Shedd offers area residents afterwork fun

(Published April 1, 2019)

By Abhinanda Datta, staff writer

The Shedd Aquarium recently hosted its first event in the newly-launched Shedd After Hours series.

At the Salsa Party on March 7, guests had the chance to receive lessons from professional dancer Ivette Roque while enjoying some of the exhibits, including the new Underwater Beauty, an exhibit featuring jellyfish, eels and other special species from around the world.

“We recognize that adults might have obligations from 9 to 5 on weekdays that prevent them from being able to experience the aquarium,” said Rachel LeFevre-Snee, assistant director of marketing at Shedd Aquarium.

“As a means of expanding access to Shedd for adult audiences, we launched this series exclusively for guests 21 [years] and older,” she said. “These events will offer a relaxed, social atmosphere to explore the exhibits.”

The next event will be Game Night on April 3, from 6-10 p.m., showcasing the enrichment the aquarium offers its animals, from the sea otters to beluga whales, by giving them an opportunity for creative play.

According to a press release, the games and toys keep the animals learning and stimulated and the aquarium has stimulation for its adult patrons, too. Guests can grab a cocktail and challenge friends to jumbo Jenga or snag a snack and play game show quizzes.

“Each After Hours event offers a distinct opportunity to connect with animals at night,” LeFevre-Snee said. “Learn about warm climate animals at the salsa party, use your ‘ask an animal’ lifeline during an aquatic animal game show at Game Night, or meet a penguin during the Penguin Party.”

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