1-Week Summer Camps

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!

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Times

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

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

Price per Camp

1 Half-Day Camp: $235 (Earlybird price: $220)
1 Full-Day Camp: $450 (Earlybird price: $425)
4-Camp Package: $850

Sibling or Multiple Camp Discount: 10% off (Excludes 4-camp package)

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:

  • Before Care: 8am to 9am
  • Lunch Care (incl in Full-day camps/ 2 Half-day camps combined to create a Full-day camp): 12pm to 1pm
  • After Care: 4pm to 6pm (4-5:30pm in Lakeview)

 

Full Week Prices:

Andersonville/West Loop
5-Day Before Care M-F = $75/week
5-Day Lunch Care M-F = $50/week
4-Day After Care M-Th = $120/week

Lakeview
5-Day Before Care M-F = $75/week
4-Day Lunch Care M-Th = $60/week
4-Day After Care M-Th = $90/week

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch care is available to half-day campers ONLY who would like to stay for the lunch hour after their morning camp or come in early for the lunch hour prior to their afternoon camp. If you registered for a full-day camp or 2 half-day camps in the same week, the lunch hour is included in the cost.

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 (Full-Day)

Full-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. If your child is staying for the full day, please also bring a packed lunch and extra snack.  Because we have several campers with allergies, Dream Big has a strict NO NUT Policy.  The sharing of food is also discouraged.

Doors open 10 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.

Action Adventures

Ninja Stories

Join the ninja warriors as they go to the depths of the underworld and battle against the forces of evil in this ninja-themed camp!  Develop new characters, create your own worlds, and follow the adventures, wherever they may take you. Campers will explore the fundamentals of theatre through drama games and improvisation to create an original script that transforms into a cohesive, exciting piece of theatre. An informal performance will showcase this creative experience! View Details

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Action Adventures featuring Pokemon

Gotta catch ’em all! Using characters and inspiration from Pokemon we will explore the foundations of theater with fun drama games, improvisation, singing and movement! Students will collaborate to create their very own play using their favorite characters and adventures from “Pokemon” as a jumping off point. So gather up your poke balls and get ready to catch some pokemon during this exciting week of camp! View Details

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Magical Adventures

Magical Adventures featuring Harry Potter

Join Harry, Ron, and Hermione on one of their many adventures into the unknown! In this camp, you’ll create spells, duel with 3 headed dogs, and explore the many delights of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Using our bodies and magical minds, we’ll create our own witches and wizards and devise scenes based off the hit books and movies. This week will culminate in a sharing of all we have achieved and all the MISCHIEF MANAGED! View Details

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Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Creatures

Dive into the magical world of unicorns, mermaids and other mystical creatures. In this camp, students will get to create, explore and develop their own unique stories and landscapes through collaborative discovery and play. A final performance will culminate this legendary experience! View Details

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Magical Adventures

Does your child love magic? Have they ever wanted to fly on a broom or summon giant snowstorms all while singing their favorite song at the top of their lungs? Join Dream Big in a fun and exciting session filled with music AND magic. In this camp your child will create their own on-stage magic. With their improv skills, imagination and fun, they will build a world of their own to share with their friends and family at the end of the week. View Details

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Musial Theater

Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring Shrek

“Let your freak flag fly” as we head for the swamp this summer! If you love musical theatre, this camp is for you!  Through drama games, improvisation, music, and movement, campers will learn the fundamentals of theatre while having a blast.  They will work together to created their own unique play while exploring the musical’s themes of diversity, inclusion, bravery, and discovering one’s own worth.  The week culminates in a one-of-a-kind performance for family and friends. View Details

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring Aladdin

A Whole New World awaits you with magic carpets, genies, and soaring adventures as we explore the Disney classic, Aladdin! If you love musical theater, this camp is for you! In this unique class format, we explore the fundamentals of theatre (acting, improvisation, music, and movement) to create an improvised script that transforms into a cohesive, exciting piece of theatre. The week culminates in a one-of-a-kind performance for family and friends. View Details

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring Descendants

If you love musical theatre, this camp is for you! “Be our guest” as we explore the foundations of theatre with fun drama games, acting, improvisation, music, and movement. In this unique class format, students will collaborate to create their very own play using their favorite songs from all 3 “Descendants” hit movies as a jumping off point. We’ll be “Rotten to the Core” as we improvise a script, and students will decide if they want to showcase their own version of the Descendants’ story or create their own Descendants-themed musical! Whichever they choose, it promises to be a wickedly good time! View Details

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring Wicked

Get ready to defy gravity at our full day, wonderfully wicked summer camp! In addition to playing fun theater games that foster creativity, self expression and teamwork, students will learn and choose their favorite songs from the smash hit musical like “Popular”, “Dancing Through Life” and “Defying Gravity.” Working alongside one of our professional teaching artists students will rehearse their songs in addition to writing scenes to create their very own mini musical adaptation. It’s going to be WICKED! View Details

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring High School Musical

“Get’cha Head in the Game” ’cause we’re “Breaking Free” of the status quo in this homage to the hit movie, High School Musical!  If you love musical theatre, this camp is for you!  Through drama games, improvisation, music, and dance, campers will hone their acting and performance skills while having a blast.  They will collaborate to create their own unique play while exploring the musical’s themes of love, inclusion, and being true to yourself.  The week culminates in a one-of-a-kind performance for friends and family. View Details

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring Frozen

Let it Go in this exciting camp that celebrates both FROZEN I and II! Your child will love to explore music and aspects of the latest story from the Disney phenomenon that has kids and adults alike singing at the top of their lungs. We will act out characters and tell our own version of this heartwarming story of love and embracing our differences. View Details

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Hamilton Fanatics

This full-day camp will explore the blockbuster Broadway sensation of the year! Campers will learn about the Founding Fathers through hip-hop, R&B and rap while performing their favorite tracks from the hit soundtrack with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. View Details

 

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Musical Theatre songs and scenes featuring The Greatest Showman

“Look out ‘cause here I come!” If you’re a fan of The Greatest Showman this camp is for you! Come explore musical theater with a circus theme. We’ll use inspiration from The Greatest Showman to perform your very own Greatest Show on Earth! View Details

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