ALL CAMPS BELOW WILL BE AT THE LITTLE BITS WORKSHOP, 411 PARK AVE IN RIVER FOREST


6/10–12: Cottage Camp 9am-noon, ages 7+

The Little Bits Cottage is a launching point for imagination. Half the fun of making our Cottage is when kids discover objects in your recycle bin, junk drawer or jewelry box that could actually become a burner on a stove, a knob on a faucet or a dining room chair. We have plenty of bits, but kids are always welcome to bring items from home. This camp is a skill-builder: measuring, designing, considering proportion, using sharp tools and learning how to sew.

$169 Scroll down to register.



6/15–19: Jr Camp Runway, 9am-noon age 8+

For the beginner fashionista! Campers will learn the basics of hand sewing, how to run a sewing machine and how to cut out a simple pattern for a garment. What is seam allowance? How to sew a straight line? How to thread a machine? Friends & Family are invited to attend a FASHION SHOW on the last day! 

$269 Scroll down to register.



6/22–26: Camp Runway 9am-2pm, ages 10+

Young Fashionistas will sew and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the sewing instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, an email will be sent regarding measurements and a shopping list.

$325 Scroll down to register.



6/29–7/3: Sew Good (for you!)

9am-noon, ages 8+

From giant Avocado pillows to Watermelon wedges and a Strawberry cinch-sack campers will stitch up adorable summer plushy fresh produce! They’ll learn hand and machine sewing techniques and fine sewing tricks, plus the math and engineering behind becoming an excellent sewer.

$250 Scroll down to register.


6/29–7/3: BookNook Camp 9am-noon, ages 7+

Calling Young Readers! Do you have a favorite book? Do you ever wish you could enter the pages and become part of the story? Well, this week you can. Bring your imagination and recreate a scene from your favorite story. Anything from “Little Women,” to “Harry Potter” to the “Chronicles of Narnia” or anywhere in between. Campers will create their very own BookNook that gets nestled into your home library or bookshelf. Bring your favorite book for inspiration and we’ll start each day with a story. Create a miniature version to include in the nook!

$250 Scroll down to register.



7/6–7/10: Mural Camp 9am-noon, ages 8+

We hope to grow our Butterfly Garden Mural wall along Central Ave and let it spread its wings just a little bit more this summer. It’s a hot and messy job, but someone’s got to do it! Send us your brave and tough artists who have endurance and grit!!

$250 Scroll down to register.



7/6–7/10: Jr. Camp Runway 9am-noon, age 8+

For the beginner fashionista! Campers will learn the basics of hand sewing, how to run a sewing machine and how to cut out a simple pattern for a garment. What is seam allowance? How to sew a straight line? How to thread a machine? Friends & Family are invited to attend a FASHION SHOW on the last day! 

$269 Scroll down to register.



7/13–17 “Happy-tat” Garden Camp

9-noon, age 6+

A healthy garden is a happy garden habitat for both people and critters who need each other. Campers will learn the thrill of creating a backyard sanctuary and observatory that attracts  pollinators, butterflies, humming birds, gold finches and much more to their own backyard or balcony. Here at Little Bits, they will experience our garden and it’s wild visitors each day. Each camper will make several projects that attract wildlife including a “Happy-tat” container garden complete with a hummingbird feeder ideal for any outdoor space large or small.

$250 Scroll down to register.






7/20–24: Knit & Crochet Camp

9am-noon, ages 7+

The Farmers Market will come to life stitch by stitch! Beginner and advanced knitters and crocheters welcome. Imagine  garden bounty all knitted and crocheted or a basket of tomatoes, carrots and peas! This is a fun way to learn a skill for life...you never know when you’ll need a knitted banana. Last summer we sent bananas literally all around the world, perhaps we’ll sneak a few into Jewel and Whole Foods to see how far they go this year! (Check out our Instagram page here to see our fuzzy international travelers!)

$250 Scroll down to register.




7/27–31: Artspiration Camp

9am-noon, ages 7+

Young Artists need to be free to experiment and discover how fun and amazing art is without the pressure of representation. The hub of this week’s wheel will be a beautiful hand bound art journal which kids will make. It will become a mini art lab full of discovery and inspiration. We’ll do scavenger hunts to find patterns and hidden images...creatures in the cracks, horses in the clouds....it’s all about inspiration and imagination. Campers will also learn some classic techniques: printmaking, watercolor tricks, photo transfer and collage. Each day will start with inspiring stories about famous artists and how they create. Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if all our kids would pick up an art journal instead of an iPad on a rainy day and doodle their way to a masterpiece?

$250 Scroll down to register.



8/3–7 Camp Runway 9am-2pm, ages 10+

FILLING FAST!

Young Fashionistas will sew and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the sewing instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, an email will be sent regarding measurements and a shopping list.

$325 Scroll down to register.


8/10–14 Camp Sampler 9am-noon, ages 7+

A Little Bit of EVERYTHING! Jewelry • Woodwork •Painting •Nature •Sewing. Each day will be a one of our all time tested and tried Kid-Favorites. Over the past 10 years, we’ve done hundreds of different projects to keep kids inspired. We’ll pick the best for this week.

$250 Scroll down to register.


8/17–19: Cottage Camp 9am-noon, ages 7+

The Little Bits Cottage is a launching point for imagination. Half the fun of making our Cottage is when kids discover objects in your recycle bin, junk drawer or jewelry box that could actually become a burner on a stove, a knob on a faucet or a dining room chair. We have plenty of bits, but kids are always welcome to bring items from home. This camp is a skill-builder: measuring, designing, considering proportion, using sharp tools and learning how to sew.

$169 Scroll down to register.


 

2020 Camp Registration is now OPEN!


(Check out our Instragram Page

to see last year’s Happy Campers!)

6/15–19: MakerNature Camp: Going Wild!

FILLING FAST!

THIS CAMP WILL BE IN THE THATCHER WOODS PAVILION
9am-3pm, ages 7+

We are partnering with the Naturalists from the Trailside Museum of Natural History for the ultimate summer camp! Kids will get a full dose of nature and outdoor adventures which includes kayaking, archery, wild animal encounters and a campfire lunch on the last day! Surrounded by nature every day, each camper will get to make either a hammock or a nest swing.

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$325 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER




6/22–26: MakerNature Camp:

Full STEAM Ahead!

THIS CAMP WILL BE IN THE THATCHER WOODS PAVILION

9am-noon, ages 6+

This camp will keep kids’ heads spinning and hands crafting. They’ll do some wild SCIENCE experiments in the forest, learn about how TECHNOLOGY can improve nature, discover how to ENGINEER an ART project inspired by nature and calculate the MATH to measure a healthy habitat... And to top it all off, kids will go kayaking and nature hikes surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest...everything that summer camp should be!

$250 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

MakerNature Camps...

are a partnership between The Little Bits Workshop and the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s Trailside Museum of Natural History. Together we create the perfect blend of creativity, learning skills and outdoor adventures...the ultimate summer camp!

Dear Parents,

I have met with our team and spoken with our partners at Trailside and we are diligently working on alternative ways to DO SUMMER.


One thing is for sure, we will have to re-write our Summer plans from scratch with the realization that it will have to evolve.


Here's a rough sketch of our thoughts:


  1. Small groups of 5-10, Uncomplicated Camps

  2. Possible "Camp Host" Program in neighborhoods

  3. All camps outside with shelter provided

  4. Shorter 2 hour camps, 2 groups per day


If we area able to build a summer program within these parameters we will and camps would be at a reduced cost. We will take it month by month, keeping our later camps planned, but knowing we may have to adjust them.




—Liita Forsyth


100 Volumes Project: $100 ea.


Sponsor a journal that brings us together while we are apart, filled with thoughts, drawings, poems, songs, feelings or mini paintings about this time of quarantine. Help create a 100 Volume Collection for our community that people can touch, turn the pages and connect with that is NOT digital, but real and each is one of a kind.


Some day this pandemic will be behind us and everything we are going through now will be history. Lets write that history first hand one person at a time in our community for future generations to read...


Inspired by “Someguy” in San Francisco who had the idea in 2007 to put 1000 Journals out into the world with the instructions to write, draw, make collages, paint or put a photograph on the pages.....

We should do this here in River Forest and Oak Park. The difference is that the journals should stay in our towns, be filled with our thoughts about quarantine days—what we’ve learned, struggled with, how we’ve grown, things we’ve seen, done, experienced or cooked, what we did to survive, pay the bills, etc... This is in stark contrast to a trillion Facebook posts and Zoom meetings. This project is tangible. You can touch it. And it could be touched by our entire community SAFELY by letting it sit for 3 days between journeys.


Sponsor one Little Bits Volume for $100

A special blank numbered journal with a beautiful cover will be delivered to you to fill a few pages and then set it free: Put it on a friend’s porch or mailbox and they will do the same, from person to person until it’s full. Of course, recipients should let journals sit for a few days to feel safe before adding to them.

 

Instructions will be mounted inside each journal to spark ideas. The last person to fill the last page of each journal should drop it off at the River Forest Public Library to become part of the permanent collection for anyone to see. Unedited, raw thoughts, full of typos and humanity.


Sponsors should not over think this, don’t micromanage it, just get it started and let it go. The hope is that most of them will end up at the Library for others to see eventually... This is a beautiful risk and an opportunity to record history in the making. If you are interested in sponsoring a journal click HERE.