Summer Camps for Kids in South Suburbs

We've rounded up some of the best summer camps for kids in the South Suburbs.

In the age of cell phones, iPads and video games, summer camps provide kids with a much-needed break from electronics. In addition to fostering friendships and providing activity outside of the home, many summer camps teach new skills – everything from horseback riding to drama.

Chicago’s South Suburbs are full of opportunities for summer fun. Here are some of our favorites.

Looking for more summer camps? Check out our interactive map to find the best summer camps for Chicagoland kids.

Featured Summer Camps for Kids in South Suburbs

In this section, Chicago Parent’s advertising partners share their top summer camp offerings.

Canlan Sports Summer Camps

Kids tournament at Canlan Sports Summer Camps
Photo Credit: Canlan Sports Summer Camps

June 3 – Aug. 16, 2024

Enhance your skills and keep active! In Canlan Sports camps and clinics, your child will learn to build their skill set and hone in on their technique while being motivated through play-based instruction.

Canlan Sports summer camps feature:

  • Play-based learning: Let your child grow their game the fun way, learning through interactive activities and game-play.
  • Committed instructors: Our instructors are passionate about fostering a love for the game while focusing on your child’s development. 
  • Fun with friends: Keep your child active all summer long, creating memories that will last a lifetime at camp. 

Play is our way of teaching. We believe in making learning fun, because it’s the most enjoyable way to grow your skill. Focusing on development and refinement, with an emphasis on socialization our camps and clinics provide your children with the best environment to continue learning and growing safely.

Play all day, all summer long and make unforgettable memories.

More Summer Camps for Kids in South Suburbs

Lifetime Fitness

June-August 2024

Keep kids active all summer long at Life Time Kids Summer Camp where they will experience full days of exploring, thrilling field trips and different theme-specific activities each week.

School of Rock

June-August 2024

Send your kid to the ultimate summer music experience at School of Rock Mokena. Summer music camps are the perfect way to spend your summer break, where students learn to play songs through live performances like real musicians.

Nature Camp at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

June-August 2024

Let the kiddos explore the great outdoors! Nature camps at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens offer a wealth of opportunities for young explorers to be inspired and engaged with nature.

Farm Camp at The Center

June 24-Aug. 2, 2024

Farm explorers will spend lots of time at the farm, with the animals and taking care of barn chores, in addition to other weekly activities like hiking, horseback riding, camp crafts, cookouts, group games, singing, and more!

Children’s Museum Camp at KidsWork Children’s Museum

June-August 2024

Campers will explore the museum while fully engaging with hands-on STEM projects. Other weekly themes include animals, space and more.

GSU STEAM Camp

July 2024

This camp engages students in experiments, field activities, project-based learning, field trips and more to encourage them to pursue STEAM careers. Students will have the opportunity to learn about optical illusions, mobile app design, robotics, AI and drones.

IMSA STEM Camp

July-August 2024

IMSA STEM camp taps into each child’s natural desire to experiment and explore through hands-on activities that provide the opportunity to ask questions, make discoveries and test those discoveries in search for new understanding.

Nature Camp at Irons Oaks Nature Center

June 5-Aug. 4, 2024

Kids can spend their summer outside, exploring nature and meeting new friends. Each week includes a special guest and activities in art, STEM, exploration and building community.

Drama Camp

June-July 2024

Campers will learn creative dramatics, vocal techniques, movement, script work, costuming and prop-making. At the conclusion, campers present a musical finale for the public.

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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.

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