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Shedd's New Virtual Kids Programs and More to Keep Families Connected to the Aquatic Animal World this Winter

November 23, 2020

A young girl participates on a virtual camp on her computer.

Shedd Aquarium is committed to providing opportunities for families and kids to connect to the aquatic animal world in a variety of ways for all ages, abilities, and interests. Two brand-new virtual programs launched to fully engage your little ones and make new discoveries, and the ever-popular virtual animal encounters were extended through the end of January.

This winter, there are several ways to get connected with Shedd from the comfort of your home:

Zzz’s Under the Seas Virtual Slumber Party

During this evening-and-the-next-morning program, families will explore the impressive world of aquatic animals with a special emphasis on cold-water adaptations, with up-close animal encounters while exploring Shedd Aquarium habitats and behind-the-scenes areas. The whole household can enjoy this virtual offering and participate in animal activities, games and more. The next morning, enjoy breakfast with the belugas and animal yoga to start your weekend right!

Virtual Aquarium Adventures

Join animal experts and take a virtual dive into the aquatic world! With opportunities to look nature in the eye with up-close animal encounters, explorers will investigate the impressive world of aquatic animals and uncover the adaptations that will leave them in awe! Each session will have a different animal or habitat focus and is designed to be fully engaging for learners. Make discoveries, learn about some amazing animals and have fun!

Virtual Animal Encounters

During each encounter, guests will meet some of their favorite animals – either sea otters, penguins or sea lions – while also connecting with the animal care team that cares for them so you can ask the experts questions in a live chat function. Whether you want to meet a rescued sea lion to hear their loud vocalization and impressive natural behaviors, or you choose to get up-close and personal with the penguins that call Shedd home to learn about what makes these birds so amazing, these are unforgettable experiences!

  • Dates: Select weekends through the end of Jan. 2021
  • Cost: $49.95 ($44.95 for members) – the encounter is priced per screen; purchase two links for the price of $69.95 ($64.95 for members), to share this experience with a friend or family member from anywhere in the world
  • Ages: ALL
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Photo Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez