Open 9 am - 5 pm

Two young participants in Shedd's Summer Road Trip look through binoculars at something in the woods.
Young visitors wearing face masks touch the backs of gliding stingrays.

What does your camper need to bring?

  • A peanut- and tree nut-free lunch and snack each day
  • Reusable water bottle with a cap
  • Two to three masks (in case one gets dirty)
  • 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 participation packet in your email confirmation. Please print, complete and return this to [email protected] so we can learn more about your camper!

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

Program dates & registration

    Choose from one of the weeks below.
    Camp topics are the same each week.

    • June 14-18
    • June 21-25
    • June 28-July 2
    • July 5-9
    • July 12-16
    • July 19-23
    • July 26-30
    • August 2-6

    Registration ends at 11:55 p.m. on the Thursday before each session of camp.


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

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 our accessibility page to learn more.

Our commitment to your safety

We are excited to welcome campers back to the aquarium and are equally committed to making camp a safe and enjoyable experience for all here at Shedd. Masks, distancing and daily health screenings will be required of all campers. Learn more about all the safety measures we have in place as you get your camper ready for Camp Shedd: Summer Splash!

Camp Shedd: Summer Splash

What are families saying about Camp Shedd: Summer Splash?

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

“Every day was ‘the best day ever!’”

“My husband and I thought this was such an incredible experience. The kids loved it and learned so much. We will definitely be back next year. You guys did an amazing job. Thank you for everything.”

“My younger camper really liked the visiting the exhibits, having animal encounters, participating in the touch experiences and making the take home projects. My older camper really liked the special animal encounters, the aquatic show front row seating, the fun information and the end of the week create-your-own-animal project.”

Still have questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 312-939-2438.


Campers must be entering grades K-5 in the Fall of 2021.


$400 ($375 members)


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


June 14-18
June 21-25
June 28-July 2
July 5-9
July 12-16
July 19-23
July 26-30
August 2-6

COVID safety precautions

Masks, social-distancing and daily health screenings will be required.