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Summer camps are a great way for kids to have fun AND learn. Finding the “right” programs for your child or teen can be challenging and the “best choice” will be different for each child and respective family. Explore the many wonderful choices in our summer camp section and be sure to tell them you saw it in Suburban Family. Check back in the May/June issue for more.


Code Ninjas
Transform your child’s love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure! Code Ninjas camps offer an interactive and fun environment for children to learn coding and robotics, build problem-solving & critical thinking skills, gain confidence, and have a blast with friends! Code Ninjas offers 10 different Technology Camps including Drone Programming, Minecraft Create, Game Builders Club and more! Camps are great for beginners and experienced learners ages 7-14. Register today!

Wheeling Park District
It’s Camp time at the Wheeling Park District! From Lil’ Campers and Tiny Tots to Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, Art Camp, Theater Camp, Dance Camp and Teen Camp, we offer options for ages one year to Grade 9. Payment plans, sibling discounts, and swim lessons available. Register today for memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Go to For more information, call 847-465-3333.

Tutor Time
This summer will be like no other. At Tutor Time, Camp One-of-a-Kind features exciting weekly and bi-weekly themes and activities that may include science, geography, zoology, art, fitness, history, games, and STEM learning. Your child will enjoy immersive field trips, educational experiences, cool gear, and healthy meals. Choose your favorite camps, or go all summer long. We offer summer programs for younger children too! Connect with us at 877.794.6704 or visit to learn more.

La Petite Academy
Invent your summer. Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Your child will enjoy weekly themed experiences (exploring interesting subjects such as science, art, animals, history, and games), engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Plus, campers get a brand-new T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack for summer adventures! Call 877.217.9530 or visit to learn more—and find your local school.

Moraine Valley Community College – FitRec Summer Camp
Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec – Spend your summer with FitRec! Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec is hosting recreational summer camp for ages 5-13. Campers will stay entertained with a variety of activities in our state-of-the-art facility. Half-day options are also available to fit your schedule. Add-on options include before & after care and swim lessons. Refer to our ad for dates and prices. 9000 W. College Pkwy., Building H, Palos Hills.  For more information or to register, please visit or call (708) 608-4000.

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, please call 847-680-4884 or visit

Sports Broadcasting Camp
Boys and girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the sports broadcasting industry. July 8-12, 2019.  Meet sports celebrities.  Make sports anchor, play-by-play, and reporting videos.  Host your own sports talk radio and PTI style shows.  Participate in our famous camp trivia contest, and much more.  Day/Overnight Options at Holiday Inn–Skokie. Check us out on, Twitter and Instagram @playbyplaycamps and  For more information call 800.319.0884 or visit: or email:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
In SAIC’s camps, kids work together on a variety of fun projects, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art and more. One- and two-week camps for students ages 4 to 13 begin in June. Located at 36 South Wabash Avenue Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603. 312-629-6170. Visit:

Camp Naper
Naper Settlement, an award-winning outdoor museum, is a cultural campus of life-long learning, discovery and fun for all ages. Sprawled across 13-acres, visitors can explore its beautiful grounds and 30 historic buildings. Families can bring their little ones to the Early Learning Playscape and splash pad, or sign up their curious camper for a summer camp program. Visit Naper Settlement April through October for the museum’s summer hours open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM (closed on Mondays).Located at 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL. For more information, call 630.420.6010 or visit

Northwestern University – Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development’s Summer Programs offer advanced students, age 3 through grade 12, an exceptional opportunity to delve into a subject of interest, build upon their strengths, and connect with a community of peers. Half-day and full-day options are available at Northwestern University’s Evanston, IL campus and other Chicago-area sites. For more information, visit

Christ Community Church – Camp Commotion
At Camp Commotion 1st to 6th graders choose from 20 different activity focuses to create the unique summer experience they want! Camp is offered at Christ Community Church in St. Charles every week from May 28th to August 9th. Kids can come for one week…or all 11. It’s only $120 per week (that’s less than $3.50 an hour). Extended care is available (regular hours are 9am-4pm). Register now at

Experience Camps
Extraordinary Midwest summer camp brings grieving boys and girls together for a one-week, sleep-away experience in August. At Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods in Decauter, MI, boys and girls from the Midwest and beyond will come together for free to spend one-week at camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, the kids take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles where they are encouraged to talk about their grief.

Experience Camps help grieving children feel “normal” and supported through friendship, teamwork, camp activities, and the common bond of loss. For more information about Experience Camps, visit

Shady Oaks Camp
At Shady Oaks Camp, we create outstanding camp experiences that enrich the lives of our campers by providing outdoor fun and recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.We strive to create a space for our campers that promotes safety, independence, supportive care and attention based on the individuals needs and goals. Because the Association is a not for profit, private organization the money to run camp must be raised by the parents. We are now accepting applications for membership into the Parents Association and Shady Oaks Camp for summer of 2019. Deadline to reserve spot for summer is May 15th, 16300 Parker Rd. Homer Glen, IL 60491. For more info visit

Rock ‘n’ Kids
Calling all toddlers to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 that use a unique approach to music education! Since 1995, Rock ‘n’ Kids has been educating young children through imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization. A variety of rhythm instruments and movement props are utilized and a new educational theme is implemented each session! Classes offered at park districts in the Chicago-land area. Enrolling now for our April session! Mobile music and dance parties also available! / 847-961-6584.

Willowbrook Ice Arena
Our new facility is offering hockey classes, public skating, and figure skating classes. The next Skate School session starts March 8th and runs until April 16th. Call for details about our summer sessions. Our Learn to Skate Program is managed by former Team USA, National/International Medalist & World Team Member Figure Skating Director Mary Beth Marley. ( Located at 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook.

Downers Grove Park District
Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our preschool camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and performing 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.

Little Mountain Community Theatre
Children entering grades 2-8 in the fall are invited to join us Mondays through Fridays, June 17-28, for a two-week theatrical immersion while rehearsing for a production of Peter Pan Jr. Participants will learn lessons in teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence. Singing, dancing, and acting will be an integral part of the program with a final performance in the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center. Space is limited. Visit for details..

Des Plaines Park District
Des Plaines Park District Summer Camps – Beautiful Lake Park features three wonderful summer day camps: Camp Chickagami has outdoor activities, special events and 2 field trips each week. Camp Opeka is packed with fun, including swimming. Adventure Camp features 2 weeks of exciting day trips. Our dedicated, experienced camp counselors make the difference. No wonder our campers come back year after year, and tell their friends, too! For more information, please call 847-391-5700 or visit

SEASPAR’s day camps are the perfect place for kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities ages 3-22 to spend their summer enjoying creative, social, and physical activities as well as fun community outings! Camps are located in Downers Grove, Lemont, and La Grange. Visit or call 630.960.7600 to find the perfect summer day camp for your child’s special needs!

Camp Wawbeek
Located just north of Wisconsin Dells, Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek has been providing traditional camp experiences in an accessible environment to children and adults with disabilities since 1938. Specialty sessions for various age groups and interests are offered as well as sessions for veterans and their families. Imagine a Place where campers are free to be themselves and are valued for it.

Where campers are able to try new things and meet new people in a fully accessible and fun environment.  Where campers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves and set goals to make the most of their camp experience. Our campers have the time of their lives at a place they’ll never forget. Call 1-800-422-2324 to receive an application by mail or EMAIL

Harper College InZone Camps
Hello Summer. Hello InZone! InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids can expand their art creativity, develop outdoor education skills, create their own video games or become the master of STEM challenges, all while making new friends. InZone (ages 8-14) runs from June 3 – August 9. NEW: InZone Junior Explorers Camp (ages 6-8) features hands-on exploration of science, technology, art and play, and runs July 8 – August 2. Visit to learn more, request a catalog, and schedule your summer fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. 847.925.6300.

Camp Anokijig
Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! For 93 years, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their experiences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp. Convenient, 1-week sessions offer valuable flexibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Be part of the family and catch the Anokijig spirit! For more information: or 920-893-0782 (ACA Accredited).

Cub Creek Science Camp
Cub Creek Science Camp – Ages 7-17. Imagine a summer camp where you can eat breakfast next to a colony of lemurs, zoom down a zip-line and pet a camel before lunch, and play a camp wide game of Capture the Flag after dinner! We are that camp! With 300 animals including porcupines, foxes, parrots, lizards, miniature horses, a 6-element ropes course, and classes in chemistry, pottery, culinary, animal care, and many more, we are a truly unique summer camp experience! A/C cabins.  ACA accredited. (573) 458-2125.

Great Lakes Volleyball Center
The Sports Performance Volleyball Center will hold Spring Academy clinics for Grades 8 thru College on March 23rd and 24th. The Academy series is for elite level athletes. The Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy will hold Development Clinics for Grades 3 – 6 on May 4th and 5th. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit or email

University of Illinois – Summer Sport Camps
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 

Cantigny Junior Golf
The “game of a lifetime” begins at Cantigny! Junior golf clinics for ages 4 to 15 are conducted by friendly professionals who use proven techniques that are both effective and fun for kids. At the Cantigny Youth Links, junior players enjoy their very own 9-hole course, complete with clubhouse and golf shop. Visit for more information and clinic registration, or call 630-260-8199.

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 Address: 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174. Website:

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