With the current temps it seems unnatural to even think about summer camp signup; but, not unlike holiday decorations popping up months in advance, the chatter about camps starts earlier and earlier each year. Some camps began registrations way back in November and while you’re not too late to the game, it’s definitely time to start doing your research. From a focus on films to learning new sports, read on to find a few picks for camps to sign up for now.

photo: Facets

Facets
Don’t let the venue fool you, this camp is much more than sitting around watching movies all day. Here, campers learn storytelling, acting, casting, production, directing and all that goes into the art of filmmaking.

Film 101
Dates: (Ages 7-10) Jun. 18-22, Jul. 16-20 & Jul. 30-Aug. 3; (Ages 11-14) Jun. 25-29, Jul. 9-13, Jul. 23-27
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 7-10 & 11-14
Cost: $450, $405 for Facets members; snacks provided; $500 for suburban sessions
Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park (There will also be a session in Lisle, dates TBD)
Online: facets.org

Advanced Film Making
Dates: (Ages 8-11) Jul. 30-Aug. 3; (Ages 12-15) Aug. 6-10
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: 8-15
Cost: $450, $405 for Facets members; snacks provided
Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
Online: facets.org

Digital Animation
Dates: Jul. 23-27
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: 10+
Cost: $450, $405 for Facets members; snacks provided
Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
Online: facets.org

From the Masters: Alfred Hitchcock
Dates: Jul. 16-20
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: 10+
Cost: $450, $405 for Facets members; snacks provided
Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
Online: facets.org

photo: Galileo Innovation Camp

Galileo Innovation Camp for Kids
This camp is really the perfect combination of learning and fun with weekly themes like: Space Explorers, Road Trip Adventure, Galileo Makers: Materials Challenge and more. Galileo presents art, science and outdoor activities on a daily basis. They can provide before and after care and have a healthy lunch option if you’re not interested in packing your own each day. There are almost too many camps to list, but listed below are a few examples. See their website for more options.

Dates: Jun. 25-Aug. 3
Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for Pre-K; Extended care, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. & 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: Before Feb. 28, $374/week; After Feb. 28, $399/week; Discounts offered for multiple weeks; $40 discount for PreK option
St. Joan of Arc School, 9248 Lawndale, Evanston
Online: galileo-camps.com

Dates: Jul. 9-Aug. 17
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for PreK; Extended care, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. & 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: Before Feb. 28, $414/week; After Feb. 28, $439/week; Discounts offered for multiple weeks; $40 discount for PreK option
Oscar Mayer Magnet School, 2250 N. Clifton, Lincoln Park
Online: galileo-camps.com

Dates: Jun. 18-Jul. 27
Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for PreK; Extended care, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. & 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: Before Feb. 28, $394/week; After Feb. 28, $419/week; Discounts offered for multiple weeks; $40 discount for PreK option
Sacred Heart School, 1085 Gage St., Winnetka
Online: galileo-camps.com

Dates: Jun. 11-Jul. 20
Hours:  9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for PreK; Extended care, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. & 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Before Feb. 28, $364; After Feb. 28, $389; Discounts offered for multiple weeks; $40 discount for PreK option
St. Peter Lutheran School, 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights
Online: galileo-camps.com

photo: Codeverse

Codeverse
Introduce yourself to a relative newcomer to Chicago by sending the kids to Codeverse, the first fully interactive, hackable classroom for students with state-of-the-art technology, such as 3D printers, Sphero Balls, a 20-ft high def TV wall, virtual reality headsets, robotic arms and drones. Your kids will be taught programming using a kid-friendly coding language, KidScript. Each day is either dedicated to intro to coding in Game Development, 3D creations in the Maker Lab, Robotics coding, manipulating stadium-quality Lights and Sounds or a personal project that allows kids to explore their own creativity and interests. There will also be field trips to local business such as Apple, Whole Foods and Pump it Up and time allotted for outdoor recreation.

Dates: Jun. 18-23, Jun. 25-29, Jul. 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17, Aug. 20-24 & Aug. 27-31
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; ask about options for complimentary early drop-off & late pick-up
Cost: Before Jan. 31, $600/week; After Jan. 31, $800/week
Ages: Grades 1-8
Codeverse, 819 W. Eastman St., Lincoln Park
Online: codeverse.com

laboratory-campphoto: The Laboratory

The Laboratory
Imagined by Amy and Dr. Ed, this tag team of super-friendly educators were truly thinking outside the box when they opened The Laboratory. Their goal was to promote innovation through modern technology, like giving kids access to super cool 3-D printers. Your kids won’t even notice these curriculum-based camps are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. They’ve got everything from Surviving the Zombie Apocolypse to The Robots are Coming camps: No summer slide here.

Dates: Jun. 11-15; Jun. 18-22; Jun. 25-29; Jul. 9-13; Jul. 16-20; Jul. 23-27; Jul. 30-Aug. 3; Aug. 6-10; Aug. 13-17; Aug. 20-24
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $435/one-week session; $391.50 for members
The Laboratory, 2349 W. North Ave., Bucktown
Online: thelaboratorychi.org

Banner Day Camp
Much like the kind of summer camps you see in the movies, Banner has it all. There’s a 3 to 1 camper to counselor ratio, which gives your little ones access to extra special attention while participating in all the activities they could ever ask for. Banner offers swimming, yoga, a climbing wall, arts, fishing, archery, dune buggies . . . you name it, they have it. While Banner Day Camp is in Lake Forest, they do offer supervised round trip bus service for city dwellers.

Dates: 8-Week Session, Jun. 18-Aug. 10; Session 1, Jun. 18-Jul. 13; Session 2, Jul. 16-Aug. 10
Hours: Varies
Ages: PreK-9th Grade
Cost: Varies by age, number of days attending & length of session, check website.
Banner, 1225 Riverwoods Rd., Lake Forest
Online: bannerdaycamp.com

Steve and Kate's Campphoto: Steve and Kate Camp

Steve and Kate Camp
Perfect for the camper that needs a flexible schedule (pick a day, a week or a month) AND has a wide range of interests. S&K really lets kids just be kids. Your camper can sing, bake, sew, make a movie, dance or even code their own computer game in one of the several studios scattered throughout. Want to get outside? Jump in on a constant game of hockey, basketball or soccer likely happening all day long. Need some fuel? They have an in-house chef making globally inspired street foods. Sounds amazing — can parents sign up?

Hours: Pick up and drop off anytime between 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: Varies by location; day passes and memberships available; check website for details
Online: steveandkatescamp.com

Dates: Jun. 25-Aug. 24
Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave., Lakeview

Dates: Jun. 25-Aug. 24
Alcott Elementary School, 2625 N. Orchard St., Lincoln Park

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Dates: Jun. 25-Aug. 24
Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St., West Loop

Dates: Jun. 12-Aug. 17
Chiaravalle Montessori School, 1325 Hinman Ave., Evanston

Dates: Jun. 11-Aug. 17
St. Vincent Ferrer School, 1515 Lathrop Ave.

Game On Sports Camp for Girls
Where “playing like a girl” is a form of praise, this specialized camp is focused on empowering girls in a positive and spirited environment. This camp is well-known amongst parents as being a confidence booster for daughters and is a great way to introduce new sports in fun and exciting ways. They offer tennis, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, flag football and horseback riding, just to name a few.

Dates: Jun. 25-29, Jul. 2-6, Jul. 9-13, Jul. 16-20, Jul. 23-27, Jul. 30-Aug. 3 & Aug. 6-10
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-noon option for ages 4-5
Ages: 4-14
Cost: Attending 3–6 weeks, $600/week; Attending7 weeks, $575/week; 50% discount for 9 a.m.-noon option
Walt Disney Magnet School, 4140 N. Marine Dr., Buena Park
Online: gameonsportscamp.com

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago’s Summer Language Immersion Camp
Daily lesson plans are created for campers to achieve linguistic, cultural and educational goals. Children will have the unique opportunity to learn Spanish in a playful and enriching environment through total immersion of language while highlighting each student’s creativity and capacity to learn with projects, songs and activities.

Dates: Camps available June-August
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ages: 4-16
Cost: $301.50/week
Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, Near North Side
Online: chicago.cervantes.es

old-town-school-of-folk-campphoto: Old Town School of Folk Music

Old Town School of Folk Music
Summer Arts Camp for 4-6 Year Olds
In this camp, the littlest campers work, learn and play in small groups as they explore music, storytelling, visual art, theater, dance and movement. Each session ends with a student showcase.

Dates: Jun. 25-Jul. 6, Jul. 9-20 & Jul. 23-Aug. 3
Hours: 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $600/two-week session
4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square
Online: oldtownschool.org

Summer Arts Camp for 7-11 Year Olds
Led by Camp Leader John Huber and other Old Town School teaching artists, campers explore music, visual art, culture, theater, media, dance, movement and much more! They’ll gain artistic confidence, create new things, play hard, learn a lot and dream big!

Dates: Jun. 25-Jul. 6, Jul. 9-20 & Jul. 23-Aug. 3
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 7-11
Cost: $800/two-week session
4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square
Online: oldtownschool.org

Summer Fiddle Camp
Aspiring fiddlers will explore the instrument through playing, singing and dancing. They’ll collaborate with other fiddlers and build friendships along the way. Camp ends with a student showcase.

Dates: Aug. 6-10
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $500
4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square
Online: oldtownschool.org

Do you have a favorite summer camp tradition? Share in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri