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This May, the Vancouver Aquarium will be hosting its 11th annual Dreamnight, presented by Shaw Communications.  On this special night we open our doors for more than 500 children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families to visit the Aquarium.  As many of these children are unable to visit the Aquarium during our regular hours, Dreamnight gives them an opportunity to connect with aquatic animals and take part in fun activities in a safe and controlled environment, away from their hospital beds.

There will be live entertainment by award-winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo, face painting and fun activities.  The evening is filled with smiles, laughter and wonder. Children enjoy watching the beluga and dolphin shows, interacting with interesting creatures in the Wet Lab and being entertained by our beloved beluga mascot, Bee Bop.

Please note that this event is by invitation only.


An Unforgettable Evening

In 1996, Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands initiated a special evening at the zoo for children with life threatening illnesses and their families from a local hospital. “Dreamnight” as it became known, quickly caught on as an annual event in Rotterdam and eventually spread to zoos and aquariums around the world. The event continues to grow with more organizations participating every year.

Since 2003, the Vancouver Aquarium has presented Dreamnight annually to children and their immediate families and caregivers from local hospitals and hospices including: BC Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Canuck Place, Make a Wish Foundation, Sunny Hill Health Centre and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.


Dreamnight is a free event and Aquarium staff and volunteers donate their time to keep the Aquarium open after hours in order to give these children and their families a special experience that they will never forget. Observing the happy faces of the children and their families, who often have a very heavy burden to bear, is what makes Dreamnight such an extraordinary event. Providing a “night off” from their regular routines is often invaluable to these families who spend so much of their time in hospital rooms.


The moment the children walk through the doors, they are welcomed and entertained: from a warm greeting by the Aquarium's mascot, Beebop, to special beluga and dolphin shows and a variety of other activities throughout the night including: face painting, touch pools, crafts, magic shows and performances by local musicians.


Now in its tenth year, the Vancouver Aquarium's Dreamnight continues to grow as we welcome more children and their families to the Aquarium to experience an evening of fun and laughter they won't soon forget.


May 6, 2014



Thank You!

Thank You To Our Sponsors

This year, the event is generously presented by Shaw.

Giving Back

Giving Back To The Community

Staff and volunteers donate their time to make Dreamnight happen each year and help the Vancouver Aquarium give back to the community.

About the Vancouver Aquarium

About The Vancouver Aquarium

We are a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action.


Here are some photos from our 2013 Dreamnight. Click on the images below to view full size. Photos by Brett Vo Photography. 

Brett Vo Photography

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