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?

4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests ($2.95 for members).

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Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure

10 a.m.    1 p.m.
11 a.m.    2 p.m.
12 p.m.    3 p.m.
On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6 p.m., there are additional shows at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The hit PBS KIDS series Splash and Bubbles comes to life in its first 4-D Experience® filled with music, fun, and everyone’s favorite citizens of the sea! In this new adventure, Dunk the pufferfish loses his special lucky pebble that gives him the courage he needs to be adventurous. Upon hearing the news, his fellow Reeftown Rangers – Splash, Bubbles, and Ripple – join in the quest to find it. Together, these four friends “catch a current” to travel around the world to see wonders like the kelp forest, a whale migration, and even an active underwater volcano! They will also meet great friends like Lu the football fish, Tidy the garibaldi fish and Maury the moray eel. And of course there is no better way to end an adventure than with a party in Reeftown with their newest friends – YOU! Most importantly, Dunk learns that he doesn’t really need his lucky pebble to be a brave, adventurous explorer – he just needs his fellow Reeftown Ranger best friends! Ocean Friends Forever!

© 2017 The Jim Henson Company. © 2017 Herschend Studios. JIM HENSON’S mark & logo, SPLASH AND BUBBLES mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved. PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission.

Coastal Predators: A 4-D Experience

10:15 a.m.    1:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m.    2:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m.    3:15 p.m.
On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6 p.m., there are additional shows at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

It is the greatest gathering of ocean predators on the planet. Dolphins, sharks, whales and seals converge to feast along the breathtaking South African coast for an astonishing underwater Armageddon. Each year billions of sardines are pushed into the shallows as the ocean’s most incredible animals forego natural instincts towards each other to come together for a common quest. Stunning visuals and high octane action with 4-D effects bring this great spectacle to life as you dive into this feeding frenzy of epic proportions

The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under license. BBC logo © BBC 1996
Photography: © Roger Horrocks
Photography: © Alexander Safonov

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 4-D

10:30 a.m.    1:45 p.m. 
10:45 a.m.    2:30 p.m.
11:30 p.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.

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.

© 2007 National Geographic Society

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.

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