Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring Break Camps 2012 - Chicago and Suburbs

Find a spring break camp or spring break activity at some of these great Chicago and suburban locations. You can find spring art camps, theater camps, sports camps, music camps, theater camps and more.

Artist @ Heart
120 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove
340 N. Milwaukee Road, Libertyville
Camp by day, or for the full week. Daily topics cover Spring Garden, Micro Beading, Rock Pets, Recycled and Mixed Media and more. For ages 7 and up. March 26-30. $55 per day, or save $55 and sign up for the entire week for only $220. $10 per additional hour after 3pm. (847) 816-4865. Learn more...

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation. This spring, children will have the opportunity to dissect and plant seeds, explore fragrant herbs and flowers, search for birds and early spring plants on nature hikes, take a trolley ride around the Garden, create take-home science-themed projects, and much more. Ages 5-8. March 26 – 30, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. $345 Nonmember, Garden Plus members receive 20% discount. (847) 835-8361. Learn more...

DuPage Children's Museum
301 N. Washington St., Naperville
Spring Break camps available for ages 5-10, with camps segmented by age and including different age appropriate activities. Little ones will enjoy programs incorporating music, movement, art, math, science, dramatic play, story time and snack. Older kids can have fun with topics like science, engineering and math. (630) 637-8000. Learn more...

The Kids' Table
2337 W. North Ave., Chicago
The Kids' Table camp is held the weeks of March 26 and April 2 from 1-3pm. In our Spring Camp classes, kids will be cooking (and eating) a different color each day - since an easy way to ensure a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is to eat a rainbow. Come one day or every day! For ages 4-10. $35 per day. (773) 235-COOK (2665). Learn more...

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood, Chicago
Offering a variety of winter camps including clay & multimedia, Egyptian Camp and wheelthrowing. Camps start on Monday March 5. Prices and times vary by camp. (773) 769-4226. Learn more...

Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Kids can spend their spring break on an African safari at Lincoln Park Zoo! Make the most of the vacation by signing up some friends to share the fun. Camps are available for groups of 4-5 year olds, first-second graders, and third-fourth graders. Prices vary by age group. (312) 742-2000. Learn more...

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights
Spring Break Musical Theatre Bootcamp is anintensive 5-day workshop that focuses on one number from a contemporary Broadway musical. Students will get to present their polished performance for family and friends. Performances on March 30 at 11 a.m. March 26-30. Grades K-3, 4-8 and High School. $195. (847) 577-5982 x221. Learn more...

The Paintbrush
2856 N. Halsted, Chicago
The Paintbrush offers camp by the day, or with a 5-Camp-Day Punch Card. With 3-hours of art-filled fun, campers will learn about the artist-of-the-day and then will get to create their own masterpiece based on the artist's work. For ages 4-10. Monday, March 26th. Friday, March 30th, Monday, April 2nd and Friday, April 6th. $55/day. 12:30 - 3:30pm. A healthy snack is included. (773) 636-1968. Learn more...

SciTech Hands-On Museum
18 W. Benton St., Aurora
SciTech invites your kids to Go Totally Ballistic in an extreme Spring Break camp of non-stop exploding, blow-up and propelling action for 2 full days of camp. Two camps, March 26-27 and /or March 28-29 from 9 am-3 pm. Camps are for ages 6-8, and 9-12, and each 2 day camp is $100 per child for members and $110 per child for non-members. (630) 859-3434. Learn more...

Smarty Party
1846 W. Belmont, Chicago
No need to find a sitter - drop the kids off at Smarty Party! Each camp day at Smarty Party offers fun, games, arts and crafts, snack, outside time (weather permitting), story time and more. Taking place April 5,6,9,10,11,12,13 from 9am -1pm. Ages 4 and up. $40 per child. (773) 687-0521. Learn more...

Springglass Camp at Lookingglass Theatre
821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago
Lookingglass brings the fun of Summergglass Camp to a week-long Springglass Spring Break Camp! Mornings are spent learning physical theatre skills, which may include juggling, stilt walking, and stage combat. During the afternoons, campers adapt their own versions of stories from The Odyssey by Homer. Ages 8-14. $350. April 2 - 6. (773) 477-9257, ext 193. Learn more...

2312 W. Roscoe Street, Chicago
Wishcraft offers a variety of workshops to meet many different interests - and many different spring break schedules! Learn to sew in the morning, and then put those skills to fun use with a project camp. These creative, part-day programs include topics like crochet, hand-sewing, cubist painting, green sewing, recycled fashion and more. Camps run April 2-17. (773) 348-WISH. Learn more...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Girls Night Out Go Red for Women

While I enjoy writing about things to do with kids around Chicago, I'm excited to share information about an upcoming event that's just for the ladies! The Second Annual Girl's Night Out Go Red for Women event is being held on Wednesday, February 29, at 7pm at Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph Street.

I can tell you firsthand that this is a great way to spend a night out, as I attended with friends last year and had a blast. This year's event will feature cocktails, hor d'oeurves, a fashion show, mini beauty treatments, shopping, over $2,000 in raffle prizes, a swag bag and more!

The event is sponsored by WBBM Newsradio, K-HITS, B96 and Sassy Moms in the City, and a portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiatives. Wear red to show your support! Guests are also encouraged to donate a gently used hand bag or professional shoes to donate to Dress for Success, a non-profit dedicated to providing career development to low-income women.

VIP Tickets are $30 and available online at, via email to or by calling 800-320-2289 x1.

WIN TICKETS! is giving away a pair of VIP tickets! For your chance to win, send us an email to with "Go Red" in the subject line. Winner will be chosen on February 17.

I was selected to host this giveaway by Sassy Moms in the City and provided two complimentary tickets to the event. And I gladly accepted after having so much fun last year!