Summer Camps in Naperville

Summer is here and it’s officially time to get out and have fun! Whether you enjoy the performing arts, playing sports or exercising your brain, there is a camp for you.

For those with a flair for the dramatic, Dream Big Performing Arts Camp offers a way for little actors and actresses to grow their talent.

“I think the biggest thing they learn is being able to express themselves creatively, being able to use their imaginations and express that. Also working in an ensemble group and the importance of that. And of course they take away skills, theater skills, how to project their voices and use their voices, how to make eye contact, stage presence, all of those types of theater skills,” said Director of Operations for Dream Big Camps, Louise Rook.

Camps run all summer long from 9 a.m. – noon or 1p.m. to 4 p.m., and attendees will perform pieces from Wicked, Suessical, and even Frozen.

To register head over to DreamBigPerformingArts.com.

From the stage to the field, Players Indoor Sports is hosting a new camp daily from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. allowing kids to play all day!

“It’s all team sports. One of the new things we have is Gaga Ball, and it’s a new form of dodgeball we will be playing. Inside here we will have soccer, flag football, we will be going outside for basketball and street hockey, pretty much any team sport you can think of we will play here. We even go over to the Goldfish Swim School for a day of swimming,” said General Manager of Players Indoor Sports, Doug Kluener.

Kids ages 5–12 are eligible to participate, you can register for one week or all eight at playersindoor.com.

And for those who enjoy exercising their brains, there’s a camp for that!

Engineering for Kids allows campers to build robots, and bottle rockets – all in the name of STEM.

“Everything we do is hands on, the kids come in and we give them a common set of materials and they have to design something with those materials then build it, test it and see how it performs. Then they get the opportunity to re-engineer it to get closer to their objective,” said Owner Chris LeBreck.

Running half day and full day camps, kids ages 4-14 use problem solving and critical thinking skills to engineer their own projects.

To register at a location close to you check out EngineeringforKids.com.

Having a family member or loved one diagnosed with cancer isn’t easy for anyone, especially children.

Which is why 12 years ago, after seeing the need for added support, Edward Hospital started Camp Hope; a day camp for kids to help them cope with the difficult diagnosis.

Kids come to the day long camp at Naper Settlement to play games, sports, color, and participate in meditation and yoga, as well as counseling.

“One benefit is that the kids are in a safe place and they know that they are having fun but they are getting a lot out of it meaning ways to cope with the changes some of the anxiety so there are a lot of different benefits, it helps the whole family,” said Psycho Social Manager at Edward Hospital, Linda Conlin.

Sessions for Camp Hope run in June and July. To register, call the hospital at 630-527- 6363.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.

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