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July 2, 2010 > Penguins and Pajamas

Penguins and Pajamas

Submitted By Stephanie Stone

Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Starting this summer, 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 6 and over and their adult chaperones, will launch with two more summer events on Friday, July 16, and August 13. Tickets are available at www.calacademy.org/events/sleepovers/

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., 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.

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 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 is time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Cafˇ for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8 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, snacks, and a special commemorative gift. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Cafˇ or the Moss Room.


Penguins and Pajamas sleepover
Friday, July 16 and August 13
6 p.m. - 8 a.m.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
www.calacademy.org/events/sleepovers/.
Tickets: $119 ($99 for Academy members)

For children ages 6 and over
An adult chaperone must accompany every group of up to five children.

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