3 Safe Kids Camp Options in and near Chicagoland

Let’s be real: summer has been memorable for all the wrong reasons. So much has changed in the midst of a global pandemic, and as parents we’re more concerned about what school is going to look like in the fall than we are about savoring the last weeks of summer. So, let these three Chicago Parent advertising partners remind you that summer is still here and there’s plenty of fun to be had at summer camp.


Safety is top of mind, so these three Chicago Parent advertising partners have stepped up to address safety concerns — with smaller groups, mask requirements, ramped up cleaning efforts or by going online only. Read on for details on these Chicago Parent advertising partners.


My Camp Box


If you want your kiddo to get as excited as you do about that Amazon Prime or Target purchase, subscribe to My Camp Box. This virtual camp option includes two different boxes: My First Camp Box for ages 3-5 and My Camp Box for ages 6-plus. Each box, which arrives every seven to 10 days, includes different supplies, projects, how-tos and guides to keep your camper entertained. For those who want to interact with peers a bit, a Campfire Chat is offered via Zoom.


Chicago Wheel JAM


Chicago’s Thorndale Gym is transformed into a circus tent where young campers will become circus stars this summer — all thanks to Cirque Experience and Chicago Wheel JAM. Certified coaches teach kids ages 6-12 trapeze, acrobatics and aerial skills, just to name a few. Camps takes place 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Friday — with extended care available, too.


Jellystone Park


This camp resort in Caledonia, Wis., boasts week-long camps for children, so while families are camping out on-site, their kiddos can take part in different themed camps, which include Old Time Fair, Shipwrecked Adventure and All Things Messy and Boo Boo’s Birthday. Kids will make crafts, catch live animal shows, have mermaid tail races and more. Modifications have been made to ensure Jellystone Park guests can participate while keeping social distancing in mind.


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