2014 Champaign-Urbana Summer Camps Guide

2014 Champaign-Urbana Area Summer Camps Guide

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photo from http://www.k5learning.com/

Welcome to the 2014 Champaign-Urbana Area Summer Camps Guide! If you are looking for quality experiences for your child this summer, you’ve come to the right place. Registration for summer camps is now up and running at many organizations, although some may not have information ready yet.

Thank you so much to our featured listing sponsors for helping to make this guide possible. All featured listings are sponsors of Chambanamoms.com. If your organization would like to have a featured listing, please contact Jennifer at jennifer(at)chambanamoms.com. We will continue to add featured listings as desired!


Next Generation Summer Programs

Next Generation Camp

Next Generation Camp

About:  Next Generation Summer Camp for Primary School Students
Regular weekly activities include field trips, swimming, cooking projects, science experiments, crafts, drama and music, in addition to sport activities both in the gymnasium and outside!



Next Generation Enrichment Camp
Types of Classes Offered: Coding, Creative Writing, Journalism, World Cultures, Graphic Design, and much more!

Next Generation Summer Camp for Middle School Students
With daily labs and explorations, visits to the University of Illinois campus, along with swimming and games in the afternoon, there will be plenty to keep your middle school student engaged and having fun this summer.


May 29-August 10
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (care offered 7:30-9 a.m. & 4-5:30 p.m.)

Parent Comment:  “The numerous activities give the children enough to keep them busy and happy throughout the day. I never worry because they are always active and learning. The variety of options make it easy for my child to choose what she likes best!”

Ages Served:  Students who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade

Location:  Next Generation School, 2521 Galen Dr., Champaign

For more information:  Krystal Moya, Gabi Cooper or Kristin Sandone, http://nextgenerationschool.com/ or (217)356-6995

Savoy Recreation Center/Village of Savoy

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Savoy Rec Center

About:  Our summer camps continue to grow every summer. We promise lots of activities to maintain a physically active program coupled with some valuable life skills that will last your child a lifetime. Offering a variety of themes all summer long

Dates:  Camps begin June 2 and continue on through August 22. Most camps are 1 week in duration and morning and afternoon camps can be mixed and matched. Most camps are 7:30 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 5 pm. Those registered in morning and afternoon will have a lunch from 12-12:30 that is included with most camps.

Parent Comment:  Our family has been using SRC for the last five years for summer and school out programs, as well as for birthday celebrations. We cannot say enough good things for the staff and the programs. I have found everybody to be very professional, courteous and caring. It truly feels like a ‘home away from home’ for my kids. – Nick and Anna Stanev, Savoy

Ages Served: 5-12

Location:  Savoy Recreation Center, 402 W. Graham Dr.

For more information:  http://www.savoyrecreationcenter.com or (217)359-3550 or Contact Lexi Hartman at lexi@savoyrecreationcenter.com for more detailed camp information

Indian Acres Swim Club

Indian Acres Day Camp

Indian Acres Day Camp

About: This camp provides children ages 3-12 years-of-age quality learning and recreational opportunities in a safe and enjoyable environment. All campers receive daily swim instruction commensurate with their ability. Campers also participate in a variety of passive activities and active sports and games. Campers do not have to be members of the swim club.

Dates: Parents can enroll children for one or more weeks. Camp is in session from 8:30 until 12 noon, Monday-Friday, for nine weeks starting June 9 through Aug. 8. A 10th week of camp may offered if there is sufficient interest and staff.

Parent Comment: Thirty years ago I attended many weeks of camp every summer. Now my children love it just as much as I did. The swim instruction is excellent.

Ages Served: Campers are 3-12 years of age

Location: Indian Acres Swim Club, Near the corner of Prospect Ave. and Kirby Ave., 1 Arrow Rd., Champaign

For more information:  http://indianacresswimclub.org or call Don at (217)352-9538

Countryside School Summer Camps

Countryside School

Countryside School

Dates: Different camps offered each week for various grade levels during June (Session 1 – June 9-13, Session 2 – June 16-20, Session 3 – June 23-27).  Camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Ages: Students entering Kindergarten – 9th grade depending on the camp.  Camps open to students from any school.

About: Our summer camps are open to ANY student from ANY school. Choose from weekly specialized camps in art, computers, sports, books, science, crafts, and much more.  Great news – Hogwarts Academy is back this summer!  And new this year, Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson)!  Detailed information and enrollment forms are available on our website.

Parent Comment: “My children have attended these camps since Kindergarten. I love that both of them could choose camps to match their interests from LEGO robotics and digital photography to theater and volleyball.” – mother of a 4th grader and a 7th grader

Photo attached:  Hogwarts Academy

Website:  http://www.countrysideschool.org/ or call 217.355.1253

I-Power School of Gymnastics

I-Power Gymnastics

I-Power Gymnastics

About: I-Power summer camps are guaranteed to keep your child active, engaged and physically fit over the summer! Skills will be taught on vault, bars, beam, and floor, as well as the trampoline and tumble track. Each camp will include crafts and activities related to the theme of the week.

Dates: Full day gymnastics camps, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (early drop off 7:30 am and late pick up 5:30 pm available): June 9 – 13 Silly Science Week; July 7 – 11 Olympic Sports Week; July 21 – 25 Movie Week; August 4 – 8 Water Week; August 11 – 15 Bouncy House Week

Half Day Gymnastics Camps:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: June 2 – 6; June 16 – 20; June 23 – 27; June 30 – July 3; July 14 – 18; July 28 – August 1

Wee Camp: 9:00 am – 11:30 a.m. June 16 – 20; July 14 – 18; August 4 – 8

Parent Comment: My kids LOVE camp at I-Power! The camp staff is energetic and great with kids!

Ages Served: 3-12

Location: I-Power School of Gymnastics, 215 S. Staley, Champaign

For more information:  http://ipowergymnastics.com/ or call  217-359-3547

The Little Gym

The Little Gym

The Little Gym

About: Our Super kids camps are entirely new, adventure-filled 3 hour camps for kids 3-10 years old. Each camp is theme based with creative storylines that incorporate exercise, imagination and cooperation skills. Our camps follow a totally new camp format, so get ready for totally new and exciting experience. New grade-school specific Skill Thrill Camps are also offered.

Dates: Camps Start June 9 and run every week until August 22. Camps are offered every week at the following times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 9 a.m. -12 p.m. ; Tuesday/Thursday: 1 – 4 p.m.

Parent Comment: My kids love The Little Gym!!! The camps are so much fun with many different themes and skills. They never want to come home.

Ages Served: 3 – 10

Location: The Little Gym, 2860 South Philo Rd, Suite K, Urbana

For more information:  http://tlgchampaignil.com or call Lindsay at (217)352-5500

Soccer Planet Camps

Soccer Planet

Soccer Planet

About: In Little Kickers, your children (ages 4-8) will learn the basics of soccer while having a blast on the field! Our great coaches will lead creative, age-appropriate, high energy games that will ensure an amazing soccer experience. Soccer Planet High School Soccer camps are designed to prepare players for their upcoming season and give them an advantage by reviewing their skills involved in the game. The Soccer Planet/Illinois FC Soccer Camps will focus on technical and tactical development of each player; including dribbling, passing & receiving, finishing and defending. Coaches will use individual and small group activities, small sided games, and world-cup style tournaments throughout the week to help each player enhance their skills.

Little KickersJune 9-13, July 14-18, August 4-8;  9:00-11:00 am (for 4-5 year olds) and 9:00am-12:00pm for 6-8 year olds.
High School Soccer: June 23-27 (1-4pm); July 21-25 (1-4pm)
Soccer Planet/Illinois FC Soccer Camp: June 9-13 (1-4pm); July 21-25 (9am-12pm); August 4-8 (1-4pm)

Parent Comment:My kids love Summer Camp at Soccer Planet, they can escape the heat while working on fundamentals and athleticism.

Ages Served: 4-17 (depends on the camp)

Location: Soccer Planet, 2310 N. Willow Rd., Urbana

For more information:  http://www.soccerplanetcu.com/ or call Britni at (217)367-9999 Sign up 30 days prior to the first day of camp to receive a free white jersey (in Lil’ Kickers) or t-shirt (for high school soccer and IFC).


Champaign School of Music summer camps

Champaign School of Music summer camps

Champaign School of Music

About: Our exciting Summer Music Camps provide your children ages 6 months- 16 years the opportunity to engage in music through playing it, creating it, recording it, doing live gigs and even acting to it!   Your child will meet new friends,  and get a head start on their school year music learning. For young children and their parents we have: Music Together®; for 4-5 year olds: Piano Adventures; for 8- 12 yrs Pop Star;  for 8-16 yrs: Rock Band; for 8-16 yrs: Music Theatre –  Alice in Wonderland!  We will also be providing private lessons in all popular instruments for ages 4-94!

Dates: 8 Weeks Long; June 16 – Aug 16 (No classes week of July 4)

Parent Comment: I have been very pleased with the music instruction my children have received. Each of my three children learns in a different way and the teachers have been flexible and creative in bringing out the best in each of them. The performing opportunities have enhanced their poise, confidence, and musicianship. I am very happy to have found a place for my children to study music that offers challenging, high quality lessons approached in an individualized, developmentally-appropriate manner. Mom, Suzanne M.

Ages Served: Babies – 16 years

Location: Champaign School of Music, 1712 S Duncan, (immediately south of Kirby & Duncan intersection)

For more information:  http://www.ChampaignSchoolofMusic.org or call (217)359-0541 and ask for Ms Michelle or Ms Holly

Champaign Park District Day Camp

Credit: Champaign Park District

Champaign Park District

About:  Scholarships are available for families facing economic hardship. Registration begins March 15 for residents and March 25 for non-residents.

Dates: Camps run from June 3 to August 15 and are available with both full and partial day options.

Ages: Champaign Park District offers a variety of summer day camps for children of all abilities ages 6 to 15.

Locations: Camps are held at a variety of locations including the Leonhard Recreation Center, Springer Cultural Center, Douglass Recreation Center and Hays Recreation Center.

For more information: go to www.champaignparkdistrict.com.


Amara Yoga and Arts Summer Camps Urbana

Amara Yoga and Arts

Amara Yoga and Arts

About:  Summer camp at Amara will be a blend of art and yoga in a fun and relaxed environment. All art activities will be open–ended and provide an opportunity for the kids to be themselves without the fear of failure. Kids will learn basic yoga elements through focused breathing, play, storytelling, balance and creative visualization.

Dates: Week 1 – July 7 – 11 – Public Art and Famous Paintings; Week 2 – July 15–19 Shadow Puppets & other Puppet Friends; Week 3 -July 21 – 25th – Dragons and Fairytales Galore!; Week 4 – July 28 – August 1 Build a Fairy House and Fairies to Live in it; Week 5 – August 4 – 8 Sewing, Weaving and Papermaking

Ages: ages 4-11

Parent Comment: My children have attended Amara Yoga & Arts for kids for the second year and they absolutely love the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the studio. During their art classes on Saturday mornings, the children have a chance to freely explore and express their creativity with a variety of media in 2D and 3D. Our son (age 7), who attended more classes than our daughter (age 9) due to schedule availability, brings home a number of very interesting art objects that he creates with the help of the amazing instructors. These are not only functional but very attractive indeed. While there he was introduced to sewing, which he kept doing all by himself at home, knitting; in addition to painting, drawing, and more. Yoga and arts help keep him focused on doing something that he truly enjoys. I recommend enrolling your child in the Yoga and Arts for kids at Amara. – Tei Barnhart

Location: Amara Yoga and Arts, Vine St. side of Lincoln Square, Urbana – entrance on the outside of the mall.
300 S. Broadway, Urbana

For more information and to register: go to http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=5576&stype=-103. Email us at info@amarayoga.com to enroll 2nd sibling.

Champaign County Forest Preserve District

About:  Champaign County Forest Preserve District offers eight different summer camps for kids interested in nature, learning about the Grand Prairie, Gardening, Archaeology, taking pictures and golf.

Dates: June 10 – July 25

Ages: ages 3-11. Jr Golf Camps are for kids 8-17 years old.

Parent Comment: We appreciate the time and effort that goes into this well organized camp. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful experience!

Locations: Museum of the Grand Prairie; Homer Lake Interpretive Center; Lake of the Woods Golf Course; Salt Fork Center; Lake of the Woods

For more information and to register: go to http://ccfpd.org/Education/SummerYouthPrograms.html

Champaign Gymnastics Academy

CGA Camp

CGA Camp

About: These week-long camps are perfect for any child who wants to explore gymnastics in a safe and fun environment! All levels of gymnastics ability are welcome. Camps will be led by our qualified and talented camp staff. Children will have an opportunity to learn gymnastics skills on all of the Olympic events, as well as participate in confidence-building games and themed crafts. The week will include a unique guest or activity, including visitors from the Orpheum Children’s Museum, local fire department, face painters, and more!
Sibling and multiple week discounts offered!

Dates: Camp offered Monday-Friday, June 9 – August 22
*No Camp offered June 30-July 4
Full Day Camps: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Half Day Camps: 8:30am – 12:30 pm; 12:30pm – 4:30pm
(Early drop off at 7:30 am and late pick up until 5:30 pm available)

Ages Served: Ages 4 – Entering 8th grade

Location: Champaign Gymnastics Academy, 219 S. Mattis Avenue, Champaign, Il 61821

For more information:  http://www.champaigngym.com/ or call Ashley Lebeau at (217)398-4242

Class Act

Class Act Camp

Class Act Camp

About: Class Act offers a variety of theatre training opportunities for students who love to act, sing and perform. Our unique camps and intensives are taught by professional theatre educators Kat Downs, Jaclyn Loewenstein and Donna Warwick. Each session culminates with a performance on the SoDo Theatre stage.

Dates:June 23-August 8. We offer one- and two-week sessions for three or six hours per day. Prices range from $150-$275 per week. See our website for details!

Parent Comment: “Our 9-year-old daughter has participated in Class Act programs for 3 years and has loved every moment. She has developed a sense of self confidence that we never thought possible in a young girl. Class Act’s theatre instructors are top notch. They care about the kids and encourage them to be their best without competing against each other.”
-Johnalene and Jeff Radek

Ages Served: 4-15

Location: SoDo Theatre (at Christ Community Church), 114 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820

For more information:  http://classactinteractive.com/education/camps/ or call Jaclyn Loewenstein at  (217)689-1493


Spanish Summer Camps at the University of Illinois through the University Language Academy for Children

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About: The camps are designed for students ages 4-11, to promote early second language acquisition through Spanish immersion in a safe, fun and stimulating environment by combining the renowned language teaching expertise of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese with age-appropriate activities. The camp’s teachers are native and near-native speakers of Spanish with experience working with children.
The camps are open to all children between those ages who want to explore Spanish, as well as for children of Spanish-speaking families.
Children will have the opportunity to learn or continue developing the language and gain knowledge of the rich cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking world through stories, games, songs and crafts while being immersed in Spanish.

Dates:June 9-August 1
Morning sessions (8:30 AM-noon)
Afternoon sessions (1:30PM-5:00PM)
full day (8:30AM-5:00PM)

Parent Comment: The language academy seems to really work for my daughter, because their activities are hands-on and age-appropriate. As the youngest kid in the class, she thrived!

“Our daughter completed 3 semesters of the Spanish language academy and
was then able to thrive in an all-Spanish-speaking school in Spain for
a semester. By the end of 4 months she was speaking fluently. She was
happy to come back and go the Spanish language academy camp. She
always enjoyed going to class and never viewed it as a chore. The
teachers were really talented at making it fun so that the kids wanted
to come back.”

Ages Served: 4-11

Location: University Language Academy for Children, Children’s Research Center, 51 East Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

For more information:  http://www.languageacademy.illinois.edu/summer_camps.html or call Kathy at (217)300-7592

Kids Movement Arts of Champaign/Urbana

Kid Movement Art Camp

Kids Movement Arts Camp

About: Kids Movement Arts of Champaign/Urbana is excited to offer Summer Fitness Camp for KIDS. Your child will experience fun-filled physical fitness activities and fine arts. Regular weekly activities include Creative Dance Concepts, Zumba Kids, Kung Fu including Martial Arts tumbling, Raw Fitness for Kids and arts and crafts.

Dates: June 9 – 13 & 16 – 20 and July 7 – 11 & 14 – 18.
8:30 am – 12:30 pm (early drop off and late pick up available)

Parent Comment: “My kids love all the numerous activities that are full of fun and keep them active. The variety ensures that my kids are always engaged, and I love the fact that they get some of their summer energy spent in a productive way. I don’t feel as though they are bouncing off the walls all summer! The instructors are all professional and caring and meet my kids at their level.”

Ages Served:4-12

Location: Dragon Claw Academy Studios 606 N Country Fair Dr. Ste A, Champaign, IL 61821

Additional Info: Students receive 10% if they attend all four weeks. Siblings attending the same week will also receive 10% discount. Snack is provided. Contact us for more tuition info.

For more information:  Aaron Chen or Abigail Chen www.kidsmovementarts.com 217-274-8382

First Christian Church Summer Care

FCC Summer Ca

FCC Summer Care

About: Summer Care is a fun-filled, 11-week child care program where kids are active in many fun activities such as trips to iPower, Skateland, the movies, and the park! You can register your child for all 11 weeks or for just a few! Part-time options are also available for 3 days per week.

Dates:June 2nd – August 15th
Drop off is anytime after 7:30. And pick up is before 5:30.

Parent Comment: The leaders work hard to create a safe and fun atmosphere where the kids are exposed to a variety of experiences and activities that they look forward to each week. The summers my kids spent at Summer Care were more than just a summer at a day care – they made lasting friendships and heard lessons that have stuck, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

Ages Served: Children Entering 1st – 6th Grade

Location: First Christian Church, 3601 S. Staley Rd., Champaign, IL 61822

For more information:  http://fcc-online.com or call Rachel at (217)356-1649


 Our list continues: 

Stephens Family YMCA:  Y Day Camps provide an exciting, safe community for young people to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. You must register in person at the Stephens Family YMCA (starts March 1).
Ages: Kids age 3 through 14

Camp Kiwanis (Girl Scout Camp), located in Mahomet near Lake of the Woods. Different themes each week, including water, reading, art, outdoors.
Ages: Girls entering grades 1-5

Chesterbrook Academy Camp Zone (two Champaign locations, Duncan and Research Park)
Dates: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Five days a week
Ages: 5 to 12

College for Kids at Parkland College offers science, theatre, writing, computers, and much more.
Dates:  June 16-26 and/or July 7-17; Monday-Thursday, 12:15-2:15pm and/or 2:30-4:30pm
Ages:  Entering grades 3 through 8

Community Center for the Arts, Urbana, offers a variety of music, drama and culture camps.
Dates and ages vary with each camp; general music camps last one week (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily).
Ages: 7 and up

4-H Memorial Camps, Monticello (residential camp): Five days or three days of fun and adventure in the out-of-doors. Champaign County and non 4-H children welcome.
Ages:  8-16

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) at the University of Illinois
Dates:  July 13– July 19
Ages:  open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9 through 12 in fall 2014.

Illinois Summer Youth Music
ISYM is not a day camp; students are housed in the Illinois Street Residence Halls on the University of Illinois campus.
Dates:  June 15 – 21,  June 22 – July 28, July 6 – July 12
Ages:  Junior high and high school


KinderCare Champaign offers 12 weeks of full-day camps, with a different theme each week.
Dates:  May through August
Ages:  Pre-school through school-age

La Petite Academy, Champaign, offers a different full-day camp each week including space camp, arts and crafts, animal camp, weekly swimming and more.
Dates:  June through August
Ages:  Kindergarten through age 12

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum offers art, science, Lego robotics, grossology, explosions and more
Dates: Not announced yet.
Ages: K – seventh grade, depending on camp.

Spanish Summer Camps is a University of Illinois program that promotes early second language acquisition; stories, games, songs, and crafts while immersed in Spanish.
Dates: June 9 – August 1; half day and full day options
Ages: 4-11

Tap In Leadership Academy: Summer Enrichment Program is a multicultural six-week program.  Housed at the McKinley Foundation on University of Illinois campus, each week, scholars explore a different culture/world area through hands-on learning facilitated by university professionals.
Dates:   TBA
Ages:  students entering 5th – 12th grade

University of Illinois Sports Fitness Program of The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health offers half-day and full-day enrollment in two-, four- and eight- week sessions.
Dates: June 10 – Aug. 1;  program runs Monday through Thursdays.
Ages:  7 – 12

University of Illinois Summer Sports Camps: Led by U of I coaches/players. Dates/ ages vary. wrestling, football, gymnastics, golf, basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, swimming. For boys and girls.
Dates:  Begin in early June
Ages:  6 though high school

University of Illinois Young Writers Summer Camps: Enrichment opportunity for young writers. 
Ages/Dates: Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25th at Urbana High School from 10-3. 

Urbana Park District:  If you have any registration questions please call the Phillips Recreation Center at 367-1544.

Hayasaki Gymnastics Center: boys and girls gymnastics, and cheer tumbling
Ages: 4 and up

Does your organization have a camp that we have missed? Don’t have information yet? Want a featured listing? Contact us (jennifer@chambanamoms.com). 


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  1. Summer Workshop Camps at CU Community Fab Lab!
    Camps are available for ages 8 through adult for everything from an introduction to the lab (Camp FabLab!) to building Paper Automata! to Wearable Electronics to Robotics to Minecraft.

  2. Anonymous Mom says:

    A quick review of the Leonhard Center summer camps. These are possibly the most affordable ones in the area, for parents who need full-day camps. My child likes it, but as we enter successive weeks, Child’s enthusiasm wanes. I think that Child finds the camp a little chaotic, and the kids a little wild for her taste. If your child is sensitive (loud gym, lots of kids tossing balls in all directions without much concern for the kid who gets hit in the face, youthful leaders), and needs more support making new friends than young camp leaders usually offer, you may want to consider a more low-key camps. Communication among parents, camp director, and leaders could be better (I’ve found that concerns communicated to director weren’t passed on to leaders). Also, I have found that swimming is not held as often as it was last year, though there may be good reasons for this (Sholem is AWFULLY overcrowded). Parking is a bit of an issue, but this is a minor issue. Having said that, this is a good camp, just not for everyone.

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  4. My daughter LOVES Hayasaki Gymnastics’s camp. This is the first week that I signed her up, and she is doing the afternoon session which runs from noon to 2:30 on Monday through Thursday. There are only 4 girls in the class with 1 amazing instructor and 1 experienced volunteer. They work on their gymnastics skills the entire time, with a small break for a snack and another break for an arts and crafts activity. It’s a great workout, so she sleeps better at night, which is a bonus for me as well!