Spring & Summer Camps

Create and perform your own story at Chicago Children’s Theatre!

In our camps for ages 4-14, we prioritize young people’s creativity, ingenuity, and self-expression.

That’s why we devise with kids. Devised theatre is a method of creating original plays and theatre works as a group and then performing that original work together.

In the first half of a CCT camp, campers practice their performance skills, generate ideas for characters and scenes, and collaborate with professional theatre artists to mold their big ideas into a cohesive piece of theatre. In the second half of camp, campers finalize, rehearse, and perform their original work.

All camps culminate in a performance or sharing on the final day of camp for family and friends to attend, with many performances held in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities for camps and classes.

Spring Break Camp: Kids Can Change the World | Spring 2024
Runs Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2024

For grades K-2
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:00am, free after-care from 3:30-5:00pm
$550 | Register by Jan 26th for a 15% discount!

What changes do you want to see in the world? Through the power of imagination and collaboration, you’ll learn to use theatre as a tool for social change! Each day at camp you’ll work together with other conscious, caring kids to sing, act, and craft your way towards a better world. On the final camp day, your family and friends will join us for a final sharing showcasing the world of tomorrow imagined by the kids of today.

Masks are encouraged, but not required. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Spring Break Camp: Comedy Workout | Spring 2024
Runs Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2024

For grades 3-5
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$550 | Register by Jan 26th for a 15% discount!

Find your power and unlock your funny! Comedy Workout is a week-long improv and sketch comedy camp for those ready to find their funny bone. In a camp built on team spirit, you’ll learn to embrace your fearless, bold, and hilarious side through improv games, character exercises, and sketch writing. At the end of the week, the West Loop’s newest comedy troupe will perform for family and friends right in your classroom!

Masks are encouraged, but not required. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Adventure Camp: The Great Spaghetti Storm
Runs Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2024

For rising grades 1-2
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$550 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

It's a beautiful day in Chicago, partly cloudy with a chance of...FLYING SPAGHETTI?! Explore music, drama, movement, and prop design with a culinary twist. In collaboration with professional theatre artists, you’ll generate ideas for characters, scenes, and songs to create a brand new short play and weather the spaghetti storm! On the last day of camp, campers will perform their original show for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre. 

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Story Explorers: Tales with Tails
Runs Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2024

For ages 4-6
No camp June 19
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
$220 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Calling all kitties, critters, and animal lovers! In this half-day drama camp, we’ll explore the animal world through story-based drama, animal folk tales, music, creative play, and movement. Through multi-sensory creative drama activities, you’ll run with cheetahs, chatter with monkeys, and create wildlife characters all your own. Join us on the final day of camp as we share our animal adventures with family and friends in a mini performance!

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Adventure Camp: The Rebels of Cat City
Runs Jun 17 - Jun 28, 2024

For rising grades 2-5
No camp June 19
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$990 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

What happens when the cats converge? We’ll find them rocking & rolling in the glamorous night of Cat City! Through explorations of cunning creatures, you’ll gain confidence in acting, character creation, movement, collaborative story development, and more, all led by professional theatre artists. On the last day of camp, campers will perform an original glam-rock inspired tale for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Story Explorers: Superheroes Save the Day!
Runs Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2024

For ages 4-6
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
$275 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

It’s a bird…it’s a plane… it’s Story Explorers! In this half-day drama camp, soar into story-based drama, music, and movement. Through multi-sensory creative drama activities, you’ll explore superhero stories, play thrilling theatre games, and create characters in your own heroic journey using your biggest superpower: your imagination. Join us on the final day of camp as we share our super adventures with family and friends through a mini performance!

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

The Sensational Sea Serpent Parade
Runs Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2024

For rising grades 1-3
No camp July 4
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before care from 8:30-9:00am, free after-care from 3:30-5:00pm
$440 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

The Sensational Sea Serpent Parade is setting off from Chicago Children’s Theatre! Drawing from traditions of outdoor spectacle theatre, you’ll collaborate with professional theatre artists to create your very own parade. Each day will feature drama activities and art projects exploring character, storytelling, and ocean themes. Camp will culminate in a unique parking lot parade performance filled with lively music, vibrant color, and larger than life storytelling for family and friends to cheer on from the sidelines.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Musical Theatre Adventures: Swapped!
Runs Jul 1 - Jul 12, 2024

For rising grades 4-7
No camp July 4
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$990 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Who’s that new kid in town, and why do they look just like you? In this not-yet-written tale of mistaken identity, you will collaborate with professional theatre artists to create unique characters, scenes, songs, and show-stopping musical numbers for the stage. On the last day of camp, campers will perform their original musical for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

KIDPROV!
Runs Jul 8 - Jul 12, 2024

For rising grades 1-2
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:00am, free after-care from 3:30-5:00pm
$550 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Get your giggles on and join us for this fun-filled improv camp! KIDPROV will build your stage presence, confidence, self-awareness, and teamwork through improv games and drama activities designed for all kinds of learners and all kinds of fun. On the last day of camp, family and friends are invited to a mini-improv show by the West Loop's newest improv troupe!

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Comedy Performance: Improv and Sketch
Runs Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2024

For rising grades 3-5
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$550 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Find your power and unlock your funny! Comedy Performance is a week-long improv and sketch comedy camp for those ready to find their funny bone. In a camp built on team spirit, you’ll learn to embrace your fearless, bold, and hilarious side through improv games, character exercises, and sketch writing. At the end of the week, the West Loop’s newest comedy troupe will perform for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Music & Drama: The Fantastic Forest Fable
Runs Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2024

For rising grades 1-3
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$550 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Into the woods we go! In this lively camp for young music lovers, you’ll sing nature-filled songs, practice basic acting skills, create woodland characters, and dance your heart out to bring your favorite forest folktales to life. On the last day of camp, campers will perform a medley of songs and scenes for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Mission Improbable: Stage Combat Intensive
Runs Jul 29 - Aug 2, 2024

For rising grades 5-9
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 9:00-10:00am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$550 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Be bold and be you in this week-long stage combat intensive for youth whose gender identities have been underrepresented in stage combat, specifically girls (both trans and cis), non-binary kids, and trans boys. In a camp built on camaraderie and confidence, smash the glass ceiling through hand-to-hand stage combat techniques, character exercises, and scene creation. On the last day of camp, you will perform original stage combat scenes for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Story Explorers: Dino Dance Party
Runs Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024

For ages 4-6
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
$275 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Is that the thump of a groovy beat or a T-Rex coming our way? In this half-day drama camp, we’ll explore the dinosaur world through story-based drama, music, and movement. In fun-filled multi-sensory creative drama activities, you’ll stomp with a Stegosaurus, soar with the Pterodactyls, and boogie with a Brontosaurus, all while developing social emotional skills and imaginative thinking. Join us on the final day of camp as we share our Jurassic adventures with family and friends through a mini performance!

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Adventure Camp: Mishaps in the Milky Way
Runs Aug 5 - Aug 16, 2024

For rising grades 1-4
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30am, free after-care from 4:00-5:30pm
$1100 | Register by Dec 31st for a 15% discount!

Shoot for the stars! Inspired by real life outer space adventures and the aliens of our wildest imaginations, campers will blast off into the basics of acting, music, movement, and theatrical design. In collaboration with professional theatre artists, you’ll generate ideas for characters, scenes, and songs to create a brand new short play that’s out of this world! On the last day of camp, campers will perform their celestial story for family and friends in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Masks will be strongly recommended during this camp. For more information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities, our Education Policies & FAQs, and our current roster of Teaching Artists.

If you have questions about CCT’s education programming please contact our Education & Community Programs Manager, Sivan Spector, at sivan@chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or by calling (312) 374-8828.

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