Summer Camps

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Led by professional teaching artists, our 1-week theater camps offer kids ages 4 and up an unforgettable collaborative experience acting, singing, and dancing with friends. Kids build confidence and foster creative expression, while having fun with a wide variety of themes that inspire imaginations!

Dream Big Camp Overview

Weekly Camp Locations

ANDERSONVILLE, Chicago: First Free Church at 5255 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 (located at the corner of Berwyn and Ashland)

WEST LOOP, Chicago: Open Books at 651 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

NAPERVILLE, Western Suburbs: Naperville Central High School at 440 Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

NAPERVILLE, Western Suburbs: First Congregational Church at 24 E Benton Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

Times

Half Day Options: 9am-12pm and/or 1-4pm

Full Day Options: 9 am-4 pm or you can combine AM and PM camps for an all day option from 9am-4pm

Price per Camp

1-Half Day Camp: $225
1-Full Day Camp: $425
Sibling or Multiple Camp Discount: 10% off Second and Third Camps $202.50
Before Care (8-9am): $10/Day
After Care (4-5:30): $15/Day

Our price includes

  • An exciting and creative week with one of our professional teaching artists
  • Experience creating and starring in an original show
  • New friends and lots of fun!
  • And for new campers, a Dream Big T-shirt!

To help make our programs even more affordable, payment plans are available through our registration system.

Before and After Care

Dream Big offers the following add-ons to Camp for an additional fee:

  • Early Drop Off ($10/day): 8:00am-9:00am.
  • Late Pick Up ($15/day): 4:00-5:30pm.

or

  • Early Drop Off Entire Week ($45/week): 8:00am-9:00am.
  • Late Pick Up Entire Week ($65/week): 4:00-5:30pm.

What your child's day could look like (Half Day)

Half Day Sample Schedule

  • 8:45-9 am Campers arrive and are greeted at the front door
  • 9-9:45 am Physical, vocal, imagination, and ensemble-building warm-ups
  • 9:45-10:30 am Drama activities focused on weekly theme
  • 10:30-10:50 am Recess and snack break
  • 10:50-11:30 am Continue drama activities focused on weekly theme
  • 11:30-11:55 am Arts and crafts activities (Prop, set, and costume making)
  • 11:55 am-12 pm Clean up and closing activities
  • 12:00 pm Parent pick-up

What your child's day could look like (All Day)

All Day Sample Schedule
Full day camps enable our older campers to delve deeper into their Dream Big experience. We’ll have more time to engage with all areas of the theatrical experience, deepen our connections and develop all of our newly learned skills and innate talents!

  • 8:45-9:00 am Campers arrive and are greeted at the front door
  • 9:00-10:00 am Physical, vocal, imagination, and ensemble-building warm ups
  • 10:00-10:30 am Drama activities focused on weekly theme
  • 10:30-10:50 am Recess and snack break
  • 10:50-12:00 pm Continue drama activities focused on weekly theme
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch break
  • 1:00-2:20 pm Work on ideas for end of week performance
  • 2:20-2:40 pm Recess and snack break
  • 2:40-3:40 pm Arts and crafts activities (Prop, set, and costume making)
  • 3:40-3:55 pm Closing games and clean up
  • 4:00 pm Parent pick-up

End of Week Performance Details

At the end of each camp week, campers present a final showcase of scenes, songs, stories, games, and activities generated throughout their ensemble-building experience. Family and friends are invited to join us for an informal performance usually during the final 20-30 minutes of camp on our last day. Reminder invitations with exact times are emailed and sent home every Wednesday.

Daily Camp Reminders

Please have your child bring a water bottle and snack to camp each day. Often times we have tree nut and peanut allergies amongst our participants, so please be mindful of the food you send.
Doors open 15 minutes prior to your camp start time. If you are running late, please contact your child’s teacher at the number provided in your confirmation email so they can let you in.

Jr. Camp Counselor/Sr. Camp Counselor opportunities students entering 5th-12th grades

Do you have a desire to develop your leadership skills and work with younger kids in the performing arts? Would you like to be considered to be one of our creative camp counselor assistants this summer?

Sr. Camp Counselor
Students entering 9th-12th grade are welcome to apply for internships with us during the summer. To apply, please click on the Sr. Camp Counselor button below. Sr. Camp Counselor responsibilities include:
•Assist with drama games-lead with examples
•Create and help with set/prop/costume development
•Assist with set up for different activities
•Act as a leader for songs and dances for younger campers
•Lead warm ups and games with supervision (if desired)
•Aide in taking young campers for restroom/drink breaks
•Arrive 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes late to help with set up/clean up and go over goals and planning
•Assist with supervision during breaks
Apply for Sr. Camp Counselor

Sr. Camp Counselor Testimonial:
“I want to thank you for this amazing summer experience, I truly loved working with everyone in this company and making new friends. The kids were amazing, and basically in a nutshell, this job made my summer.” Hope

 

Jr. Camp Counselor
Students entering 5th-8th grades are invited to be a Jr. Camp Counselor for any camp geared towards 3-7 year olds. Jr. Camp Counselor’s receive a 50% discount for their assistance and their responsibilities include:
•Assist with drama games by leading with examples
•Help with story/show creation by supporting and enhancing the creative ideas of the younger campers
•Create and help with set/prop/costume development
•Assist with set up for different activities
•Assist with songs and dances
•Lead warm ups and games with supervision (if desired)
•Arrive 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes late to help with set up/clean up and go over goals and planning
Please fill out the questionnaire form below. Someone from Dream Big will contact you once the questionnaire is received.
Questionnaire Jr. Counselor

August 27-31

Jungle Adventures: Ages 4-7 (9am-12pm)

Welcome to the jungle! Using inspiration from animal themed movies such as The Lion King, Sing and Zootopia, we will explore the foundations of theater using drama games, improvisation and movement to create our very own jungle inspired play! Have fun mooing, oinking, squeaking and barking during this fun filled week! Offered at our Andersonville location. View Details

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General information

Dates and times this camp is offered:
August 27-31: Ages 4-7 (9am-12pm)
Location: Andersonville at First Free Church

Supervised lunch and recess at the park from 12-1 pm are included in all full-day options.

A 10% discount will be applied at checkout for 2 or more classes.

Price: $225

 

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Musical Theater songs and scenes featuring Inside Out: Ages 4-7 (1-4pm)

Mister Rogers spoke often of his conviction “that when we help our children find healthy ways of dealing with their feelings–ways that don’t hurt them or anyone else–we’re helping to make our world a safer, better place.” Now more than ever we need to be in touch with our feelings and feel safe to express them. Here comes a camp that uses a context kids are familiar with and characters that bring these emotions to life. In this camp we will create new stories and journeys for familiar characters including Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust and perhaps come up with some of our own! Offered at our Andersonville and location. View Details

Register Now – Andersonville

General information

Dates and times this camp is offered:
August 27-31: Ages 4-7 (1-4pm)
Location: Andersonville at First Free Church

Supervised lunch and recess at the park from 12-1 pm are included in all full-day options.

A 10% discount will be applied at checkout for 2 or more classes.

Price: $225

 

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