If you’re feeling confused about what’s happening with summer day camps this year, you’re not alone. As of publication time, the City of Toronto still hasn’t clarified any plans for its very popular (and very large) summer camp program. Many other beloved camps, including those offered by the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and all three major universities, are also currently in limbo.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of safe, high quality, and fun summer camp programs to choose from here in Toronto. Below we round up 18 of those options, all of which are currently open for registration.
While all of these camps had some openings as of publication time, there is no guarantee that those spots will last. If your child sees a camp they love, act fast! Just be sure to read all of the fine print before you pull out your credit card. COVID-19 has caused many camps to tweak everything from cancellation policies to pick-up and drop-off procedures, and even that camp your kids have been attending for years might have changed things up.
Finally, the prices noted below are for one week of a five, full-day camp, unless otherwise stated. Taxes, extended care costs, and potential discounts or additional fees aren’t included.
If a day packed with painting, crafting and all kinds of creating sounds perfect to your child, take a look at 4Cats’ arts-focused offerings. Campers will have access to professional grade art supplies and gentle, but practical, guidance that they will use to create masterpieces that they will get to take home. Camps are for children age six-12 and are located at 4Cats’ five Toronto studios.
From $399, https://4cats.com/
2. Bomb Fitness Kids
At Bomb Fitness’ summer camp program, “We try to let your kids experience a childhood summer like your own.” Each week has a unique theme (such as Under the Sea and Fun and Fitness), which will be explored while your child does arts and crafts, plays sports and games and makes new friends. Run out of Bomb Fitness’ studio near Danforth and Coxwell, the camp, which is aimed kids age four-11, also features plenty of walks through the city’s east end.
From $299, https://www.bombfitnesskids.ca/summer-camp
4. Brick Labs
Focused on all things STEAM, Brick Labs offers hands-on camps that include such programs as Experiments & Innovations and Mechanics & Engineering. There’s even an Entrepreneur Incubator program, for all those future small business owners out there. Each camp includes time for outdoor play and “free build” and wraps up on Friday with an included-in-the-price pizza lunch. Camps are open to children age five-13 and take place at Brick Labs’ North York location.
From $350, https://bricklabs.ca/summer-camps-2021/
4. Camp Boulevard
You don’t have to be a member of the Boulevard Club to send your kids to its summer camp program (though members do get a discount). Camp Boulevard uses its lakeside location to its advantage and offers several different sailing camps, as well as tennis and badminton options at its onsite courts. Other sports-focused full day camps are also available while half-day programming includes such options as gymnastics, creative writing and robotics. Full-day camps are open to kids as young as five and as old as 17.
5. Camp Green Acres
While this camp is actually located in Markham and not Toronto, it does offer “hassle free” bus pick-up and drop-up from a wide variety of Toronto addresses. It features several different types of programs for ages four-15, including traditional, sports camp and leadership training. All camps take place on Camp Green Acres’ beautiful 110 acres of space, which include heated pools, a “junior waterpark slide” and even horseback riding.
From $1440 for two weeks; https://campgreenacres.com/
6. Camp Monarch
Organized by the Leslieville School of Dance & Music, and hosted at their Gerrard Street East studio, Camp Monarch is an ideal choice for creative kids ages four to 10. While each week has different theme, such as Dragons & Mythical Creatures and The Muppets, all weeks wrap up with an “informal performance and art show” that family members can check out. In addition to plenty of music, dancing and creating, each day also features outdoor play time.
7. Camp Robin Hood
Another Markham located camp —also with plenty of bussing options — this one has been around since 1946, so you can trust that Camp Robin Hood knows how to have a fun summer. It offers a traditional camp program (complete with daytime “cabins”) that includes two swim periods a day in the camp’s heated pools and a mix of activities, including landsports, crafts and canoeing on the camp’s private pond (which is also used for paddleboats). Camps are available for kids in kindergarten through grade 7.
From $1415 for two weeks; https://www.camprobinhood.ca/
8. Jardin Infantil
Jardin Infantil offers four programs (nature, art, cooking and theatre) for kids ages four to 12, all of which, “immerse different languages daily in our program to stimulate and foster brain development and awareness in our campers.” All camps also take advantage of Jardin Infantil’s Bloor Street West location and make frequent visits to nearby High Park.
From $300; https://jardininfantilacademy.com/
9. Miles Nadal JCC
Annex and area parents who usually sign up for the University of Toronto’s camps may want to check out what the nearby Miles Nadal JCC has to offer. Its schedule includes camps for kids as young as two-and-a-half and as old as nine. Regardless of age, all camps include lots of crafts and music, outdoor play and dips in the on-site pool. All camps also include lunch and afternoon snacks in the registration fee.
From $365, https://www.mnjcc.org/summercamp
10. Pawsitively Pets
While the Toronto Zoo and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada may not have yet announced their summer camp plans, kids who love all creatures great and small can still attend an animal-focused camp this year thanks to Pawsitively Pets. Its programs vary by age and include dog training, animal care and even a “mini-vet” option. There’s also a horseback riding camp and a new forest and nature program. Most camps take place at Pawsitively Pets’ Leaside or Swansea locations, though the horseback riding camp takes place outside of the city and includes a bussing option.
Pedalheads is one of Toronto’s most popular summer camp programs for a good reason: It will teach your child that oh-so-useful skill of how to properly, and confidently, ride a bike. In addition to its classic, learn-to-ride program, Pedalheads also offers trail riding camps for kids who are, “looking for more riding space and a bit more adventure.” All campers must be at least four to participate in Pedalheads’ full-day camps and there are an impressive 16 locations to choose from.
From $505, https://pedalheads.com/bike/ontario
12. The Second City
Have a budding young actor, future YouTube star or class clown in your home? Then you’ll want to take a closer look at The Second City’s Improv Games summer camp. Divided into three age groups for kids age seven to 17, this camp aims to build kids’ confidence while boosting their creativity and social skills. It also lets families see what their children have been learning with an end-of-week showcase
All kinds of fun is lined up at this east end camp, which offers such theme weeks as Super Hero Academy and Storybook Creation Week. In addition to crafts, games and sports, most days include a trip to a city park and splash pad. Kids must be at least four to attend Sprouts’ summer camps and those age eight and up also have to option to attend Sprouts’ maker space and tech lab camp.
From $420, https://www.sproutskids.ca/summer-camp-2021
14. TAC Sports
One of Toronto’s most popular sports-oriented camps is back for another season, this time at six different Toronto locations (and a few more outside of Toronto). Kids age four-12 can “specialize” in a specific sport, including dance, basketball and soccer or choose the multi-sport Adventure Camp. There’s also a computer coding/3D design option. As always, TAC offers full lunch, low camper-to-coach ratio and status updates on your child’s progress.
From $379; https://tacsports.ca/summercamp/
15. Variety Village
Known for its inclusivity and its goal of offering a quality camp experience to, “children of all abilities,” Scarborough’s Variety Village offers a wide variety of camps for children and teens. Programming options include swim camps (including Red Cross levels), adventure camp and all kinds of sports and arts options. Specialized camps are also available for children who are differently abled.
16. Woodbine Beach Adventure Camp
Looking for a camp that’s 100 per cent outdoors? Then consider this beach-side option, which takes place completely outdoors (in the event of rain, camp will take place under a picnic shelter). Every week has a different theme (like Olympics and Space) and will include science experiments, art projects and team building projects. Each day will also have an hour of swimming or water play.
17. YMCA Camps
One of the Toronto’s biggest day camp programs is thankfully opening despite COVID-19’s many challenges. But while COVID has resulted in some programming changes (such as fewer available spots), one aspect that hasn’t changed is a wide variety of programs to choose from (15 in total). Your child can opt to sign up for a science camp, a creative arts camp or even a pottery camp. There are also still a ton of locations to choose from. This year, kids must be six-12 to attend a Toronto full-day YMCA summer camp.
18. Bob Acton Sports
East enders are in the know about how the late Bob Acton’s son Reid has carried on his dad’s legacy of keeping kids active and interested in sports. Kids from 4-13 are divided by age and ability level for multi-sport, as well as hockey and lacrosse specialty camps. The multi-sport camps feature a different professional coach and supporting staff every day for each sport. The guest coaches put players through a fundamentals practice session in the morning to prepare for an afternoon game showdown. The August hockey camp is already sold out.
From $400, Bob Acton Sports Summer Camps