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Jellies and Invertebrates

Jellies thrive without brains, blood, or bones. Get up close with jellies, learn from animal experts and flow like a jelly.

A pacific sea nettle jelly has a domed top and a long trailing ring of thin, hair-like tentacles surrounding a fleshy mass of thicker, curled tentacles and moves with the currents.

Grades K-2: Jellies

Wednesday, December 2, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. CST

Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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A young participant in a virtual camp holds up a craft for her webcam.

Grades 3–5: Jellies and Invertebrates

Thursday, December 3, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. CST

Saturday, December 12, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

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Seahorses and Sea Dragons

Come face to face with this fish like never before. Search for these masters of camouflage, get your questions answered by animal experts and find out what makes these fish so special.

A potbelly seahorse floats in its habitat at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades K-2: Seahorses and Sea Dragons

Sunday, January 10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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A weedy seadragon floating at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades 3–5: Seahorses and Sea Dragons 

Sunday, January 10, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

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Animals of the Intertidal Zone

You might find sea stars, hermit crabs and sea urchins in a tide pool. Discover how these animals and more are adapted to a life in an extreme environment.

Children on a video web chat participate in a tortoise animal program.

Grades K-2: Animals of the Intertidal Zone

Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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Purple sea urchins are covered in short, thick spikes and long, thin filaments used to sense their environment.

Grades 3-5: Animals of the Intertidal Zone

Saturday, January 30, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST 

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Experience the wonders of the aquatic animal world right from your home and get curious with us during Aquarium Adventures! At Shedd Aquarium, our goal is to foster a love of nature in children by celebrating animals in a positive, uplifting setting. Shedd invites curious kids to look nature in the eye and feel inspired by the animals we share the world with during these hands-on learning programs! During each virtual session, kids will explore a specific animal or habitat from the aquatic world through animal encounters, hands-on activities and conversation with Shedd experts.

Sessions

Choose from any topics and dates below. All times are CST.

K-2 Jellies: Wednesday, December 2 , 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

K-2 Jellies: Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m.-11 a.m

3-5 Jellies: Thursday, December 3, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m

3-5 Jellies: Saturday, December 12, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

K-2 Seahorses: Sunday, January 10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 

3-5 Seahorses: Sunday, January 10, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

K-2 Intertidal Animals: Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

3-5 Intertidal Animals: Saturday, January 30, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Accessibility

The program includes use of the audio and video engagement functions of the Zoom platform and use of scissors, drawing implements, glue and tape.

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 leave a message at 312-692-3312. We look forward to assisting you.


What do families say about Shedd’s virtual programs?

“I can't believe how much fun he's having and how much he's learning about animals through the K-2 class! Plus, the instructors are really kind and patient with the children, allowing them to answer so many questions and participate actively.”

“Both of our children really enjoyed the experience. They were engaged for the entire time, eagerly looked forward to each session and were sad to see it end. The leaders and special guests were very knowledgeable, patient, fun and able to capture my kids' attention and participation in appropriate inquiry and entertainment. I was so impressed with how each activity was organized, timed and planned to minimize distraction for the kids and to keep them engaged.”

“It's so engaging and interactive. It’s really the happiest I've seen my kiddo in a while.”


Virtual Youth Program FAQs

Still have questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or leave a message at 312-692-3312.

Grades

Students must be currently enrolled in grades K-2 or 3-5 for the 2020-21 school year to be eligible for this program.

Dates

Wednesday, December 2
Thursday December 3
Saturday, December 12
Sunday, January 10
Saturday, January 30

Cost

39.95 ($34.95 for members)

$7 off for each additional adventurer in the same session