Registration for City of Toronto summer day camps is happening right now but don’t fret if you didn’t remember or your kid’s camp of choice has already booked up. Toronto is packed with fantastic day camps that will keep your kids busy and maybe teach them a thing or two.
Below we round up 25 high-quality camps that have caught our attention. All listed camps have availability as of mid-March but that might not last long, so don’t wait to register your kids. Note that unless otherwise stated, listed pricing is a camp’s starting fee for one five-day week and doesn’t include early bird discounts, bussing, before and after care or additional add-ons.
1. Art In The Park
Who says that art classes have to be done indoors? At Art in the Park, kids participate in visual, theatrical and musical arts while hanging outside at one of the city’s most beloved destinations, Trinity Bellwoods Park. Every week is a little different but rest assured that you children will be kept busy creating masterpieces, when not playing in one of the city’s largest sand pits.
From $375, https://www.artintheparktrinitybellwoods.ca
2. Camp Green Acres
Technically this camp is in Markham, not Toronto, but it’s just so beloved that we had to include it, especially since it offers multiple bussing options for city residents. Camp Green Acres strives to package the classic overnight camp experience as a day camp. Set on 110 acres, it offers kids age 4 through 15 such themes as all-star sports, traditional camp and even horseback riding at its on-site stables. There’s also swimming at the facility’s two heated outdoor pools and its heated waterslide park.
From $1,370 for two weeks, https://campgreenacres.com
3. 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.
4. CDM Music & Dance
With over 30 years of experience teaching kids (and adults) dance and music, CDM knows how to safely nurture your children’s talents and creativity. It also knows the importance of connecting with campers, which is why it offers such themes as LOL Dolls jazz camp, Frozen 2 ballet camp and Pokemon hip hop camp. Camps are available for kids ages four-and-half to 17 and all camps take place at CDM’s North York studio. Early bird pricing is currently in effective but hurry, it ends April 1.
From $310, https://www.cdmdance.com/summer-dance-camp
5. 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 comics, LEGO and fashion, and will see kids complete art and STEM-related projects as well as go on local field trips.
6. Cube School
Based around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), this day camp is for kids in grade two through six and offers such popular themes as video game design, robot battles and Minecraft. There’s also daily outdoor time, which often takes place at Norwood or Ted Reeves park, both of which are located close to Cube School’s Gerrard and Main location. A teen camp option is also available for older children.
From $375, https://thecubeschool.ca/kids-summer-camps
7. Debate Camp
Aimed at kids in grades 5-10, 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. The camp is held at four different Toronto locations on select weeks throughout the summer.
From $525, http://www.debatecamp.com/day-camp
8. 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 9-17. Themes include everything digital from robotics to 3D animation to music production. There’s even a week that focuses on helping your kid master Instagram and Tik Tok. Tuition for this camp is on the high side however, it comes to access to professional grade software and tech, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s also offering an early bird discount until March 15.
9. Explorer Hop
This highly regarded camp is known for its innovative finance and entrepreneurial programming aimed at kids age six and up (hey, it’s never too early to learn how to budget). Money-focused theme include Camp Millionaire and Start Your Own Business while other options focus on science, board game creation and world cultures. All camps take place at the company’s Davisville location.
10. Harbourfront Centre
This longstanding cultural centre offers dozens of different themes that cover everything from camping skills to science to even circus. New this year are camps focused on basketball, stop-motion animation and advanced drawing. Camps are offered for ages four through 16, meaning you’re likely to find something here that works for all of your kids, no matter their age or preferences.
11. Jack Of Sports
With an emphasis on being active, Jack of Sports camps, which now have nine locations to choose from, give your little ones lots of opportunities to burn off their energy while making new friends. A variety of theme are offered, including rock climbing, cycling and the always popular multi-sport. New for this year is detective camp. All programming also include daily swim times.
12. Ontario Science Centre
Are your kids looking for an out-of-this-world summer camp experience? Then check out what the Science Centre has lined up. Two themes, Ingenious Engineers and Food Science, are available for kids five through 12 while the kinder set can take part in Little Astronauts camp. There’s also special programming for 13-and-14-year-olds that focuses on science innovation. All camps are packed with hands-on activities and tons of educational experiences. An early-bird rate is currently available but hurry, prices increase on April 12.
13. Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp
Animal-loving kids will love this fur-tastic camp that has locations in Leaside, the Beaches and Swansea. It offers themes that are all focused on our four-legged friends and includes such options as a mini-vet camp for kids 10 and up. It also offers a special program aimed at children who are dealing with anxiety and self-esteem issues as well as a horse camp in Newmarket, which comes with bussing from its Leaside and Swansea locations.
14. Regent Park School of Music
Registration for RPSM’s popular music camps opens March 24 and will fill quickly! Students can choose between three different programs (Music Tech Lab, Glee Club and Build A Band) that are broken into two age groups: six through eight and nine through 13. In addition to a location at its namesake, some camps are also offered at Jane and Finch, while Junior and Senior Glee Club takes place at the Meridian Hall (formally the Sony Centre).
From $20 a day, http://rpmusic.org/
15. Rooks to Cooks
At this camp, which has 11 locations across Toronto, kids from age four 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 five-day week, 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. Different weekly themes are available and include pastry, baking and international cuisine.
From $430, https://www.rookstocooks.ca
16. Ryerson School of Performance
While Ryerson University hosts a number of day camp options, those offered by its School of Performance are particularly notable as they let kids as young as four live out their Disney dreams; yes, one of the available themes is a musical version of Frozen. Other available themes include 101 Dalmatians, playwriting and teen acting. Most camps culminate in a performance for friends and family, so you can see first-hand what your little one has been working on.
Sprouts might be an outdoor playground (located at Carlaw Ave and Queen St 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 ninja/parkour week, that are a little offbeat. These camp experiences are available for kids age four through eight while kids eight and up can check out Sprouts’ Maker Space Tech Lab, which explores STEM while still including plenty of outdoor time.
From $420, https://www.sproutskids.ca/summer-camp-2020
18. The Second City Kids Comedy Club Camps
Not only are Second City’s summer camps fun, they also help to build confidence and teach such valuable skills as public speaking and creative writing. A variety of different themes are available, including improve, comedy and sketch writing for teens and most camps wrap up the week with a performance showcase where you can see your budding Catherine O’Hara in action. Camps are available for kids as young as seven and take place at Second City’s downtown venue.
19. Toronto Athletic Camps
Sports-loving kids will thrive at a TAC camp, which offers programming for kids ages four through 12 (leadership training is also available for teens) at three Toronto locations. Mixed martial arts, tennis and basketball are just a few of TAC’s sports-focused themes. Other available options include adventure camp and STEM-focused weeks. All camps feature a low camper-to-counsellor ratio and a weekly progress report so that you can see exactly what your kids are learning. TAC is currently offering an early bird rate but only until March 15.
From $330, https://tacsports.ca/summercamp
20. Toronto Windsurfing Club
Got kids age 10 through 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 also includes stand-up paddle boarding, ultimate frisbee and cruises to Toronto Island. Be sure to sign up by April 1 to get the early bird rate.
21. YMCA Camps
No roundup of summer day camps would be complete without including the YMCA. It offers options for kids four through 17 and has dozens of locations across the GTA. In addition to variety camps, which feature a range of traditional camp activities, the YMCA 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 $280, http://daycamp.ymcagta.org/
22. Zodiac Day Camp
Based out of Leo Baeck Day School’s South Campus near Forest Hill, this camp has access to everything from a robotics lab to a fashion studio to a rock-climbing wall to even a karaoke studio. And oh yes, there’s also a pool conveniently nearby. Kids take advantage of all of these features and more while also participating in such themes as creative arts, court sports and digital media. This camp is also beloved by parents thanks to its inclusion of free extended care. It’s also one of the few summer camps that take kids as young as three-and-a-half.
From $575, https://www.zodiackids.ca/pages/day-camp
23. Zoo Camp
Zoo Camp claims to be Toronto’s “wildest” day camp 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. Camp is open to kids age four through 16 and different themes, such as Beastly Feasts, Jitter Bugs and Ewww at the Zoo are available.
From $300, http://www.torontozoo.com/tz/zoocamp