Virtual Camps for Lake County Kids

Virtual Activities

Disclosure: our camp guides include paid listings and Little Lake County partners.

While this is not the summer we had planned for, we can still give our children some fun and engaging experiences. While we wait for the state to fully re-open summer camps, many Lake County camp providers are offering virtual camp options to keep children entertained and engaged over the summer. Burned out from being your child’s teacher or don’t have time to put together learning opportunities, these camps are just the ticket!

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Virtual Camps in Lake County

Find your perfect camp:
Nature Camps | STEM Camps | Cooking Camps | Art & Creative Camps

Virtual Nature Camps

Spark your child’s natural curiosity with programs that will answer their questions and inspire them to get outside and explore. 

Lake County Forest Preserves

While we can’t meet in the preserves this summer, we can still learn about local nature and history.

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All six Lake County Forest Preserves virtual summer camps offer a fun educational experience presented by our professional nature and history educators. Some camps, such as Wetland Explorers, feature a self-guided outdoor adventure component that families can do together.

Whether learning virtually indoors with our educators, or outdoors on their own, campers can explore some of the most beautiful natural areas in the region, hear about Lake County’s rich history, and discover what prehistoric times were like when dinosaurs roamed our area.
Dates: June 15-19, 22-26, July 6-10, 13-17, 27-31, and August 3-7, 10-14
Ages: 6-14
Size: 20 participants per camp
Fee: $25 per camp

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Virtual STEM Camps for Kids

STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math to grow the next generation of critical thinkers.  Not only will your child be challenged at camp, but they’ll be afforded reasonable problems that require the use of higher-level thinking skills throughout their session.

Camp Invention

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

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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 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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Noggin Builders

Noggin Builders’ live online summer camps are led by experienced Noggin Builders teachers who are passionate and dedicated to creating a unique and memorable experience for your camper!

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Sign up by the week and choose from a variety of activities that best fit your camper’s interests. The camp day includes programming from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a 12-1:00 p.m. lunch break, and during each time slot, your child can choose from 2-3 different activities.

In addition to STEM activities, campers will also stay engaged with Nature, Coding, Spanish, Cooking, Art, and Games, plus Sports & Theatre choices.
Dates: Weekly June 1 – August 14
Ages: 3-10 years
Size: 15 children per video room
Fee: $195 per FAMILY

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Explore & Engage with CLC Summer Camps

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Explore STEAM-based academic enrichment for grades 1-8 taught by experienced educators. Engage in Innovative career exploration experiences for grades 9-12 that will help teens determine their path of study in high school or which majors to pursue in college. Camp registration is now open. Summer camps will be live online via Zoom.
Dates: Half-day camps (mornings or afternoons) offered June 15 – July 30 Monday-Thursday
Age: grades 1-12
Fee: $175-195

Explore Summer Camps
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Gorton Community Center

Gorton has gone virtual and is offering Virtually Gorton Summer Camps.

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Virtually Gorton: RoboThink Camps – Gorton is offering four RoboThink Camps this summer! June 15-19 is Intro to Coding with Scratch, July 6-10 is Intro to Video Game Design, July 13-17 is Intro to Python Coding and July 27-31 is another session of Intro to Video Game Design.
Date: dates above, 10-11:00 a.m.
Ages: For children ages 8 and older
Size: 10 children per session
Fee: $125 per camp/week

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Virtual Cooking Camps

Get your kids in the kitchen this summer and let them start planning and making the 800 meals a day they request with these virtual cooking camps.

Taste Buds Kitchen

Join Taste Buds Kitchen – Bannockburn for a robust online version of our signature summer cooking camps as a LIVE, highly interactive Zoom experience!

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Designed for ages 6 to 15 to gather together from the comfort of their home as we have fun together in the kitchen. Limited-size live classes are full of excitement and connection, featuring two recipes each day. We’ll master new kitchen skills from reading recipes and measuring wet/dry ingredients to knife skills as we work our way towards kitchen independence.

Registration includes a customizable Chef’s Kit for each child with your choice of TBK apron or t-shirt, kid-safe nylon knife or measuring spoon set, recipe pack, and an award certificate. A shopping list and recipes are emailed prior, or, choose an optional Ingredient Kit to have everything you need shopped and prepped for you!
Date: June 8 – July 24, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Age: 6-15 years old
Size: up to 20 households
Fee: 1 child household: $165; 2 child household $215; 3 child household $265

Taste Buds Kitchen
(847) 230-0330 | [email protected]
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Virtual Art & Creative Camps

Art and Creativity can take many forms; painting, acting, dancing, photography, film, it’s practically endless. Allow your children to explore their creative side at one of these virtual camps to spark creativity and teach new skills.

Gorton Community Center

Gorton has gone virtual and is offering Virtually Gorton Summer Camps.

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Virtual Filmmaking campers will gain knowledge in every aspect of virtual filmmaking. Our Filmmaking Camp Directors are chosen from professional ranks and some of the top filmmaking schools in the country. They will instruct our campers in important elements of pre-production, production, and post-production, where our campers learn filmmaking techniques through digital technology and professional software. Campers will be immersed in storyboarding, shot list creation, casting, shooting, and digital film editing using their own gear at home!
Date: June 22 – June 26 offered 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1-3:00 p.m.
Ages: For children entering 4-8th grades
Size: 8 children per session
Fee: $200

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Dance Academy of Libertyville

Join DAL for Poppy’s Party Online!

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
(847) 247-1327 | [email protected]
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Gorton Community Center

Gorton has gone virtual and is offering Virtually Gorton Summer Camps.

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Virtually Gorton: Sewing Camps with Ciao Bella Sewing – Gorton is offering four sewing camps this summer! 4th of July Themed Sewing Camp on June 22-26 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., Sleep Under Sewing Camp on July 6-10 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., Project Runway Sewing Camp on July 20-24 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and Back to School Sewing Camp on August 3-7 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Dates: see above
Age: ages 8-15 years old
Size: 10 campers
Fee: $180-285

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It may not be the summer you planned, but it can be virtually as much fun!

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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.

Find in-person summer camp options at Summer Camps in Lake County.

Virtual Camps for Lake County Kids
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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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