Little explorers will adore this day camp where they can cook, learn about ecology, make art and practice gardening. And because it's hosted at the beautiful Botanic Gardens campus, there's stellar scenery every day. June 18–August 17, $85–$880. Ages 1–15.
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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