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. 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.
Top Summer Day Camps in Ottawa
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! 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 5-12. 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 opens March 19 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.
Upper Canada Village
Forget video games, television, and basically anything that we know to exist in modern times. Upper Canada Village welcomes campers to step back in time to participate in the past as though it’s the mid-1800s. There are different opportunities, such as the interpreter’s program that immerses campers into the village to observe and learn, and also the mini time-travellers for a three-night overnight camp experience. This is perfect for families looking for an overnight camp but not the longer commitment.
Three of our major museums, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Food and Agriculture Museum and the Canada Museum of Science and Technology all offer camps throughout the summer. While these camps are very popular (and some weeks have already sold out), now is the time to register to secure your child’s participation in their favourite camp. They can choose from the Music and Aviation Camp, or help the animals on the Farm, or maybe they want to get hands-on with an engineer at the Robo Camp.
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, kids of different ages can sign up for a week of classic rock music to learn how to rock like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, or another week they can learn to sing like Stadium performers Journey or The Eagles.
If you are trying to keep the kids busy and active, Capital Camps can help. There’s a football camp, and a tennis camp offered, or if the kids don’t want to settle for just one sport to play, the multi-sports camp will be just for them. Camps are for kids aged 4-16, depending on the sport they select. We love that daily lunch is included. Campers will also receive a camp t-shirt.
Ottawa School of Art
Their creative side can shine at the Ottawa School of Art camps. Kids aged 6-15 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.
Ottawa Humane Society Off-Leash Camp
Animal-loving kids aged 6 through 10 will love the Ottawa Humane Society’s Off-Leash Camp. They’ll learn about small animals, dog walking, enjoy crafts and presentations. The camp is available throughout the summer.
Your child can channel their inner Katniss Everdeen 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 bow 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, and at various satellite locations across the City – Orléans, Barrhaven, Alta Vista and Kanata locations will be confirmed. Camps include engineering, science camps, and medicine camp where kids can learn about medicine, the human body and the role of doctors.
Ottawa Senators Hockey Camp
Your rising hockey star can shoot and score all summer long at the Ottawa Senators Hockey Camp. This development camp is offered at three different locations (with multiple camps happening all summer long) and will help your child improve their game, and most importantly, their love of the game.
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. The week-long camp takes place at the Rideau Canoe Club and is available all summer long for kids aged 7-12.