We are excited to announce that many summer camps are still happening this year! Our local businesses and park districts have been very busy reimagining summer with all the new guidelines and safety measures and we are overjoyed with what they came up with. I am so grateful for our community and everything it offers. Check out these great options for both in-person and virtual summer camps and sign up before the limited spots are gone!
You’ll find camps for all ages – toddler through teen – and all interests – animals, dance, gymnastics, STEAM, theater, volleyball, engineering, science, nature, art, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, and outdoor adventures, and more.
Please note that there are still some summer camps that have not confirmed their details or are still in the process of fine tuning (which I’m sure we can all understand), so we separated them out in a different section to be updated soon. We didn’t want you to miss out on those that are ready though, so scroll through and see what works for your family this year!
This summer camp guide is brought to you by the featured camps and the love and dedication of the Kidlist team.
In-Person and Virtual Summer Camps
We have been working hard to verify details and collaborating with local businesses to create camp experiences for this summer! The following camps have adjusted their offerings and the links and descriptions have been updated.
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
- Cool Themes like STEM, science, nature, ecology, art, cinematography, cooking, theater and more.
- Special spaces, sports, fitness and outdoor adventures.
Contact the center nearest you for their re-opening date, program, and space availability
Weeklong virtual camp where kids learn to code, build unique mobile games, submit apps to the Codevese App Store, attend virtual field trips, win prizes and more! Running two hours per day Monday-Friday for kids ages 6-13.
The main goal of Summer Hangouts is allowing your child the maximum amount of fun in a safe environment. They will have a maximum of 10 in each group: 8 children with 2 counselors. Your kids will have the opportunity to be active and social through weekly themed activities like arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities. Each group will be together for the entire week with the same counselors. They will hold the program outside unless there is inclement weather, in which case, each group will have their own room inside assigned to them for the entire week.
Sack lunch, snack, water bottle, mask and art supplies should be sent with children every day. Participants will be grouped by age.
Hangouts for ages 8-13 (click on the dates to register for that week)
Hangouts for ages 13-16
Summer Hang-Ins for ages 2-8: Looking for something to do with your child once E-Learning is done for the year? Let Oak Brook Park District help you by providing themed crafts, games and activities (with the bonus of snacks) to keep your child having fun. Designated pick up times from the Family Recreation Center will be available.
Hang-Ins for ages 2-8 (click on the dates to register for that week)
Although The Second City Training Center has offered a selection of classes online for nearly a decade, the world’s largest school of improvisation has moved the majority of its programming to the web, where students have the opportunity to learn and connect with classmates and teachers in a virtual classroom.
Their 1-day and 5-day camps are perfect for beginners ages 4-18 and are available in three time zones. For the complete listing of online adult, kid, and teen classes, including one-time drop-in opportunities, visit secondcityonline.com or click here to jump right to the offerings for kids. Classes start at $25.
YEP! camps are going virtual. Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education Department is offering S.T.E.A.M. Camps and Esports Training Leagues. Both virtual experiences incorporate live instruction from industry experts, build social skills and offer specialized educational content.
Virtual S.T.E.A.M. Camps are weekly, half-day camps that run from June 8 through August 28 for ages 8 to 14 years and are completely online with live instruction.
Train with Waubonsee’s Head Esports Coach in Rocket League or League of Legends. Sessions run June 8 – June 30 and July 6 – 31 for ages 12-17 years. Your teen can learn what it takes to become an Esports athlete.
Please note that participation guidelines relative to COVID-19 are being implemented across Naperville Park District day camp programs for the 2020 season; view guidelines at: http://www.napervilleparks.org/camps.
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 various locations across the community, kids can choose from a variety of traditional day camps and athletics, golf, arts, or nature-based camps. Enthusiastic, experienced camp counselors and instructors help kids get the most from their experience, whether it’s learning to paint, advancing their sports 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 child!
Fun Camp & Fun Camp 2.0
Come make new friends and lasting memories!
How will Camp look this Summer?
Summer Camp will be In house with indoor and outdoor activities. Smaller group sizes and led by the same Coach each day.Our Coaches have planned an awesome summer full of weekly themes, field games, sports, arts and crafts, science experiments and much more!
Online 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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Body Trek LIVES!! We’ve been able to modify our popular one week journey of exploration for students entering grades 5-8 into an ONLINE camp. Students will experience essentially all of the activities that have been planned only virtually! Some of the highlights:
- Interactive Games – learn about the organs and body systems through interactive health scenarios and games.
- Dissections – one of our professionals will be doing some fancy camera work to provide students the most engaging experience as possible as the dissection occurs.
- Special Guest Visits – we’ll still be including some healthcare professionals into our discussions so campers will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
- Activities & Experiments – we’ll provide campers some fun and engaging experiments that can be done after the camp each day.
- June 15-19 from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
- July 13-17 from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
- Classes of 10 students max, with exclusive spaces and 1 teacher per student
- Variety of topics and times- all kinds of theatre and related skills
- Classes for rising Kdg-5th graders are $125/week and classes for rising 5th graders-completed seniors is $175/week.
- Week long sessions with shorter timeframes
- Got questions about social distancing? Get them answered here.
Codinu offers week-long, ONLINE, theme-based camps for a unique coding experience. From creating their own websites and building Superhero themed animations, to learning about Artificial Intelligence and designing awesome games, the students learn to code in a fun, engaging and collaborative environment. Codinu’s 6:1 student-instructor ratio, maximum class size of 12, and highly qualified instructors allow for an immersive approach to coding. The weeklong camps run from Monday to Friday with 2 hours of live instruction every day.
Codinu offers summer camps for students in Grades 2-6 (10 am to noon) and Grades 6-10 (1 pm to 3pm).
Register at https://www.codinu.com/kids-online-summer-camps-2020 and use Coupon Code: KIDLIST to receive 25$ 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 and Olympic!
- 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!”
*Due to COVID-19 situation – please call or email the gym to register for any camps as dates and times are subject to change or subject to cancellation.
Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer onsite adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Adventure Camp offers a full-day experience for grades 1-5. Teen Trekkers will offer entertainment and activities for kids grades 6-8. Half-day camps are offered at Lyman Woods and the Downers Grove Museum where kids will discover the great outdoors or explore their historical side. Not ready for onsite camp this summer? Try our new StayCamp Kits! Choose from three kits featuring games, crafts, songs and stories that kids can enjoy at home.
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.
Camp is on! Students will act, sing and dance throughout out their day, learning new skills, moving and playing. Each camp is themed with catchy music and fun scenes. Students are given the tools so that if they choose, they can give a performance for you at home after their last session. Let your child be the star of their very own show!
Camp is designed to be easy for parents with no special requirements. Just log in and The Stage School will take care of the rest.
Premier Program camps for ages 4 – 6 are 90 minutes each day, with 30 minutes each devoted to singing, acting and dance.
- 3 Available Sessions
- Limited to 10 students per teacher
- Campers will be engaged and active throughout their session
- Priced at just $75 for each week-long session.
Half Day Camps for ages 6 – 16 are 3 hours each day, Monday – Friday, with 1 hour each devoted to singing, acting and dance. Sessions are available all summer, starting June 22.
- Campers are grouped by age with a maximum of 15 students per group.
- Our amazing Teaching Artists tailor games, exercises, scenes and songs that kids of each age group will love based on the theme of the week.
- Priced at just $150 for each week-long session
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 now offering Full Day and Half Day Morning options as well as Before Care and After Care.
Camp is for kids ages 4-12 years old and runs 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. Campers will be split into several groups per day. Each group will have one dedicated counselor per day. Groups will be kept separated from each other and any other activities going on in the building.
Their camp days are jam-packed with creative, energy-burning FUN! They have added an outside play area for our campers with backyard games and water games. Campers will also enjoy arts & crafts, science experiments, and open gym time.
All rooms, equipment, bathrooms, tables, and chairs will be sanitized before and after every use by the group. Cleaning and sanitizing will be done by a separate staff member. Campers will not be asked to wear masks, however masks will be required for all counselors and building staff.
You must pre-register for Camp as they will not be accepting walk-ins at this time.
Join Lions Jrs for their 26th season! Lions Jrs/1st Alliance is one of the most respected and successful volleyball clubs in the Chicago area. 1st Alliance/Lions Jrs has had over 415 athletes play 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 3rdplace finishes. Summer camps are run by the same high-level coaches that have helped set these records! Camps will be limited in number of participants and spread out in the facilities so that each student gets the most out of the camp and is placed in a safe and clean environment. Open to boys and girls ages 4-18.
The Wheaton Park District is offering socially distanced Summer Camp for ages 6-14 (must be entering first grade) this summer. This camp is not only for kids of essential workers, but geared towards getting kids back safely to ESSENTIAL FUN! Day camp activities are great for the adventure-seeker, animal-lover, athlete, naturalist, scientist, artist, and more! The Wheaton Park District is proud to offer a variety of camp locations and flexible week-by-week options. Many of their campers’ favorite programs have been running for over 30 years, our premiere staff has adapted our curriculum to keep campers engaged and safe this summer.
Social Distancing Summer Camps at the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center
Hinsdale Humane Society
21 Salt Creek Lane
Hinsdale IL 60521
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Animal Lovers, this is STILL the camp for you
Redesigned Social Distancing Summer Camps! Late June – Late August
How can we be as safe as possible, maintain social-distancing, adhere to government guidelines, and enjoy a fun summer camp experience during a pandemic? By attending camp in our new Together-Apart Tented Campgrounds. Campers age 6-12 will learn pet care basics, build adaptation skills, discuss resilience, play social-distancing games, learn about the spread, treatment and prevention of human and pet disease, all while enjoying hands-on time interacting with pets within a safe, welcoming, together-apart camp setting. Dates, times and more information can be found on our website https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/programs/humane-education/social-distance-camp
SIGN UP TODAY – OPEN SPOTS ARE FILLING UP FAST
*A limited number of full camp scholarships are available for low income families*
Experience the unforgettable fun of summer camp no matter where you are. Camp Galileo Anywhere allows for a custom camp experience for your Pre-K through 8th grader with an engaging range of online classes from crafting to cooking to coding.
With a hands-on curriculum that inspires innovation and independence, experienced instructors that make every kid feel special, memorable camp rituals and joyful community building, it all adds up to an awesome Galileo adventure—that you can do anywhere!
Salt Creek Ballet offers a Complete Ballet Curriculum. Join us this summer ONLINE for weekly ballet classes.
Weekly Virtual Summer Ballet Classes (Ages 3 – 8)
June 8 – July 17
Learn and develop the fundamentals of ballet movement & vocabulary!
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 for a variety of ZOOMsicals and in-person camps and a plethora of virtual classes. Register today to secure your spot!
Camp Naper Returns This July!
Naper Settlement’s Camp Naper is returning this July to provide some warm weather fun! Parents can choose from four, half-day camps, including Art Smart, Time Machine, Camp Failing Forward: Inventions and Inventors, and Survive This! History Camp. All camps have been modified to accommodate social distancing and safety requirements, including limited capacities, required face masks, and frequent hand-washing. Supplies will be packaged individually for each camper.
Naper Settlement will also offer a “Summer Slices” program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in July from 1-2:30 PM. From DIY toy-making to a jelly fish adventure, these short programs aim to educate and inspire visitors with hands-on activities designed with social distancing in mind.
For more information on Camp Naper and Summer Slices, please visit; NaperSettlement.org/CampNaper
Because IMSA knows that summer STEM needs to be fun and engaging, IMSA virtual camps tap into each child’s natural desire to experiment and explore through hands-on activities and also give them the opportunity to ask questions and make discoveries. The curriculum for these virtual camps are drawn from their most popular in-person camps and involve those activities that can be successfully done and guided in a virtual setting. Session enrollment is capped at 10-12 students to ensure a personal experience. A materials list will be sent to all participants once you register, and contain inexpensive items you can obtain at the grocery or hardware store or even online or around your home. Participants will need access to a computer and Internet.
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.
June 15 – July 3, 2020
Summer Care is a very abbreviated version of our Day Camp program for children entering grades 1-6. Participants will be grouped by age and/or school. Participant groups will not exceed 10 participants per room/site. Summer Care will be held at Lombard Community Building, Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, Lombard Lagoon and Lombard Log Cabin. Space will be extremely limited for this camp. Please help us serve as many families as possible by only registering if you do not have any other child care options.
Additional Information and how to register can be found at https://lombardparks.com/project/mod-day-camp/
1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
The Community Park District of La Grange Park has revamped it’s brand-new Summer Day Camp program to implement and comply with IDPH and CDC recommendations and ensure we can provide a safe and fun environment for the kids in our community. 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 will be available beginning June 15. The camp will run from 9am-4pm (with a half-day option) and before and after care options may be available depending on demand. Social distancing and safety measures are in place, as well as a 40 participant maximum, as mandated by the state of Illinois. Registrants must commit to 4-weeks minimum and priority registration will be given to those that register for all 8 weeks.
While camp may look very different this year, our creative and dedicated staff is committed to helping your child make memories that last a lifetime! 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!
Other camps running this summer:
- Elmhurst Art Museum
- LATTE Theater Virtual Camps
- Windy City Ninjas Elmhurst
- Shedd Aquarium Virtual Camp
- Grand Avenue Preschool Camps
Unconfirmed Summer Camps
The following camps have not confirmed their plans for summer 2020 with us yet, but have not canceled. Please check back for details.
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.
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.
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.”
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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!
Mention Kidlist for 10% off until March 31.
2020 Canceled Summer Camps
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.