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Science Sleepovers!

2016 Sleepovers

Bring your family or Scout troop for a night at the Science Center!  There’s a terrific variety of themes to choose from.

Cost: $39 per person. Call 412.237.1637 to register.

Jan. 29, 2016 Boys Only – Gaming
Feb. 19, 2016 Engineer the Future
Feb. 26, 2016 Tropical Science
March 5, 2016 Odd Squad
March 18, 2016 Astronomy
April 1, 2016 Science Fair – Mad Science
April 9 , 2016 Robotics
April 22, 2016 Camping
April 29, 2016 Sci-Fi
May 6, 2016 Girls Only – CSI
Aug. 6, 2016 National Parks

Boys Only Sleepover – Gaming
Friday, Jan. 29
A night of non-stop gaming fun! Challenge your friends and family to your favorite games, both old and new. Try your hand at our carnival, and explore the virtual Science Center on our Minecraft server.

Engineering Sleepover
Friday, Feb. 19

Put your thinking cap on as you design, build and test out feats of engineering genius! Create towers, catapults, mazes, and anything else you can imagine during an inventive night of fun. On Saturday, stay for our annual Engineer the Future event to meet with engineering professionals and enjoy additional hands-on activities.

Tropical Science Sleepover
Friday, Feb. 26
Escape the chilly winter weather and warm up with a night of tropical science fun! Experiment with sand, learn about sea creatures, and be dazzled by the powers of the sun!

Odd Squad Sleepover
Saturday, March 5

Help Odd Squad agents solve their most challenging cases ever. Can Olive, Otto, and Oscar save the world from the Hydraclops? Will the Odd Squad pull off the ultimate birthday surprise for Ms. O? Sleepover guests will get to watch an episode of the kid-favorite PBS Odd Squad on the big screen at the Science Stage. Participants will tackle several activities to achieve Agent status by the end of the night. Every child will receive an Odd Squad poster to take home.

Astronomy Sleepover
Friday, March 18
Explore the wonders of the cosmos in this star-studded sleepover adventure. Take a look at the night sky, and see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut. It's an out-of-this-world experience you won’t want to miss.

Mad Science Sleepover
Friday, April 1
Channel your inner Mad Scientist as you try your hand at some amazing science experiments. Embrace your inner chemist as you create colorful and explosive reactions, or make your hair stand on end with physics!

Robotics Sleepover
Saturday, April 9
Calling all robot enthusiasts! Visit with R2D2, Gort, and Robby while getting hands-on with robots of all shapes and sizes. Use sensors to navigate through a maze, test your battle bot skills, and even draw a picture using a robot!

Camping Sleepover
Friday,  April 22
Get prepared for camping season by sharpening your outdoor skills! Learn about fire, navigate by the stars, identify critters, and try your hand at a few outdoor games.

Sci-Fi Sleepover
Friday, April 29
Feel the force at our sci-fi themed sleepover! Come dressed up as your favorite character to decipher an alien language, investigate UFO’s, and learn about the science behind your favorite science fiction worlds.

Girls Only Sleepover - CSI Sleepover
Friday, May 6
Become a forensic scientist for the night as you search a crime scene, analyze the evidence in the laboratory, and put together the clues to solve a mystery!

Matilda Sleepover
Saturday, June 4

In cooperation with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

See the 2 pm matinee performance of Matilda at the Benedum Center downtown, then spend the night at the Science Center with all the usual sleepover features PLUS special Matilda-themed activities! Drop off your sleeping bag and overnight gear at the Science Center – parking is free for Sleepover guests. Then take the subway to Wood Street Station and walk to the Benedum. After the show, return to the Science Center to purchase dinner in our Café  -- or have dinner on your own downtown! Just be sure to return to the Science Center by 6:30, to take advantage of all the sleepover fun.  Return to the Wood Street Station and take the subway to North Shore, getting off at Allegheny Station. You’ll see the Science Center from there, about a block away.

Just $78 per person covers the show and the sleepover!

To register, call Pittsburgh CLO at 412‑325-1582 or Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at  412‑471-6930

National Parks Anniversary Sleepover
Saturday, August 6
Experience America’s natural wonders right here in Pittsburgh! See the Omnimax film National Parks Adventure and participate in outdoor-themed activities to celebrate 100 years of America’s National Parks! Children will also receive a National Parks map.

All Science Center sleepovers include:

  • Themed activities
  • Omnimax movie
  • Planetarium or laser show
  • Live theater show
  • Science workshop
  • Sleeping among our exciting exhibits
  • Official Science Center patch
  • Late-night snack
  • Continental breakfast
  • Free admission for the day following the sleepover, including Highmark SportsWorks® and USS Requin


Groups need to provide one adult chaperone for every eight children. Families or those not part of a group must also have a parent or guardian present.


Check-in begins at 6 pm the evening of your sleepover, where you will receive a detailed schedule of the night's happenings. The overnight experience will begin with a brief orientation, after which participants will enjoy a night of themed activities. Lights-out is at midnight. All sleepover gear must be removed from the building by 9:30 am, but you are welcome to stay the day after and explore even more with your general admission, included in your sleepover cost!


A Sleepover T-shirt is the best souvenir to remember your special night at the Science Center. They will be on sale in the XPLOR Store the morning after your overnight experience.

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