Kids have a place at Shedd that they can call their own — Polar Play Zone.
What would you like to be? A sleek sliding penguin? A deep-sea explorer? How about both? In Polar Play Zone, you can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. You’ll learn about polar opposites — big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south — while you play.
When play’s all done, get a little closer to the whales, dolphins and sea otters in the underwater viewing space.
Please note, the penguin exhibit is closed for cleaning and renovation until late-February. This will not affect the Penguin Encounter Extraordinary Experience.
Visit the underwater viewing galleries.
Explore icy caves as an arctic scientist and find out what we can learn from ice cores.
Waddle like a penguin in our Penguin Playscape!