kids at summer camp playing soccer in western springs illinois

Exercising in the summertime?  Stay cool and fit in Western Springs!

Between the heat and the rain this summer, you might think there are many reasons to stay inside eating ice cream.  Lucky for residents in Western Springs, this doesn’t have to be a time to let your healthy habits backslide.

Classes and camps for everyone with the Western Springs Recreation Department

kids bored having pillow fight in summerKids getting bored?

Send them to a late summer camp!  July 23rd through August 10, the Western Springs Recreation Department is running two late summer camps to help you keep the kids from driving you crazy.  The little ones (3 to 5 years old) can burn off some energy in the local parks by playing, creating, singing, and listening to stories with their friends in the Just for Tots camp. For your harder to please school aged kids, Tower Camp is the place to be.  With sports and art projects you would never allow at your kitchen table, they be sure to come home buzzing with excitement.

There are also several sports-themed camps to keep your kids moving:

July 23 – July 26:

  • Sporty girls aged 5 to 8 will love the “Go, Girls, Go!” program. It’s a great age to engage girls in sports.  They will learn some basics of several sports, including, but not limited to: soccer, hockey, tee-ball, and basketball.
  • Boys and girls 4 to 17 will love the half day soccer camp.  Divided by age and ability, every kid will find the right level to challenge them to be the best players they can be.
  • Eight-to 12-year olds can bump and spike at volleyball camp!

July 30 to August 8:

  • Aim high with archery camp for the 11 and up group.  Staff will introduce participants to a nine-step program with blunt arrows and plenty of games.
  •  For the Chicago team diehard, the Western Springs rec center combines baseball and basketball skills for 5- to 12-year olds.  Full-day or half day options are available, and the camp culminates in a Bulls and Sox competition.  Prizes and t-shirts!

August 6 through 8:

  • Basketball players can refine their shooting techniques at the “Raising the B.A.R. Shooting Camp.” For 1st through 8th graders, coaches will personalize an approach to participants.

Golf and tennis:

Introduce your kids to the quintessential summer games of golf and tennis while you sip Arnold Palmers in the clubhouse. Better yet, check out some summer fitness options for yourself (listed after the kids’ programs).

  • There are two options for the kids to get involved in golf at Fresh Meadows Golf Course:  Beginners aged 4 to 14 can learn the fundamentals August 5 through the 2.  More experienced golfers (seven and up) can go deeper into their game at the  Nike Golf Junior Camp.  There are three half day camps and one full day camp, where they will even feed your kids lunch!
  • For tennis, there are also two options.  Send the kids to just one camp, or keep the fun going after school starts.  The late summer tennis camp runs from July 23 through August 10.  Harvest Tennis goes for three weeks from August 13th through the 30th.

Need a shorter camp?  

Try woodworking for the engineers in your family.  Ages 6 to 9, July 23 to 26 around lunchtime.

demonstration of July 27 slimy day in western springs ilJuly 27 is a slimy day!  Let your 6- to 10-year-old make homemade slime and gross out.  Just be sure to designate slime-free zones in your home, as they will be bringing the goop with them. Bathrooms, kitchens, and better yet outside, work best for this.  Keep it away from the carpet!

Got a little strategist?  How about a chess camp that includes lots of puzzles and exercises (both mental and physical)?  This camp runs July 30 to August 3 in the afternoons.

Legos and Ninjas–what’s not to love?  Afternoons from August 6 to the 10th, 5- to 9-year-olds can create a ninja world out of Legos, and even bring home some of their projects.

Remember the 60’s?  Tie-dye is still popular among the kids.  And the rec center can guide them through the process to transform an item from home into a fun, colorful piece of art.  August 7th and 8th

Try some fun events where they won’t even know they’re learning something!  Dreams of Hawaii come true on August 8 with a hula party for 3 to 9-year-olds.  (Parents have to go along for the under 5 set.)

Abracadabra!  Magic children!  Gary Kantor will transform your 5- to 12-year-old into a mesmerizing magician, and even send them home with a magic trick kit to stun and amaze you.  August 9th for this one.

Don’t let the kids have all the fun!

The Western Springs Recreation Department has plenty to keep you fit and entertained as well:

Join the “Be Strong” classes at the WS Rec Center in August for a group class focused on resistance training for strength, endurance, and flexibility.

western springs illinois summer yoga workout for adultsReduce stress and increase strength and flexibility with an all-level yoga class at the Grand Avenue Dance Studio.  Classes started in June, but they are ongoing, so you can pick up at any point.  Just remember to bring your own yoga mat.  Classes are on Fridays 10 to 11:15 at ten bucks  pop.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at WS Grand Ave Gym you can join the sweaty people at the  Summer Fitness Workshop.  Work your heart and your muscles for feeling and looking good in all the right places.

Golf, anyone?  You sent your kids to Fresh Meadows Golf Club, now it’s your turn to improve your swing.  We can’t have them beating us as they get older, now can we?  Sign up for their ongoing adult classes soon.  You can’t beat 6-to-1 student/teacher ratios and 90-minute lessons.

And just for fun–

All sweat and no summertime fun is no way to spend the summer.  Luckily, Western Springs has lots of summer fun planned for residents.

Families can enjoy summer concerts and movie nights together.  Coming up next in the summer concert series is the Ravinia in Ridgewood Park & Ice Cream Social on Friday, July 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Movies and starlight on a cozy blanket with snacks?  Friday nights are movie nights this summer.  There are just two more this season–August 3 at Springdale Park and September 7 at Laidlaw Park.

And for the ultimate in family fun, join the Western Springs and La Grange Police Departments on Tuesday, August 7th for National Night Out at Spring Rock Park from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The kids will love the police and fire vehicles and demonstrations.  Parents will love the music and food.

Summer time in Western Springs, IL–fit, entertained, and relaxed

Nancy Miller, Realtor with Coldwell Banker wants her friends in Western Springs to enjoy their summer!  With such a great recreation department and so much going on, you will want to live here.  You can trust Nancy’s over 25 years of experience to help you find just the right place.  Let Miller Move You to Western Springs!


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