Open 9 am - 5 pm

A group of young boys sit around a table littered with crayons and colored paper in Shedd's learning labs. They all wear matching green cap t-shirts, and are intent on their coloring. A learning facilitator in a yellow camp shirt leans over the middle of the table, helping one of them with his glueing.
Young campers listen to a Shedd instructor as he shows them the food used to feed the stingrays in Stingray Touch.

Program dates and registration

Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday one full week before each session of camp.

Camp topics are the same each week.

  • July 10 - 14 (Sold out for all grades)*
  • July 17 - 21 (Sold out for all grades)*
  • July 24 - 28 (Sold out for all grades)*
  • July 31 - August 4 (Sold out for all grades)*

Is the week you want to join full? Please join our waitlist


This program runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Aftercare will be offered from 3–5 p.m. for an additional fee. You can add this option as you register for camp.


Camp Fee
Members $325 + $100
Non-Members $355 + $125

Financial Assistance is available based on family financial need. Apply here

What does your camper need to bring?

  • A nut-free lunch and snack each day
  • Reusable water bottle with a cap
  • Camp T-shirt (will be provided on the first day of camp and must be worn each day)
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Recommended: Hand sanitizer, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses

Important next steps

Once you sign up, you will receive a link to a registration form to fill out. Please take the time to fill it out in detail, so we can learn more about your camper!

You will receive a link to an adult information guide to camp in your confirmation email that contains logistical information to prepare you and your camper for your Shedd Aquarium experience.

Accessibility information

The program includes:

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Walking and standing for up to 1 hour
  • Sitting on the floor for activities; chairs and tables are available
  • Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels
  • Being outside for eating and activities as weather permits

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-415-4821. We look forward to assisting you.

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

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What are families saying about Camp Shedd: Summer Splash?

“We’ve probably been to 10 camps in Chicago over the years. This is our new favorite.”

"That was amazing! I want to work at Shedd!"

"I'm having more fun than a dolphin."

“I wish I was at camp for a hundred more days.”

“Every day was ‘the best day ever!’”

“The teachers in the program were excellent - patient, organized, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. My girls had a great week learning from them. I was also super impressed with how organized everything was - drop off and pick up at a busy area had the potential to be stressful but it was a breeze! As a special education teacher myself, I really appreciate the consideration you put in your registration process for kids with special needs. Thank you!”

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Still have questions?

If you have questions about registration cancellation, please call 312-939-2438. For all other questions about camp logistics, activities, and accessibility, please email us at [email protected] or call 312-415-4821.


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Campers must be entering grades K-5 in the Fall of 2023.

COVID safety precautions

Learn more in FAQs.

Program dates

July 10 - 14
July 17 - 21
July 24 - 28
July 31 - August 4


  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Aftercare will be offered from 3 - 5 p.m. for an additional fee. You can add this option as you register for camp.


  • Camp Fee Members: $325
  • Camp Fee Nonmembers: $355
  • Aftercare Members: $100
  • Aftercare Nonmembers: Fee: $125
  • Financial assistance is available based on family financial need. Apply here