Getting Started

Adventures in Cardboard's unique summer day camp experiences are coming to Chicagoland in 2021! Leading up to this we'll be hosting a series of Saturday Game Days in the woodlands, ravines and river shores of the Cook County Forest Preserves. Come join us for creative play in truly wild spaces with a breadth of land and wilderness large enough to inspire and sustain tuly mythic adventures. With stories so large, we can almost guarantee your kids will regale you with the exploits of their day all the way home and through dinner.

If you can't make it to one of our game days, then consider bringing Adventures in Cardboard to your home. We host crafting and gaming birthdays, coming of age celebrations, and other private events in any season.

AiC 2019 poster

art by Dan Jones

Adventure in Cardboard's Mission

Adventures in Cardboard inspires creative and imaginative play, both theatrical and tactically competitive, in beautiful wild places. We seek to re-inspire community-oriented and creative outdoor play.

We facilitate activities that demand the use of legs and feet as much as hands and head, where artist-instructors seek to unleash a zeal for creative role-playing and group tactical organization, and where “wonder” is the preferred path to igniting a passion for design, construction and playful exploration of the natural world.

In Adventures in Cardboard, artists and children take inspiration from the natural world to create their own fantastic places to inhabit and explore. We know that natural spaces open the imagination, and in turn the imagination can open new respect and longing for the natural world. From the work of Richard Louv and others describing “Nature Deficit Disorder” we know children are smarter, healthier and happier when they have time for semi-structured play in natural places.

Adventures in Cardboard also seeks to instill children with a strong experiential notion that any group of kids with an idea is a resource for creative fun that can easily compete with any indoor mediaAdventures in Cardboard has a track record of inspiring children to organize their own group summer adventures at home with little more than their combined imagination, a thicket of trees and perhaps a bit of cardboard.