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Summer Camps

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Camps for Kids

The Adler offers a variety of unique summer day camp experiences for children ages 5 through 14. Young space and technology enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to spend part of their summer exploring space, building rockets, programming robots, launching high altitude balloons, and much more.

Adler's summer camp for kids, teens, and tweens introduce children to science concepts while engaging their creativity. For an out-of-this-world experience, register for one or more of the Adler's camp experiences.

Support for Adler Summer Camps is provided by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, The Cashel Foundation, and the Adler's Women's Board.   

Astro Explorers Jr. Camp Activity

Astro Explorers Jr.

Engineering Experiences

Does your little one dream of exploring space? Have they  ever wanted to design a spacesuit or build a rocket?  Let them explore the exciting world of engineering through hands-on activities, and more in this two-day camp! 

Ages
For campers who are at least 5 years old AND entering kindergarten in fall 2014.

Cost
$155 ($130 for members)

The Astro Explorers Jr. camp is now closed. 

Astro Explorers Activity

Astro Explorers

Solar System Adventure

Does your first or second grader want to explore our solar neighborhood? Your camper will learn about the exciting worlds in our Solar System and their unique environments through hands-on experiments and exploration.

Ages
For campers entering grades 1 or 2 in fall 2014.

Cost
$155 ($130 for members)

The Astro Explorers camp is now closed. 

Astro Investigators Camp Activity

Astro Investigators

Solar System Adventure

Third and fourth graders will shoot for the Moon and beyond as they discover the science of our Solar System in this two-day camp. Campers learn about the dynamic worlds in our Solar System and what it might be like to visit them. 

Ages
For campers entering grades 3 or 4 in fall 2014.

Cost
$155 ($130 for members)

The Astro Investigators camp is now closed.

Technology Camp Activity

Boys & Girls Tech Camp 

Imagine, Design, Create

Imagine and create a community on another planet with the help of 3D software. Design, build, and program a robot to help make life possible in space. Campers create a video documenting their experience to take home.

Ages
For campers entering grades 4-7  in fall 2014.

Cost
$295 ($265 for members)

The Boys & Girls Tech camp is now closed.

Technology Camp Activity

Girls Tech Camp 

Imagine, Design, Create 

Let your fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh grade girl create a community on another planet with the help of 3D software. Girls will design, build, and program a robot to learn how living in space will be possible. Campers create a video documenting their experience.

Ages
For campers entering grades 4-7 in fall 2014.

Cost
$295 ($265 for members)

Girls Tech Camp is now closed.


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Technology Camp 2.0

Imagine, Design, Create

Tech camp 2.0 lets fourth through eighth graders delve deeper into the world of robots. During this week-long session, campers learn how to use advanced sensors and programming techniques to tackle new challenges with Lego Mindstorms Robots.

Ages
For campers entering grades 4-8 in fall 2014 who have previously completed Technology Camp.  

Cost
$295 ($265 for members)

Technology Camp 2.0 is now closed. 

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Exploring the Edge of Space

Be the Scientist!

Work with astronomers to build scientific instruments, launch  balloons and gather data for real space science research. Camp includes a field trip to launch, chase, and recover the balloon that traveled to the edge of space.

Ages
For campers entering grades 6-8 in fall 2014.

Cost
$295 ($265 for members)

The Exploring the Edge of Space camp is now closed.

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Summer Worlds Tour

One Camp, Three Museums

Explore our galaxy at the Adler Planetarium, discover the wonders of the natural world at the Field Museum, and investigate underwater environments at the Shedd Aquarium. Learn more from last year's Tour Guide.

Ages
For children entering kindergarten through grade 5 in fall 2014.

Cost
$295 per person ($265 for Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, or Shedd Aquarium members)

Summer Worlds Tour is now closed.

 

General Information

Questions?

Camps run daily from 9 am to 3 pm. Drop off for all camps begins at 8:30 am and pick-up runs from 3 pm to 3:30 pm. For additional questions, visit our Summer Camps FAQ page or email summercamp@adlerplanetarium.org or call 312.322.0329.

Adler Camp Terms and Conditions

Adler Camps Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Summer World Tour Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Cancellations and Refunds

For all camps: To receive a 90% refund, we must receive your cancellation 60 days or more prior to the start date of your camp session. A refund of 50% will be given if cancellation is received 15 to 59 days prior to your start date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within two weeks of the start date.

In the case of low enrollment, we may cancel a camp up to 72 hours before it is scheduled to meet.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for Astro Explorers Jr., Astro Explorers, Astro Investigators, Technology Camp, Girls Technology Camp, Technology Camp 2.0, and Exploring the Edge of Space. 

Applications are reviewed by committee members and decisions are based on financial need, individual circumstances, and program availability. The application deadline has now passed. 

There are currently no scholarships available for Summer Worlds Tour.