Sky Barsch, Chalkbeat

May 29, 8:58am EDT

Is your student looking for a way to stay engaged, keep learning or keep moving this summer?

Our summer camp guide has a roundup of virtual and in-person camps, plus links where you can learn more and register.

This is paid partnership with the participating camps below. Want to submit your listing? Click here to tell us about it.

Adventure 2 Learning Virtual Summer Camp

Summer camps closed due to COVID-19? Need something fun and educational for your kids to do this summer? Help them make the most of their break with our interactive virtual summer camp, bringing you on-demand content, LIVE expert instruction, and supporting offline materials to facilitate growth and understanding all summer long!

Dates: June 22 through Aug. 8

Ages: 5–14

Subject or focus: Science, technology, math, ELA, foreign languages, sports/fitness, music, acting, theater, art, animal adventures, cooking/baking, yoga/mindfulness, special education

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: $25

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Challenge Camp @Home

Challenge Camp @Home is a virtual day camp experience for children ages 4–15 featuring live interactive classes with dynamic instructors. All of the classes are elective, parents and campers customize a program of selections based on their child’s interest.

This is the 40th Summer of Fun and Learning at Challenge Camp. There are over 100 STEM and arts enrichment electives ranging from 3D printing, art, business, chess, coding, cooking, digital film and music production, drones, Dungeons & Dragons, escape room, fashion, magic, math, Minecraft, photography, robotics, theater, virtual/augmented reality and many options in between. Our active options include hip hop dance, ballet, fencing, ninja training and yoga as we encourage campers to challenge both their mind and body.

The program is session based, the four-week session is from June 29 through July 24 and three-week session from July 27 through Aug. 14. At Challenge Camp @Home, a full day of five courses runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flexible scheduling options allow your camper to choose a program of two, three, four or five classes so that your camper’s day works best for your summer schedule.

Keep your camper engaged and learning this summer with Challenge Camp @Home.

Dates: June 29 through Aug. 14

Ages: 5–14

Subject area or focus: STEM and arts academic enrichment

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: Varies based on session and number of classes

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Chez Kids Summer Camp

All levels of French welcome! Make note that this year our Summer Camp will be online and in two sessions! L’Alliance Française de Chicago and its team of dedicated teachers offer Summer Camp online for 6 to 12 year olds, with activities conducted in French. While being exposed to French, children will develop new skills, broaden their horizons, and have fun things to do! Note: the camp will run only with a minimum of 12 campers. Have Fun. Make Friends. Learn French.

Dates: two sessions between June 8 through July 31

Ages: 5–8

Subject or focus: Exposing to French while having fun. Cooking, arts and crafts, story telling, singing, gardening and watercolors.

Open to participants from Chicago or anyone able to connect online

Cost: First session, three weeks (June 8—June 26), $1,050. Second session, four weeks (July 6—July 31), $1,400

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iCAMP’s Virtual Camp immerses campers in multiple STEAM topics every week from the comfort of your own home! Topics include coding, video game design, animation, 3D modeling, and more! Campers explore their own interests, and work with other kids in their age group, through project-based learning, as well as through guided and interactive workshops from a live instructor. Kids will have a blast, make new friends, and learn about some of the most exciting tech out there!

Dates: June 15 through Sept. 4

Ages: 5–12

Subject area or focus: STEAM

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: $299

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Kebloom’s Online Business Building Workshops for Kids & Teens

Kebloom’s online business building workshops for young people will teach kids & teens how to start a real business! Kebloom inspires young people to believe in themselves & will help your kids & teens discover their passions and interests, create a real business idea and get it ready for launch. Our workshops teach practical life skills in a fun & engaging way! Our online workshops are run over 5 day or 6 week summer holiday programs, mixing online collaboration and offline challenges, learning the skills to launch a real business! Delivered by qualified facilitators, we start each day online and set fun activities to keep your kids & teens engaged.

Dates: June 8 to Aug. 8

Ages: 8–18

Subject area or focus: Entrepreneurship

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: $125

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MarcoPolo Summer Camp

MarcoPolo Summer Camp is a virtual weekly STEAM+ educational program for young children. Bring out the scientist in your child with a set of ready-to-use resources that include featured video lessons, exciting games, and hands-on activities that promote a vast range of essential skills and knowledge-seeking in the real world.

Dates: June 1 through Aug. 30

Ages: 0–8

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: $5 per month

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NextWave STEM

Bring the fun of STEM into your home with live, virtual instruction in small groups. Kids learn how to apply their learnings as real-world solutions—keeping them interested and engaged. Experiences can be online only, using simulations or hands-on with corresponding course kits—robots, 3D printers and drones—delivered to you.

Dates: June through August

Ages: 8 through 15

Subject area or focus: STEAM+

Subject area or focus: STEM, 3D printing, drone coding, robotics, 21st century skills, science, technology, engineering, math, coding

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: Varies based on program and online-only experience or programs with hands-on exploration kits

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NJPAC Virtual Summer Arts Camp

Stay inspired and stay safe this summer with our virtual summer camp! In this at-home virtual arts training experience, artists will be guided by NJPAC’s accomplished faculty through specialty sessions of their choice. Morning and afternoon sessions are available in acting/devised theater, dance, hip hop arts & culture, musical theater and jazz.

Dates: July 6 through July 31

Ages: 10-18

Subject area or focus: Acting/devised theater, dace, hip hop arts & culture, jazz, musical theater, visual arts

Open to participants from any location

Cost: $50 and up

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Camp for girls entering grades four through nine. Don’t just stare at the ceiling! Join our community of sisterhood, fun, and creativity, and beat the stay-at-home blues. SEM has been forward-thinking for girls since 1851.

Dates: June 22 through Aug. 18

Ages: 8–14

Subject or focus: A community for Girls: Writing, coding, cooking, crafts, sign language, theatre

Open to participants from anywhere

Cost: $150 per week

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education Virtual Programs

Keep young minds active this summer! Virtual Programs from Young Americans Center for Financial Education teach “money smarts” in a fun, engaging way. Led by expert staff members from Young AmeriTowne, International Towne and YouthBiz, these three- and four-day programs are designed for second through eighth graders.

Dates: June 1 through July 24

Ages: 5–14

Subject or focus: Financial education

Open to participants from anywhere

Price: $100 to $150

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Be sure to check back, this will be updated with more camps soon!

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