Grab your pajamas and sleeping bag, and join us for a nighttime aquatic adventure with your favorite Shedd animals. Before snuggling into your sleeping bag, immerse yourself in the underwater world with special experiences, games and hands-on activities. Rise with the sun, enjoy a continental breakfast and check out how your aquatic friends start the day. Whether you are with a group or want to attend an overnight with your family, find your adventure here.
Who can attend?
Overnights are for kids age 5 and up. Most activities are geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds. For group overnights, one adult needs to attend for every five children, and for family overnights, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
At family overnights, families can come to the party but skip the overnight by registering for the evening-only event. Children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend the party but cannot stay overnight.
What will we do?
Guests are free to explore any of the open exhibit spaces. We also have scheduled events to enjoy throughout the evening.
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
7:30 a.m.—Explore Abbott Oceanarium
8 a.m.—Explore Wild Reef