Adler Planetarium

Summer Camps FAQ

Q. When does registration open for camps?
A. Registration will open on February 3, 2013 at 10 am.

Q. Can I register in person or over the phone?
A. Registration is only available online.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. 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 start date. Within two weeks of the start date, no refund will be given for cancellations.

Q. Are scholarships available for Adler Camps?
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. 

Q. What is your staffing like? How many adults will be with my camper?
A. Each of our camps has a Camp Instructor, Camp Counselor and two Teen Camp Assistants. Additionally, a Camp Director and other senior staff are on hand.

Q. Do you have trained medical personnel on staff?
A. There are staff members at all three institutions certified in CPR and First Aid.   All counselors are trained to recognize the signs of a severe allergic reaction and in the administration of EpiPens. Please see our Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Q. What kind of training do your staff members have?
A. The instructors at each of the museums are either education staff members or classroom educators.  Many of the counselors that are hired for camps are college students entering into their third year and majoring in education.  

Q. Can I register my 4 year old for camp?
A. The Adler Planetarium takes great care to design age-appropriate camp curriculum each summer.  Campers must fall within the designated age and grade ranges specified in the descriptions by the first day of camp.  The Adler Planetarium reserves the right to request a notarized birth certificate to confirm a camper’s age at any time before or during camp.  If this does not match with the birth date information entered at the time of registration, placement in camp will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.  This policy is to ensure that all campers have the best possible camp experience.

Q. Will my child be spending any time outside?
A. They will spend time outside during drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon.  We also have lunch outside (weather permitting).  Some of the activities at each of the museums will also take the campers outside to locations around the respective museum.

Q. What do I need to send with my child each day?
A. Peanut-free lunch. We encourage adding snacks for your child during the day.
Water bottle
Sunscreen or sun block
Comfortable clothing (including the camp t-shirt)
Lightweight jacket, sweatshirt (the Museums may be cold inside) or rain gear (if appropriate)
Close-toed shoes (Open toed shoes and Crocs are NOT permitted in camp)

Q. Do the Camps provide lunch?
A. We do not provide lunch.  You must send your camper with lunch and snacks that does not need to be refrigerated.    Both Adler Camps and Summer Worlds Tour are peanut free programs.  For the safety of all participants, please refrain from packing lunches that contain peanut products. 

Q. Do you offer pre-care or after-care?
A. We do not offer after-care or morning pre-camp care.

Q. How does your waitlist work?
A. If your child is placed on the wait list, we will contact you to offer you a spot if one becomes available. Your credit card will only be charged if you choose to accept the spot. Spots become available as cancellations occur, so we cannot guarantee that your child will be offered a spot in our camps.

Summer Worlds Tour FAQ

Q. What is Summer Worlds Tour?
A. Summer Worlds Tour is a weeklong camp (5 days) that takes place on the Museum campus. Campers spend a day and a half at each of the museums on the Museum Campus: the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.

Q. Are scholarships available for Summer Worlds Tour?
A. There are currently no scholarships available for Summer Worlds Tour. 

Q. What do I do if there is inclement weather during camp?
A. In the event of inclement weather (heavy rain or thunder storms) campers should be dropped off at the museum they will begin the day at and picked up at the museum they will end the day at. Please call (312) 322-0329 for a recorded message indicating where to drop-off/pick-up campers on days with bad weather.

Q. Can we sign up for more than one week of camp?
A. Please be aware that Summer World’s Tour Camp programming is the same each of the four-week sessions.   If space is available you may register for more than one week of camp.