Registration for City of Toronto summer day camps might have come and, for many programs, quickly filled up but don’t fret; there are still plenty of high-quality day camp options available. Here we round up 22 such camps that will keep your kids active, entertained and perhaps most importantly, occupied! But while all of these Toronto and area camps still have availability as of mid-March, that might not last long, so don’t wait to register your kids.
1. Black Creek Community Camp
Farm camp is perfect for kids who love to get dirty. In addition to learning what life as a farmer is like, participants also get to play plenty of games and maybe even have a water fight or two (how better to clean off all that dirt?). And the recent opening of the Pioneer Village subway stop means that Black Creek Farm is now even easier to access.
From $200, http://www.blackcreekfarm.ca/farm-camps/
2. Camp Tournesol
Parlez-vous français? If your kids do this camp, which caters to students age 6-12 who attend French immersion or francophone schools, might be for them. With a focus on organically enriching your child’s language skills, Camp Tournesol also encourages participants to express their creative side: Each week, campers create a new skit or song that they perform.
3. Create Art Studio
While the focus of this Danforth Ave-located camp might be on art, kids can also expect to learn about science, play outside and check out local events. Each week also has a different theme, such as space, LEGO and board games, and will see kids complete multiple art and STEM-related projects.
4. CPSX Space Camp
Space camp is touching down in Richmond Hill this summer! Put on by Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration, this camp offers two themes: Journey to Mars and Journey Through the Universe.
5. Cube School
Based around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), this day camp offers such popular themes as video game design, robot battles and Minecraft. There’s also daily outdoor time, most of which takes place at Norwood or Ted Reeves park, both of which are located close to Cube School’s Gerrard and Main location.
From $280, https://thecubeschool.ca/summer-camps/
6. Debate Camp
Aimed at kids in grades 5-11, this camp will teach your child how to argue – we mean debate – confidently and coherently. Each day also includes opportunities for games and physical activity.
From $495, http://www.debatecamp.com/day-camp
7. Digital Media Academy
The University of Toronto’s St. George Campus is the setting for the Digital Media Academy, which offers one and two-week STEM-focused camps for kids age 6-17. Themes include app development, robotics and 3D animation. There’s also a girls-only option that focuses on wearable tech and fashion design.
The ideal choice for daredevils, Evolve offers two camp themes: One focused on skateboards/scooters and another on BMX biking. Safety is paramount and kids are never pushed to try any skill that they aren’t comfortable with. In Toronto, multiple bussing options are available while camps are also offered across the GTA.
From $330, http://www.evolvecamps.com/
9. Harbourfront Centre
Harbourfront offers over 70 different camp themes that cover everything from camping skills to science to even circus. Camps are also offered for ages 4-16, meaning you’re likely to find something here that works for all of your kids, no matter their age or preferences.
10. Jack Of Sports
With an emphasis on being active, Jack Of Sports camps, which have four locations to choose from, give your little ones lots of opportunities to burn off their energy. A number of theme camps are offered, including rock climbing, cycling and multisport and all camps include daily swim times.
11. Kortright Centre
Kids with a passion for nature and the outdoors will flourish at the Kortright Centre’s day camp, which offers programming for kids age 4-14. While each week has a different theme, every Wednesday features a hot dog and marshmallows lunchtime cookout while Thursdays stretch into the evening with a special campfire program that includes dinner and fireside fun.
12. Kids Learning Code
The acclaimed team behind Ladies Learning Code runs this series of day camps that are both educational and fun. Girls-only and co-ed options are available for kids age 6-12 that teach everything from how to brainstorm a startup idea to how to code a website.
From $395, https://www.canadalearningcode.ca/camps/
13. Regent Park School of Music
Registration for RPSM’s popular music camps opens March 20 and will fill quickly! Students can choose between three different programs that are broken into two age groups: 6-8 and 9-13. In addition to a location at its namesake, some camps are also offered at Jane and Finch, while Senior Glee Club takes place at the Sony Centre.
From $20 a day, http://rpmusic.org/
14. Ryerson School of Performance
While Ryerson University hosts a number of day camp options(http://www.ryersonsummerdaycamps.com/), those offered by its School of Performance are perfect for kids age 4-18 who want to immerse themselves in the world of theater. A number of themes are available including musical theatre, production and triple threat, with most camps culminating in a performance for friends and family.
Sprouts might be an outdoor playground (located at Carlaw and Queen E.) but it promises that its campers will be spending lots of time outdoors, exploring local parks, splash pads and playgrounds. Almost every week offers a different theme, including a few, such as the messy Olympics and pirate academy week, that are a little offbeat.
From $400, https://www.sproutskids.ca/summer-camp-2018/
16. TIFF Summer Camps
Have a budding Steven Spielberg in your home? Then you might want to consider one of the many camps that TIFF offers. Based out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, kids age 8-17 will discover the art of filmmaking while also learning about the importance of teamwork.
From $535.50 for TIFF members, https://www.tiff.net/camps/
17. SPFX Kids
This brand new, specialty summer camp is launching in July 2018 for kids aged 9-13 years-old, and it teaches them the trade and art of special effects make-up. The week-long workshops are designed for kids inspired by science fiction, horror, fantasy and the creatures they see in the movies or on television. With descriptions of how the days will play out, like “Day 1: Fake Blood, Puss-filled Boils, Pimples, Scrapes, Scabs and Scratches,” this camp sounds very original and cool!
From $330, http://spfxkids.com/
18. Toronto Athletic Camps
If your children love sports then a TAC camp might be for them. Everything from mixed martial arts to soccer to gymnastics are offered at TAC’s various locations, with some camps even including a nutritious lunch and snack. Be sure to book before March 30 for early bird pricing.
From $200, https://tacsports.ca/summer-camp-2018/
19. Toronto Windsurfing Club
Got kids 10-17 who are looking to do something a little different this summer? Then consider enrolling them in the Toronto Windsurfing Club’s day camp. Offering programming for both newbies and those familiar with windsurfing, this camp wraps up each week with a trip out to Ward’s Island for a picnic.
20. YMCA Camps
No roundup of summer day camps would be complete without including the YMCA. It offers camps for kids 4-17 and has dozens of locations across the GTA. It also offers all kinds of themes including swimming, leadership and even culinary arts. Yes, there’s a lot of choice but thankfully the Y’s camp builder program will walk you through it. Sign up before March 30 and save 10%!
From $195, http://daycamp.ymcagta.org/
21. Zoo Camp
Zoo Camp boasts about being the “wildest” day camp around thanks to its unique setting: Canada’s largest zoo. In addition to special, behind-the-scenes lessons on what it takes to care for all those animals, attendees will also get to play games, build crafts and check out the splash park.
22. Rooks to Cooks
For the budding chefs in your family! At this camp, kids from age 4 and up can learn to cook from experienced chefs. Lessons are hands-on, team-based and lots of fun. The best part—at the end of each week (except for the 4-day weeks), Rooks to Cooks transforms into a pop-up restaurant, “Petit Chefs” where campers can invite their family and friends to partake in a meal that they will create from start to finish. The campers run the show working as the servers, bartenders, hosts, and chefs, and all of the food and beverages served at the restaurant are made by the campers themselves. Nice role reversal!
From $380, https://www.rookstocooks.ca/
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