On select nights this summer and fall, aquariums, zoos, and theme parks in the Bay Area offer unique slumber parties that adults and children alike will dream about for months. Don't be caught snoozing: tickets to these sleepovers sell out quickly!
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Have you ever felt as if this marine museum was too much for one day? Try one of its overnights, which include live music and a no-host bar for adults during the summer. The program is open to anyone over age five, but you don’t have to go with kids to have a great time. Perks like after-hours access to the aquarium with a fraction of the usual crowds, ocean-themed crafting projects for kids, and naturalist-led presentations keep everyone engaged.
After dark, settle in for a funny video orientation followed by a “midnight” snack of milk and cookies. Next up? Select your perfect sleeping spot by the kelp forest, jellyfish, or octopus tank. (Don’t forget to bring a cushy pad or air mattress for the hard floors!) Before bed, there is a late-night movie screening, and then you’re off to dream amid the fish. After a 7 a.m. wake-up call, enjoy a full breakfast before heading out at 8:30 a.m. Sleepover guests are welcome back once the site opens to the public, however, to enjoy a full day at the aquarium. By then, you’ll know the place like the back of your hand. Jan.-Nov.; $125 per person.