Do you want to share the magic of the University of Illinois campus with the young minds in your life? Join us for an unforgettable educational adventure at the ACES Family Academies. Bring along your budding scientists, environmental enthusiasts, and future leaders aged 8 to 13 for a one-of-a-kind experience packed with learning, exploration, and fun! Come create lasting memories while immersing yourselves in the vibrant world of agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences. Mark your calendars and get ready for a weekend filled with discovery and bonding on the Illinois campus!

2024 ACES Family Academies
Mark your calendar for July 10-12, 2024!
Interested in teaching a 2024 Family Academies course?

We are looking for fun, interactive sessions for our 2024 program!  Please consider participating by offering a 60-minute hands-on session targeted toward 8-13 year-old children (and their grandparents/parents/adults).  If you have idea but would like to discuss how to make a topic age appropriate, we are happy to discuss with you! 

Sessions can be offered once or twice based on your availability. If you are interested in leading a session but believe you need more than 60 minutes, we can schedule your class as a part I and part II, giving two 60 minute sessions (120 minutes total). If you believe your class would be ideally suited for a 90 minute time frame, please contact the ACES Alumni Office for consideration. Funds will be provided to reimburse for session supplies on a per person basis, up to $10 per person, as needed.

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, please complete the form at the below link by Friday, February 1. We will be accepting a variety of sessions in several areas to represent the full breadth of our college.


  Session Proposal Form  



You will be asked to provide:

  • A commitment to the dates of the program and if you have a preference for a specific day.
  • A session title with a short description that can be included in promotional materials (3-5 sentences). Our goal is to launch registration by March 1, 2023.
  • Number your session can accommodate. We would like to have a minimum of 15-20 people per session.
  • Name of the person coordinating and contact information.
  • Whether a specific classroom or lab is required and if you have access to this space to reserve.
  • If there is a day/time during the 2 days when the session cannot be lead (if known).

If you have any questions, please email at

Schedule of Events

2024's schedule will be available in late Spring!  View the full album from last year's event here.  Here's a glimpse at what we did in 2023:

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

  • 3:00PM - 5:00PM: Check-In at Bousfield Hall
  • 4:45PM - 6:00PM: Dinner in Ikenberry Dining Hall
  • 6:15PM - 7:15PM: Meet and Greet at ACES Library
  • 7:30PM - 9:00PM: Campus Scavenger Hunt at Bousfield Hall

Thursday, July 13, 2023

  • 7:00AM - 8:30AM: Breakfast at Ikenberry Dining Hall
  • 7:30AM - 8:30AM: Late Check-In Option at Bousfield Hall
  • 9:00AM - 5:30PM: Sessions beginning at ACES Library
  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM: ACES Tailgate Dinner at ACES Library 
  • 7:30PM - 9:00PM: Evening Tours
  • 9:00PM: Optional Movie Night on the Quad

Friday, July 14, 2023

  • 7:00AM - 8:30AM: Breakfast at Ikenberry Dining Hall
  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM: Graduation at ACES Library
  • 12:00PM - 2:00PM: Check-Out at Bousfield Hall




Sessions will be available Spring 2024.

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