You’ve found the right spot for our Summer Camps for kids (and teens*)! Click here to jump to day camps for when school is closed. Make art, sew, design, build, learn + play with us. We do camp awesome.

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Ready to jump right into registration?Log in to or create your account and choose camps or camp days from the calendar. Or read about how we grow kind and strong campers and how to know when a camp is a great fit for your family. Click here to learn more about our philosophy and why campers return year after year.

2018 Summer Camp runs June 11 – August 31, 2018
9:00am-3:00pm (drop-off begins at 8:00am) $395/week
Crafternoons (After-Care) 3pm-6pm $25/day or $80/week for enrolled campers.

Click one of the camp logos below or any camp in the table for details and registration.

The 2018 Summer Season At-A-Glance

Summer 2018

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Ages 5-8 make art, explore big ideas + play with various techniques + mediums. Registered by the week or day.

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Ages 8-12 make art, explore big ideas + design, pattern + machine-sew garments + more. Registered by the week.

June 11- June 15 Make a Day of It Make a Day of It
June 18- June 22 Bookworms The Traveler
June 25- June 29 Fly Bobbin Fly The Stylist
July 9- July 13 Superfly 6-Ply The Maker
July 16- July 20 Greenie Pants The Athlete
July 23- July 27 Peacemakers The Couturier
July 30- August 3 Hopscotch Hullabaloo The Rebel
August 6- August 10 Tinkables The Minimalist
August 13- August 17 Brush Crush The Bohemian
August 20- August 24 Mixie Dust The Time-Hopper
August 27- August 31 Hello School The Student

 

Ways to Register

Idea Playground camps can be registered by the week or by the day. To register for a single day, choose that date from our calendar. Spoolhouse Rock camps are registered by the week.

Register for 1 week of camp for a single camper.

Register for 2 weeks of camp for a single camper.

Register for 3 weeks of camp for a single camper.

Register for 4 weeks of camp for a single camper. Save 15% ($300) by registering for a 4-week membership 8:00am-6:00pm for Idea Playground (ages 5-8) or Spoolhouse Rock (ages 8-12). Early registration is suggested in order to secure spots in your preferred weeks.

Register for 5 week of camp for a single camper. Save 15% ($375) by registering for a 5-week membership 8:00am-6:00pm for Idea Playground (ages 5-8) or Spoolhouse Rock (ages 8-12). Early registration is suggested in order to secure spots in your preferred weeks.

Register for 6 weeks for a single camper. Save 20% ($660) by registering for a 6-week membership 8:00am-6:00pm for Idea Playground (ages 5-8) or Spoolhouse Rock (ages 8-12). Early registration is suggested in order to secure one of these limited memberships and spots in your preferred weeks.

Register a single camper for the entire summer. Save 25% (up to $1740) by registering for an Idea Playground (ages 5-8) or Spoolhouse Rock  (ages 8-12) All-Access membership for a full summer of 8:00am-6:00pm. Early registration is suggested in order to secure one of these limited memberships and spots in your preferred weeks.

Things To Know

Most people hear about us from their friends and that may be why we’re lucky enough you’re here now. Just in case, following are some of the reasons we see campers year after year:

  • We make camp convenient for you while facilitating immersive experiences that make campers jump out of bed each day.
  • We differentiate with innovative activities to encourage creative campers of every age + gender to stretch.
  • We believe in campers’ abilities to make decisions, self-advocate and leadand invest in purposeful relationships with each and every child. Healthy social-emotional skills are modeled and our team provides the safety net even the most independent trapeze artist might sometimes need or want.
  • We incorporate time outdoors in a way that captivates even the “do-we-have-to?” camper. If the weather and the activity agrees, we use the outdoor classroom.
  • We celebrate our vibrant neighborhood of independent businesses and our network of experts to amplify learning, thinking and smiling.
  • Summer camps are registered by the week. Single-day camps are made available at least one week in advance when space is available.
  • Idea Playground camps are for ages 5-8 and Spoolhouse Rock camps are for ages 8-12. Ages are recommended- talk to us about your child. (We also offer a Leadership Camp for students in Grades 7-10. Click here to learn more about the application process).
  • If you already know which weeks you’d like, go ahead and register to save your spot. You’ll notice that we now ask you to choose how many weeks you would like to a) speed up the checkout process and b) offer you discounts for multiple weeks. You can always add more weeks later if there is still capacity.
  • Drop-off for Summer 2018 camp begins at 8:00am at no additional charge. Campers are welcome to arrive anytime. We always have a full-day of open-ended, creative hoopla planned with projects that begin by 9:30am.
  • Our Kids-A-Go-Go drop-off and pick-up areas make transitions a summer breeze.
  • A new way to order fresh, organic lunch delivered. (Stay tuned for ordering details.)
  • We’ve kept some of your favorite camps on the schedule and infused it with some fresh ideas (surprised?)
  • Mid-morning (and mid-afternoon for those campers enrolled in the Crafternoon program) wholesome snack is served. The workshop is planet-friendly and allergy-conscious: nut-free and/or gluten-free snacks are always available.
  • Campers bring their own lunch. We break for lunch mid-day and campers are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers.
  • Campers who attend through 3:00pm have the best opportunity to complete all we have planned for them (and learn about things like wavelength and stitch-length, capability and miscibility, automation and celebration, parallelism and pointillism, citizenship and artisanship… we can keep going if you want..)
  • Register here or by clicking on any camp date. If this is your first booking with us, our system will take you through the steps of creating an account to make future registration simpler. You only need to add this info once and our system provides the features to maintain contact details, access receipts and more.
  • Enroll for Crafternoons by choosing a single date or full week (listed on the Monday of each camp week). Crafternoons are also open to students not enrolled in camp when there is capacity (this is a great way for friends to stay connected over the summer). Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Summer Camp 2018 Lay-Away Plans

Use these plans to begin saving for Summer. Each month credits will be added to your account so that you can use them when you’re ready. Want to save more? Buy another membership to add another increment (i.e. buy 2 of the $100/month membership to stash away $300/month).

Stash $100/month

Stash $150/month

Our Philosophy

DipticWe grow artists— creatively confident kids who approach obstacles with curiosity, unafraid to explore and even fail along the way to a solution. Creatively confident people grow up to solve problems big and small, globally and locally.

STEMs need flowers.
Campers learn about their world and creative voice with open-ended learning experiences in the arts that include subjects like science, social studies and math. All campers are eligible to earn Chicago City of Learning STEAM-focused digital badges representing their effort and accomplishment.

Purposely small.
Quality over quantity. Process over product. We’re big on mission and intentionally small. Campers get to June 27know one another and our entire team: we get to know your camper, their needs and interests. We make ample space for decision-making, leadership and self-advocacy skills to bloom while investing in purposeful relationships with each child, creating a comfortable learning environment for the most gregarious or shy camper. There’s no way to get lost in the crowd in our camp.

Do camp awesome.
No stickers or pre-fab here. We take full advantage of our big, beautiful space, technology, quality materials and proximity to outdoor spaces and local businesses to stretch our minds and bodies.  All campers are welcome to bring their music players and play DJ.