Whether you’re looking to inspire a pint-sized Picasso, a budding detective or a future Michelin-star chef, Edmonton is rolling out hundreds of summer day camps to inspire and occupy your little one.
The City of Edmonton’s summer day camp registration opens March 16.
“We are offering some neat camps this year,” Edmonton Supervisor of Community Recreation Programs Dee Dee Carr said.
“Anywhere from our Broadway-bound camp, which is a week where the kids get to finish the week off with a production for their parents, to something like the Edmonton Valley Zoo offering, ‘Nature: That’s Gross’ so the kids get to experience behind the scenes of the zoo and find out about all the smelly, slimy sorts of things that go on behind-the-scenes at the zoo.”
Other new camps offered by the city include “Jurassic World Camp,” “Intro to Improv Camp,” and “Animal Advocates Camp.” The programs are offered for kids between two and 17 years old at city recreation centres and attractions, community league halls and neighbourhood centres. The city’s new app, My rec guide, allows parents to build their kids’ summer camp schedule.
“It’s a positive experience,” Carr said.
“They are making friends, they are learning new skills, and they’re having fun.”
Registration for the Telus World of Science’s summer day camps is already open. New programs include “Tinkering, Tools and Tech,” “Construction and Destruction,” and the Sherlock Holmes-inspired “Gumshoes” camp.
Watch below: Telus World of Science outlines options for summer camps for kids
“These camps are geared at those curious kids; those kids that are really interested in answering questions and making those hypotheses about different things in the world,” said Andrea Brickwood, Telus World of Science school programs specialist. “So if you’ve got a curious kid, this is the place for them this summer.”
The city and science centre are among dozens of organizations offering summer day camps. Their half and full-day camps range in price from about $80 to $535.
WATCH: The City of Edmonton has an online tool that lets you customize your summer activity schedule – or your kids’ – by filtering by age, location, or type of activity. Emily Mertz walks us through it.