Night at the Museum

california academy of sciences sleepovers!

Ever since the blockbuster reopening of the Academy, you’ve been itching to take the family. But long lines, crowds, and the steep price of admission have kept you away.

Penguins + Pajamas, the California Academy of Sciences’s new sleepover program, is about to change that.

Junior explorers (ages 6 and up) and their parents are invited to take over the place VIP style. On select nights from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., it’s all yours for the ogling: the subterranean aquarium, spiraling rain forest, ground-breaking living roof, and awe-inspiring planetarium show. Adrenalin flows (way past bedtime, we might add) as they take it all in, pausing for a staff-conducted snake demo and a bedtime story starring the Academy’s own Pierre the penguin.

Best part: Guests bed down in the habitat of their choosing (aquarium, African hall, or lower swamp). Sleeping bags, air mattresses (inflators provided), and animal companions (genus: stuffed) abound.

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive (415-379-8000 or calacademy.org). Tickets for July 16 and August 13 available online; $99 for members; $119 for nonmembers.

this week in san francisco!

Peter Pan

What: A dazzling take on the never-grow-up classic, with some intense and scary moments best seen only by kiddos over 5.
Why: Catch a performance before the cross-country tour.
When: Thru Aug. 29.
Where: The Threesixty Theatre, Ferry Park, Clay St., at Drumm St. Tickets at 888-772-6849 or online at peterpantheshow.com. Adults and children, $30-$125.

Giggle’s Summer Blowout Sale
Store-wide markdowns of up to 50 percent on Orbit Baby, Tea, Zutano, and others.
Why: You’ll laugh at your savings all the way home.
When: Thru July 31, while supplies last.
Where: 2110 Chestnut St., b/t Steiner & Pierce Sts. (415-440-9034).

Photo: Courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

Ferry Park
Clay St
@ Drumm St
San Francisco, CA 94105
2110 Chestnut St
bt Steiner & Pierce Sts
San Francisco, CA 94123
55 Music Concourse Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118