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.

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.

Camp Red Kite 2024
Runs Jul 15 - Aug 2, 2024

For ages 8-22
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:30pm at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
$900 | Financial assistance is available!

Registration for Returning Campers closes on July 8!

New Camper registration has closed.

Camp Red Kite is a dynamic theatre day camp for young people on the autism spectrum. During three fun-filled weeks, campers ages 8-22 explore drama, music, and visual arts! Throughout each camp day, campers rotate through engaging arts classes with their age-appropriate small groups, growing their sense of community, imaginative thinking, and self-confidence.

Camp Red Kite is led by a trained team of theatre artists, administrators, and CPS Diverse Learner teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment for youth on the autism spectrum. Join us at Chicago Children’s Theatre this summer for an exciting arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, and creative exploration!

Financial assistance and payment plans are available! You can apply for financial assistance as part of your registration. Email redkite@chicagochildrenstheatre.org with any questions.

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 | Summer 2024
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.

Adventure Camp: A Western Roundup | Summer 2024
Runs Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2024

For rising grades 2-5
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

Yeehaw, cowpokes! Hop on a bucking bronco and giddy-up into acting, music, movement, and theatrical design. In collaboration with professional theatre artists, you’ll generate ideas for characters, scenes, and songs to create an original Wild West adventure! On the last day of camp, campers will perform their short play 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.