Posted: June 26, 2013
When summer’s in the air, Toronto has no shortage of camp programs to appeal to children of all age levels and interests. Whether your kids’ tastes run to the sporty, artsy, adventurous or a combination of each, check out these great options for a summer filled with laughter, learning and life-long memories.
100 Queen’s Park
With over 70 years of youth programming under its belt, the ROM offers a wide variety of full- and half-day Summer Club options for ages 5-14. Programs range from film, music and theatre to archeology, geology and architecture, using the museum as a jumping-off point for creativity and exploration. For youth ages 14-16, the Leadership program offers hands-on experience behind the scenes.
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Young People’s Theatre
165 Front Street East
YPT’s Summer Drama Camps cater to creative kids from 6-12, and teens from 13-18, with one- and two-week programs covering improvisation, voice and movement techniques, mask-making and more. Older participants can delve into Advanced Drama Creation, Filmmaking or Musical Theatre, culminating in a public presentation; younger campers explore age-appropriate games and exercises for a fun introduction to the world of collaborative theatre.
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KidsWorld Day Camps
117 Bannockburn Ave, North York
A popular choice in the North York area, KidsWorld and FunWorld camps offer door-to-door bus service, daily swim instruction and a balance of active and creative programming. KidsWorld offers full-day programs tailored to preschoolers, ages 3-5.5, with arts and crafts, sports, day trips, guest entertainers and more. At FunWorld, programming is geared to ages 5.5-8, with a longer day and weekly workshops. Sessions can be combined for two, three, four or five week options, with extended care hours available and discounted rates for additional siblings.
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235 Queen’s Quay West
It’s cooler down by the lake, and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre offers over fifty summer camp programs for ages 3-17. Campers of all stripes can beat the heat with an array of arts, sports, sailing, paddling, adventure and specialty programs—plus on-site overnight camps, French language camps and various counselor-in-training programs for teens. Meal plans and bussing are available for an additional fee.
See the website for details.
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Camps
The City of Toronto offers a wide range of fun, affordable day camp programs for preschoolers, children and youth in neighbourhoods across the GTA. Programs include full- and half-day activity, adventure, specialty and outdoor day camps for ages 3-18, with adapted programming and one-on-one support available for campers with disabilities and special needs. Demand for city camps is always high, so it’s advisable to register (very) early.
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The P.I.N.E. Project’s summer programs let kids depart from the beaten path, and discover nature in the heart of the city, with urban wilderness day camps. Programs emphasize the values of ecology and community: Coyote Camp and Wanderers Camp for ages 4-12 take place outdoors (rain or shine) in High Park and Etienne Brulee Park, where kids learn about wildlife tracking, wilderness survival and more. For teens, there’s wilderness leadership skills training program, and preschoolers from 0-3 can go wild with parent-and-tot programming.
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There’s no better time than summer for imagination, exploration and friendship. With plenty of fun options for children and youth, Toronto’s best summer camps have something for everyone to make the most of the season.