We are closed to the public through April 30.

Ticket Options

Looking to purchase tickets for two different age groups? Links will be provided on your confirmation page to continue your order with different grades.

Drop-off and pick-up

Drop-off and pick-up take place at the bus turnaround on the south side of Shedd Aquarium. Drop-off takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Pick-up is from 3 to 3:30 p.m. or anytime between 3 to 5 p.m. for aftercare. A penalty will be assessed for late pickups.


  • Five days of summer camp activities at Shedd Aquarium with optional aftercare.
  • One camp t-shirt is included with the camp fee. Additional shirts may be purchased onsite for $10 each by cash or check. Campers must wear camp t-shirts at all times.
  • During optional aftercare, campers will have the option to read, create artwork, play games or participate in other free-choice activities. You will have the opportunity to add aftercare when you register.

Not included

Meals and snacks are not included.

Age and requirements

Campers must be entering grades K-5 in the Fall of 2020. 

  • Incoming Kindergarten and 1st graders will be in Group A
  • Incoming 2-3rd graders will be in Group B
  • Incoming 4-5th graders will be in Group C 

Campers must bring a peanut- and tree nut-free lunch and snack each day. 

Families must complete a digital participant form and submit a registration packet.


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 Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-939-2438. We look forward to assisting you.

learn more about accessibility at Shedd

Young participants in the Summer Worlds Tour program learn about colored light by shining a blacklight flashlight at different-colored objects.
A guest in Wild Reef stands under the curved, floor to ceiling glass of the shark habitat, as sharks cruise by above.

Our educators

All of Shedd’s camps are led by experienced and professional educators who guide your camper through age-appropriate, engaging and inclusive activities that foster curiosity and compassion for the aquatic animal world. Each group will have a dedicated inclusion specialist to respond to children’s social and emotional needs as participants make new friends and discover a world brimming with life.

What do families say 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!’”

“Warm, happy staff.”

“Great kid activities like arts and crafts and dissection.”

“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.”


Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 20-24
Session 4: July 27-31
Session 5: Aug 3-7


9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Aftercare is available from 3 to 5 p.m. for an additional fee.


$325 ($295 for members)
Optional aftercare: $125/week ($100 for members)


Payment is due in full at the time of registration. You will have the opportunity to add Aftercare when you register.

Change in plans?

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.


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