ZZZs in the Seas

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Ever dream of sleeping with sharks? ZZZs in the Seas is a dream-come-true opportunity where guests can sleep surrounded by sharks, stingrays, seahorses, and all the other creatures snoozing in our oceans. The fun-filled night begins with check-in at 6:30 p.m. and includes:

  • A light snack
  • Drinks
  • Self-guided scavenger hunt
  • Flashlight tour
  • A movie
  • Sweet, sea-themed dreams

If sharks aren’t your idea of relaxing sleep, then feel free to book a space next to any of our other exhibits. 
Then wake up and join us for breakfast before the adventure ends at 8 a.m., followed by guest pickup.

What to Bring

This is an overnight adventure. Please pack accordingly.

  • Sleeping bags and pillows, cots, and air mattresses are welcome but no larger than a twin-size
  • Extra blankets; it may be chilly inside
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries
  • Changes of clothes and pajamas, if desired
  • Optional: spending money for green screen photos, the photo booth, commemorative coins, vending machines, and the *gift shop
  • Optional: Sleep apnea machines are welcome

PRICING

$45: Non-members
$35: Members
$25: Non-sleepover guests: includes activities & souvenirs

Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more by contacting the Events Department

Members must be signed in to their accounts to register.

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The Fine Print

  • Reservations: 
    • No guest limit for other exhibits
    • The shark tunnel is limited to 20 guests
    • The shark view room is limited to 20 guests
    • The Polynesian Reef is limited to 20 guests
    • Sea Turtle Island is limited to 10 guests
  • Exhibits
    • The Ozark Stream is not available to sleep in but is open to exploring until lights out.
    • We do not recommend you sleep in the Marvels and Mysteries gallery—the electric eel has noise and light sensors that flash and thump through the night.
    • There are electrical outlets located throughout different exhibits for air mattresses, sleep apnea machines, etc.
  • Requirements & Refunds
    • Dinner is not served—please eat before arrival.
    • All participants are required to sign a liability waiver.
    • The information must be filled out for every person, including chaperones.
    • No unchaperoned minors are allowed. 
    • The minimum age to attend is five years old.
    • A minimum of one adult is required for every five minors.
    • Tickets are non-transferable to other sleepover dates.
    • Guests can receive a full refund until 48-hours prior to the event. 
    • Any cancellations after the 48-hour period will result in the purchase becoming a donation; a tax acknowledgment letter will be provided upon request.

Private Sleepovers Available

If a public sleepover isn’t your idea of fun, then book a private sleepover with us and have the entire facility to yourself and friends! If you have questions or would like to reserve a private sleepover with us, please contact the Events Department.

General Schedule

6:30 p.m. Welcome

  • Check-in through the main entrance
  • Select a spot and place your bedding
  • Do not unpack or unroll your bedding yet
  • Everyone in the shark tunnel must stay to one side
  • All exit doors and main corridors must remain clear
  • You may explore the aquarium at this time

* The gift shop is subject to staffing availability

7 p.m. Orientation

  • Orientation will be held in the Great Hall

8 p.m. Activities

  • Games
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Touch tanks

9:30 p.m. Self-Guided Flashlight Tour

  • Souvenir flashlights will be provided

10 p.m. Movie

  • All doors will be locked at this time, do not exit, or you will not be allowed back in

Midnight 

  • Lights out

7 a.m. Wake up and breakfast

  • Breakfast will consist of individually packaged muffins, bananas, oranges, juice, and coffee

8 a.m. Departure 

  • Check out & guest pick up