Polar Play Zone

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 early-January. This will not affect the Penguin Encounter Extraordinary Experience.