Sleepover for Grownups at the Academy of Sciences

Sleepover at the museum puts you right next to the snakes.

By Matt Baume
|  Saturday, May 7, 2011  |  Updated 2:31 PM PDT
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Science Sleepover for Grown-ups

The Penguins+Pajamas party will take place inside the museum in June.

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Get out your pajamas: the California Academy of Sciences wants you to stay the night.

Coming in June, the CAS hosts its first-ever Penguins+Pajamas party, an all-night campout inside the museum. Participants can look forward to plenty of 21+ fun, from live animal encounters to late-night planetarium movies to a star talk on the roof of the museum. Other attractions include a peek into the Gem and Mineral Vault and a full day of admission on Sunday.

At $99 per person, ($119 for non-members) it's a great deal for hours of behind-the-scenes museum fun. Plus, they'll offer breakfast, and the option to grab a four-course dinner at The Moss Room for another $80. You just bring your own sleeping bag and toothbrush. But no flashlights allowed! They spook the animals.

It's a sweet follow-up to last year's kids-only sleepover. At that event, about 300 kids spent the night, with attractions like a live snake demo and a penguin show. More and more museums are offering adults-only events, such as the Exploratorium's monthly After Dark program. It's not that kids aren't swell, it's just that sometimes it's nice to spend a few hours not listening to high-pitched shrieking.

If you do get tickets, you might want to show up early: camping spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you absolutely must sleep in the Aquarium or Lower Swamp or African Hall, make sure you're at the front of the line when doors open.

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