Summer's Hottest Creative Camps

Posted: March 12, 2024

Our Camp Guide is packed with incredible Creative Camps to keep your little one's creativity going all throughout the summer months! Here we've rounded up some of this summer's top Creative Camps. You can find a full range of options in our 2024 Camp Guide, including creative camps for art, dance, music and theater.


Featured Creative Camps:



Summer Art Adventures at the Paintbrush
ARTsy kids ages 4-10 will love spending their summer weeks immersed in ART at The Paintbrush. Kids learn by doing. Explore ART through a variety of approaches including drawing, painting, ARTist-inspired projects,, weekly tie-dye day and slime day, games and more!
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Brains & Motion Education Arts Summer Camps in Chicago!
Ignite your child's curiosity and creativity this summer with Brains & Motion Education's premier Summer Camps in Chicago! Our diverse range of programs caters to children grades K-8, offering an enriching and immersive educational experience beyond the traditional classroom setting. At Brains & Motion Education, we understand the importance of providing children with opportunities to discover their interests and develop essential skills to prepare them for future success. We allow children to develop critical social skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and leadership. BAM! Campers are encouraged to explore their interests, pursue their passions, and discover new talents in a supportive and nurturing environment, whether building robots, creating works of art, or scoring goals on the soccer field.
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Skyline Children's Theater Broadway Summer Camp
Rising stars age 5-14: sing, dance, and shine with Skyline in Mary Poppins, Matilda, and more! Step into the spotlight, make friends, build confidence, and have tons of summer fun! Skyline's Broadway Summer Camp for ages 5-14 is an encouraging musical theater experience where every child can shine. All participants are assigned a named role in a show and together create a full musical ensemble for a spectacular musical.
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Music Theater Works Camps
YouthREACH is perfect for budding Broadway stars ages 8 - 13. Everyone gets a role in this summer's youth versions of WIZARD OF OZ, ANNIE, MEAN GIRLS, GUYS AND DOLLS and LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL. Every child deserves a chance to be in the spotlight! Whether your kid is a stage veteran or a fresh-faced newbie, they will experience musical theater in a whole new way. With our tag-team approach to casting, every child gets a starring part as well as being in the ensemble.
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Imagine Performing Arts
Imagine Performing Arts offers 1-week theatre camps for ages 4-13 all summer long. Along with a professional teaching artist, our campers work together with their peers to play age-appropriate drama games designed to stimulate their imaginations, encourage being in the moment, and build a strong theatrical foundation. Our campers collaborate to devise an original story, develop unique characters, learn musical numbers to popular Broadway songs, and perform in an informal presentation for parents at the end of the week.
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CircEsteem Summer Camp
CircEsteem Summer Circus Camp is a fun, safe, supportive environment where children explore the many skills that create the Circus Arts. Camp allows each child to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, physical awareness and an understanding of the potential they possess. Learn trapeze, tightwire, juggling and more, with a different theme each week. Students enrolled will get to share their excitement and newfound skills with family and friends at the end of the week in a Show Off performance.
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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer Camps
Combining creativity with fun, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) camps offer exciting projects and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
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The Second City Comedy Camps
Need a break from the knock-knock jokes? Lucky for you, we live for them! The Second City has a long list of comedy superstars, and we think your child has what it takes to be a part of it! At our Comedy Camps kids can cut loose, crack jokes, and break out of their shells. Our camps specialize in teamwork, listening skills, and embracing creativity while having FUN! Through spontaneity and improv games, campers learn valuable problem-solving skills. Camps are led by expert teachers who can guide all experiences levels and ages to comedic greatness!
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GUS Dance Camps
GUS DANCE CAMPS (age 5-19) explore a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theater and more! Campers perform on last day for family & friends. GUS founded in 1953 is family run & welcoming to dancers of every age and level! Advanced dancers learn Choreography Composition and create their own piece performed in Camp Show. Take one, two or all three weeks of Camp - each Camp week has new classes, new styles and new choreography with fun and encouraging dance teachers. Tiny Tots Camps for your little dancer (age 2.5-4) are three-day camps with performance.
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Lifeline Theatre Summer Drama Camps
Our instructors are preparing activities and games for campers to spend their days exploring stories, building characters, moving their bodies and learning theatre production skills that will take your camper's imagination to far-away places!
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Find more options in our 2024 Summer Camp Guide.