Summer Camp

Monday, Aug. 10 – Friday, Aug. 14
Monday, Aug. 17 – Friday, Aug. 21

Travel the world without leaving Chicago! Come and explore the food, dance, folk arts, and cultural identities of a different country each day in our “Travel the World” summer camp. Campers end the week with their very own World’s Fair to show off their work to the public. Summer Camp is always packed with fun and adventure for children ages 6 to 10!

Camp runs Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
There is an option for late pick up at 4 p.m. for $15 per day. Registration is required.

1 week – $250 member, $300 non-member
2 weeks – $475 member, $600 non-member

Early bird – reserve by May 1 and receive $10 off 1 week or $20 off 2 weeks plus a free gift!
Sibling discount $15.
To take advantage of these discounts or to inquire about scholarships please contact Stacey for separate paypal button by emailing

Register here!


What ages is camp recommended for?
Camp is best for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Please contact the Education Manager for exceptions.

Is advanced registration required?
Yes, all campers need to be registered prior to the start of camp. Online registration will close at noon on the Thursday prior to the first day of camp. If you would like to register after that time, please call the Museum at 773-728-8111 and ask for the Education Manager to see if there is still availability.

Should my child bring anything with them?
Each child will need a lunch every day during camp. You may also wish to send a bag with a sweatshirt or jacket due to the air conditioning, a water bottle and sunscreen in case we go outdoors. These bags (with the exception of food) may be left at the Museum throughout the week. If your child has food allergies, you may also choose to send a snack to be eaten when the campers sample foods from places we learn about. The Education Manager will provide ingredient lists and/or food labels in cases of food allergies upon request. Please alert the Education Manager prior to the start of camp if you would like this information.

Will you be indoors and outdoors during the day?
We will primarily be indoors where there is air conditioning. There may be times when we go outdoors for brief periods of time.

Is there before or after care available?
There is no before care available. After care is available from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and may be available from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. See the website for specific information regarding after care. After care must be booked and arranged in advance in order to ensure there is adequate staffing available.

What are drop off/pick up policies?
An adult must sign each child in and out. Only people on the authorized pick up list may sign a child out of camp. Only a parent or guardian may add individuals to the authorized pick up list

What do I do if I am late picking up my child?
If you are going to be more than 5 minutes late, please call the Museum at 773-728-8111 to alert the Education Manager of your estimated arrival time. This will ease a child’s concern and allow us to plan for appropriate staffing.

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, we are pleased to offer scholarships to camp. Scholarships are based on financial need. Please contact the Education Manager for a scholarship application.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Up to 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp: Refund will be provided minus a 5% cancellation fee.
  • From 1-3 weeks prior to the first day of camp: Refund will be provided minus a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Within 1 week of the first day of camp: No refunds will be provided, except with written physician verification.
  • Refunds will not be given for dismissal due to behavioral or emotional situations occurring at camp.
  • Programs cancelled by the Swedish American Museum due to low enrollment or any other reason will be fully refunded. Please allow up to 10 business days.