Summer Jam & Swim Camp

A Full-Day Camp for Kids Ages 4 to 8 Combining Swim Instruction with Music Instruction from our friends at Merry Music Makers.

Summer camp| Swimming | Music | Chicago Blue Dolphins | Merry Music MakersRegister your kiddo for 1-week or 2-week camp sessions at our location in Edgewater.  This will allow you for a 2-week immersion program or you can go a-la-carte through the summer.

Our kids spend the first half of their day exploring music. Then after lunch, we head to the pool.

  • SESSION 1:  July 9-July 13
  • SESSION 2:  July 16-July 20
  • SESSION 3:  July 23-July 27
  • SESSION 4:  July 30-August 3
  • SESSION 5:  August 6-August 10
  • SESSION 6:  August 13-August 17

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 9 am to 3 pm. (Ask us about before and after care).

LOCATION (MUSIC): Swift Elementary School, 5900 N Winthrop Ave, Chicago

LOCATION (SWIM): Edgewater Athletic Club, 1040 W. Granville Ave., Chicago


  • 1 Week:  $475 for 1 kid, $900 for 2 kids
  • 2 Weeks:  $900 for 1 kid, $1,750 for 2 kids


Part 1:  Music

We are very excited to partner up with Merry Music Makers, a premiere children’s music school based in the Ravenswood neighborhood.  We feel that they are a great match for our swim instruction philosophy.  Their classes are based on the belief that music is a basic life skill like walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate in making music with confidence and pleasure.

Merry Music Makers emphasizes actual musical experiences instead of concepts about music and introduce children to the pleasures of making music rather than passively listening to it.  To keep things lively and fun for the kiddos, Merry Music Makers will build each week around a different music topic.

  • SESSION 1:  July 9-July 13 (Our Orchestra)
  • SESSION 2:  July 16-July 20 (Our World)
  • SESSION 3:  July 23-July 27 (Our Nation)
  • SESSION 4:  July 30-August 3 (Our Orchestra)
  • SESSION 5:  August 6-August 10 (Our World)
  • SESSION 6:  August 13-August 17 (Our Nation)

Descriptions of each week’s content is given below.

Explore the world of symphonic music by being introduced to the four families of the orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.


Meet the sounds and rhythms of different continents and cultures, from Latin America and Europe, to Asia and Africa.


Meet the unique sounds of our own country this week where we visit different types of music from folk to musical theater, and jazz to rock.

Part 2:  Swim

GirlsInPoolThe swimming portion of the camp is based on our philosophy that kids can make great strides both with immersion instruction and by having time to play and explore in the water on their own.  Campers will spend almost 2 hours in the pool during the day. The first half will be small group instruction based on our powerful instruction methods.  We will divide the kids into groups based on their skill level to ensure that kids are stretched to a degree appropriate to their starting point.  The second half is “free time” where instructors will play games with the kids and give them a chance to explore the water and apply their skills in a non-directed format.  Even if your child isn’t an independent swimmer, by the end of camp they should be well on her way to self-sufficiency. And for those who are more experienced, their progress should be even more noticeable.


If you have questions about the camp, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

Comments are closed.