Our final members' sleepover of the year was the very popular Festive Celebrations evening.

Champagne, chocolate brownies and fruit-infused waters were on offer while our photographer took family portraits with Balo, our clownfish mascot.

The children had such fun making their beaded ornaments and having their faces and arms painted!

At 18h30, the Aquarium doors opened and members chose their sleeping spots in front of the I&J Predator Exhibit and the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit.

Our programme for the evening started with members experiencing the new I Live Smart puppet show as well as an exclusive preview of the Smart Living Challenge Zone.

We then gathered at the I&J Predator Exhibit, where we told members about our gifts to them – tickets to see the Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition!

The kids also received goody bags sponsored by I&J.

Our very special Scuba Claus and his elf made their appearance diving with the sharks, and boy were the kids excited! They were convinced that he flew all the way from the North Pole, landed on the Aquarium roof and then jumped into the display to visit them.

The “real” Santa Claus showed up, bringing along bags filled with presents for the kids. With huge smiles and hugs for Santa, the kids collected their special presents and rushed to unwrap them.

They then enjoyed hot chocolate, rusks and marshmallows before watching a movie on our big screen.

Some of the members preferred to go to bed early … But not to sleep, rather to watch the magnificent ragged-tooth sharks swimming past.

Many of the children were so excited to sleep over that they were awake by 5am and wandered through the Aquarium to view the fish.

A delicious buffet breakfast was served in Shoreline Café to wrap up the event.

Thank you to all our members for attending this event, it was wonderful to sea you! And remember, our events start again in the new year, so please check your email for our newsletters.

Check out our Facebook photo album of the event for all the pictures!

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