Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

It’s time to register for summer camps! In this guide you will find camps for all ages – toddler through teen – and activities, including dance, gymnastics, STEAM, cooking, theater, soccer, volleyball, baking, cake decorating, engineering, science, nature, art, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. Choose from the best summer camps for kids in the western suburbs! There are even some discounts and early bird pricing included, so check them all out, daydream about the warmer weather ahead, and plan a fun summer! This guide is sponsored by the featured camps.

Jo’s Footwork Studio Dance Camps & Specialty Classes

1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
josfootwork@gmail.com

Jo’s Footwork Dance Camps have been designed for ages 4 through 11, scheduled for morning times. There are three weeks of camps, choose one or enjoy all of them!

HipHop and Nothing But HipHop
A fun-filled week learning a new style of hiphop everyday!

Jazz/Tap Combo
Concentrated best of both – tap & jazz – fast and fun week

Princess Camp
One for ages 4 & 5 and one for ages 6 to 8 with Ms. Zoe (formerly with Disney)
An enchanting 3-day dance camp themed around your dancers favorite Princesses! Including “MOANA.” There will be games, dancing, and stories about a different Princess each day! Plus arts, crafts, & snacks fit for a princess; and a special performance at the end.

Bright Horizons Camp Explorations

Locations in the city and suburbs, including: Western Springs, Naperville, Oak Brook, Lisle, Wheaton, and Downers Grove
(877) 624-4532

When School’s Out, Camp is IN. All summer long at Bright Horizons.

Summer Camp at Bright Horizons offers fun and excitement for your child AND meets your expectations of convenience, flexibility, a safe and secure environment, and experienced counselors. Join us for a jam-packed, fun filled summer that includes:

  • Separate, age-appropriate camp programs for preschool and school-age children
  • Field trips, special guests, and events.
  • Cool Themes like STEM, science, nature, ecology, art, cinematography, cooking, theater and more.
  • Special spaces, sports, fitness and outdoor adventures.

Our camp follows the local school calendar and runs throughout the entire summer vacation time period.

Gemini Gymnastics Academy

330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
frontdesk@geminigymnasticsacademy.com

Looking for some flexible fun this summer? Gemini makes it easy! Our action-packed Summer Camps are filled to the brim with games, crafts, gym time, and so much more! Camps are perfect for kids of all skill and experience levels. Choose from half days, full days, or any combination that works with your schedule:

  • Tiny Twistars Camp 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Ninja Monkeys Camp 8:45-11:45am
  • Girls Gymnastics Camp 9:00am-12:00pm
  • All full-day camps end at 3:30pm

Did we mention that early drop-off and aftercare are available? Visit our website or give us a call to learn more! Skip the sunburn this summer and give your little gymnast something they’ll flip for!

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4043
ctws@theatrewesternsprings.com

Don’t miss out on the BEST 2 weeks of your summer! Come sing, dance, act, have tons of FUN and make new friends! All campers are cast in the show; learning songs, scenes and dances to create an AMAZING final production. Camp is a perfect introduction to theatre, while still challenging for experienced performers! Go to our website for more info. Last year, sessions 2,3 and 4 were SOLD OUT, so be sure to register now to secure your spot. This summer’s offerings: For Grades K-7 Shrek Jr. and The Lion King Jr. k-7; For Grades 6-8 Legally Blonde, Jr., High School Rep and Improv-Grades 6-12 (one week only).

Summer Camp at Flying High

5400 East Avenue
Countryside IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

Flying High is proud to offer day camp to children ages 4-12 years old. Our caring camp staff keeps your camper entertained with activities that keep their brains and bodies learning and engaged all day long. We offer a flexible full-day and half day schedule including extended care options perfect for today’s working parent. Pick and choose between full weeks, full days, half days, or field trip days! Camp will run from May 31-Aug 31 with each week having a fun theme!! Camp activities include science experiments, daily open gym, arts & crafts, academic-based activities, Zumba, and Field Trips to Lincoln Park Zoo, Morton Arboretum, Lions Park Pool, The Field Museum, and more!! Check out our website for a breakdown of Camp Themes, Activities, and Field Trips. Also stay tuned for a Junior Camp Counselor Program coming soon!

Summer Camp Fun at the Glen Ellyn Park District

185 Spring Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-2462
support@gepark.org

With a summer camp at the Glen Ellyn Park District, your child will build memories to last a lifetime. The Park District offers engaging and enriching summer camps for kids as young as 2 ½ to kids entering grade 12. Whether your children enjoy the outdoors, love gymnastics, or prefer a sports, arts or science program, you’re sure to find something that suits their interests. For families looking for a flexible summer camp option to meet the needs of an ever-changing schedule, be sure to check out our Camp Caravan program! Our camps follow the local District 41 calendar and are available all summer long.

Blue Moose Sports Camp

Camp Location: Field Park
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 829-1236
tbluemoose@gmail.com

Blue Moose Sports Camp was created to give kids the opportunity to come out and play. Come join us this summer and PLAY! We will learn new games, make new friends and work on our skills in a safe, fun and engaging environment.

Coupon code! Now through March 31, receive $10 off with the code kidlist.

Westmont Yard Summer Sport and FUN Camps

233 W. 63rd St
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 737-1000
info@westmontyard.com

Come compete against your friends! Camps are offered M-F 9am-3:30pm. Sport camps are run by our professional sports staff and include: Soccer and Multi-Sport! Sport camps are a great way to improve your skills. Lunch included in full day camp. Before & After Camp Care offered every day.

FUN Camp features field trips every week! 1st-5th grade M-F 6:30am-6:30pm. Includes: daily themes, sports, arts & crafts, science experiments, field games, special guests, Inflatables, and more. Field trips include: Water Parks, Arcades, Lazer Tag, Sox Game, and more! Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks included. Sibling discount for full time enrollment.

Introducing FUN CAMP 2.0 for 6th-8th grade. Join us for trips to Go Ape, Six Flags, Water Parks, MLB Outing, and Much More! Make your summer one to remember!

Park District of La Grange Summer Camps

La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1762

Camp Mighty Munchkins: Gilbert Park
Camp Quest: Sedgwick Park
Camp Tiny Tots: Recreation Center
Camp -A-Palooza: Gurrie/Spring Avenue School

The Park District of La Grange offers full and half day camps. Camp Tiny Tots is a half-day camp for preschoolers, while Camp Mighty Munchkins is a full day camp for four-to-six year olds. Grade-school aged camps are – the half day Camp-A-Palooza and the full day Camp Quest. Before and after care is available for full day camps for an additional fee. Receive 10% off if you register before March 31. Camp session must be paid in full to receive discount. Early bird registration does not apply with the second child discount.

CYT Chicago Theatre Day Camps

Locations in Naperville, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oak Park, River Grove, and more
(847) 516-2298

Sing, dance and act your way through summer with our Disney Musical Theater camps!

Our week-long musical theater day camps are offered to students ages 5-16. Camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience, and are focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.

Our day camps include team competitions, rotations through drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, a daily theme-related devotional, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.

There’s no better place for kids to learn about theater and have fun than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere – and every camper gets the opportunity to perform on stage!

For more information visit our website or call us at 847-516-2298.

Naperville Park District Summer Camps

Various locations across Naperville
(630) 848-5000

No matter what your kids love to do, we have summer camps that are sure to keep them having fun! Choose from a wide variety of day camps in addition to many other themed camps covering sports, nature, culinary, science, fitness and wellness and more. Camps are offered for kids ages 3-17. Visit www.napervilleparks.org for details.

Baking & Decorating Camps at Sue’s Cakery

29 South Prospect
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 789-2253
joann@suescakery.com

Does your child love to bake? Here’s the perfect camp for your little chef. Your child will get hands on experience creating their own baked treats in a real bakery environment!

We will be offering two types of three-day camps during the summer for kids ages 7 & up. During both camps, campers will be baking and learning various decorating techniques.

  • Cookie & Cake Decorating
  • Build Your Own Two Tiered Cake

If you have your own group of friends, we can customize a camp for you at a date and time that works best for your schedule. 
Contact JoAnn Williams @ joann@suescakery.com or 630-789-2253 for more information.

Go to suescakery.com for more information on camp details and dates.

Camp Galileo

(800) 854-3684
Ogden Avenue School
501 Ogden Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

CREATE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY THIS SUMMER IN LA GRANGE
Camp Galileo is back in La Grange for our best summer yet

At Camp Galileo, pre-K – entering 5th graders find the perfect mix of summer camp fun and hands-on learning with engaging artwork, inventive science projects and energizing outdoor activities. Each week of our four-week program is organized around a different theme with projects carefully designed for every age group.

Sign up by February 28 to save $25 per week. Camp Galileo returns to Ogden Avenue June 18 to July 27. Optional extended care, healthy lunch and financial assistance available. Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684.

Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps

Lincoln Center: (630) 963-1300
Lyman Woods Nature Center: (630) 963-9388
Downers Grove Museum: (
630) 963-1309
Downers Grove Recreation Center
: (630) 960-7250

Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our ever-popular preschool camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into interests such as science, robotics, cooking, visual and performing arts. Campers can take a swing at our golf camps, discover the great outdoors with nature camps or explore their historical side at one of our museum camps. Before and after care is available for select full-day camps. Registration begins March 12. It’s your chance to play at the Downers Grove Park District!

Westmont Park District Summer Camps

75 E. Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559
Contact: Cindy Bump, Camp & Pre-School Director
(630) 963-7538, cbump@westmontparks.org

We offer half or full day camps. Half Day Camp is for 6 & 7 year-olds. Full Day camp is for ages 6-9, and the Camp Operation Fun is for ages 10-13. Sessions are filled with excitement and opportunity to build/continue existing friendships in the great outdoors. Activities include sports, games, arts, crafts, aquatics, field trips. Extended care is available for all day campers for an additional fee. Receive an early bird special of $10 off the weekly full day camp fees or $100 for all 9 weeks of camps until May 17 (Day and Camp Operation Fun only). Additional camps offered for ages 2-5.

Summer Day Camp at Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Community Center
700 Speechley Blvd
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 547-3900 ext.3000

Memorial Park District offers Summer Day Camp for ages 6 yrs to 12 yrs at Eisenhower Community Center in Hillside, IL.  Campers will participate in recreational, athletic, and educational activities for eight fun filled weeks: June 11, 2018 – August 3, 2018. Day campers will enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, games, health and fitness activities, and attend field trips. Camp hours are Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Before Care (7am-9am) and After Care (5pm-6pm) are included in the $125 per week cost; $100 for the week of July 2, 2018. Register at Eisenhower Community Center, 700 Speechley Blvd, Hillside, IL 60162.  For more information call (708) 547-3900 ext.3000 or click the following link: MEMORIAL PARK DISTRICT PROGRAM GUIDE.

1st Alliance/Lions Jrs Summer Volleyball Camps

MAX-McCOOK
4750 S Vernon Avenue
melkeck1@aol.com

Ages 4 year through 12 Grade

Lions Jrs/1st Alliance Volleyball Club is one of the top junior volleyball organizations in the nation. Most of our Senior club players move on to play collegiate volleyball and earn scholarships. This past fall, we had over 100 alumni playing college, with several of these players earning All-American honors. Lions Jrs/1st Alliance players can also be found on varsity teams throughout the Chicagoland area. Several of the first team all state Chicago Tribune players were from the club. Our summer camps will be run by the same high-level coaches that have helped set these records. Camps will be leveled within each session so that each child is challenged appropriately.

Oak Brook Park District Summer Camps

Oak Brook Park District: 1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook Tennis Center: 1300 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 645-9590
registration@obparks.org

Oak Brook Park District offers a wide range of summer day camps, specialty sports camps, and tennis camps for tots, kids, and teens! With flexible registration, you will find the perfect, budget-friendly summer experience for your child. Register for 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day programs all summer long, or just pick the weeks you need. Our nationally recognized Playground Camp for kids age 6-12 has been providing the very best summer experiences since 1968! Does your teen need service hours? We are offering a Teen Service Camp (Tic Tac Toe or T3 for short) for kids age 12-17. The award-winning Oak Brook Tennis Center offers fun full day and half day tennis camps for kids ages 4-14 (grouped by ability). #HappyFitActiveKids

Celtics Summer Soccer Camps

Countryside Park
6030 Kensington Avenue
59th Street, 1/2 block east of Brainard Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 808-4828

LG Celtics Summer Soccer Camp in association with Manchester United’s Tom Statham is back at Countryside Park June 25 – June 28. Celtics Summer Soccer camps are open to Celtics and non-Celtics players, girls and boys.

Celtics Soccer Camp for 2nd-9th grade players:

  • 2 hour sessions: times determined by age group
  • Cost: $160 per player

Celtics Juniors Soccer Camp for players 4.5-7 years old:

  • Times: 8-10am
  • Cost: $140 per player

Celtics Little Feet Camp for kids 3.5-4.5 years old:

  • Times: 9:15 – 9:45am
  • Cost: $50 per player
  • An adult must accompany each player, no drop offs

Special High-Level Competitive Camp for HS players:

  • Times: Monday – Thursday 5-6:30pm
  • Cost: $120 per player
  • Location: LTHS North Soccer Field

If you have any questions please contact David Rout at drout@theceltics.org.

Color Me Bright Summer Camps & Classes

1600 Maple Ave. Ste. B1
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 442-7983
info@colormebrightpreschool.com

Crafts, dancing, games, and more! Color Me Bright offers week-long, themed Summer Camps to get your little one moving and grooving with new friends. From Paw Patrol Adventures to Moana’s Beach party, there is a camp for everyone. Weekly dance and art classes are also available to spark your creative bug.  All camps and classes are open to children ages 2-5 years old.  Click HERE to register online today!

Kids Science Labs

275 Rice Lake Square
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 517-8045

Kids Science Labs offers children (ages 4-12 yrs) great innovation camps filled with fun hands-on science at our state-of-the-art centers. These camps offer engaging hands-on science and design classes led by our team of dedicated teaching faculty to help children discover, imagine, and create. With low student-teacher ratios, children are placed in age groups to create fun learning environments.  Children will investigate questions they care about, create take home projects they are proud of, and have fun.

We offer camps on school days off, during holidays and the summer – all with half and full day options. In addition to day off camps, we offer holiday camps including: Winter Camp (Dec and Feb) and Spring Break Camp (March and April). Children are separated into age groups to ensure a great experience.

Camp Pump It Up

4995 Varsity Dr. Ste A
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 310-5700
il.lisle@pumpitupparty.com

Drop the kids off at Camp Pump It Up where the doors to imaginative play opens through themed activities and events. Our camps offer active play along with creative thinking to build healthy bodies and minds.

Camps are geared for ages 4-12. Children must be potty trained. Crafts, Snack & Pizza provided for all campers.

Camp is scheduled all Summer Break- June 11th through August 10th. Drop the kids off for one session, or an entire week!

Camp Punch Cards- $90 for 5 Camp Session! Use for any camp drop off session.
To Sign up your child or with any questions, please contact the store at 630.310.5700

  • Mon • Wed • Fri- 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Tues • Thu- 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • $25 per child

Academia World Explorers: Ages 4-11 Years

308 Madison Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 401-0888
info@chicagoacademia.com

ACADEMIA WORLD EXPLORERS CAMP: Full Day: 7:30a.m – 6:30p.m June 4th – August 17th.

Academia’s Summer Camp offers a fun exploration of societies and cultures around the world! Tour Central & South America, Japan and China through art, music, crafts, and storytelling. Your child will imagine what it would be like to grow up in a different cultural environment. Create Chinese Lanterns, practice Mandarin calligraphy, celebrate the Tanabata Japanese Star Festival by writing wishes on colorful strips of paper to hang in your home. Learn about the food of Belize, make homemade tortillas. Visits by bus to local parts and restaurants. Daily small group Spanish lessons included. Flexible drop off and pickup times. Mix and match, purchase any number of weeks from 1-11.

Academia Meet the Experts: Ages 12-15 Years

308 Madison Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 401-0888
info@chicagoacademia.com

Meet the Experts- A summer camp lecture series for the intellectually curious. Ages 12-15 Yrs.

During this unique summer camp, young adults will experience a humanities and liberal arts lecture series from experts in their field. Meet experts in archaeology, anthropology, neuroscience, spoken word, art history, English literature, creative writing, gender studies, Indian mythology and more. A fun, engaging intellectual environment where the content is tailored to this age group, in the laid-back space. No homework, no tests. Listen, engage, question and absorb. Field trips to local restaurants included. Lunch and snacks provided. Please see our “About Us” page on the Academia website to learn more about some of the team. Core content from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Extended Day from 7:30a.m. – 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. – 6:30p.m. $375/week. Choose from 1 – 4 weeks. June 25th – July 27th.

Summer Camps at The MAX
McCook Athletic & Exposition
4750 Vernon Street
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 485-9900

The MAX offers a full day camp for children ages 6-12 years old and half day camp for children ages 3 1/2 -5 pears. Before and aftercare are available for the full day camp. Sports, arts & crafts, field trips and much more will round out your child’s day! Sibling discount available!

For more information visit our website at http://www.max-mccook.com/camps.html or call 708-485-9900.

Fun in the Sun Day Camp

Romeoville Recreation Department
900 West Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
aanders@romeoville.org

Fun in the Sun Day Camp in Romeoville is your affordable answer for child care during school break! Each week campers will partake in activities like swimming, arts ’n crafts, sports, games, music, and field trips. Campers will build friendships, explore their creativity and develop skills while having an unforgettable summer. Early Bird Special: Register before June 1st to receive a discounted rate for regular camp – $99/R – $152/NR per week. That’s a savings of $8 per week!

Age: 5 to 14 Days: Mon – Fri
Regular Camp (9am-4pm) Fee: $107/R – $160/NR

Additional care (Early 7am-9am / Late 4pm-6pm) Fee: Early $24/R – $36/NR and Late $24/R – $36/NR
Ask about our tiny tots camp for ages 3-4!

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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