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Shedd Aquarium Rides Shark Week Wave With Activities For Teens, Kids

The Shedd will extend its hours on Wednesdays for the rest of July to allow people to visit its 12 species of sharks and other creatures.

A Ginsu shark at the Shedd Aquarium.
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SOUTH LOOP — The Shedd Aquarium will host several programs to coincide with Discovery’s Shark Week in hopes people will learn more about the often-misunderstood giant fish.

On Wednesday, the Shedd will hold a free virtual workshop where teens can learn about sharks by connecting with experts and playing interactive games, according to a news release. Sign up online.

The Shedd also will hold an in-person summer learning camp about sharks for kids 9 a.m.-3 p.m. all of next week. The camp is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. They’ll meet animals, play games outdoors, make crafts and more. One of the camp days will focus on animals in Wild Reef, home to many of the sharks that people can see at the Shedd.

The cost for the one-week camp is $400, or $375 for members. Member can sign up online. More camp sessions will be held weekly: July 19-23, July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6.

Also on Wednesdays for the rest of July, the Shedd will extend its hours to allow patrons to visit its 12 species of sharks and other aquatic creatures until 9 p.m. 

If you can’t visit the Shedd in person, there is also a virtual shark feeding tour. It’s held 10:30 a.m. select Saturdays and Sundays via Zoom, and participants get a virtual live tour of the sharks’ habitats from home. It costs $49.95 per person, or $44.95 for members. Sign up online.

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