Whether it’s for a special occasion, such as a birthday party, or just to spend quality time with friends, there’s nothing quite like a slumber party. Sometimes called pajama parties or sleepovers, slumber parties are usually more party and less slumber!

There’s no end to the things you can do at a slumber party. Here are just a few things that many kids look forward to at a slumber party:

  • making delicious snacks, such as cookies
  • watching movies
  • listening to music and singing along with your favorite songs
  • playing card games or board games
  • painting your fingernails and toenails
  • trying out new hairstyles
  • making craft projects
  • staying up as late as possible sharing secrets

The list could go on and on! That last part, though — staying up as late as possible — is always a fun part of any slumber party. Staying up past your bedtime is fun, but doing so with your friends is even better.

Even the hardest slumber partiers eventually give in to sleep. So slumber is actually a part of a slumber party, but it’s usually a very minor and often very short part of it!

Sometimes slumber parties start off away from the house. You and your friends might decide to go out to a movie or to go skating first before heading home to stay up as late as possible. And slumber parties don’t actually have to be inside the house either. You can have them in a tent in the backyard too!

You’ll want to make sure your friends bring some stuff from home with them, so that they feel comfortable at your party. For example, they might want to bring their pajamas, a pillow and maybe even a sleeping bag. They might also have movies, music or games they would like to share.

Just beware that lack of sleep can make children grumpy the next morning. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure that everyone — including Mom and Dad — have a great experience at your next slumber party:

  • Invite just a few friends for a slumber party. Too many people can be hard to control.
  • Let everyone know the rules before you get your night started. If Mom and Dad say bedtime is midnight, then let everyone know that’s what’s expected of them.
  • Plan a quiet day for the day after a slumber party. Let everyone sleep in as much as possible and plan any activities for later in the day. You might want to set aside a mandatory “nap time,” too!


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    • We really like that guess for tomorrow’s Wonder, Rahul! Thanks for being the first Wonder Friend to visit today’s Wonder and leave us a comment! Have a WONDERful Wednesday! :-)

  1. Well, at my house, yes, because my mom enforces it. But if it’s at my friend’s or cousin’s house, then no, we stay up all night talking!!!!! The traditional sleepover was not meant for sleep.

    • Hi, Jaclyn! Thanks for sharing what you experience at slumber parties! We think they can be SUPER fun and help build closer friendships because of the sharing of stories and secrets, the laughter and all the REALLY good times! :-)

  2. I know everyone thinks slumber parties are for girls but boys have them, too. And we do the same things, we eat, have fun and steal people’s wallets. Just kidding, we don’t have fun. Duh.

    • Thanks for sharing that boys can have fun a slumber parties, too, Wonderboy, and THANKS for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :-)

    • That’s a cool guess for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®, Jeremy! Thanks for sharing it! We’ll all have to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow to see if your guess was correct! :-)

  3. I learned two new words and they are mandatory and quality.

    I also learned that sleepovers can be held outside and that most people do not get a lot of sleep.

    I WONDER who invented the slumber party?

    I also have a guess on tomorrow’s wonder….. Why do boomerangs always come back?

    • That’s an AWESOME guess about boomerangs, Team McNeil 12! We’ll have to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow to see if you were right, but we can’t wait to find out! Thanks for sharing the new vocab words and some facts you learned by exploring today’s Wonder. We think whoever invented the slumber party was a person who liked to have lots of FUN with his or her friends! :-)

    • Hello, Drake! Thanks for sharing your opinion about slumber parties! We know some Wonder Friends who never want to go to sleep at one! They want to cram as much fun and friendship as they can into the time they are together! Some friends even stay up all night watching movies and telling funny (or scary) stories! :-)

    • We think those activities sound like a LOT of fun, Sydney! Thanks for sharing what YOU like to do at slumber parties! :-)

  4. I love slumber parties!! They are so fun and I love slumber parties because they always have your friends there with you and that is always fun to be with your friends!! At slumber parties at my house, we have to go to sleep but at my friends’ or cousin’s…no way!!

    • We think it’s GREAT that you have so much fun hanging out with your friends and cousins at slumber parties, Hannah! Thanks so much for sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder…and thanks for visiting Wonderopolis! :-)

  5. I don’t know, but I love to have a slumber party. It’s so fun…we stay up all night or at least we try to. I try to stay up, but I fall asleep. I love wonderopolis, it’s awesome.

    • Thanks so much for letting us know that you enjoy visiting Wonderopolis, Gloria! We think it’s perfectly fine if you fall asleep at a “slumber” party! All that FUN can tire a person out sometimes! :-)

    • Both of those objects would be AWESOME to WONDER more about, Stefani and KD! Thanks for sharing your guesses for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  6. You can’t have no slumber party without KFC’s fried chicken or grilled (your choice) and some mashed potatoes and green beans and coleslaw! Nice wonder, by the way.

    • Thanks for letting us know you liked today’s Wonder, “Kernel Sanders,” and THANKS for sharing what foods you like to eat at slumber parties! Your comment made us hungry! :-)

    • You can do LOTS of fun things with your friends, Matt! You can also just chill out and talk! It’s up to you! You can find out more about some of the fun things to do at slumber parties by exploring today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • Hello, Andrew! We’re super glad you stopped by today’s Wonder and added something GREAT to it by leaving us this comment…THANKS! :-)

    • That’s a SUPER question, Amanda! We’re not sure of exact percentages, we’re just going on what we know from slumber parties we’ve all been to, and also all the GREAT WONDERing we did about the types of things other Wonder Friends like to do at their slumber parties! :-)

    • We’re really glad you liked exploring this Wonder about slumber parties, Aaron! Thanks for being such a GREAT Wonder Friend and letting us know! :-)

    • Hello, DEEEJ! Thanks for leaving us another comment on another Wonder today! We liked your comment on the Hat Trick Wonder, too! :-)

  7. We have a few guesses for tomorrow’s wonder. We think it could be about an echo, bouncy ball, boomerang or yo-yo. I guess we’ll have to wait and find out. Thanks for all your interesting information.

    • Thank YOU GUYS for being awesome Wonder Friends and sharing your comments with us, Mr. Draper’s Class! We really enjoyed your guesses for what tomorrow’s Wonder might be! We hope it’s one of your guesses…we’d like to learn about all of those things! :-)

      Here’s a Wonder about yo-yos that we think you guys will enjoy: Wonder #246 – How Do You Walk the Dog? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-do-you-walk-the-dog/. :-)

    • Hi, McKenzie! Thanks so much for sharing your GREAT comment with us today! We appreciate hearing that you thought today’s Wonder was FUN…just like slumber parties are! :-)

    • We are doing GREAT, Caelah! Thanks so much for asking! We appreciate you letting us know how much you like slumber parties! We hope you have a SUPER WONDERful day! :-)

  8. We think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about a boomerang!

    We liked today’s wonder. Thanks for all the great tips for having a slumber party. :)

    We LOVE Wonderopolis!!!

    • We WONDER if you guys are right about tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®, Miss Kirsten’s Kindergarten GT Class! We can’t wait to find out! Thanks so much for checking out today’s Wonder together and also for letting us know you love visiting Wonderopolis! That makes us SO SUPER HAPPY to hear! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know you loved today’s Wonder, polly pocket 456! It makes our day to hear that from you! :-)

    • We appreciate your opinion about whether or not any “slumber” actually happens at slumber parties, Borshay! Thanks for your comment today! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts about slumber parties, Emily! We know LOTS of Wonder Friends who don’t like to sleep at all at slumber parties! It depends on the friends and how much fun they’re all having! :-)

    • We think your comment ROCKS, Emily! Thanks for sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • That’s an interesting activity, Shay! We hope your friends who fall asleep don’t get too upset when they wake up with writing on their faces! :-( Thank you for sharing your comment with us today! :-)

    • Slumber parties really ARE a fun time to spend with friends, E.B.! Thanks for sharing that you belong to the “stay up all night” crew…we have heard from Wonder Friends (like YOU!) who like to stay up and also Wonder Friends who like to “slumber.” Everyone is different and that’s what makes us all WONDERful! :-)

    • That’s a SUPER guess about tomorrow’s Wonder, Lima Bean Machine! We hope you’re right…we’d LOVE to learn more about boomerangs! :-)

    • Hello, DD! Thanks for leaving us this great comment! Although we appreciate comments from our Wonder Friends, we also want everyone to feel comfortable sharing things they think, feel and WONDER about after they explore each Wonder of the Day®! If you don’t feel comfortable sharing what you like to do at slumber parties, that’s OK! :-)

  9. I thought sleep overs were for only girls in most movies girls have sleep overs. I wonder if boys have sleep overs too? lol. I think tomorrow’s wonder will be boomerangs.

    • Although movies and television programs often show girls having slumber parties, boys can have them too, Dominic! Some boys we know like to stay up late and play video games, eat pizza and popcorn, tell stories and just have lots of FUN together! They even like to camp outside in tents in the backyard!

      Thanks for sharing your guess about tomorrow’s Wonder…it looks like LOTS of Wonder Friends like you think it will be about boomerangs! :-)

    • We thought that was a super cute part of the video, too, Monnie! We like how they showed the calm of the tea party then the craziness of the slumber party! Those girls looked like they had so much fun watching movies and playing dress-up, too! :-)

    • That’s such a SUPER AWESOME thing to say, Caelah! We’re SO VERY happy to hear that you love learning in Wonderopolis! Thanks for being a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  10. Do you think they were actually drinking real tea? Like I’m 10 and Mum and Dad only let me Drink English Breakfast Tea once every couple of months, and they only look around 5. Tea and coffee contain something called caffeine which is NOT good for little bodies.

  11. Hey guys! You are WONDERful!!!
    You should get sleep at a slumber party, but you don’t need to go to bed at a regular time! Slumber parties are meant to spend time with your friends and maybe eat ice cream and watch a movie, not to stay up all night and have that as a “goal” because it’s not good for you. Especially if you have something important the next day…
    But I LOVE slumber parties!!!
    ~Kayla :)

    • That’s a really smart way to think about sleeping at slumber parties, Kayla! We think the goal should be to have fun with your friends, too! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion about “slumbering” at slumber parties, Saad! We appreciate your comment! :-)

  12. I LOVE slumber parties! So it makes sense that I’d love this Wonder. I didn’t. I REALLY loved this Wonder!!!!!!!!

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  13. Dear Wonderopolis,
    You don’t always sleep. One time, I had 3 of my friends to sleep over (luv u guys!!!) and we stayed up the whole night except for one of us and we pulled a prank on her. It was hilarious!!!
    Paige ;)

    • Thanks for sharing your slumber party story with everyone in Wonderopolis, Paige! We’re glad you visited a few Wonders today and left us comments on each one! You are a WONDERful Wonder Friend! :-)

    • Your comment is AWESOME, Wonder Friend! Thanks for letting us know you liked exploring this Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • Hi, Mrisssa! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about slumber parties! We know LOTS of Wonder Friends (even some that live and work here in Wonderopolis) who get cranky if they don’t get enough sleep, too! :-)

    • That sounds like one FUN sleepover, Reilly! We hope you weren’t too grumpy the next day! Thanks for sharing your comment with everyone in Wonderopolis today! :-)

  14. I bet on the video that the kids were having fun at the slumber party. Today I was doing a word search. It was called the anti-slumber party. It has things that you would expect to see at a real slumber party, but sleeping was not included. That made me laugh!:lol: This article rocks (and you rock also)! :-)

    • That sounds like a SUPER fun word search, Julie! We also think it is funny that “sleeping” wasn’t a word in the puzzle! We think YOU ROCK for always leaving us such GREAT comments! We enjoy hearing about your personal connections to the Wonders you explore and the stories you share are AWESOME! :-)

    • We Wonder if you have ever hosted a slumber party at your house, Eric! It sounds like a very fun way to spend time with friends! :)

    • Great Wonder, Jessica! We bet you can do some WONDERing of your own to find out that information on the Internet! We would love to hear about it! :)

  15. That video is so cute but that makes me wonder why do we stay up all night? When I have slumber parties I am going to get everyone to sleep before 10 o’clock!!!!!!! It is so much fun to go DING-DONG-DITCH!!!!! I love doing that.

    P.S. only 2 blog

    • Hey there, Grace, it sounds like you really enjoy a great night’s sleep (we do too)! We Wonder if you watch a movie, eat popcorn and play games at your slumber parties? Those are some of our favorite things to do! :)

    • WOW Timothy, we bet you are quite tired after staying up so late! We’re glad you find time to sleep at a sleepover, it’s no fun to be tired all day long! Do you have any favorite games you and your friends like to play at slumber parties? :)

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  • Do you sleep at a slumber party?
  • What do you like to do at a slumber party?
  • How can you make your slumber party great?

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Ready to plan your own slumber party? Having friends over for a sleepover can be lots of fun. But it takes a little planning to make it extra special.

First, you’ll need to decide who you want to invite to spend the night. Choose just a few close friends and then make some homemade slumber party invitations to give them all the details.

Be sure to include the date, the time you want them to show up, what time they’ll go home the next day and what they need to bring. You should also probably ask them have their parents call your parents to make sure it’s OK to sleep over.

When your guest list and invitations are completed, it’s time to think about fun activities you can do at your party. Do you want to have a theme slumber party? For example, you could have a scary movie marathon, have a staycation with friends, or plan a scavenger hunt!

Your slumber party can be as fun as your imagination (and your parents!) will allow. Fun activities can include listening to music, watching movies, painting your fingernails and toenails, doing your hair and fixing delicious snacks in the kitchen.

We hope you have a WONDERful slumber party! If you want to tell your Wonder Friends all about it, share photos and memories from your slumber party on Facebook!


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Playing games is one fun thing to do at a slumber party. Check out Illuminations’ Concentration interactive to play the classic game of Concentration.


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