Do you have a kid who has ever wondered what it takes to be in a band? Spring break is on its way and this year, your kids can fill it with music! The National Music Centre (NMC) has a spring break camp that will engage and inspire your child, allowing them to tap into their creativity and discover what they’re capable of accomplishing.

The National Music Centre offers a host of interactive activities and fascinating displays at its facility, Studio Bell. It houses five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada. You can celebrate music icons at the Canadian Music Halls of Fame and rock out with interactive instrument installations and sing-along vocal booths. You’ll frequently find special events and kids’ camps here.

From March 27 – 31, 2023, everyone’s favourite music camp is returning to Studio Bell and kids ages 9 – 12 can attend the National Music Centre’s Build-a-Band spring break camp! If your child has an interest in being in a band and jamming out, this program focuses on learning how to play musical instruments and then performing as a group. The camp will introduce key instruments and guide campers through the process of songwriting, performing, and marketing their band. From a recording studio tour to daily workshops on jamming, riffing, and creating music, this program wraps up with a performance where kids can show off their newfound skills as a band. Basic musicality/musical knowledge is recommended.

This year, NMC is also offering campers the option of receiving an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) at the end of the week, for an additional fee. The kit includes an mp3 of the song they recorded throughout the week, high-definition images of them playing in their band, the full-length HD video of their showcase performance, and band posters to share with friends and family. Set your kids on a path to developing a lifelong love of music — maybe someday you’ll even see them playing on the stages of Canada’s music venues (with enough practice, of course)!

The Build-a-Band camp runs from 10 am to 4 pm during March break and you can access more care for a fee, dropping off as early as 9 am and picking up by 5 pm. If you have more than one young musician in your household, be sure to take advantage of the 25% off sibling discount. Register one child for spring break camp and get a discount of 25% off per additional sibling. (And while we’re thinking about camps, enjoy an early bird discount for summer camps, if you book before April 15, 2023!)


Fill your child’s spring break with musical fun at the National Music Centre! Registration is now open. Encourage your child’s passions by enrolling them in a camp that’s sure to inspire!

National Music Centre Spring Break Camp:

When: March 27 – 31, 2023
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
850 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-543-5115