Summer Camps

Discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan this summer during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Do Science this Summer with Adler Summer Camps!

Registration opens February 7, 2017, at 10:00 am.

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 pre-school through 10th grade campers. 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 engage kids, teens, and tweens in authentic science activities while igniting 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 summer camp programming is repeated each session. Each type of camp will have the same curriculum each time it is offered. Registering for more than one session of the same camp program is not recommended. However, if your preschooler benefits from repetition, you are welcome to register for multiple sessions of Young Scientists Camp.


The Adler Planetarium is grateful to Motorola Solutions for supporting Summer Camps.

Featured Camps for Young Scientists & Near-Space Explorers

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Young Scientist Summer Program

Preschool: 3 & 4 Year Olds

Preschool aged 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 2016 Young Scientist Summer Program FAQ.

Date and Time:
Monday–Friday,  9:00–11:30 am or 12:30–3:00 pm
Sign in and out occurs within 15 minutes of the start and end times.

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

Cost:
$175 Non-Member, $150 Adler Member

AM Sessions (9:00–11:30 am):
June 19–23
June 26–30
August 7–11
August 14–18

PM Sessions (12:30–3:00 pm):
June 26–30
August 14–18

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

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, 9:00 am–3:00 pm with one extended day trip
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Audience:
Full week session including a balloon launch field experience for 610th graders

Cost:
$495 Non-Member, $465 Adler Member

Sessions:
June 19–23 (entering 6th and 7th grades)
June 26–30 (entering 6th and 7th grades)
July 31–August 4 (entering 6th and 7th grades)
August 7–11 (entering 8th–10th grades)

Mini Camps: ASTRO Juniors, Explorers, and Investigators Camps

General Information

Join us for a two-day adventure as we get ready for this summer’s solar eclipse through hands-on experiments and activities, experience Planet Explorers and other exhibits, see an immersive sky show, and much more!

Date and Time:
Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Audience:
Two-day sessions for K–4th graders

Cost:
$195 Non-Member, $170 Adler Member

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Astro Juniors

Entering Kindergarten Fall 2017 (campers must turn 5 by September 1, 2017)

Sessions:
June 21–22
June 26–27

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Astro Explorers

Entering 1st or 2nd Grade Fall 2017

Sessions:
June 19–20
June 21–22
June 26–27
June 28–29
July 5–6

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Astro Investigators

Entering 3rd or 4th Grade Fall 2017

Sessions:
June 19–20
June 28–29
July 5–6

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Technology Camp: Robotics!

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: Robotics. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use multiple types of robotics to overcome escalating challenges. Campers will also be exposed to creative design, documentation and presentation skills through the use video recording, and editing. Tech Camp is collaborative in nature; campers will work together in pairs or small groups to conquer each robotics challenge.

Date and Time:
Monday–Friday,  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Sessions:
June 19–23 (rising 4th & 5th graders)
June 26–June 30 (rising 4th & 5th graders)
July 10–14 (rising 6th & 7th grade GIRLS only)
July 17–21 (rising 6th & 7th graders)
July 24–28 (rising 4th & 5th grade GIRLS only)
July 31–August 4 (rising 4th & 5th graders)

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

Cost:
$325 Non-Member, $295 Adler Member


Technology Camp: Sky Show

New for 2017! You’ve seen the amazing sky shows Adler has to offer, now you can make one! In the course of one week, campers will work in teams to create sky shows, from storyboarding through presenting on the dome of the Grainger Sky Theater. Campers will work with Adler’s visualization, show production, and theater experts throughout the week.

Date and Time:
Monday–Friday,  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Session:
August 7–11

Audience:
Full week session for rising 6th & 7th graders

Cost:
$325 Non-Member, $295 Adler Member

 

*Most activities for both types of Tech Camp take place in a classroom setting; please let us know during the registration process if your camper uses any special adaptations in the classroom.

 

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

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 2017.  Campers will investigate the science of a solar eclipse at the Adler Planetarium, explore why and how scientists prepare specimens for scientific study 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.

For more information, please view 2016’s Tour Guide.

Date and Time:
Monday–Friday,  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm at the Field Museum.

Sessions:
July 10–14
July 17–21
July 24–28
July 31–August 4

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

Cost:
$315 Non-Member, $285 Adler/Field/Shedd Member

General Information

Questions?
For additional questions, check our 2016 Summer Camps FAQ Packet or email us at summercamp@adlerplanetarium.org .

Registration
Registration will open on February 7, 2017, at 10:00 am

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
There are a limited number of scholarships for Adler camps. The application period will begin when registration opens on February 7, 2017. Please check back for details on the application process. There is no scholarship program for Summer Worlds Tour.