Guide to Summer Camp for the Creative Child

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!

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. 

4 Day Camps for ages 3+

  • June 17 – 20 Mary Poppins
  • Jun 24 – 27 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • July 8-11 The Lion King Adventure
  • July 15-18 Patrolling Pups
  • July 22-25 Super Ballerina

Grade & Middle School Camp

  • June 24-26 Dancelete

A fun way to explore different dance disciplines and ways to cross train as a dancer. During this week dancers will have classes in Yoga, Contemporary, Floorwork, Acro, a field trip to Heather’s Gym, Hip Hop, Jazz and more!

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

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps involve your child in fun-filled, local summer programming with stellar professional staff at prices for families looking for flexible choices and discriminating budgets.

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. All levels are encouraged to enroll. Programming will not be duplicated from mornings to afternoons where applicable.

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camp
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Save! Pay full Tuition by April 15:
2-Week Camps, -$15 off
1-Week or 1/2-Week Camps, -$10 off

$25 OFF total when you enroll siblings in one camp$20 OFF total when you enroll campers or siblings two or more camps


Old School Montessori
144 Commerce Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 223-9606 | Facebook

OSM campers will enjoy activities that engage their minds and bodies in a summer packed with exploration, learning, and fun.  Our campers will enjoy plenty of fresh air and movement during nature walks, outings, and field trips. The Montessori curriculum will be integrated into our Primary Summer Camp (children will have the opportunity to work on reading, writing, math, science, art, practical life and other subjects, to enhance and maintain skills over the summer).  Elementary campers will also enjoy bike rides around Grayslake and adjacent communities. 

Summer Camp at OSM runs June 10th to August 16th.  Partial/full weeks, half/full day, and extended day options available.


Camp Invention
Libertyville | Grayslake | Antioch | Island Lake

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Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention program, Supercharged, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. 

Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register.

Camp Invention
Libertyville | Grayslake | Antioch | Island Lake
800.968.4332
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Use promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).


Taste Buds Kitchen
Bannockburn

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From June 10-August 23, 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, All-American Road Trip, Culinary Passport, Chocolate Lovers, Future Celebrity Chef, Tasty Tales, Restaurant Week, 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 9:00am-12:00pm. Afternoon campers age 9-13 tackle advanced techniques and culinary challenges from 1:00-4:00pm. And ages 10+ can apply to be a Counselor-in-Training for a full day experience from 9:00-4:00. Limited CIT positions are available each week so applying early is strongly recommended.

And new this summer, TBK’s special evening Advanced Teen Camp from July 15-19 will leave teens (age 13-17) with a new sense of culinary confidence and the ability to make dishes from scratch. From the recipe reading home chef to the gastronomy obsessed insta-stylist, this experience is sure to satisfy any foodie’s curiosity and palate. Space is limited to just 16 students.

Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn | (847) 230-0330 | [email protected]
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Code Ninjas Summer Camps
Libertyville & Glenview

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Transform your child’s love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure! Code Ninjas camps offer an engaging and fun environment for children to learn coding and robotics, build problem-solving & critical thinking skills, gain confidence, and have a blast with friends! This summer, Code Ninjas is offering 9 Technology Camps – Mix and Match your favorites each week! Camps are great for beginners and experienced kids ages 7-14. Daily activities include a mix of on-screen and off-screen learning and fun. After-care is also available.
2019 camps include:

  • MIT App Builder
  • Minecraft Create
  • Hack Attack!
  • Beginning JavaScript
  • RoboPRO
  • Code Drone
  • Game Builder
  • Roblox Create
  • Browse and Build

Code Ninjas Libertyville
1324 S Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 549-3908
[email protected]codeninjas.com
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Code Ninjas Glenview
2735 Pfingsten Rd., Gelnview, IL 60026
(847) 715-9056
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Early Bird pricing ends March 31!
Sign up for both AM and PM Code Ninjas Summer Camps the same week and get $50 cash back!


Rising Stars Camp
Lake Villa | Wheaton | Mundelein

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Rising Stars® Camp is a week-long music performance workshop for performers ages 3 through high school. Campers will get to sing, dance, and learn how to become better performers while making friends and having fun! Having hosted over 20 years of summer camps, we excitedly continue the tradition of bringing music to students from more than 40 different schools! Each of our camps is unique to the community we serve.
CAMP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learning 4-5 songs with choreography and formation changes, stage presence & performance confidence
  • Working with highly-regarded music and performance staff
  • Performing at our grand finale concert at the end of camp the week to showcase all the campers have learned
  • Making new friends who share the joy and love of performance!

Rising Stars Camps
(331) 218 – 0869 | [email protected]mps.com
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Session 1
Lakes Community High School
Lake Villa

Session 2 & 3
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Session 4
Mundelein High School

Register before May 15th to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!


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.


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

…Or rather your inbox! Sign up now for Camp Trike and receive a daily email Monday-Friday all summer long! Each day will have things to do, places to go and ideas for easy summer fun centered around a theme.

Camp Trike runs May 27 through August 12 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.

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