4-D Experience

Tease your senses at Shedd’s 4-D Experience, where anything can happen. Get so close to the action that you want to reach out and touch it. Your chair vibrates, the air moves, something scampers by your foot, or did it?

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Spongebob Squarepants 4-D

Starting May 16: Join SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy on a wildly hilarious 4-D adventure to rescue the Jellyfish of Jellyfish Fields from Plankton’s evil clutches. With eye-catching 4-D effects, guests will surf through the electrifying swarm of Jellies, get dragged into the bowels of the Flying Dutchman’s ghost ship, and even feel the rumble of the cannon as our heroes are launched on their hysterical odyssey. Hold on for the experience’s explosive finale, and leave the theater knowing exactly why SpongeBob is oceans above the rest!

Spongebob Squarepants 4-D © 2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 4-D

82 million years ago may be known to many as the Age of Dinosaurs, but while they roamed the land, a whole other world of beasts existed in the submerged world. Go back in time to join one of these incredible sea monsters on her journey from the safety of life in the shallows to the center of the action in the most dangerous seas in history. Explore her breathtaking world — brought to you in photorealistic animation and stunning 4-D effects — as she and her fellow ferocious underwater creatures swim and slink their way through life while trying to escape their predators and win the epic fight for survival.

The 4-D Experience combines the visual drama of a 3-D film with a variety of sensory effects built into the seats and the theater environment. The 4-D Experience brings on-screen images to life with such added effects as water mist, neck air blasts, bubbles, leg ticklers, enhanced floor lighting, seat vibrations and back pokes.

Please note:

  • If you need an assisted listening device or closed captioning, please inform a Shedd team member before you enter the 4-D Experience.
  • The 4-D Experience contains lighting effects, including a brief strobe.
  • Use discretion if your child is easily startled.
  • Please do not bring food or drinks into the 4-D Experience.
  • The 4-D Experience is recommended for children age four and up.

Ice Age (now-May 15); Spongebob (starting May 16)

10:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.
10:15 a.m.     1:15 p.m.
11:00 a.m.     2:00 p.m.
11:15 a.m.     2:15 p.m.
12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m.     3:15 p.m.

On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6:00 p.m., there are additional shows at 4:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure showtimes:

10:30 a.m.    1:45 p.m. 
10:45 a.m.    2:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.    3:30 p.m. 
12:30 p.m.    3:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m.   4:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.     4:45 p.m.

© 2007 National Geographic Society