Winter Break is fast approaching, and there are lots of great options for your kids! Check out these Winter Break camps and find more in our full Winter Breaks Camps page! In addition to these suggesions, you'll find options for all types of winter break camps, including winter break art camps, theater camps, sports camps, music camps, and more!
Featured Winter Break Camps: Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn
Taste Buds Kitchen offers two camps during winter break. From Dec 26-28, kids will learn the techniques to making melt-in-your-mouth cookies and other holiday treats, both savory and sweet, from the classic Snickerdoodle, to Gingerbread Men and Star of David Cookies in our Holiday Cookies Galore Camp. From Jan 2-4, it's Winter Mystery Basket Camp. Kids will cook their way through mystery baskets and surprise ingredients to prepare a starter, main course, and dessert. All camps feature both savory and sweet recipes, from our delightful Cheese Twists to Pizza Cupcakes and Banana Pudding. Ages 4-8 attend from 9am-12pm, ages 9-13 from 1-4pm, Camps are $170 for 3 days or $60 per day. Learn more...
The Menomonee Club Winter Camp
1535 N. Dayton St., Chicago
Camps are held December 24, 2018- January 4, 2019. Join us at the Drucker Center for day or week-long camps during the winter holiday break. You will find the perfect program for keeping the young members of your family engaged and entertained over the long school break! Art, Improv, RetroActive Sports, LEGO Engineering, Chess, Mad Science, and Fencing… there is something for everyone! Learn more...
Kids' Table Kids Cooking Camps and Teen Cooking Camps
Two Locations: Lakeview and Wicker Park
2337 W North Ave. and 2864 N Lincoln Ave.
The Kids' Table offers Winter Cooking Camps for kids & teens December 26-28 and Dec 31 & Jan 2-4. KIDS COOKING CAMPS are for ages 4-10 and run from 9am - 3pm with extended day options. Kids spend about half the day in the kitchen with the guidance of our chef instructors, then enjoy food-themed crafts and games, nature walks, park play, movie time & more. Camp runs from 9am - 3pm with extended day options. Week 1 is $240, Week 2 is $320, and single days are available for $90 per day. TEEN COOKING CAMPS offer hands-on culinary workshops where young teens and tweens dive into advanced kitchen techniques, like dough-making, pastries, pasta-rolling, and knife skills. These camps are for ages 11-14 and run 1pm - 4pm. Week 1 is $150, Week 2 is $200, and single days are available for $55. Learn more...
Knuckleball Comedy at Menomonee Club
1535 N. Dayton St., Chicago
From improv to storytelling, from clowning to writing sketch, this comedy camp has it all. With direction and coaching from an experienced comedian, kids will learn improv, storytelling and sketch comedy the Knuckleball Comedy way: with style, confidence and energy. Along the way, participants will not only gain valuable tools for everyday life, but will also enjoy lots of laughs throughout. At the end of each week of camp, all parents, family and friends are invited to the end of camp performance. The performance will feature some of the best improv, sketch and storytelling the kids have to offer. You won't want to miss it! Multiple child discounts available. All camps run from 9am-3pm with an aftercare option from 3pm-5pm. Learn more...
Take a Break Playcare Hourly Winter Break2818 N Halsted
Take a Break Playcare offers flexible Winter Break Day-Off options, with special hourly rates and sibling discounts. Indoor slide, tech lounge, and toys galore! Entertainment options are availavle for infant - 13 years. Day camp includes free play, movie, tech time (ages 7+), and an art project. Parents must provide socks, nut free meals and snacks, reusable water bottles, and a change of clothes for younger children. Reservations required. Some same day spaces available. Flexible Day Rates for ages 5 - 13 years are available 8:30 am - 6:30pm on December 27, 28, 31; and January 2, 3, 4. Price is $55 for 6 continuous hours; or $70 for 8 continuous hours, with sibling discounts available. Learn more...
Lincoln Park and Naperville
Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding studio for kids aged 6-12, founded on the mission to teach a billion kids to code. Codeverse is currently running two winter break camps for kids. 'Coding 101' Naperville: Both new and experienced coders will have a blast designing their very own video game, programming concert-hall lights and speakers, and controlling robots in our interactive studio! 'Space Robots' Lincoln Park: Your tech-savvy kid will learn all about robotics design, engineering, and circuitry as well as build a real robot, which will move around a fun obstacle course at our state of the art studio! Both camps run 1/2-1/4 from 9AM - 3PM. $500 ($400, if booked before 12/15). Camp includes complimentary early drop off and pick up at 8AM and 4PM. All lunches and snacks are provided by Codeverse.
Location details: Codeverse Naperville is located at 55 S. Main Street, Suite 230, Naperville, IL 60540. Codeverse Lincoln Park is located at 819 W. Eastman Street, Chicago, IL 60642. To book online & receive $100 OFF: www.codeverse.com/camps/
Winter ART Camp at The Paintbrush
2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
Camps will run Wed-Fri, December 26-28 and Jan 2-4, 12:00-4:00 for ages 4-12. $67/day. Kids ages 4 through 11 can join in the creativity of a half day or full day of art projects based on our class model of introducing an artist and creating a masterpiece based on that artist’s work. The laid-back camp atmosphere often allows for a second or third project, and/or our beloved free-art play options such as painting the table, creating a group project, face painting and more. Each day we learn something entirely new, so sign up for a day or a week - it’s all fun! Learn more...
2349 W. North Ave., Chicago
When school is out, The Laboratory is open. Kids ages 7-12 can join us for our full-day immersive 1-day camps December 26-28 and January 2-4 from 9am - 3pm. LEGO Design & Build: Spend a day dabbling in Robotic Engineering with our popular 1-day program. Design and build a cutting-edge robot and teach it to spin, slither, walk, or drive in a Brickworld of your own creation. Participants will use LEGO WeDo and WeDo2.0 motor and sensor system. $90/day, $81/day Members. Learn more...
Peggy Noteabart Nature Museum Winter Camps
2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago
This winter break, the Nature Museum will be hosting its annual Winter Camp, embracing all that Mother Nature has to offer during our coldest months. Campers ages 4 to 11 can join the Museum for one to four fun-filled days of child-led outdoor play, science activities, live animal encounters, and more! A healthy snack will be provided to campers daily. Join other camp families for complementary coffee at the Museum every morning during drop-off. December 31, and January 2-4 from 9am - 2pm. Before December 1: $60/day for Nature Museum members, $70/day for non-members. After Dec 1: $70/day for Nature Museum members, $80/day for non-members. Learn more...
Windy City Fieldhouse Holiday Camps
2367 West Logan Blvd., Chicago
December 17-21, 26-28, January 2-4. Camps allow for flexible scheduling over the holiday season this year at $50 per day. Sign up for one day, multiple days, one camp or multiple camps, whatever is most convenient for your schedule. There are no minimum days required. Play all day by signing up for both morning and afternoon sessions. Supervision between camps at no additional fee. Visit web site for full list of camps and details. Learn more...