Have you booked your kids’ summer day camp yet? If you haven’t, don’t fret! While some programs are already full or close to, there are still plenty of high-quality options out there.
In fact, there are so many choices that this year we’re breaking our summer camp roundup by geography. Here’s our focus on day camps west of Yonge Street for families in Toronto and the GTA.
Important to note: There are also some great camp options that have locations across the city. They include those run by the City of Toronto and the YMCA, which offer dozens of different themes, as well as those that are narrower in their programming, such as Rooks to Cooks, Pedalheads and Toronto Athletic Camps.
1. Art in the Park | trinitybellwoodscareprogram
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 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). Weekly fees start at $300 with part-time and extended care options available.
Age Range: 6-12
Where: 790 Queen St W
2. Black Creek Pioneer Village Day Camps | blackcreek.ca
Boasting “your kids will have a blast in the past,” this camp combines history with tons of games, crafts and such hands-on activities as baking and dress-up. Your children will also get to make a few new furry (and hairy) friends thanks to the Village’s resident farm animals. Teens can enroll in the Leaders in Training program where they’ll learn leadership skills and build their confidence skills. Cost starts at $210 a week with additional fees for extended care.
Age Range: 5-17
Where: 1000 Ross Murray Parkway
3. Brick Works Academy | brickworksacademy.com
Do your kids love LEGO, Harry Potter, Minecraft or Fortnight? Or maybe they dream of becoming a YouTube star? Then the Brick Works Academy has the perfect camp for them! And while the focus is on technology and creating a memorable take-home (or show-at-home) project, daily outdoor time is also included. Fees start at $236 and there is an option to pay for extended care.
Age Range: 6-13
Where: Five locations west of Yonge including downtown, the Kingways and North York
4. Camp Tournesol | camptournesol.ca
Parlez-vous français? This French camp is located in the GTA and perfect for kids age 4 to 14, whether they’re Francophone, in French Immersion, or even have no French experience. If you’re looking to enrich, reinforce or expand your child’s French verbal skills, this is the place. Plus, lots of fun activities are included, like trips to splash pads, crafts and sports. From $310.
Age Range: 4-14
Where: There are multiple locations in the west end. Find a full list and your closest location here.
5. Camp Kidville | kidville.com
Here’s a great option for little kids. This colourful play gym offers an action-packed day for children four-six that includes music, science exploration and yes, lots of gym time for $425 a week. A non-drop-off option is also available for toddlers that runs $55 a week and is a great way to socialize and explore with your little one.
Age Range: 18-36 months (with an adult); 4-6
Where: 3420 Yonge St
6. Camp U of T – The University of Toronto | utoronto.ca
Toronto’s largest university is home to 28 different classes that vary from sports to leadership to business. There’s even something called NOT Sports, which “Explores non-traditional activities” including quidditch (minus the floating broomsticks, we assume). Camp U of T costs start at $265 with extended care available as an add-on.
Age Range: 4-16
Where: University of Toronto’s downtown campus
7. Del Active Sports Camps | delactivesportscamp.com
If your kids have energy to burn, Del Active Sports Camps might be the perfect choice for them. Set at the beautiful De La Salle College, this camp offers multi-sport and ice hockey programs. New this year is a Rookie camp aimed at kids four-five and a Leaders-in-Training program for those 13 to 15. Register before March 25 to take advantage of lower fees starting at $259. Also available are extended care and a lunch program.
Where:131 Farnham Ave
8. Harbourfront Centre Camps | harbourfrontcentre.com
After a very successful 2018 season, Harbourfront Centre is back with around 75 different camps to choose from. In addition to some familiar classics, including dance, kayak and circus, Harbourfront is pleased to announce several new additions. They include camps focused on magic, civic leadership and vlogging. Fees start at $240 and extended, lunch and bussing are all available as additional add-ons.
Age Range: 4-16
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay
9. Lions Camp – York University | reconline.yorkulions.ca
It’s all fitness, (nearly) all the time over at York U. And while these camps are heavy on the sports, options such as Might Muscles Camp will teach your kids about the science that powers their bodies. Other themes include swimming, tennis and basketball and fees start as low as $200, with extended care available for a fee.
Age Range: 5 to 15
Where: York University, 4700 Keele St
10. MakerKids | makerkids.com
Rated the top summer camp by Toronto Life, this camp promises that “your kids will learn from NASA-educated entrepreneurs, teachers and engineers.” That’s pretty cool. Also cool are the available themes: Coding, robotics and even Minecraft. And don’t worry, it’s not all screen time; kids also get plenty of outdoor time. Almost all of MakerKids’ camps run $565 a weekly plus an additional fee for extended care.
Age Range: Grade 1-8
Where: 2451 Bloor St W
11. Neighbour Note Day Camps | neighbournote.ca
If you have a budding rock, pop or uh, chamber music star in your house, this camp is for them. It offers a variety of music-related programs including rock band, musical theatre and sports jam, which combines physical activities with rocking out. There’s even a camp that involves storytelling, dance, crafts and more. Most camps cost $375 with extended care available for an extra charge.
Age Range: 5 to 18
Where: 45 Runnymede Rd
Ripley’s Aquarium Summer Camp | ripleyaquariums.com
Uh, can adults sign up for this camp because getting daily, backstage access to the sharks, rays and other fascinating animals that call Ripley’s home sounds amazing. But it’s not all about the fish; participants will also make crafts, do science experiments and get daily outdoors time. The weekly price for annual cardholders is $260 a week, with an additional fee for extended care.
Age Range: 5-13
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd
13. Summer Art Camp – Art Gallery of Ontario | ago.ca
Artistically inclined kids will love the various programs offered by the AGO. Themes include colours, animal architecture and animation and yes, all camps include the opportunity to make and bring home some very special projects. Camps are available for both one and two-week sessions and for an additional fee, you can have the AGO serve your child a cold lunch. Camp costs start at $300 for AGO members.
Age Range: 5-13
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W
14. Zodiac Day Camp | zodiackids.ca
Based out of Leo Baeck Day School’s South Campus, this camp has access to everything from a robotics lab to a fashion studio to something called a creature 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 Star Wars. Weekly fees start at $475 and various additional options are available including transportation and lunch and adult and tot half-days.
Age Range: 2.5-15
Where: 501 Arlington Ave