Summer is almost knocking on the door and children in Toronto will soon be on the loose! If you’re having a hard time planning a perfect summer for your kids, our post about summer camps in and around Toronto might be a nice inspiration. Choose from a range of camps offering traditional camp activities and arts workshops, or help your kids learn new things through fun and exploration.
UCC Summer Camps are an excellent example of a traditional summer camp offering a well balanced range of activities that children are free to choose from. Located in the city centre (200 Lonsdale Road), kids can play both outdoors and indoors in the extensive and well equipped campus of Upper Canada College. The camp’s programming is done on a weekly basis, making it very easy for parents to plan kids’ schedules. Prices of the camps vary according to the type and date, but five days in the day camp usually cost between $375 and $750.
The RTS Summer Camps invite children to explore their creative potential, learn how to express themselves, and enhance their imagination in exciting and stimulating theatre camps. In 2012, three different theme camps are offered for the kids between the age 6-18: Summer Musical Performance Camp, Create an Ensemble, and Summer Theatre Academy. The Seussical Jr is the musical for the Musical Performance Camp. Located in Ryerson Theatre School, 44 Gerrard St. East, all the camps start at 9:00 A.M. and end at 4:00 P.M., including an option for early care from 8:00 A.M. and after care until 6:00 P.M. Costs vary according to different camps and their duration, but the weekly price is about $230. Kids who wish to apply for camps don’t need to be experienced at all; all they need is good mood and the desire to perform and learn new things.
The Alliance Française de Toronto Summer Camp focuses on developing fluency and confidence in conversational French for non-francophone children aged 5 to 11, regardless of their level of language skills. Language activities in the morning classes are supplemented by sport, cultural, and science workshops full of fun in the afternoon designed to provide a perfect French language immersion for kids. This year, parents are free to choose from three different locations, as camps will be held in Mississauga, Oakville, and Toronto (at Toronto French School 294 Lawrence Avenue East). Prices vary, but an average two-week program costs between $600 and $660.
Brightstart Camp is a well known and successful camp that offers educational programs for children with special needs from 6 years of age to 12. Kids with language disabilities, language delays, autism, and other exceptionalities are supported here to gain enough skills and experience to be able to manage in grade school. Age-appropriate activities full of exciting field trips will keep your kids entertained and help them explore and learn while playing, always supervised by experienced professionals. Check the Brightstart website for prices.
Wanda Goodman devoted her life to uncovering the beauty of bringing clay into the lives of people of all ages. Signing up your kids for her summer camp means giving them a wonderful opportunity to let their imagination run wild while acquiring tools and expertise in clay creation. Wanda uses non-toxic, oven-baked clay that’s easy to work with and safe for children at the same time. After workshops, little sculptors can take their works home and keep them as a memory of this amazing day camp. Wanda’s studio is located at 252 Soudan Avenue.
Bond Academy Day Camps are traditional day camps that combine arts, crafts, scientific exploration, sport activities, magician workshops, cooking, and computers skills enhancement. Camp organizers also try to include activities aimed at building positive character traits and values such as honesty, respect, tolerance, and fairness. Children aged 3 to 13 can choose from a wide variety of programs and levels designed with respect to their age and skills. Weekly cost for the camp is $230 for local campers and $300 for international participants. Before- and after-camp programs are offered for free. The camp is held at 1500 Birchmount Road.
Debate Camps are designed to empower students from grades 4 to 11 with some basic skills of competitive debate and public speaking that might help them to enhance their effective communication and teamwork in their real lives. Campers learn how to express their ideas in a convincing and eloquent manner under the supervision of experienced trainers. Four different areas are put in focus: parliamentary debate, impromptu and prepared public speaking, global awareness, and case construction. Ontario’s Debate Camp will be held on the campus of the Sterling Hall School from June 25th to June 29th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. with included hot lunches for the participants.
If your kids wish to be future artists and love music, dance, and theatre, Horizon Arts Camp is a perfect place for them to gain confidence to reach their dreams. Professional trainers will do their best to enhance their performing and visual arts skills in a fun and exciting way and provide plenty of traditional camp activities at the same time. Camp organizers work hard to create a safe and supportive environment for all kids who decide to take part in the camp and challenge themselves through art. Kids from grades 1 to 10 are all welcome for different levels and modules prepared for them during two- or three-week long sessions. Prices of programs tend to vary, so check the Horizon Arts Camp website for further details. Summer camps are located at Kingsway College School, 4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke.
Toronto Centre for Entrepreneurial Art & Design(TCEAF) is a creative group of professionals, designers and educators that are running Summer Camps and High School Workshops for youngsters that want to pursue a career in this field. The workshop provides valuable hands-on experiences and prepares the students for the next big step, applying to an art school, helping to build up their portfolio under the supervision of experienced teachers. Encouraging design thinking, they “help high school students explore the possibility of becoming the next big designer at IKEA or Honda or even Apple by exposing them to design thinking.” So when your kid has always been attracted to arts, this three week intensive program taking place in the beautiful heritage site of Evergreen Brick Works will be the perfect opportunity for them to immerse into the creative world.