New date added: On December 28, treat your family to a special holiday Penguins+Pajamas—ice skating included!

Experience your own night at the museum!

Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies.

When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag 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, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast.

Available Sleepover Dates

Family at Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover


  • Saturday, October 13
  • Friday, November 9
  • Just added! Holiday Sleepover, Friday, December 28
Boy face to face with Claude the albino alligator


  • Friday, January 25 (Girl Scout exclusive)
  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 23
  • Friday, March 8 (Boy Scout exclusive)
  • Friday, March 29 (Boy Scout exclusive)
  • Friday, April 26 (Girl Scout exclusive)
  • Friday, May 10
  • Saturday, June 8

Admission begins at 6 pm and the event ends at 8 am the following day.


Pricing and Perks

Sleepover in the Aquarium

$119/General Admission 
$99/Academy members*

Price includes:

  • Overnight stay in one of our exhibit areas
  • Live animal demonstrations
  • Osher Rainforest access until 8 pm
  • Planetarium showings
  • Late night snack and early morning breakfast
  • Overnight parking in Music Concourse Garage
  • Next day admission to the Academy

*$129 General Admission/$119 Academy members for December 28 sleepover


Program Eligibility

A sleepover participant and his family marvel at the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

Our Penguins + Pajamas sleepover program is 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, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

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What do I need to bring to the sleepover?

The Academy requires a signed Waiver of Liability form for each adult and each child attending a sleepover. 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. Only original Waivers will be accepted; no faxes or copies. No one can be admitted without a completed Waiver. Click here for a checklist of what to bring to the Academy for the sleepover.

Can I stay at the Academy the next morning?

After the Sleepover ends at 8 am, if you would like to spend the day at the Academy you may get your hand stamped and re-enter when the building opens 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 6-9 pm. A bedtime snack and breakfast the next day are included.

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.

Where can I park?

Garage parking is included; bring your ticket with you for validation. 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.

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 (Penguins + Pajamas)

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 to 17. Please note that Penguins+Pajamas is a children's event—adult-only groups are not permitted.