Splash! Chicago

We encourage you to send your kids to Splash or Cascade! Our programs are designed to inspire a passion for learning in high school students, and our students have an overwhelmingly positive experience. All of our programs are free and take place on the University of Chicago campus:

  • Splash is a 1-day event on a Saturday at the end of April.

  • Cascade is a 5-week program which meets on Tuesday evenings. We offer it twice a year, once starting in late October and once starting in late January.

  • Droplet is a 1-day afternoon event on a Saturday during the fall.

Where to go and what to bring

Before dropping off your children, make sure each has:

  • A Parental Release and Consent form (Spanish version), to be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian and handed in at check-in. Students without a signed form will not be allowed to attend classes.

  • A plan for meeting you at the end of the day or otherwise getting home. (Splash ends at 5:30pm; Cascade, at 7:30pm.)

Upon arriving on campus, students need to check in (or register if they haven't already). Be sure to arrive on time and at the right place:

Classes are in nearby buildings on campus, mostly Harper Hall.

How to register

Advance registration online is recommended, since our classes do fill up—but is not required; we do let students register on-site.

Each student should create an account on this website to register and choose classes. Each program's registration is open for about a month before the program starts:

  • Splash registration opens in March.
  • Fall Cascade registration opens in October.
  • Winter Cascade registration opens in January.
  • Droplet registration opens in August.

While your child is in class

To promote a learning environment where the students feel in charge and comfortable participating freely in discussions, we ask that parents refrain from following their children into classes. In cases of need such as learning disabilities, we can make exceptions—please ask!

If you'll be around for the day, consider having a look at the museums on campus and nearby:

Many more options are listed on the Wikitravel site!

Last modified by HBrod on Feb. 28, 2016 at 08:33 p.m.