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Family Sleepovers


Family Sleepovers are programs that are offered to the general public: Aquarium members, families; adults; and individuals. Participants explore the galleries through a variety of special activities, presentations, tours and guest speakers based on the evening's programming.

Please scroll down for all our  2018 Family Sleepover dates.


Pre-registration for all programs is necessary, and can be made up to two days before the program date, pending availability. To register for a program, please call 604-659-3552 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or send an e-mail to programs@ocean.org.

Family Sleepover Cost



Cost per participant (age 6+) 




Notes: All dates and themes are subject to change due to various issues including but not limited to the safety of the animals, building renovations, weather and registrations. All prices are in Canadian funds. All prices are tax inclusive. An adult must accompany anyone under 19. Minimum age: 6 years.  Cancellations must be in writing and is 50% refund of the original booking, if cancellation is within two weeks of the sleepover date, there is no refund.


2018 - All programs start at 9 pm to 9 am


Sunday February 11 - PJ's Paws & Jaws - Sold Out

Come on down for an overnight experience at the Vancouver Aquarium. Discover how animals use camouflage to find the best hiding spots against predators such as Penguins, Seals and Whales.  The fun continues as we head inside the Aquarium for an evening snack followed by an exploration of sea otter paws, shark jaws and other Aquarium cirtters.

Saturday March 24 - Sharks Attack! - Sold Out

The sharks have been around stalking prey in the oceans for more than 400 million years. With more than 440 species worldwide, come explore the fascinating world of Sharks as we take a closer look at some of the sharks who call the Vancouver Aquarium home. Learn everything you need to know about the 7 senses the Sharks have at their disposal through a Shark dissection, take a look at various shark jaws including a great white shark, and a tour to the Shark Penthouse.

Saturday July 7 - Brown, fuzzy and "Otterly" cute! - Cancelled

Spend the evening with our educators as they share fact and stories about our sea otters. We will also look into their history, how this keystone species went extinct in Canada, and how the species were reintroduced back in the 70's. There is a late night snack and make sure to pack your sleeping bag as we bed down in one of our galleries that night. Breakfast is provided in the morning before we go out to the marine mammal deck to view our family of sea otters.

Saturday August 11 - Wonderful World of Pinnipeds!

Pinnipeds are carnivorous fin-footed, semi-aquatic marine mammals including our seals, sea lions and more! Learn more about these exciting animals with our night time educators. They will help you identify which animal is which and whose bark is whose as well as other "jaw"-some facts! A late snack and breakfast is included.

Saturday October 27 - Fish or Treat Halloween Sleepover

Trick or treat, smell my feet, and give me something good to eat.  Start your halloween celebrations a little early by joining us at the Vancouver Aquarium for a spooky fun filled educational adventure through our building. End the night of safe trick and treating fun and bed down in one of our living marine galleries. There will be a snack in the evening and breakfast is included.

Saturday December 29 - Winter Holiday

Theme TBA

Baby OtterSharksMoon Jellies

Additional Information

  • You will be sleeping in the galleries, there are no private rooms. 
  • Please pack lightly & appropriately, each participant is expected to carry his/her own gear.
  • You will require to bring your own sleeping gear
  • Please bring: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, warm clothes, toiletries, and camera.
  • Due to Work Safe regulations, no flip flops or open toed shoes allowed. Must be closed toed shoes and have a heel.
  • Washrooms are available but we do not have shower facilities.
  • There is no re-entry or in and out privledges once you enter into the facility and the program has begun.

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