Overnights

Join us for one of our overnights! You'll spend the night exploring the aquarium—including a scavenger hunt, an aquatic show and seeing our many exhibits—before sleeping next to the fishes. Whether you're with a group or want to attend an overnight with your family, find your adventure here. Ticket options include:

Questions? Check out our Overnight FAQs here!

Regular: $75/person ($60/person for members)
Reserve your spot at our overnight with this Regular ticket!

VIP: $90/person ($75/person for members)
Bring your air mattress, receive VIP seating at the aquatic show and enjoy other perks with your VIP ticket!

Evening-Only: $40/person ($20/person for members)
Want to join our special activities but not stay the night? Get your Evening-only ticket instead!

Who can attend?

Overnights are for kids ages 5 and up. Most activities are geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds. If you are attending the overnight as a family, all children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are attending as a group, one adult needs to accompany every five children.

At our overnights, you can come to the party but skip the sleepover by registering for the evening-only event. Children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend the party, but they cannot stay overnight.

What will we do?

Guests are free to explore any of the open exhibit spaces. We also have scheduled events and activities throughout the night, including an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, animals stories, crafts and more! 

Here is a typical itinerary for an overnight event:

6:30-8 p.m.—Check-in, dinner and time to explore the Abbott Oceanarium 
7:30 p.m.—Event orientation and aquatic show
8-9:30 p.m.—Planned activities in the aquarium galleries, exploration of Wild Reef
9:30 p.m.—Caribbean Reef dive presentation
10 p.m.—Set up sleeping space, late-night snack, movie and game room open
11 p.m.—Lights out! 
6:30 a.m.—Rise and shine, explore aquarium galleries
7 a.m.—Breakfast
7:30 a.m.—Explore Abbott Oceanarium
8 a.m.—Explore Wild Reef
8:30 a.m.—Depart

Upcoming Overnights

Dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m., to Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Price: Regular: $75/person ($60/member)
VIP: $90/person ($75/member)
Evening-Only: $40/person ($20/member)

Overnight FAQs

Questions? Please check out our FAQs!

Award-Winning!

Chicago Parent named Shedd Aquarium "Best Museum Overnight" for 2013! See our overnight options below.

Refund Policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.