Guide to Summer Camp for the Creative Child

Summer Fun in Lake County

The Little Lake County Summer Camp Guide contains paid listings.

Every child is an artist. Encourage your child’s creativity and let them shine this summer through dance, acting, art, music or photography as they grow skills and make new friends.  We’ve found incredible camps where kids of all ages can nurture their creative side this summer!

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Camps for the Creative Child in Lake County

Art, music, dance, cooking, no matter how your creative child expresses themselves there is a camp for them.

Dance Academy of Libertyville

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More than just a dance education Dance Academy of Libertyville is a place to learn, grow, make friends, and have fun! This summer they are offering camps for every age and creativity level.  Class, Camp, and Workshop sizes will be limited to ensure the safest possible environment. Additional classes will be added, as needed, to accommodate students.

Pre Academy Camps for ages 3Entering 1st Grade
Monday-Thursday
9:30-11:30 a.m.

At these 4 day camps, your dancer will take class, rehearse, and help create their own sets and costumes. The camp ends with a show for family and friends. 2020 class themes are:

  • July 6-9 An Island Adventure with Moana
  • July 13-17 Dancelicious
  • July 20-23 Frozen Fun
  • July 27-30 Poppy’s Party

Grade School One Day Camps for 2nd -Entering 6th Grade
July 27
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • Day of Dance

A fun way to explore different dance disciplines and ways to cross-train as a dancer.

Poppy’s Online Party
Join Dance Academy of Libertyville for this fun 3-day virtual mini-camp! Dance, crafts, and costumes that would make any Troll fan happy. We provide all the supplies, music, and 45 minutes of class and fun each day!
Date: June 22, 23, & 24
Age: 3-6
Size: 14 dancers
Fee: $50

Dance Academy of Libertyville
746 E. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 247-1327
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Camp Invention

Imaginations soar with the new at-home program, Camp Invention Connect™!

Children in grades K-6 receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get them outside and active as they explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention, and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning — it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow participants.

Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).
Dates: Multiple weeks available
Age: Grades kindergarten – 6th grade
Fee: $175 (includes supplies)

Camp Invention
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Taste Buds Kitchen
Bannockburn

Taste Buds Kitchen whips up fun and new flavors during hands-on cooking camps for ages 4 to 13!

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From June 1-August 21, budding chefs can experience a new culinary adventure each week, creating both savory and sweet recipes. Themes include Plant to Plate, Around the World, Baking 101, Baking Championship, Culinary Passport, Chocolate Lovers, Tasty Tales, Cooking Show Favorites, and more! 

Younger chefs, age 4-8, focus on the basics along with kitchen games during a half-day experience offered in the morning from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon campers age 9-13 tackle advanced techniques and culinary challenges from 1:00-4:00 p.m. And ages 10+ can apply to be a Counselor-in-Training for a full day experience from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Limited CIT positions are available each week so applying early is strongly recommended. 

Space is filling quickly so sign-up today at tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn

Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn | (847) 230-0330 | [email protected]
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Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest

Gorton has gone virtual and is offering Virtually Gorton Summer Camps. Offering a wide range of week-long summer camps for kids of all ages. Gorton focuses 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
  • Express their creativity

The camps offered vary from 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 an all-day camp experience!

Learn more about our camps on our website, or by calling us at 847-234-6060. Gorton Summer Camp Registration opens on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. at www.gortoncenter.org.

Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest | (847) 234-6060
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Gather up the old shirts for paint covers and warm up those jazz hands, summer stardom awaits! Do you have a creative child? What type of creative camp are they looking forward too?

Find camps for the creative kid, the active kid, the outdoorsy kid and more in our Guide to Summer Camps in Lake County including an interactive map of locations.


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No more searching! We’ve got your summer in the bag…

…Or rather your inbox! Sign up now for Camp Trike and receive a weekly themed list of activities, all summer long! Each one will have things to do and ideas for easy summer fun you can do at home.

Camp Trike runs May 25 through August 14 and will include optional membership to a private Facebook Group to share ideas, comments and plan playdates.


Disclosure: Listings in this guide were paid for by the camps featured.

Guide to Summer Camp for the Creative Child
About Melissa Haak 816 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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