Science Slumber Party

Organising your next group sleepover is no longer a nightmare…

For a truly unique camping adventure, let your imagination run wild and get lost in the magical world of science at a Discovery Sleepover. It is the perfect way to complement any school excursion to Bendigo. We provide dinner, activities to keep everyone entertained, plenty of time to explore the exhibits, somewhere unique to sleep and, of course, breakfast!

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What’s included

Time to explore the exhibits
A Bendigo Planetarium session
The Vertical Slide will be open for the more daring
Camping mats
Dinner, dessert and breakfast
Shower and toilet facilities
A dedicated Discovery Sleepover Staff Member
PG rated Movie

What to bring

Toothbrush & toothpaste
Face washer & hand towel
Pyjamas & change of clothes
Sleeping bag & pillow
Socks (for the Vertical Slide)
Drink bottle
Hat & Sunscreen

Sleeping mats are provided. However, teachers may prefer to bring a swag or blow-up mattress

Sleepover Pictures

Sample Sleepover Itinerary

Evening Program
5:00pm- 5:30pm – Arrive at Discovery, set up your camping mats and get the
low down on your stay
5:30 pm – The fun begins – Drop down the Vertical Slide and explore the exhibits
6:30pm – Dinner time
7:30pm – Take a guided tour through the cosmos in the Bendigo Planetarium
8:30pm – Movie time
10:00pm – Lights out!

Morning Program
7:00am – Rise and Shine, pack bags
7:30am – Breakfast is served
8:00am – Clean those teeth and explore the exhibits for one last time
8:30am – Sleepover Program Ends
(*Subject to change – dependent upon specific requests)

How much will a sleepover cost?

At only $45.00 per person, per night you can’t beat Discovery for your next group sleepover.

A sleepover at Discovery requires a minimum booking of 20 people per night (25 people per Saturday and Sunday night) and includes one free of charge adult at a ratio of 1 adult per every 10 children. Discovery can hold a maximum of 70 people per night. Sleepovers are not available on Public Holidays.

This cost includes all of the activities mentioned above, sleeping mats and, of course, dinner, dessert and breakfast!

A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to secure a sleepover booking.

Sleepover booking enquiry

Contact our Bookings Officer directly to discuss sleepover options that adhere to Social Distancing measures at! We will be back in touch shortly to confirm details.


Sleepover FAQs

Is it wheelchair accessible?2018-02-12T09:15:10+10:00

Yes, we are equipped with ramps and have a disabled toilet and shower room.

When can I have my sleepover?2018-02-10T08:42:10+10:00

Discovery hosts birthday parties on Mondays – Sundays. There is a minimum of 20 during the week and 25 during the weekends. Discovery is closed on Public Holidays, so we cannot arrange a sleepover night of, or the day before, a Public Holiday.

What time can I have my sleepover?2018-02-10T08:41:17+10:00

Sleepovers begin at 5pm and go until 8:30am the following morning so as not to conflict with Discovery’s daytime operations. In the event that a sleepover requires additional staff time outside these hours there may be additional charges.

Where will my sleepover be held?2018-02-10T08:35:19+10:00

Your sleeping mats will be set up in the Auditorium. You will have dinner and breakfast in the Lab.

What happens during a sleepover?2018-02-10T08:34:26+10:00

When you arrive, you will be directed into the auditorium to pick out a mat and set up your bed.

Your Visit Coordinator will introduce themselves once your group has arrived, they will give you the run -down of the evening. You will have:

  • A drop down the vertical slide
  • Dinner – PIZZA!
  • A tour through the Solar System in the Planetarium
  • Movie on the big screen
  • Sleep time!

In the morning, you will:

  • Get up and pack your gear
  • Have breakfast
  • Play on the exhibits one last time
  • Finish up and go home
Is it dark?2018-02-10T08:33:17+10:00

Yes, we do turn the lights off in the Centre when it is sleep time. However there are lights in the foyer and toilets should you need them during the night. There is ambient light in the Auditorium.

What food will we have for dinner?2021-01-23T11:40:50+10:00

We order pizza from Dominos, which cater for gluten and lactose intolerances, but should you have any specific dietary requirements let us know and we will seek a suitable alternative. There will be icy poles afterwards.

What about breakfast?2018-02-13T11:46:45+10:00

There is a range of cereals (including gluten free) and toast for breakfast. Juice is also available. Milk-alternatives such as soy or almond can be provided.

Can we arrive early / stay late?2018-02-13T11:59:28+10:00

We only have our staff for your sleepover for a limited time – and they are super busy! Unfortunately we can only allow you in once the Centre is ready for your visit (5pm) and you will need to depart by 8:30 am so we can prepare for the next day. If a staff member is required to be at Discovery outside of the hours that are covered by the sleepover or regular opening hours there will be a staff call out fee of $50.

How much is a sleepover and how do I pay?2018-02-10T08:29:14+10:00

At only $45 per person, per night, you can’t beat Discovery for your next group sleepover.

A sleepover at Discovery requires a minimum booking of 20 people per night (25 people on a Saturday or Sunday night), and includes one free of charge adult at a ratio of 1 adult per every 10 children. Discovery can host a maximum of 70 people for a sleepover.

Discovery requires a $350 non-refundable deposit to confirm a sleepover booking, with the remainder to be paid via invoice after your visit, or on the day of departure.

How do I book?2018-02-09T16:25:43+10:00

You can fill in a booking enquiry form below! Or you can call in to the centre and speak to our staff, call us on 5444 4400, or email


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