The countdown is on! The school year is done in mere weeks. Do you have your kids’ summer camp plans figured out yet? If not, don’t worry! While some popular day camps in Toronto, such as Green Acres and Zoo Camp have already nearly or totally booked up, there are still lots of high-quality summer camp options out there.
Below we round up Toronto summer camps that are sure to entertain your kids this July and August. While all these options had availability as of late May, there is no guarantee that those spots will last. If your child sees somewhere they love, act fast! Just be sure to read all the fine print before you pull out your credit card. Camps have continued to tweak everything from cancellation policies to pick-up and drop-off procedures, and even that camp your kids have been attending for years might have changed things up.
Summer Day Camps in Toronto with Availability
From $529; 5% discount for siblings
If a day packed with painting, crafting and all kinds of creating sounds perfect to your child, take a look at 4Cats’ arts-focused offerings. Campers will have access to professional grade art supplies and gentle, but practical, guidance that they will use to create masterpieces that they will get to take home. Camps are for children ages six through 12 and are located at 4Cats’ five Toronto studios.
Bomb Fitness Kids
1502 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Bomb Fitness’ summer camp program features nine weeks of unique themes such as Kid Detectives, Villains and Superheroes and Animal Kingdom. Since this camp is put on by a gym, your kids will get plenty of high-energy activities including fitness lessons, as well as arts and crafts, local walks, and other activities. Note that this year camp is only being run out of the Danforth location however, extended care is again available.
Kids who love LEGO, Minecraft and just plain building things will be in paradise at one of Brickworks Academy’s camps. Wait, your kid prefers Pokémon? Or wants to be a YouTube star? Brickworks Academy has those themes covered as well and regardless of subject matter, there is a minimum one-hour outdoor time every day. Age varies by theme but overall, camps at Brickworks Academy cover kids ages five to 13. While Brickworks Academy has locations across Ontario, in Toronto, you can find it downtown, in North York, in Etobicoke and in Summerhill. Note that this camp keeps its classes small so be sure to book ASAP.
From $270 for half days
1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Toronto
You don’t have to be a member of the Boulevard Club to send your kids to its summer camp program (though members do get a discount on fees). Camp Boulevard uses its lakeside location to its advantage and offers several different sailing/padding camps, as well as badminton options at its onsite courts. A wide variety of other themes are also available
including performing arts, robotics, and even culinary, and some themes are offered as half-day camps (and yes, you can pair two differently themed half-day camps together). Full-day camps are open to kids as young as four and as old as 17. This is another spot where you’ll want to book ASAP as some of the more popular themes, such as swimming and tennis, have already booked up. Note that they also have an optional lunch program to help make your life a little easier.
1461 Gerrard St. E, Toronto
Organized by the Leslieville School of Dance & Music, and hosted at their Gerrard Street East studio, Camp Monarch is an ideal choice for kids ages four to 10 who want to dance, sing, paint, and more. Choose between a camp that offers a variety of artistic activities, all tied to a theme such as Going Green and Fun & Games, or opt for Camp Monarch’s new musical theatre stream, which will cumulate in your child putting on a mini-musical performance. Either choice will let your child explore their curiosity.
The City of Toronto offers camps for almost every interest, in nearly every corner of the city. Most camps are for kids ages four to 12 years old, but the City’s Adapted CampTO offers programming for, “youth with a special need or a disability” that extends up to age 29. Several different streams are available, including the classic CampTO, in which participants will, “…enjoy games, arts and crafts, sports and more” and CampTO Plus, which specializes in such areas of interest as arts and nature, computers, and various sports.
There’s also CampTO Toronto History Museums, which “…is a creative camp experience that offers indoor and outdoor activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts, and nature-based activities in a museum setting.” Some camps have already filled up but there are still over two dozen locations with open slots. To see what camps are available, click on the “Spaces Available” tab found here
Worried about your French school-enrolled kids losing their français over the summer? Or maybe you want to introduce French to your kids? Then sign them up for Camp Tournesol, which offers “full French” camps and “learn to speak French” camps. Both streams will see you kids kept busy with arts and crafts, team building games, sports and water activities and more, all while perfecting their French skills. Also, new this year are multi-sport camps that are held only in English. These English camps are just for kids headed into grade two through four while the French camps are open to kids in senior kindergarten through grade six.
Centennial College Story Arts Centre & Performing Arts Centre
951 Carlaw Ave. & 2200 Eglington Ave. E., Toronto
As the name suggests, this summer camp program is all about the arts of storytelling and performing. At the Carlaw location, enroll in camps focused on animation, video, and audio production and more that are perfect for budding podcasters, photographers, and journalists. Over at the Scarborough location, your future superstar can enroll in a hip-hop/jazz camp or a musical theatre one. Depending on the theme, camps are open to kids as young as eight and as old as 14. All camps let kids use Centennial’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and will leave your kids informed and inspired.
From $265 for kids 5 and up; from $325 for kids who are 4
1691 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Jardin Infantil has expanded its themes from three to four and now offers camps for kids ages four to 10 that explore nature, art, cooking and theatre (note this that last one is a two-week camp that includes an outdoor performance). All camps are kept on the small side in part to allow for more, “…personalized attention in a friendly, non-competitive environment.” All camps also take advantage of Jardin Infantil’s Bloor Street West location and make visits to the nearby and always wonderful High Park. Before and after care is also available.
Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Ave., Toronto
While JSeeds, the stream for kids ages two-and-a-half to three, is full, Miles Nadal’s other three streams still have spots for kids ages four through 10. Programming includes looks of classic activities like arts and crafts, trips to local playgrounds (and further afield for the older kids) and multiple swim days, thanks to the on-site pool. And here’s a feature parents are going to love: All camps also include lunch and afternoon snacks in the registration fee.
Kids ages four through 14 who love all creatures great and small will adore one of Pawsitively Pets’ various animal-focused camps. Themes vary by age and include dog training (kids can even bring their own dog), animal care and a “mini-vet” option. There’s also a horseback riding camp (complete with bussing to its out-of-the-city location) and a forest and nature program where campers spend most of their days outdoors. Pawsitively Pets offers camps based in the Swansea and Leaside neighbourhoods and depending on the theme, gives you the choice of a full or half-day program. There are also before and after care options.
The Second City
1 York St., Toronto
Have a budding young actor, future YouTube star or class clown in your home? Then you’ll want to take a closer look at The Second City’s comedy-focused summer camp. Designed for kids ages seven to 11, this camp will explore the fundamentals of improv, basic scene structure, storytelling and more, all while working to build kids’ confidence and their creativity and social skills. Important note: The Second City is now back downtown in their shiny, new home at 1 York Street.
From $439; sibling discounts available
183 Carlaw Ave., Toronto
All kinds of fun is lined up at this east-end camp, which offers such theme weeks as the Messy Olympics and Creative Kids Cooking. In addition to crafts, games and sports, most days include a trip to a city park and splash pad. Kids must be ages four through seven to attend Sprouts’ summer camps. Those ages eight and up have the option to attend Sprouts’ Maker Space and Tech Lab Camp, which is held just up the street, and explores such themes as fashion design and Minecraft.
From $439; sibling and multi-week discounts available
One of Toronto’s most popular sports-oriented camps returns for another season at seven different Toronto locations (and a few more outside of Toronto). Camp is available for kids as young as three-and-a-half and goes up to age 12, with leadership training camps available for teens. One reason families love TAC is that it offers the option to customize your kid’s camp experience so that they can, for example, have half-a-day of soccer camp and half-a-day of swim camp. A few non-sport themes are also available, including computer coding, finance and something called Strong Earth: Biology – Sustainability. Other reasons why parents love TAC? It includes lunch and two snacks, has low camper-to-coach ratio and offers before and after care for an additional fee.
Toronto Met Day Camps
350 Victoria St, Toronto
If you work (or live) downtown and want a nearby summer camp for your kid, Toronto Met Day Camps might be the perfect match for you. Hosted at the university formerly known as Ryerson (and now officially called Toronto Metropolitan University), this camp program has spaces for kids ages six to late teens. Themes include hockey (inside the old Maple Leaf Gardens building!), architecture, film, and more. A lunch program is available for an additional fee, as is before and after care.
Upper Beach & Scarborough
Campers ages 4-13 will have the opportunity to participate in four different sports throughout the week as they build towards Olympic Challenge Day at the end of the week. The children play a variety of sports and activities with a goal of long-term physical development plus it is FUN to do something new. All coaches are highly regarded in their sport and have found success teaching the fundamentals to young athletes.
As one of Toronto’s biggest day camp programs, YMCA Camps offer something for every kid aged four through 16. In addition to the usual multi- and single-sport focused camps, there are such options as eco-adventure, music, creative arts and so much more. And even better, over 50 locations are operating across the Greater Toronto Area, meaning there is likely a location near your home.
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