2017 Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Winter break can be a nice time to spend time with family and friends, but it also can be rough to lose the structure of the regular days with school and/or scheduled activities. Don’t worry! We’ve gathered some great winter break camps for your kids to have fun and enjoy games, sports, crafts, obstacle courses, tumbling, swimming, field trips, art, science, math, building, nature, and more!


2017–2018 Winter Break Camps in the West Suburbs

DuPage Children’s Museum Winter Break Day-Off Discovery
December 27-28, 2017 and January 3-4, 2018
301 N Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000

Keep your brain (and body) active during winter break. Join us for two-day camps filled with active, hands-on engineering and building. Register for one or both! Camps are for children in grades 1-5.

Construction Zone | December 27 – 28 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Is building your thing? Combine math, art, and real tools to create cool, colorful projects.

Cardboard Engineering | January 3 – 4 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Measure twice, cut once – that’s the carpenter’s rule. Learn the basics of carpentry and use real tools to construct a useable game table.

Learn More and Register Today!


Winter Break Camp at Flying High
Week 1: Dec 26 (Field Trip Day), Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 29, 2017
Week 2:  Jan 2 (Field Trip Day), Jan 3, Jan 4, Jan 5, 2018
5400 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

First week of winter break camp is themed “The Night After Xmas” based on the well-known poem “Twas Night Before Christmas” and campers will take a Field Trip to Naperville Yard Sport Center.  The holidays aren’t over yet!  Second week of camp is themed “Camp Spirit Week” and campers will take a field Trip to Pelican Harbor Indoor Pool.  Show us your camp spirit through team banners, goofy hats, crazy socks, crazy hair day, mismatch day, and so much more!  Let’s start the New Year being silly and creative!  Camps run from 9am-4pm daily with extended care options available.  Camps are for children ages 4-12 years.  Join us for half a day, full day, or the full week!


Naperville Park District Winter Break Camps
Week of December 25 and January 1
Locations vary but all are in Naperville

Looking for something fun for your kids to do over Winter Break? Look no further than the Naperville Park District’s Winter Break Camps! Choose from a wide variety of experiences from art and athletics to science and day camps for kids ages 3-17. One day and multi-day activities are offered. Camps run the weeks of December 25 and January 1. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Dec. 20. Click here for more info and to register.


Breakaway Basketball Winter Break Camps
December 26-29 and January 2-5
Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Holiday Follow Your Shot
For 3rd-8th Grade Boys/Girls
December 26, 27, 28, 29, 2017

Learn why great shooters don’t practice following their shot and concentrate on completely different skills.

Holiday Challenge Clinic
For 3rd-8th Grade Boys/Girls
January 2, 3, 4, 5, 2018

Players will learn life skills and how to operate outside of their comfort zone. Coach Greg and his staff will be leading all hours of instruction and sharing personal stories to help inspire and motivate the players in camp.

Both camps are divided by age groups as follows:
Grade 3-4 Boys/Girls: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Grade 5-6 Boys/Girls: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Grade 7-8 Boys/Girls: 12:00 – 1:30 pm


Snow Days with Blue Moose
Offered daily December 26–29, 2017 and January 2–5, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Laidlaw Elementary School Gym
4072 Forest Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Enjoy activities, sports, games and crafts with the Blue Moose Staff… up to 8 mornings full of fun! Meet some new friends or enjoy spending time with old ones, learn new games, play your favorite sports, and make some creative craft projects.

Snow Days with Blue Moose is open to Kindergarten through 4th graders. $100 per week ($80 per week for additional sibling) or $30 per day. You can register through the Western Springs Rec Center: (708) 246-9070.


More Winter Break Camps

Winter Break Camps at Gemini Gymnastics Academy
December 26, 2017–January 5, 2018 | Half-day and full-day options
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
Gemini Gymnastics is offering three winter break camps: a Tiny Twinstars Camp for ages 3–6, a Girls Gymnastics Holiday Camp for 1st grade and up, and a Winter Break Ninja Camp for ages 5 and up. Register through the parent portal.

Glen Ellyn Park District Winter Break Camps
Various camps running between December 26, 2017–January 5, 2018 | Times vary
Camps hosted at heARTfelt Create, Spring Avenue Recreation Center, or Ackerman SFC
The Glen Ellyn Park District is hosting arts camps for ages 8–14, cooking camps for ages 4–10, and sports camps for ages 4–12 over winter break.

Kids Science Labs Winter Camp
December 27–29, 2017 and/or January 2–5, 2018 | Half-day, full-day, and extended-day options available
275 Rice Lake Square
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 517-8045
Kids 4–12 years old design and build their own projects, such as snow shoes and water filters, daily at these hands-on science camps.

Camp Danada: Winter Break (Wheaton)
December 26–29, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-6012
Kids aged 10–14 do chores, get hands-on horse time, do crafts, and go on supervised lead-line rides.

Camp Fullersburg: Winter Break (Oak Brook)
December 22–23, 2017 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 850-8110
Kids 4–9 will do nature-themed winter experiments and crafts, meet animals, play games, and more.

Ranger Adventure Day (Oak Brook)
December 28, 2017 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 West 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 933-7248
This one-day camp will have kids 9–12 trying archery, going on a guided hike, and more.

My Gym Winter Camp (Wheaton)
Offered daily December 26—29, 2017 and January 2–5, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1 pm – 4:00 pm
43 Danada Square East
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 221-0555
Active three-hour camps for ages 2.5–9 with games, sports, crafts, and more.

My Gym Winter Camp (Aurora)
Offered daily December 26—29, 2017 and January 2–5, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1 pm – 4:00 pm
4008 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 499-1299
Active three-hour camps for ages 2.5–9 with games, sports, crafts, and more.

Winter Break STEAM! (Bensenville)
Offered daily January 2–5, 2017 | Half-day, full-day, and extended-day options
Blackhawk Middle School
250 S Church Road
Bensenville, IL 60106
Kids create projects during hands-on classes for grades 1–8.

Greater LaGrange YMCA Winter Camp (Lyons)
Offered daily December 21–23 and December 28–30, 2017 | Flexible between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
7930 Ogden Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 352-7600
School Days Out program with daily field trips, led by trained counselors for kids aged 5–12.

River Forest Community Center Winter Break Camps (River Forest)
Multiple camps hosted December 27, 2016–January 5, 2018
8020 Madison Street
River Forest, IL 60305
The center is hosting multiple camps with sports and theater themes for kids aged 5–14 years old.

Woodridge Park District Winter Camp
December 27–29, 2017 and January 3–5, 2018 | Flexible between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Woodridge ARC
8201 S. Janes Avenue
Woodridge, IL 60517
Kids in grades 1–5 will play games, do crafts, play sports, and take field trips.

Max Aquatics Swim Camps
January 2–5, 2018; sign up by day or for the full week
4751 South Vernon
McCook, Illinois 60525
(708) 580-6550
Max Aquatics offers winter break swim camps for ages 3–5 and 5–7.

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