Cool Camps

Summer Camps
Cool Camps

Parenting is a lot like fashion (really?). It’s always best to plan one season ahead to be prepared.

So if we start talking about summer camps (like, right now), it might feel as if we’re two seasons ahead thanks to the weather. But technically, it’s spring and that puts summer (and summer camps) next in line.

The University of Calgary offers an incredible array of camp options to choose from and we found them to be well-organized, safe and fun for kids. What else could you ask for?

Tour De Calgary
Get your kids out and rolling along Calgary’s bike pathways all day long at the Tour De Calgary camp. Kids will bike between 5 to 25 kilometers per day (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) and stop at places of interest along the way. This camp is designed for kids entering grade 2 that can already ride a bike. If you are looking for a learn-to-ride program, check out Pedalheads instead.

Thrill of the Catch 
There’s more to fishing than a boat and a case of beer (we’ve heard). Eager anglers learn how to find fish at the Thrill of the Catch Camp, as well as how to identify fish, and how to catch them at local lakes and ponds. The camp includes field trips to hike-in destinations at Kananaskis (suitable for little legs). Of course, they’ll learn about wildlife and ecology along the way as well.

The Scientist
Grad is a few years away, but budding scientists may want an opportunity to scope out the U of C’s Faculty of Science a few years early at The Scientist. Kids entering grade 2 conduct lab experiments (potentially including animal dissection), blast off into space (and make a model of their findings) or investigate the digestive process of animals at this Mini University camp.

The Director’s Cut
Kids love to watch movies and they love to make them, too. The Director’s Cut Stop-Motion, Digital Comics Camp gives kids aged 6 and up the chance to make their own movie using their toys, costumes and creativity. The camps include a trip to Cineplex theatres to watch a current film, and a day in the pool (for a change of scenery). Kids get a copy of their group masterpieces to take home following a private screening for parents. For the LEGO fan, Bricks4Kids also offers a stop-motion animation camp.

Aside from the U of C, there are several off-the-beaten-path camps worth mentioning. They fill up early, so register now.

Summer Cooking Camp
Get your kids cooking with the pros at Kulinary Kids. Week-long camps not only focus on the final prep, but teach children about growing, shopping and baking as they prepare brunch, lunch and snacks.

Summer Art Workshops
Budding artists create a canvas worth keeping (and displaying) at 4Cats. Paint or sculpt the extraterrestrial and sci-fi at these one, two or three hour workshops for kids starting at age 3. With different themes everyday, sign up for just one or a variety of classes to give your little one their art fix for the summer.

Music, Drama & More Camp
For the well-rounded (or undecided) artist-in-training, the Calgary Arts Summer School Association offers a taste of keyboarding, singing instruction, rhythm, acting, dance and visual arts in either half or full-day options.

Pet-Friendly Camps
Learn about the animals waiting for fur-ever homes at the Calgary Humane Society and help the shelter raise money through its education programs by sending your child to Camp Pet a Bow-Wow. Kids learn about different animals every week, and programs start at age 3. The University of Calgary also offers a get-to-know your pet program for youths (we’d love to participate ourselves). Veterinary Medicine Camps offer kids the chance to examine animals, milk a cow and diagnose health-related issues.

Family Science Camp
Ok, so it’s not a camp. It’s not even in the city of Calgary. But the Family Science Camp is such a cool idea we thought it deserved a place in our must-do summer camp list. The Royal Tyrell Museum sets up tents in the badlands and offers families the opportunity to stay on-site for four nights, dig for dinosaur bones, make casts and take part in scavenger hunts.

So much for the lazy days of summer! It’s coming up soon (we promise) and you wouldn’t want your kids to miss out on all that Calgary has to offer.

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First published 2011.03.24

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