Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2019 in the West Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Every summer, there are countless VBS opportunities all over the west suburbs!

In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although some churches welcome children younger. Most churches encourage anyone to attend, even if you are not an official member of the community. Some have already begun registering students, while others are still rolling out final details. Check the list at the bottom for churches who have not publicized their information yet. This Vacation Bible School Guide is sponsored by Christian Church of Clarendon Hills and the featured listings.

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
5750 Holmes Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-3456

June 10 – 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! Register online starting April 17.

Kids Entering kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join us at Roar VBS, where kids learn that life is wild, but God is good!  Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, enjoy high-energy songs with a live band, play fun outdoor games (weather permitting), devour yummy (and good for us!) treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out fun hands-on experiments they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in celebrating and living what they’ve learned.  All volunteers undergo a thorough background check and training and there is a registered nurser on campus during the entire program.  This FREE event will be a highlight of your child’s summer!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019 in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Below are the local Vacation Bible School options this summer, organized by week. Please note that many churches either have a maximum cost per family or discounts for two or more children. You can click on the church link for more information and online registration if available.

VBS the Week of June 10, 2019

Western Springs Baptist Church | The Village Church (Western Springs)

Western Springs Baptist Church | The Village Church (Western Springs)
4475 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-1530

June 10 – 14, 2019 | 8:45 am – 12:15 pm
$25/child. Register online starting April 1.

Children entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grade: It’s time to Zoom in and Focus on Jesus at VBS! This Summer, kids will throw on their camera strap and buckle their seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As we seek out exotic animals, we’ll also discover snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in the Bible. We’ll go from bewildered to believing as we get In The WILD at this summer’s VBS. 

Registration opens April 1st. Please register online (wsbc.info/vbs) or in person at the Church Office.

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
5750 Holmes Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-3456

June 10 – 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! Register online starting April 17.

Kids Entering kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join us at Roar VBS, where kids learn that life is wild, but God is good!  Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, enjoy high-energy songs with a live band, play fun outdoor games (weather permitting), devour yummy (and good for us!) treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out fun hands-on experiments they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in celebrating and living what they’ve learned.  All volunteers undergo a thorough background check and training and there is a registered nurser on campus during the entire program.  This FREE event will be a highlight of your child’s summer!

Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Hinsdale)
June 10 – 14, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$10 suggested donation

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St. Louise de Marillac (La Grange)
June 10 – 14, 2019 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
$50 per child or $10 per day. Register online. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

La Grange Bible Church (La Grange)
June 10 – 14, 2019 | 9:30 – 11:45 am
Free. Check online for more information closer to the date.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Lombard)
June 10 – 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The cost is $20/child or $50/family. This year’s theme is Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey.

Alleluia Lutheran Church (Naperville)
June 10 – 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Register online. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Naperville)
June 11 – 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$45/child and includes a t-shirt if registered by May 20. Registration begins April 7, and can be found online.

St. Paul Lutheran Church (Villa Park)
June 10 – 13, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm
This year’s theme is Journey Off the Map.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Wheaton)
June 12- 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$20 per child (financial assistance available). This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

VBS the Week of June 17, 2019

Good Shepherd Church & School (Downers Grove)
June 17 – 21, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:30 am
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is Set Sail.

Grace Bible Church (Elmhurst)
June 17 – 21 , 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$15/child. This year’s theme is Truth Lab.

Faith Lutheran Church (Glen Ellyn)
June 17-12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online.

First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
June 17 – 21 and 23, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cost is $40 per child.Online registration.

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange (La Grange)
June 17 – 20, 2019 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! (Donations accepted.) The church offers VBS for grades 1–5. Vacation Cross Trainers (VCT) for incoming Grades 6 – 8 offered later in the summer. Register online. The theme this year is To Mars and Beyond.

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Peace Lutheran Church (Lombard)
June 17 – 21, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25 per child. Download registration forms beginning May 1. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Bethany Lutheran Church and School (Naperville)
June 17 – 20, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free; free-will donations accepted. Register online. This year’s theme is Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World.

Christ Church of Oak Brook (Oak Brook)
June 17 – 21 , 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$45 per child. Register online. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Oak Park)
June 17 – 21, 2019 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Bethel Lutheran (Westmont)
June 17 – 21, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World.

Gary United Methodist Church (Wheaton)
June 17 – 21, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25 per child. Register online. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

VBS the Week of June 24, 2019

Faith United Methodist Church (Downers Grove)
June 24 – 28, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration begins May 1st. Contact the office for more information.

Union Church (Hinsdale)
June 24 – 28, 2019 | 12:45 – 3:30 pm
$50 per child, with a family maximum of $125. Register online. This year’s theme is “To Mars and Beyond”. Union Church will be partnering with Redeemer Lutheran Church for this summer’s VBS program.

First United Methodist Church of La Grange (La Grange)
June 24 – 28, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$40 per child. Find the registration form online. This year’s theme is To Mars and Beyond.

Grace United Methodist Church (Naperville)
June 24 – 28, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:45 am
$40 per child, with a maximum of $120 per family. Online registration. This year’s theme is To Mars and Beyond.

Naperville Presbyterian Church (Naperville)
June 24 – 27, 2019 | 1:00 – 3:45 pm
Registration opens April 1st. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Lombard Church of the Nazarene (Lombard)
June 24 – 27, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Walk through Scripture with Paul in this Luau fun-filled week. A suggested donation of $5-10 will be accepted.

St. John of the Cross Catholic Church (Western Springs)
June 24 – 27, 2019
Call the church office to register by phone: (708) 246-4404

VBS the Week of July 8, 2019

Harvest New Beginnings Church (Oswego)
July 8 – 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online beginning Tuesday, May 1. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

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Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church (Oak Park)
July 8 – 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check their website for registration and more information closer to the date.

First Presbyterian Church of River Forest (River Forest)
July 8 – 12, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm VBS, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm RSG
The church offers VBS for kids aged 4 through fourth grade ($70/child) and RSG (Ready, Set, Go!) for grades 5–7 ($210/student). See VBS and RSG info and registration.

Southminster Presbyterian Church (Glen Ellyn)
July 8 – 12, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Check website for information as date approaches.

Belmont Bible Church (Downers Grove)
July 8 – 12, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Free. Online registration available soon.

Western Springs Christian Reformed Church (Western Springs)
July 8 – 11, 2019 | 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good..

First Church of Lombard UCC (Lombard)
July 8 – 11, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:30 am
Free! Register online. The theme this year is Going Green: cultivating kids who care for creation.

VBS the Week of July 15, 2019

Four Corners Community Church (Darien)
July 15 – 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25/child ($50/family maximum). Register online. The theme this year is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Hinsdale United Methodist Church (Hinsdale)
July 15 – 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
More details to come soon.

New Life Lutheran Church (Bolingbrook)
July 15 – 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online at www.NewLifeBolingbrook.org/events.

Grace Lutheran Church (La Grange)
July 15 – 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Registration opens April 8. The theme this year is To Mars and Beyond.

Epiphany Lutheran Church (Elmhurst)
July 15 – 19, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$15/child. Online registration. The theme this year is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

VBS the Week of July 22, 2019

Our Savior Lutheran Church (Carol Stream)
July 22 – 25, 2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check online for more information closer to the date. This year’s theme is SonRise National Parks.

St. John Lutheran Church (Darien)
July 22 – 26, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:45 am
Small fee. Online registration begins May 15. This year’s theme is Miraculous Mission.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Downers Grove (Downers Grove)
July 22 – 26, 2019 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
$25/child with a family maximum of $50. Register online. The theme this year is The Incredible Race.

Downers Grove Community Church (Downers Grove)
July 22 – 26, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/child, $20/family (financial assistance available). This year’s theme is ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good.

Grace Fellowship Church (Oak Forest)
July 22 – 26, 2019 | 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Check online for more information closer to the date.

VBS the Week of July 29, 2019

Hope Church LaGrange (La Grange)

Hope Church LaGrange (La Grange)
5707 Wolf Road
La Grange Highlands, IL 60525
(708) 246-2780

July 29 – August 2, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
$10/child or $20/family. Registration will be online.

Come out July 29 – August 2 for a roaring good time at Hope Church’s Roar VBS! During this week kids will go on an adventure with the Israelites from Egypt through the wilderness and to the Promised Land. Through exciting games, creative crafts, and amazing stories from both the lives of kids in Africa and the Bible your children will learn that when life is wild, God is good!  The cost of this event is $10 per child. Registration can be done online at hopechicago.church.

Grace Episcopal Church (Hinsdale)
July 29 – August 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$175 per child. Register online. The theme this year is ROAR!.

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange (La Grange)
July 29 – August 2, 2019 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Vacation Cross Trainers (VCT) for grades 6 – 8. Free! (Donations accepted.) The church offers VBS for grades 1–5 earlier in the summer.  Register online. The theme this year is To Mars and Beyond.

Living Hope Bible Church (Roselle)
July 29 – August 2, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost is free. Register online.

VBS the Week of August 6, 2019

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Downers Grove)
August 5 – 9, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$15.00 per child with a maximum of $25 per family.

Our Lady of Mercy (Aurora)
August 5 – 9, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pricing is dependent on number of children and time of registration.

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
August 6 – 8, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost is prorated based on number of children. Registration information can be found on their website soon.

Community United Methodist Church (Naperville)
August 5 – 9, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Check online for more information and registration.

The following churches have had VBS in the past, but information is not available online for 2019 and I have not heard from them yet. Check with them for more information!

Pilgrim Congregational Church (Oak Park)
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-5860

If your Vacation Bible School is not on this list, please email the information to annie@mykidlist.com and we would be happy to include it! You can also check out Vacation Bible School in the southwest suburbs for even more options.

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 5 1/2, 4, and 6 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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