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, STEM, engineering, science, nature, art, cooking, theater, soccer, football, tennis, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, ecology, archeology, history, baking, cake decorating, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. Choose from the best summer camps in the western suburbs!


Jo’s Footwork Studio Dance Camps & Specialty Classes

1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
[email protected]

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.


Gemini Gymnastics Academy Summer Camps

330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
[email protected]

At Gemini Gymnastics Academy, our Flexi-Schedule of classes and camps offers your family maximum flexibility for fitting gymnastics into your summer plans! For classes, simply select your class day/time and which weeks you’d like to attend class based on your summer plans. Want to do camp but not a whole week? No problem! Tiny Twistars and Level 1-2 Gymnastics Camps are offered on a daily, as well as weekly basis! Even more fun is offered for 3-5 year olds during our 2 hour Campapalooza on Monday afternoons! First graders and up will have a blast during our Wacky Wednesday afternoons! Online registration begins March 1st. Don’t miss incentives for summer registrations made during the month of March.


bright horizons summer camp

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.


Grand Avenue Summer Adventure Camps

Grand Avenue Community Center
Western Springs, IL 60558
Highlands Elementary School
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 246-2270

Get your kids moving this summer and get a few hours to yourself with Grand Avenue Adventure Camps. Children will enjoy a variety of themed camps including outdoor sports, swimming trips, and field trips to exciting destinations. Camps run throughout the summer and are divided into three age-specific groups; “All Stars” for children entering 2nd-5th grade, “Champs” for children entering Kindergarten-1st grade and “Preschool Summer Camps” for children ages 3-5.

Camps are offered at the Grand Avenue Community Center in Western Springs and the LaGrange Highlands Elementary School. All summer camps are staffed by experienced Grand Avenue teachers who are certified in Red Cross CPR and First Aid.

For more information please visit or phone (708) 246-2270.


Children’s Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4043
[email protected]

CTWS is thrilled to offer Musical Theater camp for kids who have completed kindergarten up through 12th grade! Act, sing and dance your way through the summer while performing High School Musical, Madagascar or The Addams Family. Taught by qualified and caring theatre professionals, the campers rotate through dance, acting, singing and specialty workshop sessions. Every camper gets the opportunity to be a part of the show in the final performance for friends and family. Camps are great whether you are new to theatre or a performing veteran, Come join us for the best weeks of your summer.


Flying High Summer Camp

Flying High Sports & Rec Center-Countryside
5400 East Ave Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099
[email protected]

Flying High is proud to offer day camp to children ages 4-10 years old. Our caring day 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! 2017 Summer Camp will run from June 12-August 22nd with each week having a fun theme!! Camp activities include science experiments, daily open gym in our 20,000 square foot facility, arts & crafts, academic-based activities, Pizza Pajama Fridays, 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, Camp Activities, and Camp Field Trips.


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Blue Moose Sports Camp

Camp Location: Field Park
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 829-1236
[email protected]

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. Now through March 31, receive $10 off per week. No discount code required.

There is also a new program this summer called “All In Recess” (A.I.R.) geared toward Jr. High kids. Check it out here.


Summer Camp Fun at the Glen Ellyn Park District

185 Spring Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-2462
[email protected]

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.


Park District of La Grange Summer Camps

Locations: Gilbert Park, Sedgwick Park, Recreation Center, and Gurrie/Spring Avenue School
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1762

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 include 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.


Music Makers of Western Springs

4211 Grand Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-8222
[email protected]

We are a full-service music school located in the heart of Old Town Western Springs offering music lessons for ALL ages and instruments, as well as group classes and musical theatre! Our summer 2017 musical productions will be “Broadway Babies Do Disney and More” (grades K-2), “School of Rock” (grades 3-8), “Les Mis” (high school/college) and “In the Heights” (college intensive). Visit us online for more information about our summer 2017 group classes! |


Grace Academy Summer Program

Grace Academy
120 E. First Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-4901

Grace Academy offers a summer full of exploration, discovery, and fun!  Our Summer Program includes thematic camps for children age three through rising 6th graders.  We offer camps in reading, science, art, creativity, and more!  Summer registration opens February 28.  Camps begin the last week of May.


Westmont Yard Summer Sport and FUN Camps

233 W. 63rd St
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 737-1000
[email protected]

Come compete against your friends. Camps are offered M-F 9am-3:30pm. Sport camps run by our professional sports staff. Sports include: Soccer, Baseball,  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 camps feature 3 field trips every week! FUN camps offered M-F 6:30am-6:30pm. FUN camps include: weekly themes, sports, arts & crafts, science experiments, team building games, team competitions, field games, special guests, and more. Field trips include: Water Parks, Frisbee Golf, Ice Skating, Arcades, Lazer Tag, and more!


Naperville Park District Summer Camps

Various locations across Naperville
(630) 848-5000

Naperville Park District offers a vast selection of summer camps with many different themes for kids from ages 3-17 that will have your child making fantastic memories and many new friends!

Little ones will thrive in developmental and play-based camps. Fun-filled, summer-long day camps are offered across the community for elementary school and junior high school students. For kids who want to fill their break with sports, there’s plenty to choose from including soccer, football, tennis, lacrosse, golf, fitness and much more. Those with a rich curiosity and desire to engage in hands-on activities will enjoy culinary or science-based camps. Kids who don’t mind getting dirty and love exploring will relish nature-themed camps held at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.


Summer Camps at DuPage Children’s Museum

301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000
[email protected]

Kids today are tomorrow’s innovators, problem-solvers, and trailblazers! Think BIG while having fun at summer enrichment camps at DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM). STEM Labs will engage campers in questioning, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities to ignite curiosity and get them excited about STEM in their everyday lives. In DCM Art Camps, campers will enjoy the process of creation while exploring new ways of thinking and boosting self confidence, which extends well beyond the art studio. Join DuPage Children’s Museum for a fun-packed summer of thinking BIG in camps for children ages 3 years through Grade 5.


Camp Naper at Naper Settlement

523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010
[email protected]

June 5 – July 24, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Explore and discover epic experiences through hands-on and immersive adventures at Camp Naper! Naper Settlement’s one-day, three-day and weeklong camps offer a variety of enrichment activities including STEM exploration, science, archeology, history, cooking and more. Day camps are for children grades 1 to 8 and are led by experienced, adult counselors. Registration opens in March.


BIG Gymnastics Summer Camps

16w110 83rd Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-6244
[email protected]

BIG Gymnastics offers a variety of summer camps every year! The most popular being Princess Camp! The camp that no girl wants to miss is for ages 3-6 years old. During this 3-day camp, girls will participate in different princess-themed gymnastics activities and games, crafts, dance and more! Every morning the girls will be greeted by one of their favorite princesses. On the last day, there will be a tea party and recital where families are invited to come and watch the girls perform the dance they learned. In addition to princess camp, BIG will be offering a 4 day – DAY Camp with different themes each day, a gymnastics clinic for gymnasts to perfect their skills, Ninja Zone Camps and superhero camps including Avengers and Batman Camp! With so many options, it is going to be hard to choose just one!! We hope to see everyone at a variety of camps this year!


Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps

Various locations
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-1300
[email protected]

Downers Grove Park District summer camps include action-packed sport camps, unique specialty camps, traditional day camps and our ever-popular preschool camps! Take a swing at our golf camps or explore your historical side at one of our museum camps. It’s your chance to play at the Downers Grove Park District. Visit to register!


Lyons Township Soccer Club After School Academy, Tots Academy, Summer Skills, Striker, and Goalkeeper Camp

4750 S Vernon Ave.
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 387-8009
[email protected]

Register now for LTSC Academy programs: Tots Academy & After School Academy for children Pre-K to 2nd grade. Both programs run five weeks and additional information is available under the Club Programs tab on our website. We have carefully developed a new curriculum that will help develop the young soccer players in a fun and engaging environment. Keep posted to our website for our summer camps registrations: Skills Camp, Striker Camp, Goalkeeper Camp. The Skills Camp will run June 19-22 and the Goalkeeper and Striker Camps will run July 10-13. All LTSC programs are run by members of our professionally-licensed coaching staff. Get your children involved today at


Bright Lights Theatre Summer Camps

515 Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60302
(630) 480-6852
[email protected]

Musical Summer Camp Series
Summer camps designed to give beginning to advanced performers ages 5 – 14 an opportunity to dive into a character and tell the story of a popular musical! Students will experience all three aspects of musical theatre (acting, singing, and dancing) while increasing their knowledge of theatre and learning what it takes to put on a show! Each session culminates in a performance! Summer Camp Themes include: Little Mermaid, Frozen, Seussical, and Cinderella!

Professional Summer Production: The Lion King
This production is geared towards the more serious/experienced performer and provides the actors with a professional theatrical experience. Rehearsals take place over a three week period culminating in a weekend of performances.
Auditions: April 9th. Ages 7 – 18. See website for more details!


La Grange Celtics Summer Soccer Camp

Countryside Park
59th Street, 1/2 block east of Brainard Ave.
La Grange, IL 60525
David Rout: (773) 499-9261
[email protected]

La Grange Celtics Summer Soccer Camp in association with Manchester United’s Tom Statham is back at Countryside Park June 19 – June 22. Celtics Summer Soccer camps are open to Celtics and non-Celtics players, girls and boys.

2nd Grade through H.S. Soccer Camp:

  • Two-hour sessions Monday – Thursday mornings (Friday held for rainouts)
  • Times: 8-10am Grades 2nd-4th, 10am -12pm Grades 5th-6th, Noon – 2pm Grades 7th-9th (Grades determined by academic year 2017/18)
  • $160 per player ($140 per player for families with multiple participants)

Celtics Juniors Soccer Camp:

  • U5-U7 players 8-10am
  • $140 per player ($125 per player for families with multiple participants)

Special High-Level Competitive Camp for HS players:

  • 90 minute sessions Monday – Thursday 5-6:30pm.
  • $120 per player


1st Alliance / Lions Jrs Summer Camps

Camp Location: MAX-McCook
4750 S Vernon Ave McCook, IL
(708) 246-2543
[email protected]

Ages 4 years old through 12th grade
Lions Jrs/1st Alliance Volleyball Club is one of the top junior volleyball organizations in the nation. Most of our 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
[email protected]

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! New this year: 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


Baking & Decorating Camps at Sue’s Cakery

29 South Prospect
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 789-2253
[email protected]

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 @ [email protected] or 630-789-2253 for more information.

Go to for more information on camp details and dates.


MAX Camp – A Camp for All Seasons

4750 S. Vernon
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 485-9900

Our seasonal camp programs offer fun, excitement, and an opportunity to build friendships in a safe and structured environment. Our trained staff strive to make every day of camp an adventure for your child! Activities include sports, arts and crafts, games, and field trips (Summer camp only). We offer summer and school break camps throughout the year. Our youth camp is designed for children ages 6-12 yrs. old. The half-day mini-camp is open to children 3 1/2-5 yrs. old. We offer extended care for all of our camps! For more information please visit our our website at MAX Camp or call us at 708-485-9900.


Camp Galileo

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

Calling all Changemakers

Make this the summer of risk-taking, change-making & crazy amounts of fun. At Camp Galileo, pre-K—5th graders unleash their inner innovators by exploring art, science and the brave outdoors. Campers develop the courage to create, celebrate mistakes and boldly innovate through 4 fun-filled, weekly themes:

Galileo Amusement Park—The Art & Engineering of Circuses and Carnival Rides
Galileo Makers: Move It—The Art & Science of Motion
Medieval Adventure—Royal Art & Inventions of the Middle Ages
African Safari—The Art & Science of the Serengeti

June 19 to July 28: Camp Galileo comes to Ogden Avenue School in LaGrange. Extended care from 8am to 6pm. Optional healthy lunch program. Refer a new family and you both save $100.

Save $20 this summer: use code 2017KIDLIST
Discount is valid through the 2017 camp season, at any Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest location where space is available. One discount may be redeemed per family.


Kensington School Summer Camps

Kensington School has 9 locations in LaGrange, Western Springs, Naperville, Geneva, St. Charles, Wheaton and Elmhurst
(630) 990-8000
[email protected]

Summer is an exciting time for children at Kensington School, packed with memorable experiences. Cherished memories of friendships, team sports, nature exploration and the great outdoors are built throughout old-fashioned summertime fun and adventure.

Kensington offers distinct age appropriate camps:

  • Senior Campers (6-9 year-olds) journey through field trips, cheering on the home team at a minor league baseball game and enjoying twice weekly pool days.
  • Wings Kindergarten Campers spread their wings while exploring nature parks or playing with friends at splash pads.
  • Junior Campers (2-5 year-olds) are intrigued when our spacious playgrounds transform into natural outdoor learning environments and their curiosity drives their learning.

Kensington School Summer Camps provide safe, unforgettable fun and learning.


Spotlight Summer Camp

Locations in Naperville, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oak Park, River Grove, and more

(847) 516-2298

Campers 5-12 can choose from 2 themes Disney Classics or Passport Disney
Jr Camp: ages 5-6
Day campers: ages 7-12

Teen camp theme: Broadway mixtape
Teen day camp: ages 11-18

Looking for something safe, fun and affordable to do with your kids this summer?  Send them to a Spotlight Youth Theater day camp! Theater training in drama, voice, and dance each day.  Campers participate in so many fun activities like games, crafts, team building, devotions and water day.  The week ends with a performance based on your camp theme that you won’t want to miss!

Come and see what Spotlight is all about, join our fun and inclusive community this summer!


Other Summer Camps to Consider

Greater LaGrange YMCA Summer Camp
Westmont Park District
Western Springs Recreation Department
The Center for Gifted Programs
Darien Park District
Double J Riding Club
Flipside Academy
Pleasant Dale Park District
Villa Park Recreation Summer Camp
Body Trek Science Camp
Happy to Be Me! Camp for Girls
AMI Summer Music Camp


This guide is brought to you by Jo’s Footwork Studio, Gemini Gymnastics Academy, Bright Horizons, Theatre of Western Springs, Flying High, Blue Moose Sports Camp, Glen Ellyn Park District, Park District of La Grange, Music Makers of Western Springs, Grace Children’s Academy, Westmont Yard, Naperville Park District, DuPage Children’s Museum, Naper Settlement, BIG Gymnastics, Downers Grove Park District, Lyons Township Soccer Club, Bright Lights Theatre, La Grange Celtics, Grand Avenue Preschools, Lions Jrs. Volleyball Club, Oak Brook Park District & Aquatic Center, Sue’s Cakery, The Max, Camp Galileo, Kensington School, and Spotlight Youth Theater.

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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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