Although we are still dealing with the colder temperatures and snow on the ground, parents all over Ottawa are looking at the summer calendar and planning the summer break with the kids. We know this year will be different and many camps are still waiting to announce if they will be running programs this year given the unknown status of the pandemic in Ottawa, but we are excited to see many options already being planned out. Covid safety protocols will be in place and while some don’t have their registration open for a couple of weeks, we wanted to give you the chance to bookmark your favourite ones so you don’t miss out.
Summer camps are an engaging, interesting and sometimes educational way to keep the kids active, happy and busy during the summer. We’ve rounded up the camps that we think will have your kids saying ‘yes’ without any hesitation.
City of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa offers camps in community centres, at schools and other venues. Your children can find a topic they love and you’ll be able to find a location that is close to your neighbourhood or commute. They can swim, skate, play sports, make crafts and more! Once decisions about summer programming are complete, the entire list, including venues offering camps, can be found on the City of Ottawa website.
We love Saunders Farm for the Halloween season, but they also offer a week of Saunders Farm Camp for kids aged five to 12. Each week, campers will participate in a theme of the day, like pirates or fairies, and enjoy a day involving crafts, activities and more. We know they will love having access to the mazes and play structures on the farm grounds and taking a dip in the pool. Farm fresh food is included too!
Sing House Studios
If your child wants to sing, dance and feel like a pop star, the week-long Sing House Studios summer camp might be the right place for them. Registration opened on March 19th and is available weekly, all summer long. Camps are also bilingual. They’ll enjoy music lessons, dance choreography, and get to create their own music video.
School of Rock
Are your kids ready to rock out? They’ll love School of Rock’s summer camp program. The camps are for musicians of all levels and the music workshops include different instruments to learn on. Throughout the month of July and into August, kids of different ages can sign up for a week of classic rock music to learn how to rock like the Beatles, music of the 80’s and 90’s, or another week they can learn to sing to modern rock and try their best at their favourite Imagine Dragons song.
Ottawa School of Art
Their creative side can shine at the Ottawa School of Art camps. The full details for this year’s camps are still to come, but artistic kids aged six to 15 can participate in their choice of themed weekly camps. We love the variety offered to include many mediums, like a photography week, or a cartooning and illustrations camp. and there are two campuses, one locate in Downtown Ottawa and the other in Orleans. Look for registration in April.
Your child can channel their inner Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye or Merida at Archery Camp offered by the RA Centre. Campers will receive instructions on basic archery shots and will even have a chance to build a cedar arrow to take home. Half the day is spent learning about and practicing archery and the other half is spent with the day camp.
Engineering and Science Camps at the University of Ottawa
Reach new heights when it comes to STEM with the University of Ottawa engineering and science day camp. They’re offered on campus at the University. Camps include engineering and technology, or science and chemistry.
Canoe Club Camp
The Canoe Club Camp will introduce campers to a variety of paddle sports including kayaking and canoeing and will also provide campers with the opportunity to swim and play field sports. Life jackets are provided, although campers can bring their own. Details for the 2021 summer programs are still to come.
The learn-to-ride summer bike camp with Pedalheads is a popular one as they help your child develop confidence and skills to ride a bike. These week-long sessions are offered as half day and full day camps.
Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club
Fitness, fun and fair play are featured at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club camps! Their 2021 day camp activities will include racquet sports, swimming, park games and volleyball. Children ages five to 13.