Youth Programs (Ages 5 to 14)

Our youth programs engage and inspire the upcoming generation of learners. Take a look around! We've got programs to pique your curiosity now and throughout the year.


Bring your kids to an overnight adventure at Shedd, complete with games, snacks and tours of the aquarium.

Wake Up with Shedd

Start your day with new morning programs at Shedd! From Yoga to science, there's something for everyone.

Shedd Stewards

Monitor, maintain and improve local habitats for you and others to enjoy. Participants can also earn service-learning hours.

Park Voyagers Program

In this free program, Shedd Aquarium comes to your local park or fieldhouse to provide neighborhood-based workshops. Learn more>

Great Lakes Action Days

Join our Great Lakes Action Days or Adopt-a-Beach events, and give back to the wild places in your backyard. Learn more>

Spring Break Camp

Forget taking a trip—you’ll have the world’s oceans at your fingertips right here! Meet Shedd’s animals and go behind the scenes, then travel offsite to learn about the exciting ecosystems in your own backyard.

Summer Road Trip

Middle-school students entering Grades 6 through 8 in the Fall (minimum of 11 years old).

Explore the great outdoors this summer as we venture to a different local habitat each day. This program ends with an overnight stay at Shedd.

Summer Worlds Tour

Entering Kindergarten through Grade 5 in the Fall.

We teamed up with Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum to create an action-packed summer camp for your adventurer.