Frequently Asked Questions

What does my registration fee include each session?

First and foremost, it includes quality instruction and care from all our Kids Playing Camp staff members. In addition, all campers receive:

  • Snack in the morning and afternoon
  • Car decal sticker if you ever need to park during drop-off or pick-up
  • Before Care – starts at 8 am until camp rotations begin at 9 am
  • Daily programs and activities
  • Lunches (cook-out) provided on the second Friday of each session
  • 1 Kids Playing Camp T-Shirt
  • Transportation to any field trip
  • Free swim for at least an hour every day
  • Visits to the Chicago Public Library for some ECE campers (1st-3rd grades)


Is there camp on July 4, 2018?

No, there is no camp on Wednesday, July 4th as it is a holiday…enjoy time with your family! (:


Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes, we offer a $25 discount per session if registered prior to February 1, 2018.  The discount will be automatically applied upon time of registration.


Do you offer After-Care?

Yes, we offer After-Care from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. at $10 per family per day.  You can sign up through Ultracamp. If you have a last minute emergency and need a change of plans, and need aftercare, please contact Kathy during camp hours.


What to bring to camp?

Campers should...

  • wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes with socks (no open toe shoes)
  • bring a water bottle and sunscreen. We will replenish the sunscreen after lunch*

When we swim...

  • please bring swimsuit, goggles and towel.
  • we will provide life vests for campers who require it after taking the swim test administered by Northeastern Illinois University Aquatic Staff and advised by either the Camp Director or Associate Camp Director


*please note that campers in grades 2nd and older are expected to apply their own sunscreen. Staff will assist campers in Kindergarten & 1st Grade.

How is drop-off and pick-up handled?

Safety is our number #1 priority! All parents are required to sign in their child(ren) with our Safety Monitor or Camp Director. No Limits & Out of Bounds check in with their respective staff.  No child will be allowed to leave unless the parent has signed them out at the end of the day. During our camp orientation and annual parent meeting in May, we will walk parents through the process of sign in and out.


Do you provide lunch?

No. We ask campers to bring their lunch in an insulated sack or brown paper bad each day that is labeled. Please, no glass containers! If a camper forgets their lunch, we have extra food on hand.   The extra food consists mostly of fruit, veggies and a sandwich.

On the second Friday of each session we will provide a cook-out lunch. If your child does not wish to eat that lunch, please provide a sack lunch for her or him that we will refrigerate or that they can keep in their backpack if does not have cold-kept items.


How do you group campers?

We put campers together by grade. Campers can request to be together across grades and we will do our best to honor that request at the best interest of the entire group and after advising the group's Senior Counselor.


Does my child need a physical?

Yes. Please make sure you either download the camp medical form or get a copy of your child’s physical from school. All medical forms need to be in our offices by June 1, 2017 to kidsplayingcampregister@gmail.com.

**You must submit a NEW physical each summer for liability purposes**


If my child has special medical needs, how is it handled?

All campers with any special medical needs will be required to have a current medical authorization form on file. All campers with any medicines will be checked in by the the Camp Director and administered by her or the Camp Medic.  All medicines, other than inhalers and epy pens, are kept in a secure location and not on the person of the group's Senior Counselor and are accessible to the Camp Director, Associate Director, and Camp Medic.

All Senior Counselors and Administration carry a first-aid pack, cell phone, and a walkie-talkie throughout the day.

How do you recruit your staff?

All applicants for camp positions are interviewed face to face by the Camp Director. References and a background check are required for all Leadership positions and college-age counselors.

Does Kids Playing Camp provide training for its staff?

Yes, all Leadership and College Coaches are required to have CPR/First Aid Training.  In addition, all Kids Playing Camp staff are required to attend the two day in service training held in early June. All staff are trained in emergency policies and procedures, curriculum planning and over-all safety issues of our campers.


What happens at a typical day at Kids Playing Camp?

Campers participate each week in a variety of activities with the no week exactly the same. Prior to registration, we ask the campers what they want to do…what they want to learn…what they want to discover. Then as we create the programming we do everything possible to incorporate some of their ideas into the schedule.

Here is a look at a typical week:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: Sports, Games, Swimming, Wall Climbing, Outdoor Education, Science, and Crafts

Wednesday: Kids Theme Days and swimming

Friday: Swim, Free Play and Cook-outs (second Friday of each session)

What is the breakdown of times during the day?

8:00 -8:45:   Free Play

9:00 -12:        Morning Rotations/Snack

12-1:                Lunch/Reading

1:00-3:00:     Afternoon Rotations

3:15:                Afternoon Snack

3:30:               Walk over to Pick-up for campers getting picked up

3:45 -4:15 :    Free Play

*4:15 – 5:15 :  After-care – $10 per camper/per day

How does swimming work?

NEIU swimming staff oversees all swimming activities in the pool. As the trained life guards, it is their sole discretion who can and can not swim with life vests. At the beginning of each session, ALL beginner swimmers are required to have life vests on. Should she/he wish to take the swim test which consists of swimming 3/4 the length of the pool freestyle and passes, the life vest will be removed. It is SOLEY the decision of the life guard and can not be removed by the staff of Kids Playing Camp…no exceptions.

We swim 5 days a week for approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on age.


Swim Lessons are administered through the NEIU Swim Program and registration and payment is through NEIU.  All families for 1st and 2nd grades will receive registration information beginning of April and space is limited.


Does Kids Playing Camp only offer sports?

No. We believe campers should be engaged in a variety of activities with the most important part being that it is FUN.  Sports is a part of the camping experience as well as arts and crafts, science experiments, kids in the kitchen, theme days and “Out of the Box” activities, music, drama and science.


What are Kids Theme Days?

Each Wednesday camp will be centered around a theme. Some of the themes of past summers included:

  • Red White Blue
  • Super Hero/Heroine
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Olympic Day
  • Treasure Hunt Day
  • Disney Day
  • Willie Wonka
  • Be What You Want Day
  • Carnival Day

What are “Out of the Box” Activities?

Every week on Tuesday or Thursday campers will have a chance to do something new. Check out some of the activities that will be offered:

  • Dance Contest
  • Snapshot Day
  • No Sew for Kids
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Old Fashioned Games
  • Create Your Own Game
  • Minute to Win It
  • Capture the Flag


Does Kids Playing Camp go on Field Trips?

We have a week of camp called Explore Chicago where we visit the sites of the Chicago area. During the remainder of camp we do not go on field trips with our younger campers.  We have decided to invest in bringing artists into camp who can share their talents and skills with our campers including jugglers, animal shows, self defense and resident artists. We believe that is the best investment in our campers.
Our No Limits/Out of Bound Campers go on regular field trips two times a week.

What is the refund policy?

KPC does not refund the non-refundable deposit.

KPC does not refund any registration or payment after March 1, 2017.

You can apply your non-refundable deposit to another session for your child, but due to budget planning and commitments no refunds are given.

Should a medical emergency issue come up that prohibits your child from attending camp prior or during camp, we will make exception.

Can parents visit camp?

Absolutely! We have an open door policy so that you feel comfortable with the attention and care your child is receiving at Kids Playing Summer Camp. All we ask is that you check in with the Camp Director in advance.

If you need more information, please call Kathy, Camp Director at 847.323.1394.






8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Drop Off and Free Play

Camp Rotations
9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m
Aftercare - $10 per family per day


Kathy Chuckas, Owner & Director Phone: (847) 323-1394 E-mail: kidsplyingcamps@mac.com James Holzhauer-Chuckas, Associate Director Phone: (847) 644-3797 E-mail: jholzhauer-chuckas@nickchurch.org Website: www.kidsplayingcamp.org Facebook Page: Kids Playing Camp Instagram: @kidsplayingcamps Twitter: @kpcchicago



8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Drop Off and Free Play Camp Rotations 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m Aftercare - $10 per family per day