Our popular Code Your Own Video Games camp introduces kids to the excitement and power of coding by teaching them to make real, working video games, just like the ones they love to play! Using the Scratch language, they will create games like Crossy Road, Galaga and many others and learn coding basics including loops, events, conditional logic and variables.
This camp is offered at both our Chicago location (2867 N Clybourn Ave) and our North Shore location (3434 Central St, Evanston, inside Unity Church on the North Shore), serving Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette and neighboring areas.
Camps are 3 hours long, and we break up the time into one hour blocks to work with kids' natural learning rhythms. In the middle hour, we take them outside and have unstructured playground time to build friendships and refresh young brains and bodies. The group walks a short distance to Hamlin Park in Chicago or Bent Park in Evanston.
This is a hands-on class where we make a new video game every day. It is the perfect place to start your coding journey, and projects are taught step-by-step.
We also welcome intermediate and advanced students, who already know how to code in Scratch. For these kids, we provide challenge projects or coaching on self-selected projects to expand their repertoire of skills.
Note: Available in Chicago only
For dates between June 24 and Aug 16, we are pleased to offer the option to add a half day of sports and games with our partner, We Got Game.
Sports will primarily take place at Burley Elementary and may include swim time at Hamlin Park (dry activities will be accommodated for kids who don't swim).
The add-on includes lunch hour supervision at Hamlin Park, and an escorted walk between the two camps.
Please note that you will drop off in the morning at one camp and pick up in the afternoon at the other.
If you register in error, we have a 24 hour, no-fee cancellation policy. Just call us or email us within 24 hours and we will take care of it.
After that, you can receive a refund, less a $50 admin fee, up until 14 days before the camp starts.
There are no refunds within 14 days of camp start.
We offer a sibling discount for 2 children from the same family registered in the same program. The sibling discount is 10% and the code is SIBLING.
There is an Early Bird Discount of 10% on all registrations up to March 31. The discount will be applied automatically.
We do not offer price adjustments for missed days. Please select a week that works for your schedule.
Computers and all required hardware are provided.
Scratch is an online language and we will help kids get set up with an account on the first day, if they do not already have one.
Scratch is free and fully available for kids to continue coding at home during and after the camp.
Camps are capped at 8 students, and will have a 4:1 ratio or better at this age group.
Our instructors are adults who are studying or have completed post-secondary education. We hire talented high school students as teaching assistants and to provide near-peer interactions.
All of our instructors have relevant coding or technology expertise.