• Science Sleepovers
  • CLOSED temporarily due to public health
    concerns surrounding COVID-19.

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Science Sleepovers!

The goal of Carnegie Science Center is to provide a safe, welcoming, and enriching experience for all of our program participants. With the health and safety of our community, visitors and team members, and their families in mind, Carnegie Science Center has canceled the Sleepovers on March 21, March 27, April 3, April 17, and April 24. This decision is consistent with recommendations set forth by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County Health Department regarding social distancing at large events. Like all institutions, businesses, families and individuals, Carnegie Science Center is actively planning for safe and healthy operations during the emerging global COVID-19 pandemic. If you have reservations for a Science Sleepover, please contact our Registration Team at CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org for more information.

Please note: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are closed temporarily, including Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center – The Rangos Giant Cinema, Mummies of the World exhibition, USS Requin (SS 481) submarine, and Highmark SportsWorks®.

2020 Sleepovers

Looking for fun, overnight things to do with your family in Pittsburgh? Bring your family or Scout troop for a night at Carnegie Science Center!

From a night of sweet science fun to a star-studded sleepover adventure, there’s a terrific variety of themes to choose from!

All Science Center sleepover guests enjoy:

  • A movie in The Rangos Giant Cinema
  • Themed activities
  • Theater show demos
  • 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 (SS 481)

Register today by calling 412.237.3400!

Cost: $39 per person.
*Some Sleepovers have an extra fee. See description for details.

4/1/2018 to 10/27/2018

Spooky Science Sleepover

Fri., Oct. 26

A frightfully fun evening guaranteed to make your hair stand on end. . . literally! It’s a deliciously gross, ghastly good time to be had by all young witches, wizards, and monsters. Costumes encouraged!

4/1/2018 to 12/8/2018

Elf: The Sleepover

Sat., Dec. 8

Grab a buddy and discover your inner elf at our fun-filled holiday sleepover! See Elf in The Rangos Giant Cinema, carry out festive science experiments, and create a delicious hot chocolate concoction!

3/4/2017 to 2/23/2019

Engineering with Da Vinci Sleepover

Fri., Feb. 22

Put on your thinking cap as you design, build, and test out feats of engineering genius inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Defy gravity with a da Vinci bridge, test out catapults and trebuchets, and make a flying ornithopter.

*Cost: $47 – includes admission into Da Vinci The Exhibition

3/4/2017 to 3/3/2019

*Camp-In Sleepover: Boys Night!

Sat., March 2

Leave the bug spray at home, and bring your campout indoors for the night. Sharpen your outdoor skills as you learn different ways to make a flashlight and filter water. Plus, explore navigation using the Sun and stars!

*Note: While this event is “boys only,” female chaperones are welcome.

3/4/2017 to 3/24/2019

Awesome Astronomy Sleepover

Fri., March 22

Explore the wonders of the cosmos at this star-studded sleepover adventure. Identify celestial bodies in Buhl Planetarium, experiment with launch angles and propulsion methods, and see if you have what it takes to become an astronaut!

3/4/2017 to 3/30/2019

Game Night Sleepover *Sold Out*

Fri., March 29

It’s a night of nonstop gaming fun! From giant Jenga to virtual reality mini-golf, explore games both old and new. Take part in a mini escape room, and play Mario Kart 8 on a giant screen!

3/4/2017 to 4/6/2019

Robot Roundup Sleepover

Fri., April 5

Calling all robot enthusiasts! Visit our Robot Hall of Fame and play air-hockey against a robot. Explore the science behind robotics as you experiment with Cubelets, navigate Sphero through obstacle courses, and carry out space missions with LEGO® Mindstorms EV3’s.

3/4/2017 to 4/27/2019

*Camp-In Sleepover: Girls Night!

Fri., April 26

Leave the bug spray at home and bring your campout indoors for the night. Sharpen your outdoor skills as you learn different ways to make a flashlight and filter water. Plus, explore navigation using the Sun and stars!

*Note: While this event is “girls only,” male chaperones are welcome.

3/4/2017 to 5/12/2019

How to Train Your Dragon Sleepover

Sat., May 11

Experience the movie that launched the trilogy on our GIANT screen in The Rangos Giant Cinema, and explore the science behind dragons and Viking culture! Make a model dragon fly, investigate dragon eggs, write your name in runes, and race Viking ships.

3/4/2017 to 6/22/2019

Summer Solstice Sleepover

Fri., June 21

Conclude the longest day of the year with a night full of spectacular science activities. Investigate the Sun and other stars in Buhl Planetarium & Observatory, harness the power of the Sun to make s’mores, and explore the colors of sunrises and sunsets.

3/4/2017 to 7/20/2019

Peter Pan Sleepover

Sat., July 20

Illustration of night skyline of london with full moonTake the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning! See the matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Benedum Center, then head to the Science Center for a night of sleepover fun. Evening activities begin at 6 pm, and include experiments on flight, astronomy, and even some pirate science! It will be an awfully big adventure!

To register, call Pittsburgh CLO at 412.325.1582
*Cost: $65 (includes show and sleepover)

3/4/2017 to 10/9/2019

Game Night Sleepover

Fri., Oct. 11

Get ready for a night of non-stop gaming action! Supersize your fun with giant Jenga and Connect Four, take on challenging Escape Room boxes, and play Mario Kart on a giant screen! Take a break in our board game lounge, try some retro video games, and discover how to make your own games and controllers using Makey-Makey technology. See Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in The Rangos Giant Cinema, and become a contestant on the Wheel of Science live theater show.


3/4/2017 to 10/26/2019

Monster Madness Sleepover

Fri., Oct. 25

Calling all werewolves, vampires, and zombies! Get in the Halloween spirit with a night of monster-themed fun. Put on your wizardry hat as you dabble with potions and concoctions, use science to send ghosts flying into the air, and engineer a new monster of your very own design. Discover how Frankenstein was re-animated in a special live theater demonstration, meet some of our own live creepy, crawly creatures, and see Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit in The Rangos Giant Cinema.


3/4/2017 to 11/23/2019

Light Up Night Sleepover *Sold Out*

Fri., Nov. 22

Start the holiday season with a bang. Get a front-row seat to a fantastic fireworks display, jam out to a festive laser light show, be among the first to see the brand new educational film Superpower Dogs in The Rangos Giant Cinema, and experiment with the science of light. Create a colorful bracelet or keychain that reacts to UV light, experiment with glow sticks, and catch a rainbow on a piece of paper.


3/4/2017 to 12/8/2019

Elf Sleepover

Sat., Dec. 7

Grab a buddy and discover your inner elf at our fun-filled holiday Sleepover! Watch Elf on the big screen in The Rangos Giant Cinema, sing-along to a holiday laser show, and create a delicious hot chocolate concoction. Make a light-up holiday card, experiment with wintery science, and try your hand at snowball toss and pin the tusk on the narwhal.
3/4/2017 to 12/23/2018

3/4/2017 to 2/22/2020

Candy Engineering Sleepover

Fri., Feb. 21

Build gumdrop geodesic domes, design marshmallow shooters, and build the tallest candy structure! Discover how to make caramel in a live theater demonstration and play life size Candyland with an engineering twist.

Register by calling 412.237.3400.

3/4/2017 to 3/8/2020

Girl Scout Space Night

Sat., March 7

Explore the wonders of the cosmos in this star-studded sleepover adventure! Transport yourself into outer space using virtual reality, design and test a lunar lander, and see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut. Experience the Apollo 11 Moon landing on our GIANT screen and visit the rooftop observatory to get a closer look at the night sky (weather permitting).

Register by calling 412.237.3400.

3/4/2017 to 3/22/2020

Cub Scout Space Night Sleepover *Canceled*

Sat., March 21

3/4/2017 to 3/28/2020

Superhero Science Sleepover *Canceled*

Fri., March 27

3/4/2017 to 4/4/2020

Robot Roundup Sleepover *Canceled*

Fri., April 3

3/4/2017 to 4/18/2020

Retro Game Night Sleepover *Canceled*

Fri., April 17

3/4/2017 to 4/25/2020

Night at the Museum Sleepover *Canceled*

Fri., April 24

3/4/2017 to 5/16/2020

Spy School Sleepover

Fri., May 15

Your mission is to become a spy for the night! Test out spy gadgets, sharpen your powers of observation, and challenge yourself to get through a laser maze. Uncover the science behind invisible ink, then make and decode secret messages.

Register by calling 412.237.3400.


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 9:00 am, but you are welcome to stay the day after and explore even more with your general admission, included in your sleepover cost!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question regarding Sleepovers? Click here to view a list of FAQs. Didn’t find your answer? Please call 412.237.3400 for  more information.


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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