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.
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.