Family Festivals

Celebrate our amazing natural world with the whole family! Held on special celebration days throughout the year, admission to this program allows you to see animals up close, explore hands-on activities, get creative with take-home crafts and party with a purpose!

Dates and themes:
June 16: Fathers and Caregivers Day

Time: 10 a.m.-noon
$25 ($20 for members)

Who can attend:

Activities are designed for families with children ages 5-12. Adults must attend with a child. One adult must accompany every five children under 18.

What is included:

Two hours of family-friendly activities that celebrate the natural world. Meet a live animal, engage in hands-on science activities and make a craft to take home.

What is not included:

• Meals and snacks are not included.
• General admission to the aquarium; admission can be purchased online or on site.


Program includes:

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Walking and standing for up to 2 hours
  • Moving around the Education Center, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels.

We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at or 312-939-2438. We look forward to assisting you.

Please visit Shedd Aquarium’s Accessibility Guide to learn more.

Contact us at or call 312-939-2438.

Click here to see Shedd's refund and cancelation policy.

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