+) for every five children ages 5-17. Please note that Penguins+Pajamas is a children’s event—adult-only groups are not permitted.