The Shedd Aquarium has a fun series called Asleep with the Fishes which lets you spend the night in the Shedd. We were excited to be invited to check it out and have all the deets on how to make this a memorable night at one of our favorite Chicago spots! 

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You don’t HAVE to spend the night.

While the intention of Asleep with the Fishes is to actually sleep with the fishes and wake up in the aquarium the next day, there is also an option to stay until lights out at 11pm.  This is actually what worked best for us because we had plans early the next morning.  Staying until lights out is still a ton of fun and would be perfect if your kids have a difficult time sleeping away from home or if the thought of sleeping on an air mattress is too much for your back to handle.

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This is the Shedd how you’ve never experienced it before.

Our family has done Jazzin’ At The Shedd for the last few summers and that is a super fun night.  But Asleep with the Fishes is totally different.  Jazzin’ At The Shedd is busy and bustling with a mix of families and professionals coming over to unwind after a day of work.  Asleep with the Fishes is all families - in fact you MUST have a child with you to attend.

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Asleep with the Fishes has a very limited availability so it is basically like having the Shedd to yourself. The photos you will get are ah-mazing.  

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Has your child ever had the yellow submarine to themselves? Yeah, this was the first time for mine, too!

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Also, there is little to no wait for the different hands on experiences scattered throughout the aquarium. And almost everyone gets a front row seat for the aquatics show in the Oceanarium. 

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Each event has a different theme. 

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The theme for our night was Aquaman!  There were photo opportunities and other fun activities that tied into our theme. 

The night is jampmpacked with family fun.

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From a scavenger hunt to 4D movies, there is not one moment that isn’t packed with fun.

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There is even a special feeding to watch and a late night dance party. Can you guess the last song that was played? Baby Shark, of course!

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It’s bedtime for the animals, too. 

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Our family learned we love to see all of the animals at the Shedd whether they are awake or asleep!  Observing the animals at night gave us an entirely new look into their lives. 

 

Asleep with the Fishes is one of our favorite family events we have ever experienced. It was great for everyone in our family - the four year old, nine year old and twelve year old, even the grownups! 

For more information or to get tickets for your family, visit sheddaquarium.org  

 

Thanks again to the Shedd Aquarium for hosting us! All opinions are honest and our own.  

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