If your kid's passions change from day to day—one day it's animals, the next basketball—a camp that caters to many interests might be the best route this summer. Camps at local indoor playgrounds keep the activities stimulating and everchanging, while Chicago museums offer art projects, hands-on experiments and more. And, because this is summer camp after all, many have swimming pools for lessons and just general horsing around.
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General interest summer camps
Oakbrook Terrace Park District Camps
Preschool camps and camps for older kids alike are bound to be fun this summer, with field trips, trips to the pool, outdoor activities, arts and crafts and games. June 6–Aug 5. Ages 3–12.
Started by a teacher and his wife, Oasis Summer Camp is packed with activities like swimming, sports and even costume contests. Enjoy weekly field trips as part of the day camp, or inquire about Oasis's overnight options. You can register online. June 13–Aug 12. $318–$395/week. Ages 4–12.
One of the city’s favorite attractions offers two great summer programs. Summer World’s Tour is for a younger group (K–5th grade) with days filled with exploring museums. Kids will do original art projects, hands-on experiments and have lunch on the shores of Lake Michigan. Middle schoolers can enjoy the Summer Road Trip program with plenty of outdoor adventures and an end-of-session sleepover at the Shedd. Dates vary; check website. $275–$315.
This four-day camp takes place at the Hilton Chicago Hotel and give teenage girls the chance to learn about the world of modeling through workshops, meeting with casting agents, photo shoots and more. The cost of the camp includes activities, lunch each day, photo shoot with hair and makeup, a portfolio book and photos, camp bag and camp T-shirt. More details here. Aug 9–12. $1,099. Girls ages 11–17.