Welcome to the 2015 Champaign-Urbana Area Summer Camp 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.
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Champaign Park District
The Champaign Park District offers a variety of camps for children ages 3 through teens!
Extended Pre-School Camp (ages 3-5): Preschoolers will continue to enjoy indoor & outdoor activities, arts, crafts and storytime (children will take turns bringing snacks). Parents may choose both sessions to create a full day; a different activity will be provided each day!
Dates: 8/3-8/7; 8:30am-12pm, 12-3:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Springer Cultural Center, 301 N Randolph Street, Champaign
Day Camps (ages 5-13): These camps will keep your grade-school children active and learning throughout the summer! Inclusion services offered. Different themes include: Leonhard Day Camp, Douglass Day Camp, Creative Kids Day Camp, Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Summer Day Camp (Age 5-22), Girls Explore Camps (4th-7th Grade, focus on STEAM learning), Prairie Farm Barnyard Farm Camp.
Dates: Most camps begin the week of June 1 and run through August 14, with a few camps early and late in the season. Typical camp hours are 7:30am-5pm.
Location: Douglass Community Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, Springer Cultural Center, Prairie Farm, Champaign
Summer Care is a fun-filled, 10-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 three days per week.
Dates: June 8 – August 14; Drop off is anytime after 7:30 am, 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 (corner of Staley & Curtis Rd.), Champaign
Our Super Kids camps are adventure-filled three-hour camps for kids 3-12 years old. Each camp is theme based with creative storylines that incorporate exercise, imagination and cooperation skills. New grade-school specific Skill Thrill Camps are also offered! Every camp will have theme specific games, activities and crafts! Parents love that their kiddos are in a fun, safe environment!!!
Dates: Camps Start June 8 and run every week until August 21. 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 always look forward to The Little Gym camps!! The staff is very energetic and encouraging!!! My kids love doing a craft as well as playing and learning!” – Hailey and Jacob’s mom.
Ages Served: 3 years-12 years
Location: The Little Gym, 2860 S. Philo Road, The Pines, Urbana
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. Sign up for one week or more.
Dates: Weekly starting July 7 going though August 8; 9 a.m.-noon or 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – check website for camp theme.
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. – Tei Barnhart
Ages Served: 4-11
Location: Amara Yoga & Arts, Vine St. side of Lincoln Square, Urbana – entrance on the outside of the mall, Urbana
Mathnasium is a learning center with qualified instructors, one-on-one guidance, and individualized learning plans. While tutors help students get through homework, our role as a learning center is to uncover why homework is difficult and bridge those gaps. We work on foundational learning by first assessing each student to discover precisely where help is needed. Then our premier teaching method empowers students to excel in school.
Dates: June 1 through August 14 (2 or 3 sessions a week)
“Why isn’t everyone doing math this way?” Harry L.
“Just a quick note to let you know how helpful you have been with Ali and her math class. As a result of her time spent at Mathnasium, her pre-calc class was a much more positive experience. I will share our success with anyone I know who might have a need for your service.” Randy S.
Ages Served: Grades 1 through 12
Location: Mathnasium, 2110 South Neil St, across from Biaggi’s, Champaign
Class Act offers a variety of opportunities for students who enjoy acting, singing, creating and performing. Camps range from the popular Broadway Babies Camp (grades K-1) to TeenProv (new for high schoolers). All camps and workshops are taught by professional educators Kat Downs, Jaclyn Loewenstein and Donna Warwick. Each session culminates with a performance on the SoDo Theatre stage. New this summer: iPad Digital Art Camp!
Dates: June 1-August 14. Most camps have one-week sessions, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. (There are some exceptions.)
See website for specific dates & details.
Parent Comment: “Our 10-year-old has participated in Class Act’s theatre programs for four years and has loved every moment. She has developed a sense of self confidence that we never thought possible in a child. Class Act’s 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: Entering Kindergarten through 12th grade
Location: SoDo Theatre (at Christ Community Church), 114 S. Neil St., Champaign
We are stewards of our county’s natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County’s Forest Preserves.
Dates: June 8-July 25; different themes include: Eco-adventures Day Camp, Survivor Camp, Tiny Tot Garden Adventures, Garden Adventures, Archaeology Camp, Oh What a Vision Full Day Camp, Native American Full Day Camp, Golf Lessons & Golf Camp.
Parent Comment: “Let me just say how much Amara loved camp today! She got in the car at pickup and said “I just need a moment to think. I’m so excited, I just don’t know where to begin…” We heard several times about the fox and deer, and how she “just needs to get back” to visit again and take us with her. She said she would teach us all about it.”
Ages Served: 3 years old – 5th grade
Multiple Locations: Lake of the Woods, Museum of the Grand Prairie, & Homer Lake Interpretive Center
Several camps to choose from: Nature Day camp for Pre-K through age 12, Sports & Aquatics Camp or Summer Arts Camp ages 5-12, There are options for after camp care where kids can stay until 5:30pm. Also a service-based camp for middle schoolers called Teen Camp. Plus, there are specialty camps such as Construction and Science Camp. Most camps include field trips and swimming at park district pools. Camp shirts and daily snacks are included in camp fees. You can register for all camps online (click the green box)
Dates: Most camps begin the week of June 1 and run though August 7, with a few camps early and late in the season. Typical camp hours are 8am-3pm. Extended camp is available for an extra fee.
Parent Comment: “I am so pleased with Nature Camp. My daughter loved it so much I signed her up for an extra week I wasn’t planning on. The Nature Center is a great location, too. Thanks for offering this to our community.”
Ages Served: Pre K -12, plus one camp for those in middle school.
Next Generation School Summer Day Camp has been redesigned and has new management! Our camp offers a unique combination of structured and unstructured activities. The new format allows children who need a full-time care option to enjoy their summer and relax a bit, but never grow bored of the ever-changing activities. Regular weekly activities include field trips, swimming, outdoor adventures, cooking projects, science classes, physical education classes, crafts, drama and music, in addition to sport activities both in the gymnasium and outside!
Dates: June 1 to June 26, June 29 to July 31 and August 3 to August 7.
All camps are from 9-4 with early and after care available from 7:30-9:00 and 4:00-5:30.*Parents are welcome to drop off or pick up their camper at any point during the day*
Themes: Besides, our traditional camp we are also offering STEAM Studio Summer Camp. Through these week-long enrichment camps, students will have the opportunity to explore themes based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The four STEAM Studio themes this summer are: Playground Science, Budding Botanist, Ancient Egypt Exploration, and Zoom, Zoom, Invent! Campers will be: mummifying chickens as they study Ancient Egypt, creating 3D models of their ultimate park based on their physics data, engineering hot air balloons with their inventive designs, starting their very own herbarium as they visit local parks, and much more in these inquiry based camps.
Parent Comment: My child loves the teachers, swimming and field trips the most. I love that I know my child is safe and well-cared for throughout the day! The staff and administration are extremely responsive, responsible and communicative – so I always feel well informed about my child’s day.
Ages Served: Students entering first through fifth grades for traditional camp, Students entering first through sixth grades for STEAM Studio Camp
Location: Next Generation School, 2521 Galen Drive, Champaign
Our Summer Camps are so fun, your child wont even know they’re learning! Plus, we have one just for Adults, too.
Sing, Dance and Jam together in MUSIC TOGETHER (0-5 yrs)
Play the piano and ukulele in MUSIC EXPLORERS (4-6 yrs)
Love Taylor Swift? Join our SWIFT STYLE BAND (7-13 yrs)
Love Halo, Mario Brothers and BioShock? Play in our VIDEO GAME LIVE BAND (9-14 yrs)
Love Adventure Time, Fallout Boy, Alabama Shakes? Play in our ROCK BAND (11-16 yrs)
Miss performers like: the Beatles, Bon Jovi and James Brown? – Play in our BEATLE MANIA BAND AND BEYOND for ADULTS!
MUSIC TOGETHER – June 13-August 15, every Tuesday 10am, Wednesday 6pm or Saturday 10am/11am
MUSIC EXPLORERS June 18 – August 15, every Thursday 6:15-7pm
SWIFT STYLE – June 15-19, 11am-1pm and/or July 13-17, 11am-1pm
VIDEO GAME LIVE – June 15-19, 1:30-3:30pm and/or July 13-17, 1:30-3:30pm
ROCK BAND – June 20 – August 15, every Sat 1-2pm
BEATLE MANIA & BEYOND June 25 – August 13 , 7-8pm
Parent Comment: “My daughter has been taking piano lessons at Champaign School of Music for the past two years. She has thoroughly enjoyed her experience and is looking forward to making more music.” Holly H.
“We had a wonderufl experience. Teachers seem to understand true music education and our granddaughter always loves coming. Just what we were looking for!” Nancy G.
Ages Served: 6 month – 60+
Location: Champaign School of Music, 1712 S Duncan, Champaign
Savoy Recreation Center camps are mainly for 5-12 year olds. Each camp offers a variety of activities including life enrichment skills, physical activity and much more!
Types of camps offered: Basketball, Survivor, Imagination, Around the World, All Star, Lego, Boys will Be Boys, Dance and Cheer, Girls Only, Nature Wonders, Time Travelers, Animal Planet and more.
Dates: June 1-August 21 (Monday-Friday), 7:30 am – 5 pm (some vary), Late pick up option available. Morning and afternoon camps, or sign up for both to stay all day!
Parent Comment: “We have signed our kids up for summer camp at the Savoy Recreation Center for the past five years. The kids have had a great time. We are always happy to see the same staff members year after year, which helps to build a great rapport with our kids.” – Lori
Ages Served: 4-12
Location: Savoy Recreation Center, 402 W. Graham Dr., Savoy
Are your kids ready for a Great Escape Summer Camp? At La Petite Academy, children have all the fun that comes with summer while learning skills to help them grow. School-agers participate in a variety of activities each week, with plenty of amazing things to discover about the week’s theme. Summer camp at La Petite Academy is perfect for younger children too! During June, July and August, your younger child will continue to learn and grow with fun themed activities and special guests.
Dates: June 8 – August 14 (Begins when Unit 4 is out of session, ends when Unit 4 resumes) Camps operate during business hours of 6:30am – 6:00 pm. Most field trips will occur between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Parent Comment: “Summer camp at La Petite is the right balance of learning and fun for my kids — I know they’re in a safe, air conditioned environment where meals are provided, and my kids have an absolute blast!”
Ages Served: 6 weeks to 12 years
Location: La Petite Academy, 1713 Broadmoor, Champaign
In the Lil’ Kickers skills camp, 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 (for students entering 9th-12th grade) are designed to prepare players for their upcoming season and give them an advantage by reviewing their skills involved in the game. Our Youth Soccer Camp (for students entering 3rd-8th grade) will focus on technical and tactical development of each player; including dribbling, passing & receiving, finishing and defending.
Dates: Lil’ Kickers: June 15-19, July 13-17, August 3-7; 9:00-11:00 am
Youth Soccer: June 8-12 (1-4pm); July 20-24 (9am-12pm); August 3-7 (1-4pm)
High School Soccer: June 22-26 and July 20-24; 1:00-4:00pm
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
These half-day 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 8 – August 21, *No Camp offered June 29–July 3, Half Day Camps: 8:30am – 12:30 pm
Ages Served: 4 – Entering 8th grade
Location: Champaign Gymnastics Academy, 219 S. Mattis Avenue, Champaign
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. Back by popular demand: Hogwarts Academy, Laura Ingalls Wilder Projects, Sparki Robot Programming, and LEGO Robotics! Detailed information and enrollment forms are available on our website.
Dates: Different camps offered each week for various grade levels during June (Session 1 – June 8-12, Session 2 – June 15-19, Session 3 – June 22-26). Camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Parent Comment: “My children love these camps and can choose camps to match their interests. For one it was kitchen chemistry and sewing; for the other it was computer programming and basketball.” – mother of a 3rd grader and a 6th grader
Ages Served: K through 9th grade
Location: Countryside School, 4301 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign
Fun, interactive classes for students entering grades 3 through 8 in arts, science, theatre, writing, computers, and much more.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list. Registration for summer 2015 will begin May 4, 2015.
Dates: Session I: June 15-25 ; Monday-Thursday, 12:15-2:15pm and/or 2:30-4:30pm
Session II: July 6-16; Monday-Thursday, 12:15-2:15pm and/or 2:30-4:30pm
Parent Comment: I can’t believe how much my daughter LOVED both of her classes this year. I think the assistants did a fabulous job of helping the kids get to know each other and making them feel comfortable and part of a community.
Ages Served: Students entering grades 3-8
Location: Parkland College Campus, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign
Allerton Camps offer a unique blend of nature, art, and fun. Each week offers a different perspective of Allerton park, from outdoor skills to art camp. New this year – A Day in the Life… includes games, activities, and crafts from Robert Allerton’s time. No matter the topic, camp isn’t camp without running and playing in the sunshine and outdoors!
Dates: June 8-July 2; camps are either 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm.
Parent Comment: Ethan loved it last year! I enjoyed hearing him talk about your adventures, especially in the “meadow” and finding another Fun Dog. Thank you for offering these wonderful programs!
Ages Served: 4-12 years
Location: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello
Arts Camp: A variety of week-long camps for kids interested in active, performance-oriented creative endeavors like circus, flow arts, magic, and theater.
Music Camp: Also a music camp for young children with no experience needed, and lots of music camps for kids who already play. Some themes include: Beatles, Rock,or Jazz–Fiddling–Classical Orchestra and Chamber Music–Songwriting or Music Reading.
Each C4A camp is taught by a team of professional adult instructors; limited enrollment ensures that all campers receive lots of attention.
Dates: June 8 to August 14. Camps are M-F, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Parent Comment: My kids loved it! Great instructors, interesting activities. The rest of the summer will be downhill after this. Much more than I expected!
Ages Served: 4-14
Location: C4A Studios, 103 N. Race St, Urbana
Tap In offers a relationship-centered, hands on Summer Enrichment Program. Our students embark on a three-week multicultural journey; focusing on a different region of the world each week. Each enrichment activity is designed to expand on old skills, and develop new ones through creative, S.T.E.A.M. based activities. Students are given the opportunity to build new friendships, advance academic and literary achievement, release some energy outdoors, and incorporate leadership skills through our diverse, adventure-filled curriculum. Previous activities include: a study of Brazil, Egypt and Traditional Native American culture. Along side a cultural expert, students created masks, head dresses, rain sticks and drums; cooked a variety of ethnic foods; participated in traditional ritual dances and martial arts; recreated culturally specific games and experimented with creating hieroglyphics and make-up. Exciting field studies have included the Community FabLab, UI Pollinatarium, Krannert Center, St. Louis Zoo, American Obstacle for zip-lining and much more!
Dates: Session 1: June 15 – July 3; Session 2: July 13 – July 31; Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Parent Comment: “My children love Tap In’s summer enrichment program. Not only do they make lasting friends from all around Champaign County, but they also learn so much about the world in a FUN way through their weekly cultural studies.” – Mother of Brianna, Mia, and Brian.
Ages Served: Entering first grade through entering eighth grade.
Location: Garden Hills Elementary, Stratton Elementary and Jefferson Middle Schools, Champaign
This 55 acre wooded site sits adjacent to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and is bordered by the Sangamon River. It is perfect for first time campers as it includes three winterized lodges with fireplaces, electricity, bathrooms (inside or nearby), and kitchen facilities. Platform tents are available with a fire circle for outdoor cooking. Hiking trails are nearby.
Dates: June 8-12 : Got Camp?
June 15-19 : Enchanted Forest
June 22-26 : Desserts Unlimited
July 6-10 : Summer Safari
July 13-17 : Superhero Academy
July 20-24 : Water Otters
August 3-7 : Art in the Trees
Ages Served: 1-5 grade
Location: Camp Kiwanis, 219C South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet
Illini Swish Girls Basketball Camp
Jamie Blue, current college basketball player and former News Gazette All-Area Player of the Year, is conducting her 4th annual basketball camp for girls in 1st – 9th grades. She has designed the camp to teach girls the game of basketball through fun and exciting games and skill work. No previous experience needed to be in the camp; just come, have fun, and learn about the game of basketball.
Dates: June 8th-12th. 1st-4th grade times will be from 10:00 AM to noon and 5th-9th grade times will be from noon to 2:00 PM. Camp fee is $50/camper. Camp is limited to 25 campers per session.
Parent Comment: I had a couple of girls in this camp last year and they learned a lot and had a great time.
Ages Served: 1st-9th Grade
Location: Next Generation School Gymnasium, 2521 Galen Drive, Champaign
I-Power offers half day as well as full day camps that will keep your child active, engaged, and physically fit over the summer! Each week brings an opportunity for your child to expand their knowledge in sports. Skills will be taught on vault, bars, bean, and floor, as well as trampoline and tumble trak. Each week will include crafts and activities related to the theme of the week. All camps are taught by experienced, professional I-Power Gymnastics Staff members.
Dates: Full Day Camps – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (early drop off / late pick up available)
June 15-19 Fun with Sports
July 6-10 Olympic Celebration
August 3-7 Fun with Water
August 10-14 – Circus at Gymnastics
Half Day Camps – 1:00 – 5:00 (late pick up available)
June 29-July 3
Wee Camp 9:00 – 11:30, for ages 3-5
Parent Comment: I-Power camps are the best! The kids stay active and have a blast – and their staff is amazing. We’ve been so happy there!
Ages Served: 3-12
Location: I-Power School of Gymnastics, 215 S. Staley, Champaign
The camp is open to all incoming fourth-graders to eighth-graders who want to explore Chinese, as well as for children of Chinese-speaking families. Participants will have the opportunity to explore or continue developing Chinese and gain knowledge of the rich cultural traditions of the Chinese-speaking world through stories, games, martial arts, music, food, calligraphy, crafts, and field trips, while being immersed in Chinese.
Dates: July 6th to July 10th
Ages Served: 9 to 13
Location: College of Education, 1310 S. Sixth St., Champaign
The Y will be offering over 80 camp options throughout the summer both full day and half-day options. Each camp runs for one week beginning June 1 – August 14. Y camp, horseback riding camp, sports camps, gymnastics camp, extreme camp, slumber party camp and much more. Go to our website: www.sf-ymca.net for complete Summer Camp Guide.
Dates: Weekly starting June 1 – August 14. Option of all day camps and half-day camps available. Typical Full-day camp hours are 9 am – 4 pm (early/late pick-up options available). Half-day camps 8:30-11:30 am or 1 – 4 pm.
Ages Served: 3 – 13 years old
Location: Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign
Children ages 3-12 years-of-age receive quality learning and recreational opportunities in a safe and enjoyable envirnoment. Campers receive daily swim instruction, and also particpate in a variety of activities.
Fee is $100 per week for non members of the club.
$90 per week for members.
Dates: 10 Week Day Camp
Starting June 1st- Ending August 7th.
Parents can enroll children for one, two, three, or more weeks. Camp is in session from 8:30 until 12 noon, Monday-Friday.
Themes and Day Camp Forms are available online at Indianacresswimclub.org
Ages Served: 3- 12 years old
Location: Indian Acres Swim Club, 1 Arrow Rd., Champaign
This summer…we can help you build a toolbox for school success! The Reading Group offers one-on-one instruction for early childhood through adult age students. All lessons are designed for each individual’s specific learning needs by experienced certified teachers. We have flexible scheduling and special summer hours. We offer instruction in reading, mathematics, language development, ACT/SAT preparation, and gifted enrichment. We have helped struggling and advanced readers for 42 years.
Dates: The Summer program begins June 8 and runs for 10 weeks.
Parent Comment: “We have been very pleased with our daughter’s progress. She loves working with her teacher and she likes the various hands-on activities that her teacher incorporates into her lessons.”
-a Reading Group parent
Ages Served: Preschool to adult students
Location: The Village at the Crossing, intersection of Windsor and Duncan, Champaign
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