Three summer camp ideas to inspire you to make this the best summer ever

| May 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Open Books Summer Writing CampQuick tell me what your kids are doing this summer? If you haven’t already booked your summer camps, now is the time to get going. Here are three to get you started. Ready? Let’s go have fun.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has several dance camps available for little movers through high school students. My favorite might be “Artistic Connections”: Hubbard Street’s Multi-Arts Experience for Grades K–6. Here’s the description, “Dance, drama, music and visual art combine to create a completely new camp experience. Young dancers will have the chance to explore each medium and create a final piece that combines all four.” Doesn’t that sound fabulous? It’s a great way for kids to learn how the interplay of different artistic disciplines. The early childhood camp,  Little Movers, is described as “a week of fun that builds gross motor skills, musicality and kinesthetic confidence. Little Movers wiggle and giggle as they establish appreciation for and comfort with dance, exploring their world through creative movement activities.” Other programs include  Imagination in Motion, Technique Camp: Ballet, Dance Explorers: Creative Connections, Technique Camp: Jazz, Dance Explorers: Discover Choreography, Technique Camp: Hip-Hop, and Hubbard Street: Secondary Program Intensive. Program dates and fees vary, so visit for more information.

Open Books, a nonprofit literacy program based in Chicago, just lunched a summer publishing academy for 6 – 9 graders. Talented teen writers from across the city will take part in a magical experience… that of writing and publishing their very own fantasy novel! The 4-week writing and publishing experience will include quests, treasure, guest sessions from local authors/artists/photographers, role-play, immersive sessions on character, plot, and setting, and the opportunity to create a fully realized fantasy world…and capture it in published novel form.  The finished novels will be unveiled at a special gala author launch in the award-winning Open Books store. For more information visit

The Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College Chicago offers visual, media and performing arts camps for children entering grades 3 – 9 . This is a six-week camp program running from June 24 – August 2 at Columbia College on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The schedule reads like a typical school schedule, except the “courses” are so much more fun. Every day students will spend time in Visual Arts Class, Performing Arts Class and Media Arts Class. If you’re a parent commuting into Chicago, this is a great program which will do so much more than just keep your child busy. There is even after-camp care for parents who need a little more time to pick-up their child. For more information, visit

Don’t let this summer slip by before you think about how to keep your kids busy. Summer camps can be fun, enriching and great memories. We use summer camps to help our daughters explore a specific interest in-depth. Our girls are only nine, so their interests change from year to year. The great thing about summer camp is it’s a moment in time that they never forget. Be sure to check out what is available in your area through community colleges, local museum, nature centers and more.


Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun, about family friendly events at Get Out and Have Fun Around Chicagoland and about raising readers at OMG (Oh My Books). Image courtesy of Open Books.



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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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