Open 9 am - 5 pm
Animal program animals such as the tortoise in this photo are brought into the galleries periodically to meet guests and serve as animal ambassadors.
A group of blue discus fish swim in their Underwater Beauty habitat.

Who can attend

Participants must be currently enrolled in K to fifth grade in a Chicago public school.

Requirements to participate

Parents and guardians are required to complete a Registration Packet. This packet will be provided at the time of purchase on the confirmation page and through email. This packet includes a participant information form, a participation waiver, a medical history form, and a drop-off/pick-up authorization form. All documents must be signed by a legal guardian.

Drop-off and pick-up

Please arrive and depart at the bus turnaround on the south side of Shedd Aquarium. Drop-off takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pick-up is between 3 and 5 p.m. A penalty will be assessed for late pick-ups.

What is included

A day of hands-on science activities, animal encounters and habitat exploration at Shedd Aquarium. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and aftercare runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Aftercare is included in the program fee.

What is not included

Meals and snacks are not included. Please send your child(ren) with a peanut- and tree-nut-free lunch and snack each day.


Program includes:

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available.
  • Sitting on the floor for activities; chairs and tables are available.
  • Moving around the aquarium for up to one hour at a time.
  • Moving around the aquarium, 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 [email protected] or 312-415-4821. We look forward to assisting you.


Oct. 23, 24, 25, 28, 29


Camp activities: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aftercare included: 3 to 5 p.m.


$100 ($90 for members) per day


Contact us at [email protected] or 312-415-4821.