Spring break camps are a great way to keep kids entertained whether you’re in need of childcare or you’re just trying to prevent everyone in the house from going squirrely. They also happen to be a really fun way for kids to make new friends and experience new places. In case you haven’t had a chance to check your school calendars, here are the 2019 March Break dates:
Public: March 23rd – 31st
(Note: there is also a Non-Instruction Day on Friday, March 22nd added on to the beginning of the break)
Catholic/Separate: March 23rd – 31st
This year the spring break dates are identical for both the public and Catholic school systems. This means camps are going to be in high demand so be sure to register early!
Explore your Creativity with DIY Crafts and Painting
Your budding artists will love the Maker’s Camps at Pinnovate! Children ages 5 and up are taught painting and crafting techniques while being guided by one of the studio’s resident artists. A unique and personalized DIY art project will be brought home each camp day. Don’t worry if you did this camp last year, this year’s project line up is all brand new.
The Pinnovate camps are partial-day camps running from March 25th – 29th from 9 am-12 pm. pinnovate.ca
Good to know: Lunch is included in the camp fees. Also, a PD (professional development) camp is being run on Friday, March 23rd.
It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA
The YMCA camps are a fun smorgasbord of kids’ activities including sports activities, swimming, songs, art, games and both indoor/outdoor play. Some camps even include formal swimming lessons. Spring break camps are running at all six YMCA locations in Calgary from March 25th to 29th so, regardless of where you live in the city, you can be sure to find a location reasonably close by. Plus, free before and after camp care (beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:30 pm) is available for children ages 3 to 13 years old who are attending YMCA day camps. ymcacalgary.org
Good to know: The YMCA camps are also available on a daily basis to accommodate the needs of families who might not want to commit to a full week of day camp.
Hip Hop Your Way Through Spring Break
Learn the art (and history) of Breaking, Popping, Locking, Hip Hop, Choreography and House at centrally located PULSE Studios. Spring break camps are being offered for kids ages 6-9 years and 10-14 years. The dance camp week ends with a studio sharing, where friends and family are invited to see a showcase of the campers and what they learned during their time at the studio. Before and after care are being offered (for an additional fee) beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 5:15 pm. pulsestudios.ca
Elevate Your Health with ‘School’s Out’ Camp
If you’re looking for a camp where your 5 to 12-year-old will be on the move, then Vivo’s ‘School’s Out’ camp is probably for you. Vivo is a facility with a mission to reduce sedentary behaviour, and improve physical activity, so these camps are a wonderful mixed bag of activities that will do just that. Camps will be focused on keeping kids active, having fun, and building strong relationships and will include fun adventures in climbing, swimming and indoor/outdoor play. Camps are running from 9 am – 4 pm and include free access to before and after care beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:30 pm (perfect for those working parents!) There is also a PD Day camp running on Friday, March 22. vivo.ca
Good to know: The camp can be a little tricky to find on the website. Search course id #12167 for the Spring Break School’s Out and #12165 for the PD Day camp on Friday, March 22.
Tumble, Bounce and get your ‘Gymnastics-on’
Burn some Energy at Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics’ where your 4-12-year-olds can participate in a full line up of gymnastics (structured circuits and free time), crafts, snacks, games, scavenger hunts, and dancing! There are plenty of care options available between Monday, March 25 and Friday, March 29, including full days, half days, and even single days (single day availability is limited). Complimentary before and after care is available beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:30 pm. kyleshewfeltgymnastics.com
Good to know: Special early bird pricing is available until February 28. Also, additional children from the same family receive a 5% discount.
Experiment the Week Away
TELUS Spark is a wonderful facility inspiring all things ‘science’. With fun camp names like ‘STEAM Adventurers’, ‘Junior Astronauts’, ‘Earth Rangers’, ‘Electrical Sparks’ and ‘Space Explorers’ your kids are sure to feel inspired by the fascinating hands-on activities and experiments they’ll get to try. In addition, campers also receive supervised gallery exploration time as well as admission to a Dome Theatre show. Complimentary before and after camp care is available beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm. sparkscience.ca
Good to know: If you are a Gold or Ignite Member, you can receive 10% off your camp fees!
Calling all Junior Zoo-Keepers
The Calgary Zoo is offering spring break camps for children in grades one through six, and working parents will appreciate the extended before/after camp times beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:00 pm (additional fees do apply for both of these options). Their programming line up includes natural world themed activities, games, crafts, stories, interpretive programs and animal visits (all camps include an opportunity to meet &/or touch a smaller animal). Want a break from making lunches? Don’t miss selecting the ‘lunch option’ when you register. It’s available for $14.75/day. calgaryzoo.com
Good to know: The Calgary Zoo is offering a PD Day camp on Friday, March 22, however, before and after care is not available on this day. Also, don’t forget, Engage and Inspire Members receive a 10% discount off of camps.
Sport Camps – Get Coached!
Sportball is a high-energy program that includes fun and exciting games along with skill-based sports play. This is a perfect program for active kids, ages 3-8 years, or kids who are easily bored. Preschoolers learn sports-skills appropriate for their developmental ability, while school-aged kids are offered a program that encourages natural athleticism. Coaches always work to keep the mood fun, supportive and non-competitive. Sportball is offering half-day, Multi-Sport camps throughout the city for spring break. sportball.ca/calgary
Good to know: If you aren’t sure about the program, or just want to learn more, you can register your child for a FREE trial class through their website.