With January behind us (along with its near-record-breaking snowfalls), it’s a little easier to imagine that spring is not too far around the corner. And while it’s too early to expect blossoms and songbirds, it’s the right time to think about spring break for the little ones.
Most school districts in the region are closed for two weeks in March and it’s an ideal opportunity for kids to try something new and unique at one of the many spring break camps. Finding the perfect match means exploring not just the themes and subjects, but also the times, locations, and more. Check out our roundup on a few of the local perennial favourites and top options:
There’s a reason why Pedalheads is such a popular camp option. Camps are their entire focus and their classes and instructors always get rave reviews. Known for their bike camps which help kids learn to bike, or advance their bike and safety skills and knowledge, the organization also runs swim and sports camps, throughout the year. With camps scheduled in communities around the Vancouver region for spring break, with both full and half-day options, it’s a great chance for kids to build on their skills or try something new (like trail and mountain biking camp options). Visit pedalheads.com for all the information.
Pear Tree Education
With a wide array of camps for boys and girls aged 5-14, Spring Break at Pear Tree Education is a great option for kids this spring. All camps are designed exclusively for Pear Tree and are run by Vancouver-area teachers with fun and learning as the ultimate goal. Themes this year focus on wetlands, food, maker-space fun, science and more. Camps run March 16 to 20 and March 23 to 27 from 9 am – 3 pm. As an added bonus, Pear Tree is offering extended childcare options and a nutritious hot lunch program. Visit pear-tree.ca for all the details and registration info.
Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics
Time to hit the mats and enjoy a spring break full of tumbling, twisting, somersaults and more. Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics offers a variety of half and full-day camps running both weeks. Before and after camp care is also available, making this a great option for parents who need a longer coverage window for the workday. It’s also a great chance for kids to get active and spend their break moving and having fun. Visit phoenixgymnastics.com for pricing and registration info.
UBC Geering Up STEAM Camps
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
Get hands-on with a variety of science-focused camp with the Geering Up Engineering & Science for Kids program through UBC. Taking place March 16 through 27 at Crofton House School and UBC, these inspiring programs integrate science, math and the arts, with a variety of camps for different ages and interests – including a girls-only option for grades 4 through 7. Visit geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca for registration info.
Local Parks and Recreation
Most municipalities run a variety of spring break camps – offering everything from swim and sport sessions to arts and music – at your community recreation facilities. Check out ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver for registration and camp info in Vancouver, surrey.ca/culture-recreation for camps in the city of Surrey, and newwestcity.ca for some fun options in New Westminster, to name just a few.
Southlands Heritage Farm
Country life meets city life at Southlands Heritage Farm. For kids who’ve dreamed of riding horses or living on a farm, this is a great opportunity to experience the real deal. The farm runs unique events throughout the year that give locals the chance to enjoy farm life and their spring break camps are no exceptions. With the option of pony camp or farm camp, there’s a great selection of choices for kids of all ages. Check out their website for all the details.
It’s always a good time to try new adventures and explore new interests – and with a variety of choices that will keep kids active, having fun, learning and meeting new friends, these spring break camps are ideal options.