Ahhh, summer. Those long, hazy, lazy days are so much fun! This is when kids have lots of free time to spend outdoors, play with friends and have new adventures. And after the year we’ve had – they deserve it! But moms and dads often don’t get as long a break as our lucky kids, so we need to find safe and fun places for them to spend part of their time. Happily, Calgary offers many great options. But, we know that busy moms and dads also don’t have a whole lot of free time for researching summer camps, so we’re creating this terrific resource to shorten your search for great camps!
Do your kids tend to get a little wild during their summer holidays? The Calgary Zoo totally understands! Kids need something special this summer, and the amazing summer camps at the Calgary Zoo will give them a week of joy and encourage them in their quest to learn about and explore their world. Read more about it here.
The last year has been fraught with closures and disruptions, but sometimes, you just have to keep dancing! Do you have a child or teenager who is hoping to continue their dance training over this summer? The H/W School of Ballet will be offering their junior and senior summer schools this August. Introduce your little dancer to their first plié or help older kids and teens become even more accomplished dancers. Read more about it here.
Solve a mystery, stomp along with the dinosaurs, or blast off with lively summer camps this year. Whether you need a safe place for your kids to go this summer, or you just want to give them a little fun and excitement after a crazy year, Trellis has summer day camps both kids and parents will appreciate. Read more about it here.
Code Ninjas summer camps allow your child to become a Code Ninja, guided by a team of Code Senseis. The kids love the game-based curriculum and parents love the practical skills that their kids are acquiring. Your kids will make new friends, gain valuable tech skills, and have a great summer learning while they play! This immersive environment offers a variety of camps, from coding and game building to STEM and robotics. Read more about it here.
Summer gets kids out of the classroom and outside, enjoying play and new experiences. But parents don’t want their kids to suffer from summer slide, the decline in reading ability and other important academic skills. With summer camps from the Alberta Educational Centre, kids can keep learning and growing, but have loads of fun doing it! Read more about it here.
It’s been a year of screentime, so this summer, it’s time to shut the laptops, turn off the devices, and get outside! This summer, give your kids a week on the “farm” at Butterfield Acres’ summer camps! Any little animal or outdoor lovers in your house will love to spend a week at Butterfield Acres; you’ll love all the fresh air they get and all the energy they use up on the farm! Read more about it here.
Planning is tough these days, but the Calgary Gymnastics Centre is making it easy to get your kids jumping, flipping, and playing this summer! Camps will include physically-distanced games, on-site activities, and more gymnastics than ever. Your child is sure to have a summer to remember with their amazing team of coaches!
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Camp JCC is the place to be for a SUPER summer this year! When it comes to summer camps, kids want to be active and engaged, and most of all, to have fun. Parents want a place where their kids will be safe and happily occupied, and if it’s convenient, it’s even better! The Calgary Jewish Community Centre offers eight weeks of summer camps and you don’t have to be Jewish to attend Camp JCC – it is open to everyone! Read more about it here.
The curtain will rise on summer camp fun this year with the Calgary Young People’s Theatre. These camps are perfect for kids and teens who want to dive into drama, express themselves, and showcase their creativity. No experience is necessary. Professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights will teach your kids how to act, improvise, create a play, and more, and help them have a fabulous time doing it! Read more about it here.
What do the kids need this summer? They need to get off technology: out of the virtual world and into the real world. They need to get outside and immerse themselves in nature. They need to make meaningful connections with other people. Reawaken your child’s curiosity about the world and give them a place where they can enjoy a memorable, idyllic summer with Camp Cadicasu’s traditional overnight summer camps! Read more about it here.
It’s time to embrace the best that summer has to offer this year, with a huge variety of FUN summer camps from Cardel Rec South! If you’re looking for something interesting and inspiring to keep your children occupied and entertained during their school break this summer, we found it! Cardel Rec South’s specialized day camp programs for kids aged 3 and up will brighten your summer. Read more about it here.
As a Canadian kid, there’s nothing quite like grabbing your skates and heading to the rink or an outdoor pond with your family and friends. Golden Edge Skating Academy, sanctioned with Calgary North Edge Skating Academy, offers summer programs for children of all ages. Read more about it here.
This summer is the perfect time for kids to run away and join the circus! Green Fools Theatre is offering a series of circus camps this summer for aspiring performers, acrobats, and stunt artists. Camps include circus skills from basic juggling and balancing to tightwire and aerial skills. With small class sizes and one-on-one instruction, kids can learn new skills in their areas of interest and achieve amazing things. Read more about it here.
Baking became a popular activity over our pandemic year and with any luck, you had a child who expressed an interest in the kitchen. (It might have been messy, but it was yummy!) If your child is drawn to decorating, baking, and creativity, nurture those skills at the Lambert Academy of Sugarcraft, a fun time that kids ages 9 to 14 years will love. Read more about it here.
Finding meaning and satisfaction in life is important to building resiliency, adapting, and thriving, no matter what gets thrown at you. Music can be a wonderful tool for this, increasing our mental health and helping us cope with stress. The kids have had to give up a lot this year, but now they don’t need to give up their music, as MRU Conservatory offers online music lessons — so they don’t miss a beat! Read more about it here.
With a little strumming and a little singing, some dancing and a whole lot of laughter, your child can have a wonderful time at summer camp this year. Musica Academy, Yamaha School of Music, knows that children of all ages are drawn to music and they have an amazing potential just waiting to be developed. This summer, you can help enhance your child’s creativity and give them a great time with Musica Academy summer camps. Read more about it here.
Raise your hand if your kids need to burn some energy, get out of the house, and maybe even make some friends! After a year of adapting (and re-adapting), families are ready for a sunny outlook this summer and the kids could sure benefit from some fun, active recreation. My Gym Calgary and My Gym South Calgary are both ready for kids to come and play with affordable, no-stress summer camp options! Read more about it here.
Do you have a child who is interested in playing, listening, and learning more about music? Encourage their passions by enrolling them in online music-related summer camps with NMC. All camps are designed to give kids a chance to play music, make new friends, and learn from talented musician educators. Expect a mix of virtual live learning guided by the educators and self-guided activities for campers to explore on their own. Read more about it here.
Calgary is a biking city and many Calgary parents already know all about the benefits that Pedalheads Summer Camps offers their kids. Calgary kids have done everything from getting rid of their training wheels, to learning bike safety, to trail riding through a Pedalheads program. And what an exciting moment it is when your child pedals away without anyone’s help! Registration is now open. Read more about it here.
What has been helpful for you and your family over the past year? Many people with engaging hobbies have found an opportunity to pursue joy, even in the midst of stressful times. Pinnovate DIY Studio knows what that’s like and not only have they been keeping busy with arts, crafts, and creativity, but they are bringing back their summer camps for kids ages 7 and up! Read more about it here.
Quest Theatre Summer Drama Camps celebrate the organic, ridiculous, and brilliant creations of your child! Kids ages 6-15 can explore the world of live performance with experienced artists who love to share their passion for theatre. Quest Theatre has been bringing exceptional make-believe adventures to young people for years through the whimsical and inspirational experience of theatre as they create a play in a week. Read more about it here.
It’s been a tumultuous year for the kids and the Repsol Sport Centre wants to help your summer be a success with fun and active Sport Camps! When Mom and Dad need to be hard at work, kids ages 2 – 14 can enjoy the active summer they need. Repsol Sport Centre Sport Camps offer incredibly fun and active days, under the leadership of qualified, enthusiastic instructors. Read more about it here.
Playing, swimming, and making new friends: what more could you ask for from summer?! The Royal City Soccer Club is the largest grassroots summer soccer camp in Canada. They offer a uniquely designed camp that offers a soccer focus in the morning, followed by a leisure swim and camp activities in the afternoon. It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to be safely cared for while enjoying an idyllic childhood summer! Read more about it here.
The performing arts may have taken a hit in the last year, but we all know how we gravitate towards music in times of joy and in times of trouble. This is the summer kids need to let loose, and the School of Rock Calgary South is the place for kids to expand their musical horizons and build strong musical and performing foundations. Read more about it here.
After months spent indoors and life in front of a screen, it’s time to get outside and start playing! WinSport is thrilled to bring kids a chance to move, challenge themselves, and burn their energy outside, with exciting Mountain Biking and Outdoor Adventure Camps throughout July and August.
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