Guide to Summer Camp for the Creative Child

The Little Lake County Summer Camp Guide contains paid listings. 

When children are asked if they’re creative, almost all of them answer with a resounding yes!  They’re scientists, actresses, dancers and artists yet somewhere along the line we lose that zest.   Give your child the chance to shine this summer through dance, acting, art, music or photography as they grow.  We’ve found incredible camps where kids of all ages can nurture their creative side this summer!

camps for the creative child

Camps for the Creative Child in Lake County

Art, music, dance, cooking, no matter how your creative child expresses themselves there is a camp for them.
preschool dance campsDance Academy of Libertyville
746 East Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 247-1327 | Facebook | Instagram

More than just a dance education Dance Academy of Libertyville is a place to learn, grow, make friends and have fun! This summer they are offering camps for every age and creativity level.  For ages 3- 6 (entering 1st Grade) 4 and 5 day camps available:

  • June 18-21 Snow White
  • June 25-28 12 Dancing Princesses
  • July 9-12 Shimmer & Shine and Magical Unicorns
  • July 16-20 Wizard of Oz
  • July 23-27 Mary Poppins
  • July 30-August 3, The Princess and the Pea Musical Theatre Camp.

For Grade School and Middle school DAL has So We Think You Can Dance, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m., June 25-29. Focusing on all different styles of dance, in this camp participants will take classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Acro; make crafts, play games, have a photo shoot, and put together an exciting performance with costumes.

2nd-Entering 6th Grade can join DANCETHLETE Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., July 30-August 3. We know dancers are great athletes and this camp will help bring that out even more! A fun way to explore different dance disciplines and ways to cross train as a dancer. During this week dancers will have classes in Yoga, Contemporary, Floorwork, Acro, a field trip to Ultimate Ninja, Hip Hop, Jazz and more!

Adler center art camp

David Adler Music & Arts Center
1700 North Milwaukee Drive, Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 367-0707 | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Camp Adler is the Summer Camp for Creative Youth, ages 5-11, to Explore Music, Art, and Drama!

  • Art exhibitions and performances at end of each session
  • Junior Counselor program for grades 7-10
  • Full Day, Half Day, Extended Care options
  • Broadway, Fashion, Drumming, Clay, Architecture, & MORE!

improv camps for kidsImprov Playhouse
116 W Lake Street Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 968-4529 | YouTube

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps involves your child in fun filled, local summer programming with stellar professional staff at prices for families looking for flexible choices and discriminating budgets. Each camp session will offer unique training and each camper will have the opportunity to explore and focus upon new paths of creativity in the Performing Arts. Improv Playhouse emphasizes an environment that nurtures every child as an individual artist, challenges aspiring actors and inspires theater beginners. All levels are encouraged to enroll.

photography camps for kids

Zshots: SummershotZ
Grayslake | (847) 912-3564 | Facebook | Instagram

SummershotZ enters its fifth year introducing tweens and teens to digital photography! Students are taught photography basics in a classroom setting and then take it outdoors to apply what they learn. The last day of camp is a field trip! By the end of the camp, the students will know how to use their DSLRs on Manual mode to capture the world the way they see it. An annual exhibit featuring their work is held at the Grayslake Heritage Museum. Camp Details:

  • Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Only $350
  • DSLR cameras also available for rent


dancenter north campsDancenter North
540 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 367-7970 | Facebook

Join Dancenter North this summer for camps that fit your creative child’s personality:

  • “Disney Dance Days” camp runs daily Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm with six independent weeks of camp available, each offering its own fun theme!
  • Daily instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, & Broadway
  • Weekly pizza parties, outdoor games, water day, spirit day, & a performance for family & friends!

CYT Chicago
755 Industrial Dr, Cary | (847) 516-2298 | Facebook

CYT theater camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience. Campers will enjoy making new friends as they build performance skills and learn self-confidence and teamwork. There is no better place for kids to experience theater than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere – and every camper gets the opportunity to perform on stage!

Day Camps are for kids ages 5-16. Choose from our 3 themes, Broadway Disney, Disney Adventure or our teen camp, Broadway 2K Bop! Daily team competitions, rotations through drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, a theme-related devotional, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.

Join us this summer at our Lake County locations: The Chapel Grayslake, The Chapel Libertyville and Village Church of Gurnee.
Spots fill up fast, register today!


Gather up the old shirts for paint covers and warm up those jazz hands, summer stardom awaits!

Do you have a creative child? What type of creative camp are they looking forward too?

No more searching! We’ve got your summer in the bag…

…Or rather your in inbox! Sign up now for Camp LLC and receive a daily email in your inbox Monday-Friday throughout the summer. Each day will have things to do, places to go and ideas for easy summer fun centered around the following themes:

  • Make Something Monday
  • Adventure Tuesday
  • Water Wednesday
  • Thinking Thursday
  • Free Friday

Camp LLC runs May 28 through August 13 and will include optional membership to a private Facebook Group to share ideas, comments and plan playdates.


Disclosure: Listings in this guide were paid for by the camps featured.


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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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