Summer is definitely here! The weather will be nice and warm next couple of months, and the days will be longer. And your little ones will enjoy the longest holiday season of the year! Are you still wondering what activities would be best for them for the summer, or just want to fill at least one week with some great adventures for them, and catch up your working schedule at the same time? Well, we have some ideas! Check our list of what we think are the most interesting summer day camps for kids. Your kids will have chance to try something new, learn interesting stuff, and play with other children (and meanwhile, you can enjoy your newly-gained “free” time, too!).
Photo by Carlos Bolivar
Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard
Hours: 9am to 4pm
Price: $295+HST or $325+HST / week
More info: ripleyaquariums.com
Ripley’s Aquarium is – since its opening almost two years ago – undoubtedly one of the most exciting places for kids (and adults) in Toronto. With its staggering 5.7 million litres of water and 12,500 square metres, Ripley’s aquarium is home to more than 16,000 animals. In short, your kids will be way busy discovering underwater world and the gallery, participating both on indoor and outdoor activities, and even join behind the scenes adventures!
Still not convinced? Check out our photo essay shot shortly after the aquarium was opened!
AGO Old School Cartooning
AGO Art Camps
If you often find your little ones painting, drawing, creating their own special designs, or admiring art works, than AGO Art Camps is definitely the right choice! Art Gallery of Ontario is – with a permanent collection of more than 80,000 works – among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In AGO they offer six different camps, so there’s something for everyone. Kids can dig into the science of landscape design, explore world of animal architecture, learn more about environment and ecology, use variety of materials while working on indoor and outdoor projects, have fun with cartoons, and the youngest can go on an art adventure trying out all kinds of materials and techniques.
The Chef Upstairs – Friends should cook together all the time
Summer Cooking Camp with The Chef Upstairs
“If you are lucky, your child will soon be making dinner for you every night!” That’s what The Chef Upstairs team claim on their website. Well, who would not want to have a freshly cooked meal served every day and not having to cook it? Whether it will work or not, I would give it a chance! The classes are entertaining and interactive, and start with preparing healthy breakfast, and follows with a ‘Family Style’ themed lunch and baking. Don’t worry, children will get some exercise, too. At least once a day the’ll go at the local park, go shopping for fresh local ingredients, or take a walk to the Mount Pleasant Library to browse through the latest cookbooks. Last but not least, pop up early if you want to sample some of their food!
Sportplay Multi-sport Camps for Kids
Multi-sport programs are a great choice for highly active kids. In Sportplay they offer fun, positive, non-competitive sport camps focusing on developing athletic and gross motor skills. Sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, hockey, track & field, or outdoor soccer will alternate with fun activities, games, and waterplay. The camps are usually run from 9am to 4pm, but there’s an option for extended hours until 5:30pm. Want just an evening short-time activity for your little ones? Sportplay Summer KICK Soccer is 45 minutes long play between 4:30 and 6:45pm.
Ontario Science Centre. Photo by Carlos Bolivar.
Ontario Science Centre Summer Day Camps
At this kid-friendly museum they are committed to make learning fun, and they’re good at their work! Ontario Science Centre day camp was voted on of the top two summer day camps in Toronto by Toronto4Kids readers! Kids will discover and explore a world through hands-on science and activities and priority access to the exibit halls (including brand new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition). Thrilling, unforgettable and educational experiences for children are available in three different themes: Engineering Extravaganza (5-12 year olds), Bio Blitz (5-12 year olds), and Science Centre Innovators (13-14 year olds). Check out our photos from the museum!