Adventure Kids Day Camp


Our Goal:  Adventure Kids Day Camp adheres to the mission of the Laboratory Schools by offering a safe, high energy and rewarding program based on the core values of trust, communication, creativity, and teamwork. Through this experience, Campers and Staff alike enhance their cooperative and collaborative interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and leadership qualities. Every day is jam-packed with fun! The rewards are as endless as the friendships and memories created.

Our Activities: Field Trips every Tuesday and Thursday, Specialty Classes, Swimming, Sports & Games, Arts & Crafts, All Camp Performances, Theme Weeks and Special Event Days and Local Adventures:

Field Trips – Water Parks, Great America, Sailing, Kayaking, Sky High, Go Karting, Pump it Up, Amusement Parks, Rock Climbing and other great Chicagoland attractions. Each year we try some new and bring back some old favorites.

* 6-8th Grade will have an opportunity to attend our traditional overnight camping trip to Camp Duncan in July.  In addition, the campers experience all the adventures of camping, they will also participate in boating, blobbing, rock climbing and high ropes course.  This a definite highlight of summer! 

Specialty ClassesAt various times throughout the summer, groups will participate in all that our Supervisors and Specialists have to offer.  Some examples including cooking, spa day, gardening, sports conditioning, science experiments, yoga, music, dance and more! Some specialty classes specifically offered to older groups include an opportunity to participate in specialty units in outdoor adventures.  Some of these options include fishing, paddle boarding, and visits to Hyde Park's historic treasure know as "The Point" located at the lakefront, and campus orienteering adventures.

Swimming – Campers will participate in swim lessons, games and free swim three days a week in our indoor pool.

Sports & Games – Adventure Kids take full advantage of the extraordinary athletic and other facilities at the Laboratory Schools, including gymnastics room, dance studio, 3 gyms, arts and crafts center, tennis courts, enclosed soccer field, playgrounds, and more. Consistent with the core Adventure Kid values, all activities promote an all-inclusive, cooperative group dynamic.

Theme Weeks – Every week has a theme relating to the overall theme for the Adventure Kids year. Some of our favorite themes from years past include; Under the Sea, Chicago, Jungle Safari, Rock and Roll and many more.  This summer we will be celebrating 15 years of themed adventures!

Camp Idol and other Special Events - Camp Idol is our end of the session showcase of talents.  Groups work together to develop creative, energetic, and fun dance routines that they get to perform on the last day of camp in front of their fellow campers, staff and an energetic crowd of fans. Parents are always invited to these awesome shows!  Other Special Events include Luaus, Game Show Days, Barbecues, Flea Markets, etc.

Arts & Crafts - On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, our Art Director will lead campers through themed projects in our on-site creativity center.

Our Staff – Adventure Kids Day Camp staff is made up of the most energetic and dedicated group of Teachers, Learning Specialists, College Students, and High School Students from the Laboratory School Community and beyond. Many of our HS Leaders have grown up in the Adventure Kids program themselves! They keep coming back!

Communication - Constant feedback from our staff, campers, and parents is one of our key Adventure Kid values. Prior to the start of each week, families receive the weekly bulletin loaded with information in regards to special events, field trips, dress up days, etc. With the fast paced, action-packed schedule of events, the bulletin, along with the on-line posted calendar, will help keep us connected. Suggestions, comments, and questions are always welcome in the Adventure Kids office year round.

Adventure Kids Day Camp (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Full Session:  June 22 - July 31  
Session I:  June 22 - July 10
Session II:  July 13 - July 31

Adventure Kids Day Camp is open to children entering grades 1 - 8