Summer Camp Source
Summer is an important time of the year for all kids, and camp is one of the most amazing experiences a child can have. It’s a precious time because they are finally outside the boundaries of the classroom, and depending on what camp you choose, your child can learn and grow, expand their interests, and go beyond their comfort zone. But, COVID-19 has put us in a whirlwind, and families do not even know what is facing them this summer! It all depends!
Some summer camps have already notified families that they won’t open. Some camps are opening their virtual doors to connect with campers from the comfort of their own homes. This programming, will help kids find community online and provide a respite for parents who are likely juggling both work and childcare unexpectedly during the day.
At the moment, the camps in this section are planning to move forward with their summer sessions. In light of the quickly moving events, you should continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and the guidance of public health officials and updates from the individual camp organizations.
NIU STEAM Camps
Your epic summer adventure just went online. Put down the textbooks and pick up the fun as you work on real-world projects and enjoy hands-on learning from home. Topics include: video game design, weather, space, photography, kitchen chemistry, creative writing and more. High quality. Reasonable prices. A summer to remember. Go.niu.edu/steamcamps STEMCamps@niu.edu 815-753-1272.
Rock ‘n’ Kids at Home!
Rock ‘n’ Kids is rockin’ at home with virtual music and movement classes of Tot Rock and Kid Rock for 1-6 year olds! Registered participants will receive an email with that week’s private 30-minute virtual class, allowing families to participate on their own time. More information and registration available at www.rockitkids.com. Rock ‘n’ Kids has been enjoying children’s wiggles and giggles for 25 years!
Good Times Summer Day Camp
Good Times Summer Day Camp offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-12. Each week is filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a theme based cookout. We accommodate parent’s busy schedules by offering extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Schedules are flexible – come only the days you want. Convenient locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Busing available in some areas. For more information call 847-680-4884 or visit www.goodtimesdaycamp.com.
Great Lakes Volleyball Center
Looking for a summer volleyball camp for your son or daughter ages Pre-K through 12th grade? The Great Lakes Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 will be running camps in late June and all of July. We will also be offering private, semi-private and group lessons this summer and fall. NEW this summer we will be offering a 5th -8th grade league (more details to follow.) For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit www.greatlakescenter.com. FB: Sports Performance Volleyball
Downers Grove Park District
Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer nearly 100 adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our early childhood camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and cultural arts. Campers can take a swing at our golf camps, discover the great outdoors with nature camps or explore their historical side at one of our museum camps. Before and after care is available.
Lincoln Center: 935 Maple Ave. 630.963.1300. Lyman Woods Nature Center: 901 31st St. 630.963.9388. Downers Grove Museum: 831 Maple Ave. 630.963.1309. Downers Grove Recreation Center: 4500 Belmont Rd. 630.960.7250. www.dgparks.org/summercam.
SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including virtual programming – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit SEASPAR.org or call 630.960.7600 for more information about the latest virtual programming for all ages and all abilities!
Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will team up to play hybrid hover ball games, tackle environmental challenges and become confident entrepreneurs designing the next great invention! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities building collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 5/12) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).
University of Illinois
University of Illinois, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has committed itself to the development of well-rounded summer sport camps for boys and girls. Young athletes have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve their skills, create new friendships and have fun at the same time. Campers receive excellent coaching, experience campus life, and meet athletes from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about specific camp offering go to fightingillini.com/camps.
LEARN MORE UPDATE: Due to COVID19, this camp has just been cancelled. Please check back for next summer’s schedule.
St. Charles Park District
St. Charles Park District offers a variety of camp programs and schedules to guarantee summer fun for everyone – DAY CAMPS, FARM CAMPS, NATURE CAMPS & SPORTS CAMPS! Ages 3+ will enjoy all sorts of activities: outdoor fun, swimming, crafts, minigolf, science experiments, hikes, field trips and more. Before and after camp care available. Counselors are trained in CPR & First Aid. Reasonable rates. For more details, visit stcparks.org/register. Address: 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174. Website: stcsparks.org
You can find more summer camp options at our website. Go to www.chicagosuburbanfamily.com and click on the link for ‘PAST ISSUES’ to view the March/April edition’s Summer Camp Source.
Kohl Children’s Museum