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Kids Day Camp Near Chicago, IL

Experience the thrill of adventure with Hot Ground Gym®'s kids' day camps in Chicago's Northern suburbs. Our unique, engaging camps combine fitness and education to build resilience, teamwork, and leadership in kids.
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Active Minds, Active Bodies: Physical Activity Kids Day Camps Near Chicago

Welcome to Hot Ground Gym® - where adventure meets education and fitness becomes fun! We're proud to offer dynamic, engaging day camp programs that cater to children ages seven and up. Developed to constructively challenge with care, our day camps promote team-building, hand-eye coordination, and creative problem-solving. Our camps are uniquely designed to combine excitement with valuable learning experiences and are conveniently located in Arlington Heights and Libertyville. They're accessible to residents of Palatine, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.

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Our Wide Spectrum of Kids' Day Camps in Northern Chicago Suburbs

We work with kids ages 5-14 years old, from K-8th+ grade. Scroll down to check out our programs.

Our children's camps keep kiddos entertained while they're out of school for a holiday, winter break, spring break, or summer break. At Hot Ground Gym®, we know that every child is different, so our full and half-day programs offer a range of activities to appeal to their strengths while still challenging their weaknesses.
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Our summer camp is enrolled in by the week and is great for 7-14 year-olds. Older kids can develop their leadership and life skills at our summer overnight camp, while younger children have a blast participating in this summer fun. This is different from our other camps because it's a week-long experience, each day evolving from the last.
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Our winter camps are designed to keep kids entertained while developing problem-solving and interpersonal skills. With obstacle course training, teambuilding missions, "target practice" hand-eye-coordination activities, and many other fun games, we guarantee a fun winter break.
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In town this spring break? Send your kids to our Northern Chicago spring break camps for a one-of-a-kind experience filled with obstacle courses, team challenges, social skills developing activities, and tons more. Camp is a break for you and a blast for kids 7-14!
Kids' and Teens’ Birthday Parties
No school? No problem! We offer full and half-day camp options for most national holidays and some localized school closures. Have your child attend our no-school day camp the next time their school is closed and you want to relax or need to work.

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Adventure awaits at Hot Ground Gym®! Sign up now and let the journey begin.

About Hot Ground Gym® Day Camp Program

Hot Ground Gym®'s day camps combine physical and mental rigor with creativity and entertainment. Children engage in a variety of in and outdoor activities that promote team building, motor skill development, and physical training. Nestled in the picturesque surroundings near Chicago, we provide an environment that nurtures personal growth while emphasizing fitness, friends, and fun.
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Camp Activities

From obstacle and rope courses to relay racing, our activities offer fun learning opportunities for kids to develop interpersonal skills by learning from each other and, in turn, deepen their emotional intelligence. While they're climbing, jumping, crawling, and swinging, they're building physical strength, confidence, and grit.All our activities are safe and guided by expert facilitators who are CPR and first-aid certified to ensure high safety standards.
Some exciting and popular sports activities in our day camps include:
  • Intriguing and challenging mind games
  • Friendly competitions and relay races
  • Basic construction skills
  • Teambuilding challenges
  • Obstacle course training
  • Rope courses
  • Archery
  • Parkour-related activities
  • Dart/knife throwing
  • Ball/ring tossing
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At Hot Ground Gym®, no two days are the same. Each day is designed to provide a balanced mix of physical, creative, and social activities. Here's what a typical day camp day might look like:


  • 8:00 AM - Arrival and Warm-up: Campers arrive and participate in a fun, invigorating warm-up to get their bodies moving and ready for the day.
  • 8:30 AM - Fitness Challenges: Kids tackle a series of age-appropriate fitness challenges, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Activities might include obstacle courses, relay races, and team-based physical games.
  • 10:00 AM - Snack and Story: A short break for a healthy snack and a motivational story to inspire the kids for the day ahead.
  • 10:30 AM - Skill Building: This could involve workshops on basic outdoor skills, leadership training, or team-building exercises. Each session is designed to develop self-confidence and foster problem-solving skills.


  • 12:00 PM - Lunch and Free Play: Kids refuel with a lunch followed by free play, allowing them time to relax and interact socially with their peers.
  • 1:00 PM - Afternoon Activity: The afternoon activity can vary daily, including group games, or guest speakers.
  • 3:00 PM - Cool Down and Reflection: The day ends with a cool-down, followed by a group reflection on the day's activities and accomplishments.
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Our Philosophy

Our camp philosophy is rooted in the belief that every child has an innate potential that can be unleashed through a blend of physical activities, skill development, character-building exercises, and teamwork. Proudly owned by veterans, Hot Ground Gym® provides physical, mental, and character-developing activities that enrich kids and prepare them to confront life's challenges. Our passionate instructors offer interactive experiences and respond to each child's individual needs. In fact, many of our campers have enjoyed our camps so much that they've graduated to become assistant instructors.

We are dedicated to fostering an environment where campers can thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our goal is for every camper to leave with increased confidence, new skills, a sense of accomplishment, and of course, great memories.

Embark on the Journey - Sign Up Today!

Unleash the fun! Enroll your child in our day camp today.

What Age Kids Do We Work With?

Hot Ground Gym's Camps are great for 7-13 year-olds and above. Older kids get an opportunity (if desired) to develop their leadership skills, and the younger ones have a blast participating!

At Hot Ground, we combine kids of all ages into small groups to foster teamwork and offer leadership opportunities. By mixing age groups, it breaks down barriers associated with age and gender and makes for more inclusive environments.
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Benefits of Our Day Camp for Kids Near Chicago, Illinois

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  • Specially Devised Programs: From obstacle courses to friendly competitions, our camps educate, entertain and develop leadership skills.
  • Creative Learning: Designed to stimulate physical movement and cognitive abilities, we offer a range of confidence-building activities appealing to different strengths.
  • Small Groups: We ensure every child receives the support, interaction, and attention they need during camp time.
  • Safety and Wellbeing: Our facilitators are CPR and first-aid certified. They receive updated training on emergency action plans and life-saving equipment for ultimate safety.
  • Constant Communication: We keep parents updated on their child's camp experience, so they feel included and know what to expect.

Dedicated Team Guiding Your Children at Our Chicago Day Camps

Our team of experienced owners/operators are military veterans and former first responders. They directly provide a "one-of-a-kind experience" to the children that attend our camps. Each team member brings unique expertise, whether that's in physical fitness, child development, leadership training, or outdoor education. Our staff undergo rigorous training and adhere to the highest safety standards, ensuring your child's well-being is our top priority.

They're not just instructors – they're role models, cheerleaders, and mentors. At Hot Ground Gym, we believe it's the people that truly make the camp experience, and we're proud to have the best in the business.
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Literally love this place and all that they stand for. This is a facility ran by people who care about setting our kids up for success with a side of tough skin. It's a bit far for us but my sis in law and I make it happen by alternating car pool just so we can get the kids into atleast one week of their camp sessions. They focus on team building, confidence building, working out their mind, and their bodies everyday. They rave about their day and actually are begging for another week. Do not hesitate to support this facility and their leaders, you and your kids will be happy you did!
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Valerie B
This place provides unique experience for my kid. There is no other place in the area that exposes kids to learning real life skills, survival methods, leadership. etc... I love the owner too
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Jony Nazar
Our boys, 7 and 10, did the HGG Leadership Summer camp for the month of June. They had a lot of fun learning to work together with others, be leaders, be accountable (at least there) and experience drills, obstacle courses, and other activities not offered at other camps. They liked going to the lake once a week. The boys came home tired!
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Kristi Takagishi
My son (8) and daughter (10) had an amazing experience during HGG summer leadership camp. Each week they learned new leadership, teamwork, safety, and problem solving skills. Sam and his team are amazing and exceptional! My kids are looking forward to the classes offered throughout the school year and enrolling again next summer. This is truly an awesome program for all kids!
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Vita Unger
Best kids program ever. BEST Summer Camp EVER. My son Martin loves it. He was at HGG Summer Camp for 8 weeks and he grew up so much. He became more confident , organized, strong mind and body, he learn archery, knife throwing, defense , working in team and so much more..... I cannot say enough good things about HGG Arlington Heights. Sam the manager and all the team members are awesome with the kids. Thank you guys and keep it up :-)
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Tina Petkova
This place is truly awesome! Great for children to interact with one another, to learn to work together to complete tasks. My son is a huge fan, We did the summer camp this year and it was filled with so many activities, he came home tired and with fun stories! (Nerf gun Battles/Water Parks/ Apparently my son prefers Sams grilling skills than mine/the Beach / Obstacle courses). The instructors are amazing with the kids, they motivate each child to achieve their best, if they see a child struggle or afraid of doing an activity, they provide one on one and walk them through it, this empowers the child and enables the child to realize that even through things might be scary, they are achievable and you can see on that kids face after they faced that fear and receive that support from teammates. It's nice to have a place where the kids are encouraged to be themselves and support one another. Thank you guys for providing a great Summer experience for Zak!!!
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We post the dates that the camp is available as soon as they're established. Each year the days of camps are different to coincide with school holiday schedules.
type of camp
winter camp
spring camp
No school camp
summer camp
Price Per Full-day
$85 (members)
$100 (non-members)
$85 (members)
$100 (non-members)
$85 (members)
$100 (non-members)
Price Per Half-day
$55 (members)
$65 (non-members)
$55 (members)
$65 (non-members)
$55 (members)
$65 (non-members)
Price Per Week
$425 (members)
$500 (non-members)
'24 Schedule
12/26, 12/27,
12/28, 12/29,
1/2, 1/3,
1/4, 1/5
3/25, 3/26, 3/27,
3/28, 3/29
8/12 ,8/13, 8/14, 8/15, 8/16
Week 1: 6/10 - 6/14
Week 2: 6/17 - 6/21
Week 3: 6/24 - 6/28
Week 4: 7/8 - 7/12 
Week 5: 7/15 - 7/19
Week 6: 7/22 - 7/26
Week 7: 7/29 - 8/2
Week 8: 8/5 - 8/9
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Hot Ground Gym® Libertyville, IL
1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048
Hot Ground Gym® Arlington Heights
8 W College Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA

Our Locations

Hot Ground Gym® is located in Arlington Heights and Libertyville and serves areas close to Palatine, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.




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What are the drop off & pick up times?

Full Day drop off is between 8 - 8:30 am and pick up is between 3:30-4pm.

Half Day AM drop off is between 8 - 8:30 am and pick up is between 11:30am and 12 noon.

Half Day PM drop off is between 12 - 12:30 pm and pick up is between 3:30-4pm."

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