Winter Camping

Holiday Camps for Kids
Winter Camping

There are two types of winter camping. One involves a tent, snow and lots of fire starter. The other involves a phone (to register), car (to get there) and lots of eager, young camp counselors. The second option is warmer.

Whether it’s work, holiday prep or dare we say, your child’s boredom that drives you to look for alternative activities over the break, we’ve got several options for you to keep them busy and happy.

Canada Olympic Park
Just because you don’t want to play in the snow all day, doesn’t mean they don’t. Canada Olympic Park offers ski camps, snowboard camps (in the terrain park) and multi-sport camps (downhill, x-country and snowboarding) on December 20 and 21, or 22 and 23 from 9 am to 3:30 pm (after care is available).

Leisure Centres
The City of Calgary Leisure Centre holiday camps are popular with the under-eight crowd and there is limited space available in both the Holiday Hoopla and Frosty’s Frolic programs for kids starting at age three. We love that you can register for one or several days depending upon the program and location.

Calgary JCC
Gym, swim and crafts are the focus at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre’s annual Winter Camps. They run from 9 am to 4 pm daily from December 20 to 31 (except for Christmas and Boxing Day). Register for one day or several—there’s a 5% discount if you register for a week.

Calgary Humane Society
Kids can get their pet-fix (not fixed) at Camp Pet a Bow-Wow. The Calgary Humane Society presents four days of petting, learning about animals and participating in games and activities including a trip to the zoo from December 20 to 23, or 27 to 30.

Trico Centre
We love drop-in programs, and the recently renovated Trico Centre is providing just that for school-aged kids. Half-day and full-day camps are available for kids to swim, get outdoors, play games and do crafts for just over $6 per hour.

Cardel Place
At the other end of town, Cardel Place is offering a gym, swim and craft program as well (sans the drop in) from December 20 to 23, 28 to 30 and January 3 to 5 for those on an altered school schedule.

Clay for Kids
Bring out the artist within at pottery camp (December 27 to 31 and January 4 and 5). Children will work with a potter’s wheel, try hand-sculpting and ceramic painting. The camps run half-days and kids will have something to bring home each day of the camp. Camps are suitable for kids five and up.

So say good-bye to the inevitable “I’m bored, let’s fight.” with one of these winter camping options.

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First published 2010.12.16

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