Rogers Park, Evanston Summer Camps Abound

After the long and dreary winter we’ve experienced, it’s hard to believe that summer is  actually right around the corner, and now is the time to get your children enrolled in summer  day camp.  

If you live on the north side of Chicago, you’re in luck.   You have dozens of options to choose from.   There are camps that focus on literally every activity under the sun–from academic camps to yoga camps, and everything in between.   Traditional day camps are the favorite of many, and there are many such camps in Rogers Park and Evanston.   Here are  two of the local favorites:

Rogers Park

Kid’s Playing Camp– Partners with St. Scholastica Academy, 7416 N. Ridge, Chicago.

This camp is a well-kept secret, according to many satisfied parents.   There are three sessions: 6/21 – 7/3, 7/7 – 7/18 and 7/21 – 8/1.   You can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. This camp has a generous drop off and pick up policy.   Drop off is between 8 and 8:30am, and pick up is between 3:45 and 5:00pm.  

Activities include sports, music, cooking, drama, science, arts and crafts, photography and swimming.   Every Wednesday is field trip day, when the children venture out to museums and recreational activities.  Fridays are swimming days, when the children get to swim and play at the beautiful Northeastern University pool.   Camper/counselor ratio is 1:6.   Fees are $300 – $325 per session.


McGaw YMCA Day Camp

This camp fills up quickly every year. Ten weekly sessions run from June 16 – August 22. Camp Rainbow is for the younger kids – ages 2.5 – 5 years old, and Camp WaNaGo is for kids from 1st to 5th grades.  

Both camps fill their days with activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports, games, learning activities and swimming, and weekly field trips. Regular camp hours are 9am – 4pm (shorter hours for the little ones), and extended hours are available for an additional fee. Per week fees for non-YMCA members are $203, and for members, $169.  Each week focuses on a different theme.  

For a comprehensive listing of Chicago-area camps, visit here.  

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