Thursday, April 25, 2019

FREE PAJAMA PARTY at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens For Youth Ages 6 to 12 May 17, 2019

Navy Pier to Host Free Overnight Slumber Party in Crystal Gardens on May 17

Chicago’s popular lakefront destination invites youth and their chaperones for fun overnight festivities, including rides, arts and crafts, music, dancing, movies, yoga and breakfast in the Crystal Gardens

Pajama party at Navy Pier! Throw on your finest PJs, grab your sleeping bag and head over to Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination on Friday, May 17 for the first-ever Palm Tree Pajama Party, an overnight family-friendly event featuring a full evening of activities culminating in a unique sleepover experience under the twinkling lights and palm trees in the botanical setting of the Pier’s glass-enclosed Crystal Gardens. The party kicks off with check-in at 5:30 p.m. and extends through the next morning with activities concluding at 8:30 a.m.

While tickets to the Palm Tree Pajama Party are free, guests must register online in advance via Eventbrite. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All tickets include one discounted parking pass per party, complimentary access to Pier Park rides and attractions, free participation in all activities within the Crystal Gardens, discounted meals at participating Pier-wide restaurants and a complimentary continental breakfast the next morning.

As part of the festivities, guests are welcome to ride the Pier’s popular attractions in Pier Park – including the iconic Centennial Wheel – create fun artwork to take home, jam to popular dance tunes, catch the 2018 animated film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, enjoy light snacks and beverages, and kick off the next day with a family yoga class, followed by breakfast. PJs are welcome and encouraged for all activities.

The Palm Tree Pajama Party is open to youth ages 6 to 12, accompanied by chaperones over the age of 21. There must be at least one chaperone per up to three children, and chaperones must be with the children in their respective parties at all times. Event participants must also sign a waiver form and present it at check-in upon arrival, or scan and e-mail it to in advance. Click here to download the waiver form.


Friday, May 17
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Check in
6:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Set up for sleep / Quiet time
11 p.m.
Lights out

Saturday, May 18
7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Family yoga
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast | Departure

For more details regarding the event and what to bring, click here to view Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to contact Navy Pier with any unaddressed questions at

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Navy Pier’s upcoming free summer programs. Click here to view the full listing of events. Please note that all events and programs are subject to change.

Navy Pier’s Palm Tree Pajama Party is a part of the non-profit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit

About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming nearly 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. 

Navy Pier Mission Statement
Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

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