Summer Camps

Do Science this Summer with Adler Summer Camps!

Adler Summer Camp registration is open now!

Adler Summer Camp registration is open now!

Discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan this summer during an Adler Planetarium summer camp! The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of unique summer day camp experiences for children ages 3 through 16. Young space and technology enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to spend part of their summer exploring space, using telescopes, building rockets, seeing immersive sky shows, programming robots, exploring exhibits, launching high altitude balloons, and much, much more. Adler’s summer camps introduce kids, teens, and tweens to doing science while engaging their creativity. Children are invited to participate in these unique, memorable experiences during one or more summer camps at the Adler.

Please be aware that, except for our Young Scientists Camps, summer camp programming is repeated for each session. Registering for more than one session of the same camp program is not recommended.

 

Featured Camps for Young Scientists & Near-Space Explorers

Young Scientist Summer Program

Preschool: 3 & 4 Year Olds

Preschool age children learn about the skills of science exploration through participation in this fun, engaging summer camp designed to spark scientific curiosity.  Activities during the week-long sessions integrate circle time, hands-on investigations, free exploration, snack, art and literacy connections while introducing young children to learning in a museum.

For more information download our Young Scientist Summer Program FAQ.

Date and Time:
Monday – Friday,  9 am – 11:30 am
Sign in your camper at 8:45 am and sign out your camper 11:30 am

2016 Sessions:
June 20 – 24 (4 year olds)
June 27 – July 1 (3 year olds)
August 8 – 12 (4 year olds)
August 15 – 19 (3 year olds)

Price:
1 week session – $175 / $150 for Adler members

Audience:
½ day, full week sessions for preschoolers (3 & 4 Year Olds)

Mission Near-Space: A Team Experience to the Edge of Space!

If you choose to accept this mission, you will become part of a unique team of engineers and astronomers whose goal is to prepare, launch, track, and retrieve a scientific payload sent to the stratosphere aboard a high altitude balloon. The week ends with a showcase in which participants present their exploration results to family members.

Learn more about Mission Near-Space.

Date and Time:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with one extended day trip
Sign in at 8:30 am and sign out at 3 pm.

2016 Sessions:
June 20-24 (6th-7th grade)
June 27-July 1 (6th-7th grade)
July 25-29 (6th-7th grade)
Aug 1-5 (8th-10th grade)

Price:
1 week session – $495/ $465 for Adler members

Audience:
Full week session including a balloon launch field experience for 6th – 10th graders

Mini Camps: ASTRO Juniors, Explorers, and Investigators Camps

General Information

Do you have what it takes to travel through space? Join us for a two-day adventure as we explore the engineering challenges humans must face when traveling, working and living in space. What do our bodies need to live? How do we protect ourselves from the dangers of space? How do we communicate? Do hands-on experiments and activities from the perspective of an astronaut, experience Planet Explorers and other exhibits, see an immersive sky show, and much more!

Date and Time:
Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sign in at 8:30 a.m. and sign out at 3 p.m.

Price:
Two day session $155 / $130 for Adler members

Audience:
Two day sessions for K – 4th graders

Astro Juniors

At Least 5 years old AND Entering Kindergarten by September 2016

Dates:
June 22 – 23
June 27 – 28

Astro Explorers

Entering 1st or 2nd Grade Fall 2016

Dates:
June 20 – 21
June 22 – 23
June 27 – 28
June 29 – 30
July 6 – 7

Astro Investigators

Entering 3rd or 4th Grade Fall 2016

Dates:
June 20 – 21
June 29 – 30
July 6 – 7

 

Technology Camp: A Week of Geek!

Challenge yourself this summer!  Telescope viewing, lunch by Lake Michigan and cutting edge Sky Shows – all unique to the Adler – are the perfect setting for Tech Camp. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use Lego Robotics to overcome escalating challenges. Campers will also be exposed to creative design, documentation and presentation skills through the use of Sketch-Up 3D Modeling, video recording, and editing.

Much of this camp takes place in a classroom setting, please let us know during the registration process if your camper needs any special adaptation in a classroom setting.

Date and Time:
Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sign in at 8:30 a.m. and sign out at 3 p.m.

2016 Sessions:
June 20 – 24 (4th grade)
June 27 – July 1 (5th grade)
July 11 – 15 (4th and 5th grade GIRLS only)
July 18 – 22 (6th & 7th grade)
July 25 – 29 (6th & 7th grade GIRLS only)
August 1 – 5 (5th grade)
August 8 – 12 (4th & 5th grade GIRLS only)

 Price:
1 week session – $325 / $295 for Adler members

Audience:
Full week sessions for 4th – 7th graders

Summer Worlds Tour

Summer Worlds Tour offers a week of adventures in Chicago’s premier museums for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2016.  Campers will explore engineering challenges of traveling in space at the Adler, discover games of ancient cultures at The Field Museum, and investigate underwater environments at the Shedd Aquarium.  Activities include investigating exhibits, hands-on activities, creating original art projects, playing learning games, and having lunch along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Learn more from last year’s Tour Guide.

Date and Time:
Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sign in at 8:30 a.m. and sign out at 3 p.m. at the Field Museum

2016 Sessions:
July 11 – 15
July 18 – 22
July 25 – 29
August 1 – 5

Price:
1 week session – $305 / $275 for Adler, Field, or Shedd members

Audience:
Full week sessions at Adler/Field/Shedd for K-5th graders

Summer Camp Information

Date and Time: June 20, 2016, through August 19, 2016

Prices:

  • Young Scientist Summer Program 1 Week ½ Day Session $175 / $150 for Adler members
  • ASTRO Juniors, Explorers and Investigators : Space Travel Challenges! Two day session $155 / $130 for Adler members
  • Technology Camp : A Week of Geek! 1 week session – $325 / $295 for Adler members
  • Mission Near-Space: A Team Experience to the Edge of Space! 1 week session – $495/ $465 for Adler members
  • Summer Worlds Tour : Summer Camp on Chicago’s Museum Campus 1 week session – $305 / $275 for Adler, Field, or Shedd members

Audience:

  • Young Scientist Summer Program ½ Day, Full Week Sessions Preschoolers (3 & 4 Year Olds)
  • ASTRO Juniors, Explorers and Investigators : Space Travel Challenges! Two Day Sessions K – 4th graders
  • Technology Camp : A Week of Geek! Full Week Sessions 4th – 7th Graders
  • Mission Near-Space: A Team Experience to the Edge of Space! Full week session including a balloon launch field experience for 6th – 10th graders
  • Summer Worlds Tour: Summer Camp on Chicago’s Museum Campus Full week sessions at Adler/Field/Shedd K-5th graders

General Information

Questions?
For additional questions, download our Summer Camps FAQ Packet or email summercamp@adlerplanetarium.org . You can also call our information only phone line for updates at 312.322.0329.

Camp Release Forms
Adler Camp Allergy Policy (PDF)
Adler Camp Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Adler Camp Waiver (PDF)
Summer Worlds Tour Allergy Policy (PDF)
Summer Worlds Tour Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Summer Worlds Tour Waiver (PDF)

Registration
Registration will begin on February 2nd.

Registration and changes to registration can be made using our online registration software – make sure you save your email confirmation which includes a link back to your account! 

Cancellation Fees and Refunds
Cancellations made until and including May 1 will incur a 10% cancellation fee.  There will be no refund for cancellations made after May 1.

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 Adler camps. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2016.
Apply now.

Adler Summer Camp registration is open now!