2021 Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Time to think about summer camp! Some really great camps are now taking registrations, while others are still formulating their plans. Now is the time to start looking though, because these camps might sell out! We are looking forward to having our kids experience camp and have a great time together this summer. Kidlist has always been the place to find out about amazing camp options, and even though some things have changed, we are still your source for fun!

We will be continually adding to this guide as more businesses and organizations are ready with their information, so check back as even more camps become available.

This summer camp guide is brought to you by the featured camps.

Jo’s Footwork Studio Dance Camps

Jo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
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Princess Camp
August 4-6, 2021
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. Fee includes craft supplies, snacks, and a special t-shirt.
Ages 4-5: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ages 6-9: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

New! Disney+ Dance Camp
August 11-13, 2021
Each day your favorite Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar movies and characters come to life! Camp lasts 2 hours per day and will feature a different favorite movie from the popular streaming site. Dancers will learn fun new choreography, complete a craft, and have a snack! Parents can join at the end of the week for a mini-showcase (weather pending) where dancers perform their favorite new dances.
Ages 5-7: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ages 8-10: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Coming Soon! Gemini Gymnastics Academy Summer Camp

Gemini Gymnastics Academy
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 6052
(708) 352-2977
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Sneak peek: They plan on having skill booster workshops in the morning and afternoon that can be taken individually or stacked for a longer camp experience.

Breakaway Basketball Summer Clinics

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Homer Glen, and Glen Ellyn
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Breakaway Basketball is the largest skill development program in Illinois, training over 8K players a year and over 300 teams. Their mission is to teach players how to work hard and understand that being successful at anything is a process. This process takes focus, hard work, perseverance, and patience. They use the game of basketball to teach these lessons that will translate to their everyday lives.

Breakaway Summer Day Clinics are open to all K-8th grade Boys and Girls. The clinics will allow players to continue to develop their dribbling, shooting, passing, finishing moves, while most importantly building confidence and improving their individual skillset.

Blue Moose Sports Camp

Blue Moose Sports Camp
Field Park
4335 Howard Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 829-1236
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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!

There are three sessions: 8am-10am, 10:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-3pm. Sessions are $100 and you can sign up for multiple sessions per day. A full day option is also available, which runs from 8am-3pm and is limited to 25 kids.

Mention Kidlist for 10% off until April 30.

Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps

Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps
Camps are taking place at Lincoln Center, Lyman Woods Nature Center, Downers Grove Museum, and Downers Grove Recreation Center
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Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer dozens of adventures where kids of all ages will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen camps, traditional day camps and our early childhood camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and cultural 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 traditional day camps. The Summer Camp Guide will be available online beginning March 26 at dgparks.org.

BIG Gymnastics Summer Camps

BIG Gymnastics Summer Camps
16w110 83rd Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-6244
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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, Gymnastics, Tumbling and More!
  • Age-appropriate programs specific for each camp!
  • Special gymnastics activities, games and crafts all themed around each camp!
  • Safe, clean and air-conditioned gym with experienced and trained staff!

Join BIG for a summer full of excitement! Visit the BIG website of call today to learn more about the camp options and “Do Something BIG with Your Summer!” Registration begins Monday, March 15th.

KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps

KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps
Immanuel Lutheran School
142 E 3rd Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
(877) 202-1554
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Explore, learn and thrive at KidzToPros Summer Camps for kids ages 4-14! KidzToPros provides the perfect opportunity for kids to develop valuable skills in a fun, creative, and safe environment.

Sports Camps keep kids active and engaged. They’ll learn the fundamentals of various sports, including techniques, skills, strategies and rules, while understanding the importance of teamwork and leadership.

STEM Camps prepare kids for the tech-driven future! Innovative, project-based camps teach how to program robots, design games, create websites and develop 3D models.

Art Camps encourage imaginative thinking and looking at the world from new perspectives. Kids develop creativity and bring ideas to life. Arts skills, graphic design, music, filmmaking and more allow kids to creatively express themself.

Use the code MKL-100 for $100 off onsite camps and MKL-50 for $50 off online camps. Offer expires on March 31, 2021.

DuPage Children’s Museum Tinkering Camp

Tinkering Camp
DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000
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Build gadgets and gizmos that spur imagination, challenge creative thinking, and strengthen problem solving during a summer camp like no other. Tinkering Camp is a half-day, in-person camp that provides an immersive opportunity to build with real tools to solve real problems. Budding engineers, ages 4–15 years, will find joy in the challenges, knowledge in the failures, and the confidence and ability to keep trying.

Tinkering Camp provides children a creative and safe environment to collaborate with peers as they explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Small groups with a child to adult ratio of 5:1 allows for a more supportive experience. Confidence will soar as Campers bring their imaginations to life! Learn more: dupagechildrens.org/summer-camp.

Camp Naper: Naper Settlement Summer Camps

Camp Naper
Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL. 60540
(630) 420-6010
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Camp Naper will inspire your child to learn about the past and make connections to the future! Choose from 18 unique camps for every interest! From Camp Sketch & Skulpt to STEM Camp, each camp offers unique hands-on activities led by the museum’s team of skilled educators. Unless otherwise noted, all camps are recommended for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall.

  • Camp Hours: 9 am-3 pm
  • Early Drop Off: 8 am (no additional fee)
  • Camp activities do not officially begin until 9 am.

COVID Precautions:

Camp Naper will follow COVID precautions. Camp groups will be smaller, and more activities will be done outdoors. When indoors and when unable to social distance, campers will wear masks. Our staff will always wear masks. Campers will use personal supply kits for craft supplies used daily so they’re not touching the same commonly used items as everyone else. Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.

Community Park District of La Grange Park Summer Camps

Community Park District of La Grange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 354-4580
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The Community Park District of La Grange Park offers a wide range of fun and safe summer camp options designed to make memories that last a lifetime! Their traditional full day and half day Summer Day Camp is for kids grades K-5 and runs from 9am-4pm with a half-day options, and extended care available. La Grange Park also hosts a Summer Fun Camp for children 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. They are also excited to safely bring back the popular Afternoon Antics outdoor camp for kids 6-12! All summer programming will adhere to IDPH and CDC guidelines. For more information, please visit www.communityparkdistrict.org.

Impact Dance Studio Summer Camps

Impact Dance Studio Summer Camps
6B South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-5867
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Impact Dance Studio offers summer camps for girls and boys ages 2-8 beginning June 14 – July 30. All summer camps are a week-long and will be held at the La Grange 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 2021 include: Frozen 2, Trolls, and Toy Story. All camps include activities, crafts, and snack time. Several new safety protocols and measures are in place at the studio including taking temperatures of all those who enter the studio, social distancing, and masks are required. Registration begins February 11 at impactdancestudio.com.

Windy City Ninjas Summer Camp

Windy City Ninjas
Two locations:
2500 W. Bradley Place, Chicago: (773) 886-1996
684 W Lake Street, Elmhurst: (630) 478-2710
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Yes! Windy City Ninjas is having summer camp!! Your kids will LOVE their summer camps. They are all about building strength, agility, self-confidence and continuous improvement – all while having a blast! Kids will learn proper techniques from instructors, engage in structured obstacle circuits, tackle new obstacles, enjoy free play time and participate in competitions and races. They will also play other games, sports, and indoor/outdoor activities to give ninja hands a break. Summer camps start June 1st in Elmhurst and June 14th in Chicago…with morning and afternoon (and full-day) options!

Lombard Park District Summer Camps

Lombard Park District Summer Camps
Various locations in Lombard
(630) 620-7322
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Lombard Park District is optimistic Summer Day Camp will more closely resemble their standard summer camp program. Participants will still be grouped by age and/or school; however, groups will be larger for a more social and interactive experience. Campers will enjoy sports, games, virtual and in-house field trips, arts, crafts and more. Those needing care prior to 9:00 am and after 4:00 pm will need to register for Sunrise and Sunset Camp. Location will be determined based on registration numbers. Camp may be held at Lombard Community Building, Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, Lombard Lagoon and Lombard Log Cabin. Summer Day Camp is offered Monday-Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. Regular camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm with Sunrise and Sunset care available for an additional fee. Check back often for more information and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Park District of La Grange Summer Camps

please note that this photograph is from 2019

Park District of La Grange
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1762
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Camp Mighty Munchkins: Gilbert Park
Camp Quest Juniors: Sedgwick Park
Camp Quest Seniors: Gordon Park
Camp -A-Palooza: Recreation Center

The Park District is offering camps in both full and half-day options. Camp-A-Palooza for children, ages 6-10 year olds, is our half-day camp option, it will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. The full-day camps begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. They are Camp Mighty Munchkins, for 4 to 6 year olds; Camp Quest Juniors for 7 to 9 year olds, and Camp Quest Seniors for children ages 10 to 12 year olds.

Registration for residents of La Grange and Countryside will begin on Tuesday, March 9th and non-resident registration will begin on Tuesday, March 16th. Registration will be available online at www.pdlg.org or in person at the Recreation Center located at 536 East Avenue.

Westmont Yard Summer Sports & FUN Camps

Westmont Yard Summer FUN Camps
233 West 63rd Street
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 737-1000
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Sports Camp
Westmont Yard will be offering Soccer or Multisports camp every week this Summer. Come kick, pass, and shoot your way to Summer fun.

Fun Camp & Fun Camp 2.0
Come make new friends and lasting memories! Field trips will be determined based on current Government mandates. Generally campers will go on 2-3 trips per week. Their coaches have planned an awesome summer full of weekly themes, field games, sports, arts and crafts, science experiments and much more! 

Camp Galileo

Camp Galileo – galileo-learning.com
River Forest, La Grange, and across Chicagoland
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REDISCOVER SUMMER FUN with GALILEO!
Camp Galileo for Pre-K through 4th Grade

Galileo’s award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every camper safe. Engaging art, science, and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress-free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.

Every week brings a new adventure, with activities tailored by age and around imaginative themes such as Galileo Olympic Games, National Parks Adventure, and Toy Makers Workshop. Many convenient locations in Chicagoland near you, including River Forest and La Grange. Optional extended care. Multi-week discounts. Scholarships. Learn more and sign-up today at www.galileo-camps.com.

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