Youth (5-14)

Shedd's youth programs offer a variety of immersive learning experiences that will inspire you to make a difference. Take a look at what's coming up, and at what you can look forward to later this year.

What's coming up:
Asleep with the Fishes Group Overnights
Shedd Stewards
Shedd Explorers: Summer Road Trip
Summer Worlds Tour

What to look forward to:
These programs are not currently taking registration. Check back for updates, or contact
Shedd Spring Break Camp

Summer Worlds Tour
The Summer Worlds Tour summer camp is for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2014. Campers will explore our solar system as an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, discover the marvels of natural engineering through biomechanics at the Field Museum and become an aquatic scientist, making discoveries about animals and environments at Shedd Aquarium. Activities include investigating exhibits, creating original art projects, playing learning games and having lunch along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Session 1: July 7 – 11
Session 2: July 14 – 18
Session 3: July 21 – 25
Session 4: July 28 – Aug. 1

Each camp session runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$295 per person ($265 for Shedd, Field, or Adler members)

Please visit to register online. Registrations will only be taken online and will begin on
February 3, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Family or group overnights

Chicago Parent named Shedd Aquarium "Best Museum Overnight" for 2013!
See our overnight options below.



Shedd overnightsAsleep with the Fishes Group Overnights

Grab your pajamas and sleeping bag, and join us for a nighttime aquatic adventure with your favorite Shedd animals. Before snuggling into your sleeping bag, immerse yourself in the underwater world with special experiences, games and hands-on activities. Rise with the sun, enjoy a continental breakfast and check out how your aquatic friends start the day. These programs are geared for young people ages 6 to 12. 

Date: Friday, Feb. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Price: $65 a person ($60 for Shedd members*)
*Membership must be noted on your reservation form to receive the discount.

Download the group overnights brochure (PDF) for more information and to register. Be sure to view the group overnight FAQ page.

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

Shedd Spring Break Camp
Spend your spring break with Shedd!

Have you ever wanted to work at Shedd?  Do you love all things aquatic?
Get up close and personal with Shedd’s animals, visit behind the scenes areas - rarely seen by guests, and travel offsite  to local environments in order to learn more about the amazing animals we care for at Shedd!  During this one week camp, children ages 8-10 will discover what it is like to be a scientist working at Shedd and out in the field.  Campers will explore different careers at Shedd and learn how each career revolves around science.  This camp is a fun and exciting way to continue learning, even when on spring break!

Check back for future dates and registration.

Shedd Explorers: Summer Road Trip (for middle-school students, ages 11-14)
Are you ready to explore the great outdoors? Join us this summer for a week of excitement and exploration. We’ll use the aquarium as our home base as we depart for a new adventure each day. Outdoor activities and environmental investigations will open up your minds as we travel to a new destination daily. The week will end with an overnight stay at the aquarium!

Session 1:  June 23 - 28
Session 2:  August 4 - 9

Each camp session runs Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday 9 a.m. drop-off, a full day of camp and then sleepover at Shedd with pickup Saturday at 9 a.m.
$315 per person ($285 for members)
Scholarships available

Registration for Summer 2014 is now closed.  Please check back next spring for registration information and program dates.

Shedd Stewards

Join other 6th- through 12th-grade students in the Chicago area to explore local ecosystems while earning service learning hours! Spend a day outdoors monitoring, maintaining, and improving habitats so you, your community, and our native animals all have green spaces to enjoy. Past events have included invasive species removal stewardship activity followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.

Registration for the Spring Semester is now closed.  Check back this summer for Fall Registration and program dates.

• Friday, Jan. 24 (CPS non-attendance day)
• Saturday, Feb. 22
• Friday, March 28 (CPS non-attendance day)
• Saturday, April 12
• Saturday, May 17

Program includes: lunch, snacks, and transportation to and from the field site
What to bring: optional lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather
Service hours: Seven service learning hours for the day (only applicable for high school students)

Refund Policy

Click here to view the refund policy for these programs.

Member Discounts

Discounts on many educational programs and classes is just one of the great perks of Shedd membership. Become a member today!

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