Open 9 am - 5 pm

What happens during the virtual slumber party?

Explore the aquarium like never before with your family—at night in this virtual sleepover! Hang out with aquatic animals and animal experts virtually from the comfort of home for two hours 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST in the evening and one hour from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. the following morning. There are games, aquatic live feedings, large group activities and animal yoga.

A trainer wearing a face mask records a guitarfish swimming.
A Shedd staff member records a fish swimming by on an iPad.

Virtual aquarium slumber party requirements, entry and accessibility

Waiver and email instructions

  • Upon receipt of the signed waiver and virtual overnight questionnaire in your purchase confirmation email, the email address used at purchase will receive an email with a link to the Zoom Meeting. 
  • This email will be sent no later than 30 minutes before your experience is scheduled to start. If you do not receive an email in the time listed above, let us know by emailing [email protected] or call us at 312-692-3312.

Help us keep our program secure during entry

  • When logging into Zoom, you must use the email provided in the questionnaire, we can only admit users whose names appear on our roster.
  • After logging on, click on the Zoom link sent via email and you will be directed to the program waiting room. Please make sure your Zoom name matches the household registration name provided in the questionnaire.  
  • You can still join the meeting without a Zoom account; please be sure your Zoom name matches your household registration name you provided on the questionnaire.

Zoom requirements

  • Access to high speed wifi (2 Mbps)
  • Download Zoom app and create a Zoom account.
  • Make sure your computer or device is compatible and ready for Zoom here.


The program includes use of the audio and video engagement functions of the Zoom platform.

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or leave a message at 312-692-3312. We look forward to assisting you.

Instructions for purchasing the program as a gift

If the participant has a different email address than the one used to purchase the encounter, please email us at [email protected] or call 312-692-3312 at least 1 day prior to the day of your encounter so we can adjust our roster.

Virtual Overnight FAQs

For any additional questions please contact us at [email protected] or leave a message at 312-692-3312.

What do families say about Shedd’s virtual programs?

“The instructors are awesomely adept at Zoom and the virtual environment. I was skeptical after a disappointing experience with e-learning in our district, but I am so glad that we decided to try it.” 

“It's so engaging and interactive. It’s really the happiest I've seen my kiddo in a while.”

“Your program and instructors have been absolutely phenomenal and the kids cite this experience as their favorite byproduct of the quarantine.”

program dates

This program has ended for the season. Please check back soon for more dates.