Go West Summer Camp Guide: Aurora

Tuesday, Mar 22nd, 2011 by

It’s hardly spring and yet it’s time to start thinking about summer activities. To help out, we’ve compiled the first-ever Go West Summer Camp Guide. The guide will be organized geographically as well as thematically, such as by drama camps, sports camps, craft camps, overnight camps etc.

Photo by iStockphoto.To keep it manageable, we’re only going to be able to compile camps for suburbs in our main Fox Valley coverage area: Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Aurora, Montgomery, Oswego and Yorkville. However, we’ll be glad to add listings for camps in other ‘burbs, if the camp’s sponsor provides the information to GWYM.

We’d also like to feature Vacation Bible Schools on this list, but need help tracking those down. So if you have any suggestions or tips, please send them to editor@gowestyougmom.com. Listings will continue to be added throughout the spring, and the Summer Camp Guide will soon be featured on the home page, with an icon located by the Indoor Play Guide in the left column. 

We’re debuting a different suburb each day this week and into next week, too. First up is Aurora!

 

Name & Description: Summer Art Camps, eight one-week-long camps with a different theme each week, including “Jungle Animals,” “Creepy Crawlers,” “Fairy Houses,” and “Going Medieval.” Children can sign up for one camp or many.

Sponsor or Teacher: Studio owner Lisa Lentz Manning

Location: Nido Art Studio, 514 Terry Ave. in Aurora.

Ages: Ages 5 to 8 and 8 to 12.

Dates:  Classes are offered from June 6 through Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the younger children and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the older children.

For More Information: www.nidoartstudio.com or 630-730-1028.

 

Name & Description: CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp: Wicked & Wizard of Oz, including games, music/movement, rehearsal, crafts and more. The older children also work on voice, dance and get outdoor play time.

Sponsor or Organization:  Christian Youth Theatre

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora

Ages:  5-12

Dates:  June 13 through June 17 from 9 a.m. to noon for the younger kids and from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. for the older kids.

For More Information: www.cytchicago.org or call 874-516-2298

 

Name & Description: CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp: Peter Pan, including games, music/movement, rehearsal, crafts and more. The older children also work on voice, dance and get outdoor play time.

Sponsor or Organization:  Christian Youth Theatre

Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery

Ages:  5-12

Dates:  June 27 through June 1  from 9 a.m. to noon for the younger kids and from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. for the older kids.

For More Information: www.cytchicago.org or call 874-516-2298

 

Name & Description: CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp: Wicked & Wizard of Oz, including games, music/movement, rehearsal, crafts and more. The older children also work on voice, dance and get outdoor play time.

Sponsor or Organization:  Christian Youth Theatre

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora

Ages:  5-12

Dates: July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon for the younger kids and from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. for the older kids.

For More Information: www.cytchicago.org or call 874-516-2298. 

 

Name & Description: Summer Science Adventure Camps, featuring themes including “Jurassic Journey,” “Green Power,” CSI: Crime Scene Investigator,” “Bugsa-palooza,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” Kitchen Chemistry,” “Robotics” and “Totally Ballistics.”

Sponsor or Organization: SciTech Hands On Museum

Location: 18 W. Benton Street in Aurora

Ages: Camps are offered in the following age groups: 6-7, 8-10 and 11-14.

Dates: The weeklong camps are offered from June 20 through Aug. 12, with the different themes rotating for the various age groups.

For more information: http://scitech.mus.il.us/ or call 630-859-3434, ext, 218.

 

Name & Description: Summer Playgrounds Program, offering fun activities at different playgrounds through the summer, and field trips, too. (FREE, except for field trips.)

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Various parks in Aurora.

Ages: Entering grades 1 to 5 in fall 2011.

Dates: June 6 to July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Neighborhood Arts Extravaganza Camp, exposing children to a variety of art mediums in their own backyards. (FREE)

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Various Aurora parks.

Ages: Entering grades 1 to 5 in fall 2011.

Dates: One-week sessions from June 13 through July 21, variously offered mornings and afternoons.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Ultimate Destination Camps, hands-on, week-long programs offered at a different park facility each week. Themes include: Biodiversity, pioneer times, sports, aquatic adventures, fitness and performing arts.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Various

Ages:  7 years old through 10 years old

Dates: One-week sessions offered starting June 13 through July 11.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Be a Photographer Camp

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Eola Community Center in Aurora

Ages:  8 years old through 13 years old

Dates: June 27 to June 30, from noon to 2 p.m.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Parker’s Exploration Camp, offering weekly themes including a field trip and/or event related to the theme.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Prisco Community Center in Aurora

Ages: Grouped by the following ages: 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 14.

Dates: Three-week-long sessions are offered starting June 6 through Aug. 5.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Rock Your World Camp, learning the basics of playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band, including song composing and basic R&R rhythms.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Prisco Community Center in Aurora

Ages: 11 years old to 16 years old and 6 years old to 10 years old.

Dates: June 13 to 17 in the afternoons for the older kids, from June 27 to July 1 from 9 a.m. to noon for the younger kids.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Summer Fun and Games, with scheduled activities both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Eola Community Center in Aurora

Ages:  5 to 7 year olds; 8 to 9 year olds; 10 to 12 year olds.

Dates: Various sessions are offered from June 6 through Aug. 12. The camp’s normal hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but extended care hours are available.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Vacation Activity Camp, with scheduled activities through the day and weekly field trips.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Vaughan Athletic Center

Ages:  Grades 1 through 5

Dates:  Sessions are offered from June 6 through Aug. 12. The regular camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but extended care hours are available.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Summer Camp Drop-In, requiring just one day advanced registration.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Prisco Community Center

Ages:  7 years old through 15 years old.

Dates: Daily 9 a.m. to noon from May 30 to Aug. 31.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Preschool Camp, featuring a new theme and fresh activities each week.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Prisco Community Center

Ages:  3 years old through 5 years old

Dates: Weeklong sessions offered from June 6 through Aug. 5.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Blackberry Farm Mini-Camps, with themes including “Baby Animals,” “Circus Day,” and “Pioneer Day.”

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Blackberry Farm

Ages: 6 years old through 10 years old for animals; 4 years old through 6 years old for circus; 5 years old through 12 years old for pioneer. 

Dates: Three-day-long sessions are offered through June and July. Each day’s camp is two hours long; Some are in the morning, some in the afternoon.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Fishing Camp

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Blackberry Farm

Ages: 6 years old through 10 years old

Dates: One-day sessions are offered through the summer. A session is two hours long.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Adventures in Water Camp – use fishing poles, do a pond study and explore the creek.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Lippold Outdoor Recreation Center in Aurora

Ages: 8 years old through 10 years old

Dates: July 25 to July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Pint-Sized Pond Camp – play games, dip nets and go exploring through the water and mud.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Lippold Outdoor Recreation Center in Aurora

Ages: 5 years old through 7 years old

Dates: July 25 to July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Nature Camps, with themes such as “No Bones About It,” “Jr. Entomologist,” and “Eew, Ick, Wow!”

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Red Oak Nature Center

Ages:  4 to 6 for “No Bones,” 9 to 12 for “Jr.” and 6 to 8 for “Eew.”

Dates:  June 27 to July 1 and Aug 1 to Aug 5 for “No Bones,” Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 for “Jr.” and Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 for “Eew.”

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Arts and Crafts Camps, with themes including “Up, Up and Away,” “Discovery Crafts,” and “Mosaic Art.”

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Blackberry Farm in Aurora

Ages:  5 to 8 for the first two; 7 to 10 for “Mosaic.”

Dates: July 14 to 15 and July 28 and 29 for “Up,” July 27 to 29 and June 18 to 20 for “Discovery,” and “July 25 to 26 for “Mosaic.”

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Dance & Drama Camps

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Prisco Community Center

Ages:  Different sessions offered for children ages 7 to 10, 11 to 14, 7 to 12, 7 to 11 and 12 to 18.

Dates: June 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for “Melody Makers Voice Camp.” June 20 to 24 for “Broadway Bound Musical Theater Camp.” June 27 to July 1 from 9 a.m. to noon for the younger participants in “Dance Fever Camp” and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the older kids.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: All Sports Camp, featuring soccer, basketball, hockey, football and baseball.

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Location: Eola Community Center for some sessions, Vaughan Athletic Center for others.

Ages:  Ages 5 to 9 and Ages 5 to 7.

Dates: One-week-long sessions are offered for two hours from June 13 to June 17, June 20 to June 24 and Aug. 1 to Aug. 5.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

 

Name & Description: Sports Camps

Sponsored By: The Fox Valley Park District

Note: The Fox Valley Park District offers so many sports camps, it is impossible to list them all here. Please check the “Summer Camp Guide” for details, but here are camps that are offered: Badminton Camp, Dodge Ball Camp, 7-on-7 Football Camp, Flag Football Camp, both indoor and outdoor, Floor Hockey Camp, Co-Ed Lacrosse Camp, Lacross Camp, Karate Club, Skateboarding Rippers Camp, Tennis Camp, Volleyball Camp, Baseball Camp, Girls Softball Camp, Basketball Camp, Co-Ed Youth Basketball Camp, Girls Post and Guard Camp, Basketball Skills Camp, Soccer Camp, Soccer Camp with the Pros, Mini Kickers Soccer Camp With the Pros, Pee Wee Golf Program, The First Tee Player Golf Program and The First Tee Par Golf Program.

Ages: Varies

Location: Various

Dates: Varies.

For more information: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or call 630-966-4555.

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