ZZZs in the Seas

Girl in Sleeping Bag Next to Aquatic Exhibit

June 26, 2020

Ever dream of sleeping with sharks? ZZZs in the Seas is a once-in-a-lifetime 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 7 p.m. and includes:

  1. A light snack
  2. Drinks
  3. Self-guided scavenger hunt
  4. Flashlight tour
  5. A movie
  6. Sweet, sea-themed dreams

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

What to Bring


  • Sleeping bag and pillow (air mattresses are welcome, but no larger than a queen size)
  • Extra blankets; it may be chilly inside
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries
  • Changes of clothes and pajamas (if desired)
  • You may want to bring spending money for green screen photos, the photo booth, commemorative coins, vending machines, and gift shop.



$45: Shark Tunnel (SOLD OUT)
$45: Polynesian Reef (SOLD OUT)
$45: Sea Turtle Island Entrance (SOLD OUT)
$45: Shark View Room (SOLD OUT)
$45: Open Exhibits (SOLD OUT)

Purchase Tickets

Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Members must signed in to their account to register.

The Fine Print

  • Reservations: The shark tunnel is limited to 30 tickets; the shark view room is limited to 20 tickets; the new Polynesian Reef is limited to 20 tickets; and Sea Turtle Island is limited to 10 tickets, so reserve your spot early!
  • The Ozark Stream is not available to sleep in but is open to explore 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.
  • Information must be filled out for every person, including chaperones.
  • All participants are required to sign a liability waiver.
  • No unchaperoned minors are allowed. 
  • Dinner is not served—please eat before arrival.
  • A minimum of one adult is required for every five minors.
  • The minimum age to attend is five years old.
  • 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 any questions or would like to reserve a private sleepover, please call 918-528-1532 or email events@okaquarium.org.

General Schedule

7 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
  • The Ozark Stream’s floor is too damp for sleeping
  • You may explore the aquarium at this time
  • The gift shop will be open

7:30 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


  • Lights out

7 a.m. Wake up and Breakfast

  • Breakfast will consist of donuts, bananas, orange juice and coffee

8 a.m. Departure 

  • Check out