Summer is just around the corner. And for kids, that’s cause for celebration, as it means being out of school with loads of free time.
While that’s great for them, it’s a little less thrilling for us parents. After all, we have to find activities that will keep the kids busy most days throughout the summer.
For all the fellow beleaguered parents at your wit’s end about what to do, the City of Mississauga has you covered with a number of affordable and high-quality summer camps that are being offered at community centres, libraries and cultural facilities across the city.
The camps – which feature many different activities and themes – are for children as young as four right up to teenagers. There’s both half-day and full-day camps, providing parents with plenty of flexibility.
Below are just some of the more than one hundred camps the municipality is offering this year.
However, don’t wait too long to choose! City officials say the most popular camps tend to fill up rather quickly and that early registration is highly recommended. If you’re interested in booking a spot, you can do so by visiting activemississauga.ca.
Full Day Camps
Digital Sculpture and 3D Animation – Have a budding creator on your hands? This camp sounds perfect for them as they will learn about animation and how to sculpt and design in 3D. Kids will use software to sketch their creations before bringing them to life. This is a Bring Your Own Device (computer) camp.
Snacks and Snaps – A unique sounding camp that will have youth in the kitchen cooking up scrumptious food and drinks, such as ice cream, pastries and lemonade, the old-fashioned way at Benares Historic House before transitioning to a contemporary experience where they learn about digital photography and take pictures of their camp experiences.
The Best of Broadway – Who doesn’t love a good musical? Aspiring thespians are sure to enjoy every aspect this camp has to offer with loads of singing, dancing and acting. The two-week camp culminates in a final theatrical production.
Dance and Play All Day – These camps are offered to junior (aged 4.5 to 5), intermediate (aged 6 to 9) and senior (aged 10 to 12 years) campers who love to move and shake. Learn about jazz and hip hop as well as many other dance styles while also making new friends and having loads of fun.
Guardians of the Garden – Get ready for a serious dose of green with this experience that’s delivered in partnership with Ecosource. Kids will learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables in a local garden. There will be plenty of fresh air and exercise as they plant, water and harvest the garden, enjoy making and then eating their own healthy snacks, playing outdoor games, building nature-themed crafts and learning a little about insects and animals.
Mad Science: Eureka! – This challenging but fun camp is for technically-minded children. They will get to go hands-on and create loads of neat items like catapults and forts while also building their own lightsabers and even assembling a set of circuits. Camps are offered for children aged 4 to 6 and 6 to 12.
Reptile Ranger – Kids will get to interact with a lot of cool animals such as lizards, snakes, frogs and more. Games and crafts are a big part of the experience as is learning about critters from around the world. Campers will also get plenty of exercise by going for swims twice a week.
Evolve Skateboard and Scooter Camp – Youth who love to shred are going to have a blast at this camp. It focuses on building their physical skills such as balance and coordination while helping them decide if their style is more suited for skateboard or scooter. Campers will learn the basics but also master tricks in a safe and fun environment. That’s not all as they will participate in traditional camp programming and other sports each day as well.
Safari Crew Trip Adventure – Kids interested in animals are going to love this camp where they will learn about various critters throughout the week while also playing games and sports, doing crafts and going swimming. Plus, they get to go on a trip to either the Toronto Metro Zoo or African Lion Safari.
Half Day Camps
Mad Science: Science Sleuth – This camp will have kids learning to send messages to their friends using a secret code, following hidden scent trails, crafting and learning about chemistry while also exploring the universe through astronomy.
Stand Up and Speak – Using fun games and activities, campers will learn how to overcome their nervousness and be confidant when they have to do public speaking or talk in front of groups.
Guitar Mania – Aspiring rockers will find that this camp is right up their alley. No prior experience with guitars is required as kids will learn how to play the instrument. Campers are required to bring their own guitar, but rentals are available at many music stores.
Adventures in Writing – For youth aged 7 to 9 and 10 to 14, this camp will help youngsters hone their writing skills. Learn about important techniques including plots, themes, characters and story lines. Part of each day will have campers writing and illustrating their own stories.
Again—to register for one of these awesome camps right now, visit activemississauga.ca. Happy summer!
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