Summer Camps with Spots Available: July-August 2018

There’s still two more months of summer… now what? These awesome local businesses have fun things planned for your kids! Luckily, we found summer camps with spots available. Dates, times, and descriptions are included to make it easy for you to snag some last minute slots. Click on the camp name for more information and to go directly to online registration, or just give them a call and they will sign you up! 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

Sunday, July 29: One Day Irish Dance Workshop
Ages 7 to 9 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 10 through teen – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $35, per participant, per class

Beginners and established Irish Dancers welcome. Jo’s is honored to host Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dancing for this special workshop.

Wednesday, August 1 – Friday, August 3: Princess Camp
Ages 4-5: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ages 6-8: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: $170 (includes t-shirt)

Ms. Zoe (formerly with Disney) is leading 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

(877) 624-4532

Bright Horizons at Western Springs
Spaces available every week until August 17 for School Age (up to 12 years old)

Bright Horizons at Oak Brook
Spaces available every week until August 17 for Preschool/K Prep
Spaces available every week between July 9 – August 17 for School Age (up to 8 years old)

Bright Horizons at Wheaton
Spaces available every week until August 17 for both Preschool/K Prep and School Age (up to 12 years old)

Bright Horizons at the Esplanade
Spaces available every week until August 17 for School Age (up to 12 years old)

Bright Horizons at Lisle
Spaces available every week until August 17 for Preschool/K Prep

Ecolab Early Education and Preschool has monthly schedules available.

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

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17

All of the following camps have openings during the weeks above.
Tiny Twistars: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Girls Gymnastics: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Mini Ninjas: 8:45 – 11:45 am
Ninja Monkeys: 8:45 – 11:45 am, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, or 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Campapalooza: Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Prices
Half Day: $45 per day, $180 per week
Full Day: $80 per day, $320 per week

Free early drop-off at 8:30 am
After care (3:30 – 5:00 pm) is $20 per day with sibling discounts

Looking for some flexible fun this summer? Gemini makes it easy! Their 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.

Engineering for Kids

(708) 250-5858

Available camps are from July 9 through August 17 at various locations, including Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Orland Park, Oak Lawn, and Frankfort. Click here for the full list of weeks and times, along with more information about Engineering for Kids camps.

Does your child like to take things apart and put them back together? Are they curious about what makes a superhero a superhero? Do they like to play Minecraft or Roblox? Do they want to learn to program and fly drones?  Are they fans of Claymation videos?  If so, Engineering for Kids has a STEM camp for them! STEM camps are intended to let kids stretch their creative muscles, ask questions, conduct experiments and see how science comes to life.  They will have a blast designing video games, building rockets, making movies, and much more.

Sign-up for Engineering for Kids emails and receive a promo code that will give you a $20 discount on a camp enrollment! Also, if you have multiple children enrolling in their summer camps, there is a discount for that as well. Just call (708) 250-5858 or email info@EFK-STEM.com and ask them for details.

Tiny Tots and Fun in the Sun

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

Tiny Tots Day Camp: available every week until July 27
Ages 3-4: $39/R, $58/NR
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each week children will discover a new theme with activities like crafts and group games. On Fridays the camp meets at the Volunteer Park Splash Pad (1100 Murphy Drive) for a fun day of water and games. Bring a snack and a drink for each day. Campers must be toilet trained.

Fun in the Sun Day Camp: available every week until August 10
Ages 5-14: $107/R, $160/NR
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Each week campers will partake in indoor and outdoor activities like swimming, arts ’n crafts, sports, games, music, and field trips. Children are required to bring two snacks, drinks, and a lunch in an insulated lunch bag for each day of camp (microwave/refrigerator is not available). Camp t-shirts are $10 and required on all field trips.

Additional Care also available (Early 7:00 – 9:00 am / Late 4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Fee: Early $24/R – $36/NR
Late $24/R – $36/NR

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

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10

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. Additional camps offered for ages 2-5.

Blue Moose Sports Camp

Field Park
4335 Howard Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 829-1236
tbluemoose@gmail.com

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10: 8:30 – 11:30 am

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.

Summer Camp at Flying High

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

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17

Flying High is proud offers day camp to children ages 4-12 years old with flexible full-day and half-day schedules, including extended care options. Choose between full weeks, full days, half days, or field trip days! Their caring camp staff keeps your camper entertained with activities that keep their brains and bodies learning and engaged all day long.

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.

Grace Children’s Academy

120 E 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-4900

Camps available for 3-11 year olds every week until August 9 and run Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Spend your summer at Grace and enjoy these exciting summer camps!

Ooey Gooey Concoctions: Make slime, gak, and other messy science experiments
Budding Builders: Design and build engineering challenges
Messy Art: Make process art with paint, glitter, glue, and more
Jr. Time Travelers: Discover the culture and traditions of four different time periods
Detectives: Solve mysteries using science
Happily Ever After: Explore the world of fairy tales through stories, crafts, and songs
Rainforest Adventures: Learn about the amazing plants and animals of the rainforest
Math Investigations: Learn new math concepts, practice skills, and play math games
Vacation Bible School (VBS): Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive.

Multi-child/multi-week discounts available when purchased together. Register online: ACTIVE | Grace Children’s Academy.

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs

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

Musical Theatre Camp: Shrek
July 9-20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Show on July 20 at 12:00 pm
Ages: Completed Kindergarten through 7th grade, $400

Grease High School Rep
July 9-26, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Shows July 27 at 7:00 pm, July 28 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, July 29 at 3:00 pm
Grades 8-12, $500

Improv Camp
June 25-29, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Ages: Grades 6-12, $250

Legally Blonde Jr. High Summer Camp
July 23 – August 3, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Shows August 4 at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Grades 6-8, $450

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! Click here for more info.

CYT Chicago Theatre Day Camps

(847) 516-2298

Carol Stream: July 16-20, July 23-27
Hinsdale: July 30-August 3
Naperville: July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3
River Grove: July 16-20
Wheaton: July 9-13, July 23-27, July 30-August 3

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

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.

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!

New Families: Use code KIDLIST18 for $15 off camp registration!

Summer Camps at The MAX

McCook Athletic & Exposition
4750 Vernon Street
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 485-9900

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10

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 years. 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 their website at http://www.max-mccook.com/camps.html or call 708-485-9900.

Camp Galileo

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

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27

Camp runs 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with extended care from 8:00 – 9:00 am or 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

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

Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684.

Galileo wants to make sure that all families can innovate and experience camp this summer, and they’re offering Financial Aid scholarships. Click here for more information and to fill out an application.

Westmont Yard Summer Sport and FUN Camps

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

Sports Camp: available every week until August 17
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: available every week until August 31
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.

FUN Camp 2.0: available every week until August 17
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!

Summer Science Camps at The Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17

Full Day Camp: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Morning Camp: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Camp: 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Your kids will be having so much fun outdoors they won’t realize they’re learning new things!

Unlock your child’s imagination with interactive adventures in the great outdoors all summer long at The Morton Arboretum. Through science experiments, art, and creative play, these hands-on camps will

inspire your child to become a champion of trees. Explore nature through camps including Woodland Fairies, Turtles and Tadpoles, Adventures in Art, Going Buggy, and Forest Forts.

With more than 100 camps for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, Summer Science Camps at The Morton Arboretum will stimulate their senses and unlock their imagination.

INTRO TO ROCK CAMP

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20: School of Rock Naperville
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27: School of Rock Elmhurst
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10: School of Rock Hinsdale

Ages 6-7 years old
Shake, Rattle & Roll into our Intro to Rock Camp! Students will create and name their own band, receive hands-on learning with guitar, bass, drums vocals and keyboards scaled to smaller hands and vocal instruction designed specifically for this age group. Students will also experience playing as a team in their bands, taking press photos, practice ear training, and learning about song structure. Above all, students will develop a love of music through inspiration and fun!

LITTLE WING REGGAE CAMP

220 N Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 922-5400

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20: School of Rock Naperville

Ages 3-5 years old
Little Wing is School of Rock’s innovative preschool music program. Little Wing Camp will include a wide variety of large and fine motor activities, crafts, “sound” experiments and games designed to develop a love and understanding of music through play! Campers will also be introduced to each of the main rock band instruments (guitar, bass, drums, piano/keyboard, and vocals), so they have an understanding of how the instruments produce sound and what makes them distinct. This camp in particular will introduce students to Reggae! Reggae is loved by people around the world and sure is fun to learn about its funky beats, use of acoustic guitar, and the many players in the percussion family!

Rock n’ Roll Performance Camps

Ages 8-12
Students are assigned various songs and engage in daily group workshops covering music theory, rehearsal techniques, performance practice, and group band rehearsals. Camp culminates with a show at a real rock & roll club for friends and family!
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WEEZER PERFORMANCE CAMP
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27: School of Rock Hinsdale
Students will feel just like Buddy Holly as they compile and prepare a setlist full of blistering guitar solos, pop vocal harmonies, quirky keys/piano parts, rock-solid bass lines, and hard hitting drums!

AC/DC PERFORMANCE CAMP
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27: School of Rock Naperville
During this 5 day camp, students will construct and perform a set list that pays tribute to the most electric band in the world starting from their roots in Australia to their sold out world arena tours.

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