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Birthdays & Sleepovers


Celebrate your child’s birthday with a unique party at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island! Our two-hour birthday party package includes a fun-filled animal education program of your choice with a take-home craft, private use of our classroom facilities for refreshments and gifts exchange, and a self-guided tour through the Aquarium.

Choose from the following themes:
Turtles, Alligators, Snakes, Invertebrates, Amphibians, Sharks, Whales & Dolphins, Stingrays, or River Otters.

Parties are designed for ages 4 through 10.

A $250 fee ($225 for NC Aquarium Society Members) includes up to 12 children and 12 adults ($12 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult, with a maximum of 20 children). A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to schedule a birthday party.

As part of the Aquarium's commitment to protecting the environment, we do not allow balloons in our facility.

Contact our Special Activities Coordinator to plan your event now!

All animal programs are dependent on the availability of our animals.  If not available, another option will be provided.


Children at a birthday party with an aquarium educator

Sleeping with the sharks

Our "Sleeping with the Sharks" overnight experiences have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, join us at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for an overnight program that will have your group “swimming” with excitement for months! Groups can slumber in front of the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic tank, as sharks and other fish swim close by.  Your overnight stay includes time to tour the aquarium, two evening program activities, an evening snack, and breakfast the following morning.  This program is designed for private groups. Participants must be ages 6 and older.

Evening program options:

Turtles, alligators, snakes, sharks, touch pool talk, Ocean Jeopardy, night hike, or Gyotaku (fish printing)

$45.00 per Person / $100 deposit is required upon making your reservation / Minimum of 12 participants (or $540).

For more details or to register for an Overnight, please contact our Special Activities Coordinator at
(252)-475-2327 or via email.

Sandbar shark in an aquarium habitat