Overnights | Shedd Aquarium


At Shedd overnights, you'll spend the night exploring the aquarium before sleeping next to the fishes.

Spend the night inside the aquarium with fun activities like a scavenger hunt, our aquatic presentation, and more!

Who can attend?

Overnights are for kids 5 and older. 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.

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:

6-8 p.m.—Check-in, pizza dinner and time to explore the Abbott Oceanarium 
7:30 p.m.—Event orientation and aquatic presentation
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.— Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.—Explore Abbott Oceanarium
8 a.m.—Explore Wild Reef
8:30 a.m.—Depart

Upcoming Overnights

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

Refund Policy

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