2018-19 Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Winter break is the perfect time to unwind with family and friends, recharge your batteries and soak up the holiday season. It can also be hard to lose the structure of school days and extra-curricular activities. The western suburbs are full of winter break camps with a lot of flexibility. Sign up for a half-day, full-day, or extended-day. Pick a day or go for a whole week. There are sports, games, crafts, gymnastics, field trips, art, science, math and more!

2018–2019 Winter Break Camps in the West Suburbs

Winter Break Camps at Gemini Gymnastics Academy
December 26-28, 2018 and/or January 2-4, 2018 | Half-day and full-day options
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977

The weather outside may be frightful but Winter Break Camp at GGA is so delightful…….our Winter Break Camp offerings include 3 different camps to keep your kiddos active & growing strong.

  • Ages 3-5: Roll, bounce & climb their way through Tiny Twistar Camp!
  • Kindergarten and up: Learn new skills while having fun with friends at Girls Gymnastics Camp!
  • Ages 5+: This action-packed day is filled with obstacle courses, Ninja skills training, rope swinging, mazes, and Ninja themed crafts. Kids will love experiencing THE GAME, a Gemini specialty!

NEW Afternoon Adventures at GGA! Add to our morning camps to make a full day OR register for Afternoon Adventures only. A variety of group games, including bubble soccer and laser tag are just some of our adventures that await your child!

Cost: $45 for morning or afternoon only, $75 for morning + Afternoon Adventures

Winter Break Camp at Flying High
Week 1: Dec 26, Dec 27, Dec 28 (Field Trip Day), 2018
Week 2: Jan 2 (Field Trip Day), Jan 3, Jan 4, 2019
5400 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

Ages 4-12 are invited to camp over the Winter Break from Dec 26-Dec 28 and Jan 2-Jan 4.

First week of Camp is themed “Welcome to the Magic Kingdom”. Join us as we explore the magical world of Disney. Theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science experiments, and more! Field Trip on Dec 28 will be to Splash Lansing Indoor Aquatic Pool.

The second week of camp is themed “Mighty Jungle”. Swing away, hang out with us, and unleash your wild side for a week full of fun and games as we learn about animals from the jungle. Field Trip on Jan 2 will be to Safari Land.

Camp runs from 9am-4pm daily with extended care available. Join us for the entire camp, a whole day, or just half of a day!

Breakaway Basketball Winter Break Camps
December 26-28, 2018
January 2-4, 2019
Clinics will be held at the Oakbrook Park District and Supreme Courts in Naperville.

Signup at www.breakawaybasketball.com

Week 1: Winter Experience (December 26-28)

  • Stationary Single and Two Ball Ballhandling Progressions
  • Single Ball Ballhandling on the move
  • 5 Finishes around the Rim
  • Shooting off the catch and off the dribble
  • 3 on 3 Game Play

Week 2: The League (January 2-4)

  • Breakaway Skill Combine and Draft for 3 on 3 teams
  • Regular Season 3 on 3 games
  • Competition Day and Playoffs for 3 on 3

Breakaway Basketball is the largest skill development program in Illinois servicing over 8K players a year and partnering with over 200 travel teams to provide skill development training for coaches and players. Teaching players how to work hard and understand that being successful at anything is a process that takes focus, hard work, perseverance, and patience. We use the game of basketball to teach lessons that will translate to their everyday lives.

More Winter Break Camps

Glen Ellyn Park District Winter Break Camps
Various camps running between December 26, 2018–January 4, 2019 | 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, science camps for ages 3–10, and sports camps for ages 6–12 over winter break.

Naperville Park District Winter Break Camps
December 26-28, 2018 and January 2-4, 2019 | Times vary
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 4-17. One day and multi-day activities are offered. Click here for more info and to register.

Oak Brook Winter Break Camps
December 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018 and January 2, 3, 4, 2019 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Pee Wee (ages 3-5) and Playground (grades K-5) Camp will help your child burn off that cabin fever. Arts and activities will fill their day, with a daily swim time for Playground Camp in the Aquatic Center from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Snow Days with Blue Moose
Offered daily December 26–28, 2018 and January 2–4, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Laidlaw Elementary School Gym
4072 Forest Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-9070

Enjoy sports and activities with the Blue Moon staff! Learn new games and make some new friends. Snow Days with Blue Moose is open to Kindergarten through 4th graders. $80 per week ($60 per week for additional sibling) or $30 per day. Call the Western Springs Rec Center to register.

Kids Science Labs Winter Camp
December 26–31, 2018 and/or January 2–4, 2019 | 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 at these hands-on science camps.

Elmhurst Art Museum Winter Break Camp
December 24-28, 2018 and December 31-January 4, 2019 (excludes Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
150 S Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 834-0202

Creative fun for your young artist ages 5-12. An opportunity for your child to channel their creative energy and have fun learning new skills during Winter Break. All supplies included.

My Gym Winter Camp (Wheaton)
Daily options for December 26 – 28, 2018 and January 2–4, 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. Siblings receive a 20% discount.

My Gym Winter Camp (Aurora)
Daily options for December 26 – 28, 2018 and January 2–4, 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. Siblings receive a 20% discount.

Greater LaGrange YMCA Winter Camp (Lyons)
Daily options for December 26-28, 2018 and January 2-4, 2019 | 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 activities, led by trained counselors for kids aged 5–12.

FRY YMCA Winter Camp (Naperville)
Daily options for December 26-28, 2018 and January 2-4, 2019 | Flexible between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
FRY YMCA
2120 W. 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 904-9595
Elmwood Elementary School
1024 Magnolia Lane
Naperville, IL 60540

Preschool and Safe ‘N Sound Schools Out programming offered filled with physical activities, interactive crafts, and more. Select age groups available on certain days.

River Forest Community Center Winter Break Camps
Multiple 1-2 day camps hosted December 27, 2018–January 4, 2019
8020 Madison Street
River Forest, IL 60305

The center is hosting multiple camps with sports, music and theater themes for kids aged 5–14 years old.

Woodridge Park District Winter Wonder Camp
Daily options for December 26–28, 2018 and January 2–4, 2019 | Flexible between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Woodridge ARC
8201 S. Janes Avenue
Woodridge, IL 60517

Kids in grades K–5 will play games, do crafts, play sports, and take field trips.

Bulls/Sox Youth Academy Holiday Camps (Lisle and La Grange)
December 26-28, 2018 and/or January 2-4, 2018 | half and full-day options
6200 River Bend Drive
Lisle, Illinois 60532
(630) 324-8221
Park District of La Grange
536 East Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

Spend some time this holiday break strengthening your skill levels in either basketball or baseball. Sign up for the full-day option and practice both! Camps are offered for ages 5-14 years old.

Naperville Yard Holiday Camp
December 26 – 28, 2018 and/or January 2 – 4, 2019 | half or full-day options
1607 Legacy Circle
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 245-1100

Sports camps filled with activities and scrimmages. A variety of sports will be covered, and lunch will be included if registration occurs more than two weeks before the camp begins.

Westmont Yard Holiday Camp
December 26 – 28, 2018 and/or January 2 – 4, 2019 | half or full-day options
233 West 63rd Street
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 737-1000

Flipside Ninja & Nerf Winter Camp (North Riverside)
December 27-28, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
7918 26th Street
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 853-7166

Code Ninjas
December 26-28, December 31, January 2-4, 2019
Various locations

Sports camps filled with activities and scrimmages. A variety of sports will be covered, and lunch will be included if registration occurs more than two weeks before the camp begins.


Does your child have interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math that they’d like to explore over winter break? Check out our listing of STEAM classes, some of which offer winter break camps and classes. You’ll also find more winter break camps in the southwest suburbs.

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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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