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Summer Camp Suggestions that Keep Children Curious and Active

By Shelly Khushal

As things open up again, summer camps are back in full swing in York Region.

Looking for a summer camp? This article highlights something for all ages and all interests.

Camps for ages under 12

Themed Summer Camps at Main Street Kids

Monday, July 11 – Friday, September 2

Ages 4-9| 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$215/week (Short week $180)

https://mainstreetkids.ca/summer-camp/

Every Camp Week is Unique. Choose from fun-themed camps for ages four to nine years. There is something for everyone – animal lovers, sporty kids, STEM kids, mini chefs, or artsy kids who love to create! 

2022 Summer camp themes include: Puppet Parade; MSK Buskerfest; Kids Baking Championship; We Love Pets; Nutrition Nut; MSK Farmers Market; Camping 10 and more!

Kicks Dance Studio

Markham: 50 Bullock Drive – Unit #6, Markham, ON, L3P 3P2

Mount Albert: 19185 & 19140 Centre St, Mount Albert, ON, L0G 1M0

https://www.kicksdance.ca/markham-summer-programs/

JUNIOR CAMP: Ages 5–10 from 10am to 3pm. Cost: $225 plus hst.

MINI CAMP: Ages 3-4 from 10am to 1pm. Cost: $165 plus hst.

Dancers will experience the following disciplines: Hip Hop; Jazz; Tap; Ballet; Acro and Musical Theatre.

Campers will enjoy DANCING, CRAFTS and MORE! Free CAMP T-shirt for all campers! Fun theme days for girls and boys.

CDA Dance Academy

125 Don Hillock Dr Unit 10, Aurora, ON L4G 0H8

https://www.cdadanceacademy.com/pages/programs/dance-classes-available

Summer Camp Registration is now open for July and August. Spots fill up quickly.

All of our DANCE CAMPS do more than just dance. Be prepared for crafts, games, dancing and more. All Dance Camps will conclude with a special performance of all the routines learned in the week, complete with ‘studio’ costumes! There will be an itinerary available on the first day of the camp!

Campers will experience the following disciplines of dance: Hip Hop; Jazz; Tap; Ballet; Acro; Musical Theatre and Break Dancing

iDance Studio

16945 Leslie Street, Unit 10, Newmarket, ON L3Y9A2

Ages 4-8 and 6-12
https://www.idancestudio.ca/summer-camps

Summer Camp Registration open now.
Age appropriate costumes, choreography and music​, qualified teachers & teacher training program and equality among all recreational & competitive students.

Medics Camp – Theme: Discover
Richmond Hill (Alex Mackenzie HS): July 11-15
Markham (NEW! Bill Hogarth SS): July 25-29
Ages: 5-12
$335
https://www.medicscamp.com/on-site-camps

Discover the world of medical science, health and the human body. Learn about the skeletal system and then examine x-rays and apply splints, casts and slings. Hunt for germs and test your handwashing skills. Understand how medications and vaccines work. Examine how our lungs work and understand various breathing emergencies like asthma and choking and how you can help. Learn basic first aid skills and when to call 911.

Medics Camp – Theme: Explore
Richmond Hill (Alex Mackenzie HS): July 18-22
Markham (Bur Oak SS): August 8-12
Ages: 5-12
$335
https://www.medicscamp.com/on-site-camps

Explore the world of medical science, health and the human body.  In this version of Medics Camp we will explore the nervous system, how the brain works, mental health, pet health and veterinary medicine.  

Medics Camp – Theme: Forensic Med-CSI
Markham (NEW! Bur Oak SS): August 15- 19
Ages: 6-12
$335.00
https://www.medicscamp.com/on-site-camps

Medics will journey into a different area of medicine where doctors and scientists specialize in identifying and analyzing microscopic clues to help solve crimes. Think of them as doctor detectives! Medics CSI (crime scene investigators) will explore forensic pathology, odontology (teeth), entomology (insects), anthropology (bones) as well as DNA, blood basics and dactyloscopy (fingerprints).  At the end of the week Medics CSIs will use what they’ve learned to solve a crime.

Camp Vandorf

Monday, July 4 – Friday, September 2
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre, 14732 Woodbine Avenue, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 2K9 Canada
Ages: 6-12

https://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/townofws/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&activity_category_ids=23&activity_keyword=camp%20vandorf&viewMode=list

Summer Camp registration is now open! Explore nine weeks of themed camps to keep your child engaged, learning, and having fun. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum is located in the quiet hamlet of Vandorf next to Vandorf Community Park, and offers a safe camp environment for children to grow and engage with their surroundings via play, science experiments, arts & crafts and exhibition exploration.

Summer Session: Bricks Challenge 1
Saturday, June 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
$249
Ages 6-10
Newmarket Library, 438 Park Ave, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 1W1 Canada
https://newmarket-bradford.youngengineers.org/location-and-program/

This is an 8-week program introducing the basic principles of engineering through fun activities using building blocks, motors, gears and other mechanical devices. The program is recommended for children ages 6-10. No previous experience is required. Using building blocks in conjunction with other tools and mechanical parts, our students develop their building skills. The lessons start with a brief demonstration that is immediately followed by building Young Engineers models. 

Use coupon code CHLIFE22 to get $25 off

Camps for ages 13+

Metal Mania Summer Camp

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22

Ages 10-18

https://www.schoolofrock.com/music-camps/markham/metal-mania-summer-camp-2022-july-18-2022

This camp is for musicians of all skill levels who are interested in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals and more. Kids ages 10-18 can develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a rockin’ & creative environment. School of Rock camps embody our philosophy that you have to Play to Learn! Campers get hands-on instruction, workshops, clinics, and band practices, and put on a concert the last day of camp!

There are camps that focus on songwriting, recording, video, and more. These are specialty camps that require a minimum number of kids.

Medics Camp – Theme: First Aid & Leadership
Richmond Hill (Alex Mackenzie HS): July 11-15, July 18-22
Markham: July 25-29 (Bill Hogarth SS): Aug. 8-12 (Bur Oak SS), Aug. 11-15 (Bur Oak SS)
Ages: 13 & 14
$335.00
https://www.medicscamp.com/on-site-camps

Introducing FALCON- Our First Aid Leadership Camp Onsite and the newest edition to Medics Camp. Available to youth ages 13 & 14. The first aid component of FALCON will cover all of the topics found in a traditional standard first aid and CPR course as well as psychological first aid, a topic that’s particularly relevant in today’s environment. The leadership portion will focus on building self-esteem and confidence, improving communication skills, inspiring creativity, collaborating with others to achieve a shared goal and engendering trust and compassion for others.

Kettleby Valley Summer Camp

609 Kettleby Road, Kettleby, ON L7B 0C9.

https://kettlebyvalley.com/

Offers day camp, night camp and outdoor education. For more information, contact: info@kettlebyvalley.com.

Shelly Khushal is a busy mother of two and an active member of the York Region community, always keeping abreast of the social scene, latest trends and products; highlighting fun events in and around York Region.

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