Still booking summer camps? No problem. We all know the early bird catches the worm, but things happen, and we don’t judge—instead, we provide solutions.
In Toronto, we are lucky to have an abundance of options, meaning many summer day camp sessions are still available.
All the camps listed here have availability for summer 2019, as of this writing. That said, some weeks are waitlisted and sessions are filling up quickly, so if you see something your child will love, be sure to snag it!
ART, DANCE & THEATRE CAMPS
photo: Artists’ Play School of Dance
Artistic kids can get into a week of ceramics, musical theatre, improv, dance, circus skills, and more.
DOWNTOWN • Ages 6–14
This ceramics and arts camps for kids includes morning, afternoon, or full-day options. Kids can get their hands dirty and learn new ways to express their creativity under the guidance of professional ceramic artists, or take part in a whole range of art-focused activities, including in-gallery scavenger hunts, behind-the-scenes tours, and field trips to neighbouring museums. Scholarships are available for families who qualify, allowing them to send their kids for free! Learn more.
Artists’ Play School of Dance
LESLIEVILLE • Ages 4 and up
From aerial intensives to dance performance camps, learn styles and unlock your dancer’s creativity or send them for an intensive to push their limits. All camps include ballet, hip-hop, modern/contemporary, jazz/acro, silks, and more. Learn more.
The Second City
DOWNTOWN • Ages 7–17
How fun does a comedy camp sound? Kids learn improv and play theatre games at the iconic Second City Theatre. Teachers help kids enhance communication skills, confidence, teamwork, and creativity. Learn more.
Great Big Theatre Company
7 TORONTO LOCATIONS • Ages 6–14
GBTC’s experienced staff introduce kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Plays, musical theatre, theatre games, mime, improv, costumes, storytelling, stagecraft and more, with an end-of-week performance. Learn more.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
VAUGHAN • Ages 4 and up
Enjoy a summer of art-making, gallery visits, and outdoor activities on the spectacular grounds at the McMichael’s ArtVenture Summer Camps. Limited spots are available. Learn more.
Power of Words Academy
NORTH YORK • Ages 7–14
Creative Writing and Drama camps offer an engaging week of creativity. In the morning, kids create and publish their own books. In the afternoon, it’s drama time, with storytelling, detective games, and improv. Learn more.
Randolph College for the Performing Arts
WEST END • Grades 1–8 (as of fall 2019)
Sign up your aspiring Broadway star for triple-threat camps combining dance, acting, and music in The Annex. The last day of camp is an onstage performance. Learn more.
SCIENCE & CODING CAMPS
photo: STEM Camp
Get hands-on with science and technology at these summer camps that make learning fun.
NORTH YORK • Ages 7–14
These fun, hands-on science and technology camps take place at more than 25 locations in Toronto and the GTA in summer 2019. Each week has a theme: Star Wars, Transformers, Minecraft, or superheroes. As a non-profit, STEM Camp offers lower-than-average camp costs, with sessions from $210/week. Learn more.
Ontario Science Centre
NORTH TORONTO • Ages 4–14
Train like an astronaut, make some waves, or prototype your own Science Centre exhibit—space is still available in select camps, including Making Waves, the science waves—from surf to sound to microwaves. Learn more.
WEST END • Grades 1–8
Robotics, Minecraft, video-game design, and a “sampler” camp where kids are kids work on a variety of projects introducing coding, robotics, 3D design are scheduled for 2019. Only one camp for Grades 1-2 is still open at this writing. Learn more.
SPORTS & GYMNASTICS CAMPS
photo: True North Sports Camps
Take advantage of the summer season and your child’s boundless energy at a summer sports camp. Choose from multi-sport camps that are all about trying different activities, or opt for a specialized camp that builds skills in one sport.
True North Sports Camps
MIDTOWN, ETOBICOKE & MARKHAM • Ages 4–12
These summer sports camps (soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football, multisport) are a great way for young athletes to improve their skills in a fun, pressure-free environment. Learn more.
Ultra Sports Centre
SCARBOROUGH • Ages 6–18
This huge indoor sports centre near the DVP and 401 intersection has coed sports camps weekly from July 2 through August 9. Choose either the multi-sport camp, with soccer, basketball, volleyball, and flag football (ages 6–14) or the specialty Basketball Boot Camp (ages 6–18). Learn more.
North Beach Indoor Volleyball
NORTH YORK • Ages 7–15
These camps combine fun activities indoors and outdoors, including volleyball, beach soccer, rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course races, and swimming. Flexible 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day options. Learn more.
Sports Camps Canada
20+ GTA LOCATIONS • Ages 6–17
Positive, passionate, and professional coaches help your child become a better player at these highly rated camps. A few spots remain at select Nike football, tennis, basketball, or soccer camps and Ivy Hockey Academy camps. Learn more.
EAST YORK • Ages 4–10
Kids can learn gymnastics and stay active this summer at themed gymnastics camps. Sign up for Jungle Safari, Disney Days, Ninja Camp, Little Inventors, or Camp Frozen weeks. Learn more.
Toronto Circus Centre
LEASIDE & LESLIEVILLE • Ages 4½–13
Join the circus this summer at these summer camps for aspiring acrobats—or any kid who loves staying active. Camp locations in Leaside and Leslieville. Learn more.
MORE SUMMER CAMPS
photo: Toronto Zoo
Dabble in cooking, magic, zoo animals, and more at these camps that either focus on a niche specialty activity or combine many diverse adventures into each week.
SCARBOROUGH • Ages 4–16
The Toronto Zoo’s summer camps are animal adventures where kids see and learn about hundreds of animals and get exclusive behind-the-scenes sessions with zookeepers. Hurry! At this writing, only 3 weeks are not waitlisted. Learn more.
Aga Khan Museum Summer Camps
NORTH YORK • Ages 6–12
Sign up for a summer of discovery, arts, and culture. There are three camps: Silk Route Traders, Moon Mission, and Bright Lights. Learn more.
Rooks To Cooks
12 LOCATIONS • Ages 6 and up
At intensive summer cooking camps, kids learn to cook and learn about nutrition, teamwork, independence, problem-solving, and more. Learn more.
School of Magic Summer Camp
MISSISSAUGA • Ages 6–12
Join Da Costa Magic this summer for magic camps July 8–12 and July 15–19. Camps feature special guest magicians Chris Mayhew and The Thrillusionists from CBC’s hit TV series. Learn more.
The Chef Upstairs
MIDTOWN & VAUGHAN • Ages 7–17
Each day features a different theme and the kids always cook their own breakfast, lunch, and snack at these full-day cooking camps. Learn more.
This article originally appeared on Help! We’ve Got Kids