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We are beyond excited to bring you the best summer camps for kids! We searched far and wide and in every topic and category of camps to find all of the possibilities. Not only do we have descriptions and registration links for tons of camps, you can now search for the perfect summer camps that fit what you are looking for. Welcome to the first searchable summer camp guide for the west suburbs of Chicago! Use the search box to enter what type of camp you are looking for, age of your child, if you need full day camp, half-day mornings, extended care, etc., and even what camps are running the weeks you need to fill. It’s all right here!
Summer Camp registration begins earlier and earlier every year, so take out your summer calendars and start planning before they sell out! Find camps for all ages – toddler through teen – and all interests – animals, dance, gymnastics, STEAM, theater, soccer, volleyball, engineering, science, nature, art, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. We have the best selection of summer camps for kids in the west and southwest suburbs! There are even some camp discounts and early bird pricing included, so check them all out, daydream about the warmer weather ahead, and plan a fun summer!
Every kids camp we found is included in this guide and some upgraded their listing to give you more details, such as contact information, images, and descriptions, so you have everything in one place! We highly recommend scrolling through to see all of the fun options for the summer below.
Featured Summer Camps
Bright Horizons Summer Explorations
Locations in the city and suburbs, including: Western Springs, Naperville, Oak Brook, Lisle, Wheaton, and Downers Grove
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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 them 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.
Bright Horizons Summer Explorations follows the local school calendar and runs throughout the entire summer vacation time period.
Gemini makes it super easy with flexible summer fun! Their action-packed Summer Camps are filled to the brim with awesome themes, gym time, games, crafts, STEAM projects, and much more!
Camp runs from 10:30 am -2:30 pm Monday – Friday for ages 3 and up. Snacks are provided for everyone, and all campers get LUNCH FOR FREE!
For littlest campers they offer a Mini Camp on select days for students ages 2-3.
Visit the Gemini website or call them to learn more! Cool off in their air conditioned gym and give your gymnast or ninja something they’ll flip for!
From creating video games and 3D models, to building and navigating robots around a futuristic lab, Codeverse summer camp is an out-of-this-world experience for kids ages 6-13!
Spend a week exploring their interactive studio, creating multi-level video games, building real robots, designing 3D printed projects, learning to code, and more! The Codeverse summer camp program is packed with hands-on STEM activities and challenges for beginner and pro coders alike.
Throughout the week, campers embark on explorations (field trips) to nearby businesses. Past explorations include: Apple Store, Children’s Museum, and Whole Foods.
To cap it off, campers show off their coding creations to family and friends during Demo Day, a celebration that is held every Friday afternoon. (M-F, 8am-4pm)
Oak Brook Park District provides a wide variety of exciting camp experiences for children of all ages. From the traditional recreational summer camp experience to an innovative tennis camp, summer is always a blast! They also offer a wide variety of sports camps, tennis skill development camps, and aquatic activities throughout the year. Registration for camps begins February 17 for residents, and March 2 for non-residents. Our interactive camp program guide is available online at www.obparks.org or pick up your copy at any of our facilities.
The Second City Training Center offers week-long comedy camps for kids and teens all summer long! Their training boosts creativity, social skills, critical thinking, and more. Children will dive into improv, acting, writing, stand-up, etc. In addition to camps, classes are available year round.
With over 50 unique summer camps, Waubonsee Community College’s Youth Enrichment Program provides opportunities for your child to learn and have fun all summer long! Each week, your child can choose from courses in visual arts, science, technology, languages, theater, and more. YEP offers half day camp sessions led by teachers and other industry professionals for youth 4-14 on the Sugar Grove campus.
Looking for a full-day experience? Combine morning and afternoon camps to create your own full day program or register for their brand new full-day computer academies held in downtown Aurora. These programs take learning to the next level with introductory coding on a PC or an iPad. Your student will be learning the same programming languages and techniques used by real-world, professional coders.
With new offerings every year, you can always say YES to YEP!
Naperville Park District summer camps offer a variety of fun experiences for kids from preschool through high school and fit almost any scheduling need. With camps in over 20 different locations throughout the community, kids can choose from a variety of traditional day camps and athletics, golf, arts, culinary or nature-based camps. Enthusiastic, experienced camp counselors help kids get the most from their experience, whether it’s learning to paint, advancing in their soccer skills, or enjoying free time with friends. Check the 2020 summer camps listing at napervilleparks.org/availablecamps to begin planning a great summer for your kids!
Come compete against your friends! Camps are offered M-F 9am-3:30pm. Sport camps are run by professional sports staff and include: Soccer and Multi-Sport! Lunch included in full day camp. Before & After Camp Care offered every day.
FUN Camp features field trips every week! Includes: daily themes, sports, arts & crafts, science experiments, field games, special guests, and inflatables. 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 them for trips to Go Ape, Six Flags, Water Parks, MLB Outing, and Much More! Make your summer one to remember!
Body Trek by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education
Hinsdale (Hinsdale Middle School) – June 15-19
Naperville (North Central College) – July 13-17
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Led by health and medical professionals, Body Trek is a popular one week journey of exploration for students entering grades 6-8. The camp includes real hands-on dissections, special guest visits, medical research and special excursions. This one-of-a-kind camp is perfect for the students interested in a career in the nursing, medical or science field. Space is limited!
Searching for something for your child(ren) to do this summer? Keep them active at MAX Camp. MAX Camp offers an active and exciting day camp for children 5 to 12 years old. A typical week includes two field trips and 3 days on their air-conditioned, indoor, turf field and courts. Your child(ren) will get to do it all: sports, games, swimming, crafts and more. Their camp runs from 9 am – 4 pm daily, while offering early and extended care to accommodate parents’ schedules. Check out The MAX website or contact them for more information!
Join CTWS for the BEST 2 weeks of your summer! 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! Camps fill quickly and will SELL OUT, so register today!
What’s awesome about camp?
- Build confidence and stage presence
- Learn singing technique
- Fun theme days
- Perform on the main-stage of a 400 seat professional theatre
- Put on a full length show
- Perform multiple songs/scenes
- Learn from professional theatrical teachers
- Discover dance steps and choreography
- Learn and perfect theatre basics
- Focus and discipline
- Acting and creating characters
NEW THIS YEAR! Afternoon Camp – Broadway Revue. K-7 2:00-6:00pm June 22-26th.
The summer is coming… and Codinu in Naperville offers week-long, theme-based day camps for a unique coding experience. From programming Drones and building Superhero themed Robots, to learning about AI and creating an animated movie, the students learn to code in a fun, engaging and collaborative environment. Codinu’s 6:1 student-instructor ratio, maximum class size of 12, and highly qualified instructors allow for an immersive approach to coding. They ensure that students engage in unplugged and outdoor activities to provide a balanced day of camp.
Codinu offers summer camps for students in Grades 2-6 and Grades 5-9. Camps run from 9 am to 3 pm with early drop-off and late pick-up available.
Use Coupon Code: KIDLIST and Get 25$ OFF.
BIG Gymnastics offers a variety of fun-filled options for families when it comes to summer camps! With camp options for ages 3 and up, there is something for everyone!
- Different themed camps ALL summer long including: Princess, Ninja, Olympic, Cheer/Dance/Tumble and their all new School’s Out Camp!
- Co-Ed Camps – for the ease of getting siblings in to camp together!
- Age appropriate programs specific for each camp!
- Special gymnastics activities, games & crafts all themed around each camp!
- Snacks provided for each camper!
- Safe, air-conditioned gym with experienced and trained staff!
Join them for a summer full of excitement!!! Visit the BIG Gymnastics website or call today to learn more about all their camp options and “Do something BIG with your summer!”
Grace Academy offers a summer full of exploration, discovery, and fun! Their Summer Program includes thematic camps for children age three through 5th graders with camps in reading, science, art, creativity, and more! Camps begin the last week of May.
Camp Mighty Munchkins: Gilbert Park
Camp Quest Juniors: Sedgwick Park
Camp Quest Seniors: 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 4-6 year olds. Grade-school aged camps are – the half day, Camp-A-Palooza and the full day, Camp Quest Junior & Seniors. Before and after care is available for full day camps for an additional weekly fee. Receive 10% off if you register before March 31. For full day camps, a $25 deposit for each week of camp can be made to hold your spot in camp and receive the Early Bird Discount. Second child discount does not apply with the Early Bird Discount.
Impact Dance Studio offers summer camps for girls and boys ages 2-8 beginning June 15 – July 31. All summer camps are a week-long and will be held at the LaGrange location. Camps include a wide variety of fun themes for kids where they will learn a dance combination to be performed at the end of the week. New themes for 2020 include: Frozen 2, Trolls, and Toy Story 2. All camps include activities, crafts, and snack time. Registration begins February 3 at impactdancestudio.com.
Village of Romeoville Parks & Recreation Department
900 West Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
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Get ready for the best summer ever in the Southwest Suburbs! The Romeoville Recreation Department is the ultimate summer camp destination for tons of indoor and outdoor summer activities in Romeoville. Campers will experience fun summer activities like swimming, arts ‘n crafts, sports, games, music, and field trips while building friendships, exploring, and developing fun new skills. If you’re looking for summer activities for kids in Romeoville make sure to check out the Romeoville Recreation Department.
Jo’s Footwork Studio Dance Camps & Specialty Classes
1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor
Western Springs, IL 60558
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Jo’s has two camps this summer: Princess Dance Camp, designed for ages 4-9 and Tap Camp for those in a Tap V level or higher.
Wednesday, August 5 – Friday, August 7
One session for ages 4-5 and one for ages 6-8. An enchanting 3-day dance camp themed around your dancers favorite princesses, including “Frozen II.” There will be games, dancing, and stories about a different princess each day! Plus arts, crafts, and snacks fit for a princess; and a special performance at the end. T-shirt included in registration
Ages 4 – 5: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; Ages 6 – 9: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 6 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm
This camp is TAP! TAP! TAP! Technique, Improvisation, Tap Clips, Trick Steps, Combinations and much, much more! 8 Different Master instructors throughout the camp! Prerequisite: must be in a Tap V level or higher.
Flying High is proud to offer day camp to children ages 4-12 years old. Their camp staff keeps your camper entertained with activities that keep their brains and bodies learning and engaged all day long! Flexible scheduling, including extended care options, are perfect for today’s working parent. Pick and choose between full weeks, whole days, half days, or field trip days! Camp will run from June 1-September 4. Camp activities include science experiments, daily open gym, arts & crafts, academic-based activities, Zumba, and Field Trips to Lincoln Park Zoo, The Field Museum, and more!! New this summer every Thursday Field Trip location is to a pool! Check out their website for a breakdown of Themes, Activities, and Field Trips. They also offer a Junior Camp Counselor program for ages 13-14.
Join Lions Jrs for their 26th season! Lions Jrs/1st Alliance is one of the most respected and successful volleyball clubs in Chicago. 1st Alliance/Lions Jrs has had over 415 athletes playing in college since 1999. In the past 10 years, they have averaged over 25 athletes playing volleyball in college, which ranks 2nd in the Nation! Since their inception, they have also compiled an enviable record at USAV/AAU/JVA Junior Nationals with 8 1st place finishes, 14 2nd place finishes and 15 3rd place finishes. Their summer camps are 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. Open to boys and girls ages 4-18.
Camps for the adventure-seeker, animal-lover, athlete, naturalist, scientist, artist and more! The Wheaton Park District is proud to offer a variety of camps including six American Camp Association accredited camps. Camp locations and time frames vary; some camps are held for a few days, while others continue throughout the summer. Camps are offered for ages 18 mos – 17 years. Many of their campers’ favorite programs have been running for over 30 years!
Animal Lovers, this is THE camp for you! Summer Learning + Fun = Summer Camp at the PRRC. Experiential Learning and Animal Interaction for Kids entering 1st-9th grades. Four unique camps offered: Pet Care (1st-2nd grades), Animal Adventures (3rd-4th grades), Animal Careers (5th-6th grades), and Animal Advocates (7th-9th grades). Their youngest campers stay onsite at the Pet Rescue and Resource Center visited by special pet guests each day, while their older campers enjoy a mix of guest speakers, pet visitors, and field trips by chartered school bus. Dates, times and more information can be found on the Hinsdale Humane Society website.
Camp Registration Open Now. Their 2019 camps sold out early so don’t wait to save your child’s space!
When school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! This year, they have over ten technology topics including App Builders Club, Robot Builders Club, Minecraft Modding, Program & Play in Python, and more! If your kids are into robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Half and full day camps available for ages 5-14. “Kids have fun. Parents see result.”
RELEASE YOUR KID’S INNER INNOVATOR THIS SUMMER
At Camp Galileo, pre-K – entering 5th graders find the perfect mix of hands-on learning and big summer fun. Campers unlock their inner innovator, learning to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges.
Every day, campers craft extraordinary works of art, engineer incredible inventions and have a blast playing outside each day, with Water Day every Thursday. Each thoughtfully designed activity is custom-built for their grade and organized around an engaging weekly theme:
- Toy Makers Workshop
- National Parks Adventure
- Galileo Olympic Games
For 7th-10th Graders – Register for their Counselor in Training Program to develop leadership skills and make great friendships along the way!
Seton Summer Camp is filled with adventure of every sort! From art to sports and games to academic work in our Montessori classrooms, there is always something fun going on at Seton Summer Camp! Campers explore and enjoy age-appropriate activities that engage the mind and body. Certified Montessori teachers lead each group as the campers develop self-confidence and independence, learn with Montessori materials, and explore our beautiful six-acre wooded campus.Seton Montessori Summer Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and has the perfect balance of indoor activity and natural outdoor fun and learning.
Blue Moose Sports Camp was created to give kids the opportunity to get outside. Join them this summer and PLAY! Your kids will learn new games, make new friends and work on skills in a safe, fun and engaging environment. Get a classic outdoor summer camp experience at Blue Moose!
Mention Kidlist for 10% off until March 31.
Salt Creek Ballet offers a Complete Ballet Curriculum. Join them this summer for weekly ballet classes and fun summer camps!
Weekly Summer Ballet Classes (Ages 3 – 8)
June 8 – July 17, 2020
Learn and develop the fundamentals of ballet movement & vocabulary!
Fairy Tale Ballet Camp (Ages 3 – 4)
July 20 – 24 & July 27 – 31, 2020 | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Experience your favorite fairy tales through a dance class full of ballet, creativity and lots of fun!
Creative Ballet Camp (Ages 5 – 7)
July 20 – 24 & July 27 – 31, 2020 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Stretch, turn and leap in a dance camp featuring ballet, enrichment activities and crafts!
Register now at www.saltcreekballet.org or call (630) 769-1199 for more information.
Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts provides the highest quality of training in the arts, encouraging excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion in their students. Join them this summer to travel under the sea, the village of Motunui and jolly, old London town through the magic of song & dance. Ovation is offering four FULL DAY sessions – The Little Mermaid Jr. (June 8 thru June 19 & July 6 thru July 17) and Moana Jr. (June 22 thru July 3 & July 20 thru July 31) – for ages 8-14 and two HALF DAY sessions of 101 Dalmatians Kids (June 15 thru June 26 & June 29 thru July 10) for ages 5-8. Register today to secure your spot!
Camp Naper offers kids in grades 1-8 fun, unique, hands-on activities, with advanced tracks for older campers. Be sure to check out their special middle school camps for grades 5-8! All camps include supplies and a snack, and are led by experienced, adult counselors.
With over 20 camps to choose from, campers can mix it up with a new camp each day in a Camp Naper Sampler pack, or adventure for a full week in one theme. New camps this year include Creepy Cryptids, Extreme Spies, World War II: America Goes All In, OG Pioneers: Living Off the Grid, DIY Week: Makers Make Their Mark, and more!
All camps run from 9AM-3PM and drop off begins at 8AM. To learn more and register, visit https://napersettlement.org/campnaper.
LG Celtics Summer Soccer Camp in association with Manchester United’s Tom Statham is back at Countryside Park June 22 – June 25. 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:
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
Register at www.theceltics.org.
Because IMSA knows that summer STEM needs to be fun and engaging, their camps tap into each child’s natural desire to experiment and explore through hands-on activities that give them the opportunity to ask questions and make discoveries. Their inquiry-based programs, written by the IMSA Curriculum Development Team, mirrors the enterprise of doing real science. Their team has designed each activity to stimulate young minds and provide them with engaging and challenging experiences.
From crime-scene forensics, to the fizz, bubble and flames in Chemistry, to the STEM concepts behind the Olympic Games, IMSA Summer programs offer something for any student in grades 3-9! Join them!
Paramount School of the Arts is a creative, imaginative and safe place to entertain and educate your kids this summer. Conveniently located in downtown Aurora, PSA will fully engage students with unique courses in theater, music, dance and visual arts. There’s something for everyone from newborn to age 19! Whether you want to introduce your toddler to a strong foundation in the arts, or your teenager is interested in pre-professional training in acting, singing or dancing, get it all at PSA. Camps run Monday–Friday for one to two weeks, with Kindermusik offered once a week over multiple weeks. Register for two or more camps and SAVE! Payment plans and scholarships also available. Visit ParamountSchool.com to learn more.
Join the fun at Lombard Park District Summer Day Camp! Day camp participants (ages 6-12) will experience a range of activities from arts and crafts, sports, contests, walking trip, field trips, themed activities and more! Day camps are divided into two smaller camps, which is determined by age.
1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
The Community Park District of La Grange Park is excited to announce that a brand-new Summer Day Camp will be available this year. La Grange Park is now offering a full day and half day Summer Day Camp program for children in grades K-5 at the Recreation Center and Hanesworth Park, 1501 Barnsdale Road. The camp will run from 9am-4pm (with a half-day option) and before and after care options are available. Campers will make memories that last a lifetime! The Community Park District is also launching a new Summer Fun Camp for kids ages 3-5. This half-day camp is perfect for little ones that love the excitement of making new friends and having fun. Both programs are a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor activities. For more information, please visit www.communityparkdistrict.org.
Superior Training swim camps are offered weekly throughout the summer, and each camp is Monday-Thursday. Their summer camp program has been voted #1 in the area for the past 5 years! The program is designed to give all participants a comprehensive introduction to the water and the world of swimming. They strive to teach water safety and proper swim technique with the goal of preparing swimmers to be safe, efficient, and confident in the water! Their instructors are highly trained and enthusiastic about getting your child comfortable in the water. At Superior Training, your child comes first!
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