North Suburban Day Camps | Chicago North Shore Moms

Thank you for making the 2021 North Suburban Camp Guide a part of your family’s camp research! This guide is produced by Chicago North Shore Moms and Libertyville Area Moms, part of The Local Moms Network. Camps are listed by alphabetical order so be sure to scroll all the way down or risk missing out on the camp for your child 😀

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Bach to Rock Music Camps

Three Chicagoland Locations:
Arlington Heights
Naperville

Northbrook
877-227-8558
Jan Anderson, janderson@bachtorock.com

Young music lovers will love Bach to Rock’s amazing summer camp programs! Always a hit with both kids and parents, no experience necessary. Three locations, Arlington Heights, Naperville and Northbrook.

Age: 4 and up
Dates: Weekly camps start 6/7/2021
Hours: Full and Half day camps options

Baker Summer Discovery

201 Sheridan Road, Wilmette IL
847-425-5800
ryantis@bakerdemschool.org

Baker Demonstration School offers options for the whole summer or just three or four weeks for day campers ages 3 years (potty trained) through eighth grade. Each week for PK-5th grade students is themed and runs full-day, with options including music, outdoor adventures, technology and more. Campers will also be able to spend time in the maker lab, art studio and spacious field and playgrounds that are a part of Baker’s campus. Weekly sessions for Middle School students are half-day and include sessions on Baker Makers, Song writer’s Circle, the Art of Math, and The Great Debate all taught by Baker teachers. COVID safety protocols are in place and campers will be in small cohorts.

Age: Pre-K – grade 8
Dates: June 21 – August 6
Hours: PK-5 (9:00-3:00) – Morning Care available; 6-8 (12:00-3:00)

Ballet Makkai Summer Dance Intensive

2126 First Street Highland Park
847-433-1449
Lilla Daniels lilla@balletmakkai.com

The Ballet Makkai Summer Intensive is designed to bring out the best in every dancer. With Guest Teachers from the Joffrey Ballet, Elements Contemporary Ballet, River North Dance Company, Hubbard Street and more, our Summer Intensive will inspire and challenge all dancers to improve their technique. Daily classes include Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Variations, Modern, Jazz, Acting, Body Conditioning and Choreography.

Age: 7-18
Dates: Six One Week Sessions: June 14 – June 18; June 21 – June 25; June 28 – July 2; July 12 – July 16; July 19 – July 23; July 26 – July 30
Hours: 9:30-3:00

Discount: 10% off if you sign up by March 15, 2021

Banner Day Camp

1177 Riverwoods Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
8472954900
Niki Papak – niki@bannerdaycamp.com

Banner Day Camp is the premier camp experience for children ages 3 -12. We offer every imaginable opportunity for fun in sports, arts, adventure and aquatics programming. And It’s More than Just Fun! We foster a cooperative environment that focuses on building self-confidence through learning and mastering new skills. We celebrate personal and group achievements. Encouraging staff lead small groups of campers in activities that develop valuable social skills, athletic ability and teamwork.

Age: 3-12
Dates: June 21 – August 13
Hours: 8:30am until 4:00pm (Including door-to-door transportation)

Camp Kesem (FREE Virtual Camp)

This is a virtual camp
773-217-0051
Stephanie Zhang, uchicago.outreach@campkesem.org

Camp Kesem at UChicago is a free week-long camp and year-round community for kids affected by a parent’s cancer. We serve youth ages 6-18 who have lost a parent/guardian to cancer, have a parent/guardian undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent/guardian is a cancer survivor. 

This year, like last year, camp will be run virtually as Kesem @ Home! Applications for families launches February 23. Additionally, if deemed possible and safe, we hope to begin each Kesem at Home virtual program week with an in-person, daytime event.

Kesem at Home is a program designed to allow children impacted by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to build connections and relationships, provide avenues for self-expression and reflection, and to have fun with other kids who are going through similar experiences. Kesem allows kids to be kids again.

This is a remote program that brings the support of Kesem to the homes of our campers, where they will participate in interactive activities and discussions with other campers and their counselors, as well as activities they can take offline to complete by themselves or with their family. Each camper can participate in as many or as few activities as they choose. 

Age: 6-18
Dates: 6/27/21 – 7/02/21
Hours: Programming (both online and offline) will run from the morning to the evening, with appropriate breaks in between. Campers can participate in as many or as few activities as they choose.

Centre Club Summer Camp

Centre Club, 200 W Golf Rd. Libertyville
847-990-5741
Kim Smith, kimberlaynne.smith@aah.org

Many kids have been cooped up for months, looking forward to being able to get out and have some fun again in a safe environment where health and fitness is a focus every day! Summer camps will run Jun 7-August 13th for ages 3-12. Each day will be full of new adventures as campers participate in a variety of activities centered on a weekly theme. Pre and Post Camp is available for working families as well.

Age: 3-12
Dates: Summer camps will run Jun 7-August 13th
Hours: Pre Camp: 7am-9am | Preschools: 9am-12pm | School-Age: 9am-4pm | Post Camp: 4pm-6pm

Discount: Register prior to May 1 and receive a 10% discount

Code Ninjas Summer Camps!

Two convenient locations:
Libertyville
1324 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville IL 60048
847-549-3908
Glenview
2735 Pfingsten Road, Glenview IL 60026
847-715-9056
Noreen Merchant; Noreen.Merchant@codeninjas.com

Transform your child’s love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure! Code Ninjas offer both in-center (half day or full day) and virtual Summer Camps that are engaging and fun! Choose from 20 different tech camps including Code-Drones, Roblox Developer, Python Play, Robotics, CodeArcade, Become a YouTuber!, 3D Modeling, JavaScript Games, DIY Website, Harry Potter, Junior Bootcamp, and more!

Age: 5-14
Dates: Pick & Choose any weeks from 6/7/21 through 8/13/21
Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (early care and after care is available too!)

The Cove School ESY Program

350 Lee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
847-562-2100
Stacy Post, spost@coveschool.org

The Cove School is proud to offer a comprehensive summer school program taught by highly qualified special education (remove the extra space) teachers. Reading, writing and mathematics instruction is highly individualized and multi-sensory. Students work toward their IEP goals by being provided extended time to reinforce learned skills, limiting regression, and learn new skills to help continue progress. Comprehensive clinical services are available in the areas of social work, speech and language, reading, occupational therapy and art therapy. Afternoon enrichment courses address student interests and provide opportunities for students to build on their strengths while being exposed to new ideas.

Age: K-12
Dates: June 11 – July 23
Hours: 9-2:30

Dancenter North Summer Dance Camp

5410 Grand Avenue, Gurnee
847-367-7970
srobison@dancenter-north.com

TRENDING 2021: AWESOME KIDS WHO LOVE AWESOME STUFF!

Explore six dance styles every session, with music and choreography set to the weekly theme! Campers learn Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, & Broadway Dance in a fun and comfortable setting. No experience or special dance attire/shoes necessary. The daily schedule is rounded out with games, craft projects, and outdoor activities. Each session ends with a pizza party and a performance for family & friends.

$190 per week “Dance More, Save More” discount available! Registration begins March 15.

Dancenter North has been training dancers since 1974.

Age: Kids entering grades 1-5 (ages 6-10)
Dates/Themes:
June 14-18 Welcome to Hogwarts
June 21-25 My Spirit Animal
June 28-July 2 All American Kid
July 5-9 Rainbow World
July 12-16 The Future is Now
July 19-23 All the Fluff… All the Squish
Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Camp Galileo

Evanston: 2510 Ashland Ave, Evanston, IL 60201. Northbrook: 3210 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062. Winnetka: 1095 Gage St., Winnetka, IL 60093
800-854-3684
info@galileo-learning.com

At Camp Galileo, pre-K – 8th graders tackle hands-on art and science challenges that ignite their inner innovator and boost their creative confidence—all in COVID-safe cohorts that spend 75% of the day outdoors (and 100% of it having unforgettable fun). Save $50 per week for two weeks or more! Locations in Evanston, Winnetka, and Northbrook. Optional extended care. www.galileo-camps.com

Age: Pre-K through 7th Grade
Dates: June 28 – August 6
Hours: Camp Hours 9-3, optional extended care 3-6

Discount: Save $50 per week for two weeks or more!

Hi-Five Sports Camp Vernon Hills

Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847-920-7180
Jonathan Park, jonathan@hifivesports.com

Hi-Five Sports Camp is dedicated to a full menu of team sports designed for boys and girls ranging from 5-9 years old. Hi-Five values teamwork, playing hard and playing fair. We challenge, encourage and most of all, have fun. Bring your group of Friends and make new ones this summer at Hi-Five!

Camp @ Your House! Want to have your own Private Camp @ Your House? We can do that too. Our coaches will come to your house and provide camp for your kids and their closest friends.

Age: 5 – 9
Dates: June 14th – August 6th
Hours: 9-3:00pm, after hours available.

Discount: 5% Discount for Camp Guide Readers if booked by April 30th. Use Code: GUIDE

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps

735 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
847-968-4529
office@improvplayhouse.com

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps involves your child in fun filled, local summer programming with stellar professional staff! Each camp session will offer unique training and each camper will have the opportunity to explore and focus upon new paths of creativity in the Performing Arts. Improv Playhouse emphasizes an environment that nurtures every child as an individual artist, challenges aspiring actors and inspires theater beginners.

Age: Grades 1 – 8
Dates: 6/7-8/6
Hours: Full day: 9:00am, – 3:00pm; Half-Day: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Discount: LIBMOM – $20 discount (exp 5/14)

JCC: Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp

23280 North Old McHenry Road Lake Zurich, IL 60047 847-726-0800
jsmith@jccchicago.org

Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp is nestled within 37 beautiful acres featuring sprawling sports fields, natural wetlands, winding nature trails, two heated outdoor pools, a climbing wall, zipline, ropes course, athletic courts, air-conditioned buildings. Days are filled with swimming, ceramics, theme days, music, dance, sports, yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Shabbat celebrations and more. Campers also explore the Garoon Gateway to Science, an outdoor S.T.E.A.M. museum with 52 hands-on exhibits. If your 4th-7th grade camper is into STEM or performing arts, we have a specialty camp for them! Our STEM Specialty Camp is for campers who enjoy innovation and problem solving combined with traditional camp fun. Apachi Performing Arts Specialty Camp is new this summer and campers will develop their acting, dance, musical theater, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills with a final performance for families, along with swimming and other traditional camp activities.

Age: 3 years – 7th grade + Counselor In Training (8th-10th grade)
Dates: Session 1: June 14 – July 9 Session 2: July 12 – August 6
Hours: 9:30am – 3:00pm Before care begins at 7am, After care ends at 6pm

Discount: Winter Pricing Discount available through February 28, 2021.

JCC: Apachi Evanston Day Camp

St. Joan of Arc School 9245 N. Lawndale Evanston, IL 60203
773-516-5853
msteinberg@jccchicago.org

Apachi Evanston Day Camp is full of endless fun and activities including sports, performing arts, cooking, arts & crafts, theme days and more. Centrally located between Skokie and Evanston, camp features an open green field with shaded areas for baseball, flag football, soccer, and scavenger hunts. The indoor, air-conditioned space includes a large gym and a stage for dance and theater. There are multiple camps within Apachi Evanston including Sports Camp where 2nd-7th grade campers work on skills, drills and mini-games to enhance their performance in a variety of sports. Apachi Ivrit exposes campers, 4 years-4th grade, to conversational Hebrew by listening and speaking with counselors and friends. Performing Arts Camp has professional actors and artists guiding 2nd-7th grade campers as they develop their acting, dancing, musical theater, improv, stage makeup and backstage skills. All specialty camps include traditional camp fun in addition to their focused specialty.

Age: 3 years – 7th grade + Counselor In Training (8th-10th grade)
Dates: Session 1: June 14 – July 9 Session 2: July 12 – August 6
Hours: 9:15am – 3:15pm Before care begins at 7:30am, After care ends at 6pm

Discount: Winter Pricing Discount available through Feb. 28, 2021.

JCC: Apachi Village Lake Zurich Day Camp

23280 North Old McHenry Road Lake Zurich, IL 60047
847-726-0800
jsmith@jccchicago.org

Apachi Village Lake Zurich is a nurturing environment where emerging independence is fostered in our youngest campers. Focused solely on 3 and 4-year-olds, everything is sized just right for your little one with age-appropriate activities. Easy carpool lines make drop off and pick-up a breeze. Our camp is nestled within 37 beautiful acres featuring sports fields, natural wetlands, winding nature trails, two heated outdoor pools, athletic courts and air-conditioned buildings. Campers explore the Garoon Gateway to Science, an outdoor S.T.E.A.M. museum with 52 hands-on exhibits. Days are filled with swimming, arts & crafts, theme days, music, dance, sports, Shabbat celebrations and more. This is the perfect first step into Apachi Day Camp where our littlest campers can experience new activities and create new friendships lasting summer after summer.

Age: 3–4-year-olds
Dates: Session 1: June 14 – July 9 Session 2: July 12 – August 6
Hours: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Discount: Winter Pricing Discount available through Feb. 28, 2021.

JCC: Apachi Village Northbrook Day Camp

Bernard Weinger JCC 300 Revere Drive Northbrook, IL 60062
224-406-9221
jbenishay@jccchicago.org

Apachi Village Northbrook Day Camp is big on fun in a nurturing environment where emerging independence is fostered in our youngest campers. With our focus solely on 3- and 4-year-olds, everything is sized just right for your little one with all age-appropriate activities taking place at Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook. Easy in, easy out carpool lines help ease the transition and make drop off and pick-up a breeze. Sprawling outdoor sports fields, climbing rock, playground, and full-size gymnasium are perfect places to take the first step into Apachi Day Camp. Our campers explore, sing and dance, have water play, create arts & crafts, play sports, experience new activities and create new friendships lasting summer after summer.

Age: 3 – 4-year-olds + Counselor In Training (8th-10th grade)
Dates: Session 1: June 21 – July 16, Session 2: July 19 – August 13
Hours: 9:30am – 1pm (3yrs) or 2pm (4yrs) Before care begins at 8:30am, After care ends at 2pm (3 year-olds only)

Discount: Winter Pricing Discount available through Feb. 28, 2021.

JCC: ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp

3050 Woodridge Lane Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-7050
sskolnick@jccchicago.org

‘Z’ Frank Apachi campers can try everything from sports, arts & crafts and yoga, to cooking, drama, and rock climbing. New additions include a permanent, framed outdoor pavilion for programs and special events and newly remodeled covered changing areas, bathhouse showers and restrooms. New programming includes an exciting, focused sports and athletics program, gymnastics, and Noggin Builders for the Explorer K campers. Our beautiful 10-acre campus has open green spaces, shaded areas, air-conditioned buildings, two large heated outdoor pools, an outdoor cooking classroom, boating, a tennis court, a climbing tree and more. Music is always in the air, theme days are legendary, and our Shabbat celebrations foster a true sense of community.

Age: 4 years – 7th grade + Counselor In Training (8th-10th grade)
Dates: Session 1: June 21 – July 16, Session 2: July 19 – August 13
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm, Before care begins at 7am, After care ends at 6pm

Discount: Winter Pricing Discount available through Feb. 28, 2021.

Kenilworth Park District: Little Springs

542 Abbotsford Rd, Kenilworth, IL. 60043
847-251-1691
Kenilworth Park District – 410 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL. 60043

Thank you for choosing to spend your summer days with the Kenilworth Park District! We provide a nurturing and stimulating camp experience that your children will look forward to each day. Our camp counselors and professional staff approach every activity as an important step in the development of your children.

The Kenilworth Park District Little Springs & Sports Plus Camps are designed to:
– Improve the physical fitness and general well-being
– Teach new skills in a recreational atmosphere
– Provide an environment where socialization and creativity are encouraged
– Create a sense of achievement and individual worth in each camper with positive
reinforcement

ENJOY: ART PROJECTS, SCIENCE, SPORTS & GAMES, BEACH DAY, DANCE, MUSIC, WATER SPORTS, WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINERS AND MORE!

Age: 3 years – 6th grade
Dates: June 14th to July 23, 2021
Hours: “Regular Day: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Extended Day: 09:00 AM to 1:30 PM *Early Camp and After Camp Options available.

Kenilworth Park District: Sports Plus

542 Abbotsford Rd, Kenilworth, IL. 60043
847-251-1691
Kenilworth Park District – 410 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL. 60043

Thank you for choosing to spend your summer days with the Kenilworth Park District! We provide a nurturing and stimulating camp experience that your children will look forward to each day. Our camp counselors and professional staff approach every activity as an important step in the development of your children.

The Kenilworth Park District Little Springs & Sports Plus Camps are designed to:
– Improve the physical fitness and general well-being
– Teach new skills in a recreational atmosphere
– Provide an environment where socialization and creativity are encouraged
– Create a sense of achievement and individual worth in each camper with positive
reinforcement

ENJOY: ART PROJECTS, SCIENCE, SPORTS & GAMES, BEACH DAY, DANCE, MUSIC, WATER SPORTS, WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINERS AND MORE!

Age: 3 years – 6th grade
Dates: June 14th to July 23, 2021
Hours: “Regular Day: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Extended Day: 09:00 AM to 1:30 PM *Early Camp and After Camp Options available.

The Kids Company Summer Workshops from MUSIC THEATER WORKS

516 4th St, Wilmette, IL 60091
847 920 5360
criley@musictheaterworks.org

Learn to be a triple threat with singing, dancing, and acting in one of our week-long musical theater workshops led by real, working theatre professionals. The experience ends with a performance for family and friends on Saturday at 4pm. Workshops are IN-PERSON, indoors and outdoors, with strict COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Age: 8 to 13
Dates/Themes: ANNIE JR. (July 5 – 10) | THE MUSIC MAN JR. (July 12 – 17) | MATILDA JR. (July 19 – 24) | SEUSSICAL JR. (July 26 – 31) | SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. (August 2 – 7) | Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. (December 27 – January 1, 2022)
Hours: Monday – Friday from 9am to 3:30pm, Saturday from 2pm to 4pm, Performance for Family and Friends on Saturday at 4pm

Discount: Limited need-based scholarships available—call 847 920 5360.

KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps

  1. Multiple locations:
    REGINA DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL – 701 Locust Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091
  2. SAINT CATHERINE LABOURE SCHOOL – 3535 Thornwood Ave, Glenview, IL 60026
  3. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN – 142 E 3rd St, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  4. THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHICAGO – 161 W 9th St, Chicago, IL 60605
    877-202-1554
    contact@kidztopros.com

KidzToPros STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps provide the perfect opportunity to develop valuable skills in a fun, healthy and safe environment. Led by top-tier instructors who are enthusiastic about your child’s development, KidzToPros camps will ignite your child’s creativity and passion!

Sports Summer Camps are designed to keep your child active and engaged. We teach the fundamentals of each sport, including proper technique, skills, strategies and rules of the game. Our programs emphasize the importance of mindful play, leadership, teamwork and respect for others. Check out Basketball, Tennis, Soccer and Play It All! Sports Camps.

STEM Summer Camps prepare kids for the tech-driven future! Innovative, project-based camps teach your child how to program robots in Wonder Robotics and LEGO Robotics, design and code video games in Minecraft, Roblox, Java or Unity, create websites and develop 3D models.

Art Summer Camps encourage imaginative thinking and inspire your child to look at the world from new perspectives. Visual and performing arts camps help kids develop their creativity and bring ideas to life. From Arts Skills to Graphic Design, Music Production, Creative Writing and Film Studio, KidzToPros art camps offer opportunities for your child to express themself and inspire others! “

Age: 4 to 14
Dates: June 7 to August 13
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm (pre-care 8 – 9 am; post-care 3 – 6pm)

Discount: $100 off using code CNSM-100 (valid thru Feb. 28th)

Virtual: Lake County Forest Preserves: Pint-Sized Farmers

Virtual Zoom
847-968-3321
Brett Peto, bpeto@lcfpd.org

Learn what it takes to be a modern-day farmer and explore how farming has changed from past to present. Discover how a plant grows and how food makes its way from the garden to your kitchen table.

Age: 6-7
Dates: July 19-23
Hours: 10-11 am

Virtual:Lake County Forest Preserves: Pondering Plants

Virtual Zoom
847-968-3321
Brett Peto, bpeto@lcfpd.org

Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through a daily, 60-minute, virtual live interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and “invaders” (non-native plants). Cost includes a materials kit and detailed itinerary with Zoom link and supplemental activities. Adult assistance needed.

Age: 6-7
Dates: June 28-July 2 | July 26-30
Hours: 10-11 am

Virtual: Lake County Forest Preserves: Time Travelers

Virtual Zoom
847-968-3321
Brett Peto, bpeto@lcfpd.org

Time travel virtually with the Dunn Museum and journey through Lake County history, seeing how life has changed from past to present. Campers will learn about dinosaurs, large Ice Age mammals, the first people, the Civil War and more with interactive instruction from a museum educator. The week will end with campers sharing an object that is important to them, allowing them to practice skills they have learned throughout the week. Additional independent activities, resources and crafts will be sent home.

Age: 10-12
Dates: July 26-30
Hours: 1-2:15 pm

Life Time Athletic Camp

680 Woodlands Pkwy Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847-415-8144
jgloss@lt.life

Explore, play and grow all summer long. Each week focuses on a new lesson plan including S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Kids will also enjoy swimming at our outdoor pool, rock climbing, playing in our basketball courts and soccer turf as well as classes within out beautiful Kids Studio Classrooms. We offer a variety of options including full day, half day, single day and full weeks! Members and non members are welcome to join!

Age: 4 to 13
Dates: June 7th – August 27
Hours: 7am-6pm

Discount: Register by March 13th and receive 10% off when you pay in full

LifeSport Tennis & Swim Camp

1030 4th Street, Libertyville; 96 Elm Street, Lincolnshire
847-362-5553
Tania Surane – tanias@lifesport.com

Tennis + Summertime = the perfect match! Our beginner to intermediate summer tennis and swim camp focuses on the fundamentals necessary for campers to grow into proficient and confident tennis players. A talented, year-round teaching staff combined with the QuickStart method of instruction enables your child to have an enjoyable and comprehensive learning experience. This camp focuses on having fun, developing friendships and athletic skill development in an engaging environment. Supervised open swim during the afternoon sessions (weather permitting). Full day campers should bring a lunch and a swimsuit/towel. Snacks are provided. Full Day, Half Day and weekly registration are available.

Age: 5 – 12
Dates: June 14 – August 13
Hours: 9:00 am – Noon, Noon-3:00 pm or 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mundelein Trails and Odyssey Experience

Dunbar Recreation Center, 888 Dunbar Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
847-388-5452
crehor@mundeleinparks.org

Join us for some fun filled days of summer. Mundelein Park District Trails camp and Odyssey Teen camp have something for everyone. Trails camp is for school age campers from 5 to 11 and Odyssey Teen camp is for teens 12 to 14.

Come have fun making new friendships, playing sports, participating in team-building games and exploring nature. Your week of fun may include field trips, swimming, tennis, cooking, music enjoyment, dance and special presentations. Odyssey Teen camp will also include biking days. Those days will be announced prior to the day. If your child chooses to participate in the biking day, you will need to provide a bike and a helmet.

Trails camp is from 9am to 4pm and Odyssey is from 9am to 3pm. Extended daycare options for before and after camp are available for both camps. Registration Tip: When you register, select the weeks you want, but please note you need to be registered by the Wednesday before the week you need starts. If camp is full you will be placed on a wait list until a spot opens up.

Age: 5-11 and 12-14
Dates: June 7-August 6
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (5-11) and 9 am to 3 pm (12-14)

One River School Art Camps

1033 Davis St., Evanston
847-737-5806
evanston@oneriverschool.com

One River School offers over 70 innovative weekly summer & spring art camps for students grades K – 12.

Camps are packaged in half and full day options across art, digital art, and design. Experience world class educators, state of the art facility, professional-grade materials, and an unforgettable summer. Check out our most popular camps like Spray Painting Street Art, Learn to Draw Realistically, Youtubers, Manga Characters, and Dino Sculpting. For advanced, college-bound students our 2-week intensive programs offer unique portfolio development. Let’s have a creative, social, and safe art-making experience this summer!

Age: Grades K – 12
Dates: New camps weekly! AM & PM 5 day camp sessions from the week of June 7th through the week of August 9th!
Hours: Morning Camps: 9:30am-12pm Afternoon Camps: 12:30am-3pm
Teen Intensive Camps: 3:30-6pm

Discount: NorthShoreMoms50 = $50 off each camp!

Park District of Highland Park: Camp Sunshine

West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park, 60035
847-579-3123
Sara Stanke, sstanke@pdhp.org

The perfect “first camp” opportunity. Campers follow a schedule of 30-45 minute outdoor & indoor activities throughout their busy day. We create a fun-filled summer with exploration, socialization and confidence building!

Age: Grade K (In fall 2021)
Dates: “Camp Sunshine: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks
After Camp: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks “
Hours: “Camp Sunshine | 9am-3:30pm
After Camp | 3:30pm-5:30Pm”

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Crew Camp

Junior Crew: Sherwood Elementary School:
1900 Stratford Rd., Highland Park, 60035

Senior Crew and Senior Crew XL: Red Oak Elementary School:
530 Red Oak Ln., Highland Park, 60035

847-579-3121
Cathy Fiori, cfiori@pdhp.org

No need to choose one favorite activity… we have them all! A typical day is anything but! Crew is the total package…new friends, adventures, and outrageous fun!

Age: Grades 1 – 8
Dates: Junior Crew: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks; Jun 21-Jul 16 4-weeks; Senior Crew: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks
Jun 21-Jul 16 4-weeks; Senior Crew XL: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks; Jun 21-Jul 16 4-weeks
After Camp (extended hours): Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks; Jun 21-Jul 16 4-weeks
Hours: Junior Crew: 9am-3:30pm; Senior Crew: 9am-3:30pm; Senior Crew XL: 9am-3:30pm; After Camp: 3:30-5:30pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Deer Creek Racquet Club Tennis Academy

JLarry Fink Memorial Park Tennis Courts, 701 Deer Creek Parkway, Highland Park, 60035
847-579-4125
rzullo@pdhp.org

Whether you are a serious player or picking up a racquet for the first time, the Academy is a great way to learn the fundamentals, build your endurance, and improve your game in a short period of time.

Age: 7 -18
Dates: Jun 14-18 (Pre-Camp) Jun 21-25; Jun 28-Jul 2; Jul 5-9; Jul 12-16; Jul 19-23; Jul 26-30; Aug 2-6; Aug 9-13 (Post-Camp; Aug 16-20 (Post-Camp)
Hours: Junior Development 1 & Up (Ages 7-13) | 9am-Noon
Junior Excellence, High School, High School Excellence (Ages 10-18) | 1-4pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Girls Play StrongDeer Creek Racquet Club Tennis Academy

Indian Trail Elementary School, 2075 St Johns Ave
847-579-4108
ssylvester@pdhp.org

Learn from the best sports instructors in the area, build meaningful friendships, take on new adventures and build leadership skills all summer long!

Age: Grades 3 – 6
Dates: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks
After Camp: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks

Hours: 9am-3:30pm | After Camp: 3:30-5:30pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Girls’ Outdoor Challenge

Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road
847-579-4183
mmeredith@pdhp.org

Challenge yourself (and your new best friends) to exciting new outdoor experiences that you’ll remember for years.

Age: Grades 4 – 6
Dates: Aug 9-13
Hours: 9am-3pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Highland Park Golf Academy

Highland Park Golf Learning Center, 2205 Skokie Valley Highway
847-579-4162
rsaunders@pdhp.org

Get into the game with the finest in PGA golf instruction!
If you are new to golf or have experience on the greens, get the tools you need to improve and have fun playing this great lifetime sport. Weekly field trips and golf at local courses round out the fun!

Age: 8 – 15
Dates: Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks, Jul 19-Aug 6 | 3-weeks
Hours: 9am-3pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Into The Wild

Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park, 60035
847-579-4183
mmeredith@pdhp.org

Adventure Seekers Wanted! Make your own path through the wilderness at this non-competitive, out of the ordinary camp; Sneak through the trees, look for nature’s treasures and discover new friendships.

Age: Grades 3-6
Dates: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, June 21-Jul 16 4-weeks
After Camp: Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, June 21-Jul 16 4-weeks

Hours: 9am-3:30pm | After Camp: 3:30-5:30pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Jr. Varsity | Varsity Sports

Jr. Varsity Sports – Wayne Thomas Elementary, 2939 Summit Avenue | Varsity Sports – Lincoln School, 711 Lincoln Ave W., Highland Park, 60035
847-579-3124
thoffmann@pdhp.org

Do you have a love for the game? Sports are the best when you can play alongside your friends and improve as a player along the way! Campers build skills and compete in both traditional and non-traditional sports, with field trips and swimming to round out the summer.

Age: Jr. Varsity – Grades 1-4 | Varsity – Grades 5-8
Dates: 7 weeks: June 21-Aug 6 | 4 weeks: Jun 15-Jul 3
Hours: 9am-3:30pm | After Camp – 3:30-5:30pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Recreational Gymnastics Camp

Centennial Ice and Gymnastics Center, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park, 60035
847-579-4103
csassorossi@pdhp.org

Designed for gymnasts that are currently in Beginner 1, 2, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate or Pre-Team and are interested in improving gymnastics skills or competing in the future. Focus is on gymnastics skill development, dance and enhancing conditioning level.

Age: Grades 1 – 8
Dates: Jun 21-Aug 6 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 4-weeks
Hours: 1-3pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

Park District of Highland Park: Spotlighters Reimagined

Braeside School Elementary School, 150 Pierce Rd., Highland Park, 60035
847-579-3121
cfiori@pdhp.org

Express yourself and make friends while you create, dance, act and discover all summer long!

Age: Grades 1 – 8
Dates: Junior Spotlighters, Senior Spotlighters, Super Senior Spotlighters – Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks
Junior Spotlighters, Senior Spotlighters, Super Senior Spotlighters – Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks
After Camp – Jun 21-Aug 6 | 7-weeks, Jun 21-Jul 16 | 4-weeks

Hours: Junior Spotlighters, Senior Spotlighters, Super Senior Spotlighters | 9am-3:30pm
After Camp | 3:30-5:30pm

Sibling Discounts and Military Discounts are available.

School of Rock Music Camps Highwood & Evanston

Highwood: 9 Prairie Ave. Highwood, IL 60040
Evanston: 1311 Sherman Pl, Evanston, IL 60201
847-433-7625
Maggie Weber mhweber@schoolofrock.com

Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock Highwood and Evanston offer a variety of music camps that enhance these skills! This summer, we are running Green Day/Nirvana, The Beatles, I Love Rock and Roll, and Jam Camps at both our Highwood and Evanston locations. Our local music camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Not sure which camp is a good fit for your rocker? Email us at highwood@schoolofrock.com to set up a free trial so you can see the facilities and talk to us about your rockers’ needs!

Age: 7 – 17
Dates/Themes:
June 14-18: Green Day/Nirvana
June 21-25: The Beatles
August 2-6: I Love Rock and Roll
August 9-13: Jam Camp

Hours: Full Day Camp 9 am – 3 pm, Monday-Friday

Discount: Sign up for one camp, and get half off the second camp sign up!

School of Rock Music Camps Northbrook: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BOOT CAMP

3139 Dundee Rd. Northbrook IL 60062
224-904-ROCK (7625)
glenbrook@schoolofrock.com

Your journey to great musicianship begins here! At School of Rock, we have the experience and the passion to get you playing the music you will want to play…fast! Come in with a choice of instrument and we will get you started learning the basics and actually playing songs with others right away! Camp does include some one-on-one instruction but it helps to have had a few lessons and a basic understanding of your instrument. Singers will learn how to develop their understanding of genres, match pitch, practice proper mic technique, and use their voices safely. Everyone will leave camp knowing how to play a short set of songs like “Come Together” (The Beatles), “Beverly Hills” (Weezer), “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest), “Seven Nation Army” (The White Stripes) and “Rolling In the Deep” (Adele).

Skill level: Beginner to advanced-beginner. Ages 8 and up.

Age: 8+
Dates: June 14 – June 18, 2021
Time: 9am – 3pm

Discount: 25% Off, Expires 3/30 when you mention CNSM or LAM

School of Rock Music Camps Northbrook: WITH THE BEATLES CAMP

3139 Dundee Rd. Northbrook IL 60062
224-904-ROCK (7625)
glenbrook@schoolofrock.com

In this camp, we’ll be diving deep into the best of the Fab Four: from their early “Mop Top” days to their late-career experimentations. This camp is a School of Rock Summer Camp staple and is always a ton of fun! This will be an awesome week full of catchy melodies, vocal harmonies, and some of the most memorable songs ever recorded.

Skill level: Intermediate-beginner and up. Ages 10 and up.

Age: 10+
Dates: JUL 12 – JUL 16, 2021
Time: 9am – 3pm

Discount: 25% Off, Expires 3/30 when you mention CNSM or LAM

School of Rock Music Camps Northbrook: RIOT GRRRL CAMP

3139 Dundee Rd. Northbrook IL 60062
224-904-ROCK (7625)
glenbrook@schoolofrock.com

Our camp starts with music instruction in bass, guitar, drums, keys, or vocals. Campers participate in a Do it Herself workshop where they learn about the music industry and music production. Most importantly, campers form bands together and learn to play rock music from iconic bands like Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sleater-Kinney, and Bikini Kill! At the end of the week, our campers will put on an awesome rock show! Our staff of female musicians provide inspiration and positive encouragement to our young campers. Every aspect of Riot Grrrl Camp provides a safe, fun learning environment. She will learn things that stay with her for life. Every camper’s voice is heard, giving them the creative freedom to express themselves musically and be a rockstar!

Age: 8+
Dates: AUG 2 – AUG 6, 2021
Time: 9am – 3pm

Discount: 25% Off, Expires 3/30 when you mention CNSM or LAM

School of Rock Music Camps Libertyville

225 E. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048
847-497-0219
John Zebell jzebell@schoolofrock.com

Campers learn to play and perform music at the School of Rock Libertyville.  Mixed in with fun activities, arts and crafts, and music education, students learn and rehearse songs together in preparation for a week-ending show that everyone enjoys.  The instruments cover the range.  Vocals. Drums. Guitar. Bass. Keyboards.  And that’s just the start.  We take students of all abilities and compose tight-knit bands that can really play some great rock classics under the week’s general theme: The Beatles. Green Day. One Hit Wonders. Classic Rock. We Love the ’80s.  21st Century Rock.  You pick it.  As the Summer progresses, the kids will take over the coolest house in Libertyville with the help of our professional musicians from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as they take their own music journey.  Invite friends or join with other family members to create a band that lasts a lifetime. Adhering to our tested COVID protocols, we put safety first for all our students and staff, and hope to make music memories fantastic for everyone involved.

Age: 9 – 14
Dates: Vary throughout the Summer. See our website for more information.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discount: Get 30% off at check-out. Code ROCKME21

Showstoppers Camp from The Children’s Theatre Co.

458 Central Ave., Highland Park, Il 60035
847-997-1317
margo@thechildrenstheatreco.com

Showstoppers is an intimate camp where students learn through the teachings of musical theatre, Campers learn to think critically, stay active, and imaginative. Campers are empowered with confidence and authenticity while participating in daily activities. We focus on promoting self expression while working towards our musical theatre performances.

Age: Children entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades
Dates: June 21st -July16th and/or July 19th – August 13th
Hours: 9:30 am- 2:30pm

Summer Camps at Gorton

400 East Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-234-6060
Karen McCabe – karen@gortoncenter.org

Gorton Community Center offers a wide range of week-long summer camps for toddlers to teens. We focus on offering exceptional arts and culture to the community, and our summer camps embody that vision. Camps run from June to August and encompass a wide range of experiences – all taught by local, experienced professionals in our historic building in Lake Forest. Summer Camps at Gorton offer a chance for your child to learn something new, make new friends, build independence, explore talents and express his/her creativity.

The camps we offer vary week to week, so you can customize your child’s camp experience. For the first time this year, we will be offering a lunch program, so you can count on Gorton for a full-day camp experience!

A cornerstone of Gorton’s summer camp program is Safety Town. Entering its ninth year as a summer favorite, Safety Town is an interactive safety awareness program. Two sessions are offered for two age groups.

Age: Toddlers to Teens
Dates: June 8 through August 20
Hours: 9 am to 12 pm / lunch bunch 12 pm to 1 pm / 1 pm to 4 pm

The Talent Forum

450 Peterson Rd. Libertyville
847-816-1711
Shelley Hoselton, talentforum@aol.com

Youth Dance Camp 6-10yrs. July 13 – 22
Tuesday -Wednesday-Thursday 9:30am-11:30am
Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Poms

Summer Dance Classes- 3 yrs.-Adult July 12 – August 13
Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, PBT/Pilates, Hip Hop & Tap

Summer Dance Intensive
June 21 – July 1 9:00am-4:00pm
3 Levels – Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Advanced/Professional

Poms Boot Camp with Keely Flis
Wednesdays July 14 – August 11
3rd-5th grade as of Sept 1, 2021 – 9:00am-10:30am
6th-8th grade as of Sept 1, 2021 – 10:30am -12:30pm

Age: 3 – Adult
Dates: June 21 – July 1; July 12 – August 13
Hours: Various

Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camps

2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, IL 60015
847-230-0330
bannockburn@tastebudskitchen.com

What’s better than watching your favorite cooking shows this summer? Being part of the action during a week of hands-on cooking camp fun in our fully-equipped, bright and spacious kitchen studio at Taste Buds Kitchen in Bannockburn!

Younger chefs (age 4-8) focus on the fundamentals of measuring, mixing, and working safely in the kitchen with short breaks for stories and kitchen games during a half-day experience offered in the morning from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Tweens (age 9-13) hone in on more advanced cooking and baking techniques in the afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm along with recipe prep work, sanitation and knife skills with fun culinary challenges.

Each week is a new culinary adventure that explores a new theme and unique menu, creating two to three recipes each day – both savory and sweet. Themes include Around the World, Baking Championship, Chocolate Lovers, Cooking Show Favorites, Cooking Science, Culinary Passport, Great American Bake-off and many more!

Registration for summer 2021 is by the week only. Capacity is limited to maintain proper social distance and face coverings are required.

Registration is now open! Space is filling quickly so sign-up today at tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn.

In addition to summer, Taste Buds Kitchen offers cooking camps on every major school holiday.

Age: Ages 4-8 (9am-12pm) / Ages 9-13 (1-4pm)
Dates: June 7-August 20
Hours: Ages 4-8 (9am-12pm) / Ages 9-13 (1-4pm)

(TLE) The Learning Experience Gurnee: Summer of Imagination

465 N. Riverside Dr. Gurnee Il 60031
224-656-5309
Sierra Zaban gurnee@tlechildcare.com

TLE® is committed to delivering daycare, enrichment and early childhood education all summer long through our fun and engaging “Summer of Imagination”. It’s the perfect place for your child to have a blast—and to learn—through a variety of weekly themed programs and hands-on activities.

Age: 6 Weeks – 12 years
Dates: June 7th- August 20th
Hours: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm

Discount: Enroll by May 1st for Free Summer Camp Registration!

A note about camp programs and Covid-19: We’ve spoken to so many camps who are really doing their best to move with the ever-changing CDC guidelines and have your child’s safety and health in mind. Please contact the camp of interest to ask your specific questions relating to activities, swimming changes, bus conditions, etc. Thank you and have a safe and fun summer!

*Chicago North Shore Moms and Libertyville Area Moms researches all camps in our guide. However, please note that these camps are paid partnerships*

The Local Moms Network and subsidiaries Chicago North Shore Moms and Libertyville Area Moms does not endorse any one camp and assumes no liability. When making your camp decision, please be sure to perform your due diligence.

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