Looking for Metro Vancouver summer day camps that will spark your child’s imagination, sense of wonder and adventure? We’ve rounded up some of our favourites in our annual Summer Day Camp Guide below. This year’s top picks include Sole Girls, Pedalheads, Pear Tree Education, YMCA, Dancing With Life, Ava Music, Well Fed Studio, Vancouver Young Actors Studio and Canada Learning Code.
Once you’ve registered for camps, remember to order labels so that your kids’ stuff comes home each day! To get you all set, we’re excited to introduce you to Vancouver-based Emily Press Labels. Their amazing Day Camp Labels are peel & stick to make it easy for jackets, shoes, lunch kits, bike helmets & other day camp stuff to return home again so you don’t have to re-buy. You can stick them on clothing tags and to all your summer gear – they’re waterproof as well as dishwasher and laundry safe! We use them on everything…even bikes, roller blades, sunscreen bottles, flip flops, soccer balls, and taekwondo gear. If you want to keep it…label it!
One lucky winner will get a choice of summer day camp enrolment from the options in this guide (up to $499 value!), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). The giveaway runs May 3-17 on the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Page. Good luck & happy camping!
SUMMER DAY CAMP GUIDE 2018
PEAR TREE EDUCATION
Suitable Ages: 5-14
Locations: Vancouver, East Vancouver, Burnaby
Why They’re Awesome: Pear Tree Education’s camps are fast becoming among Vancouver’s most popular, both because of the quality and diversity of their programs. Pear Tree provides diverse course types engaging children in new activities, including cooking, sports, dance, public speaking, technology, arts, and academics. All of their courses are taught by school teachers, and you can’t beat that for educational summer camps!
Suitable Ages: 2 to 12
Locations: Vancouver, East Vancouver, North Shore, Burnaby, New West, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Ladner, Langley
Why They’re Awesome: Pedalheads offers learn to ride bike camps for kids aged 2 to 12 – everything from getting the little ones going on their balance/run bikes, to taking off training wheels & teaching kids to ride independently on two wheels, to upper level classes and actually teaching your children how to ride safely on the road! Pedalheads also runs Multi-Sport Camps, Mountain Biking Camps and once-a-week or week long Swim Lessons for kids 4 months and up.
Connect: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram
Facebook Prize Option: One week of mountain biking camp (half day option) ($219 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value).
CANADA LEARNING CODE
SUMMER TECH CAMPS
Suitable Ages: 9-12
Why They’re Awesome: Canada Learning Code camps are designed to help kids who love technology become creators & not just consumers. And each camp week also involves unplugged activities and mid-week field trip to a nearby tech company! At Webmaking Camp, kids work in teams to design websites for causes they’re passionate about. Gamemaking Camp allows kids to create their own digital game to play and share! Budding entrepreneurs will love Entrepreneurship Camp, and at Digital Design Camp kids use their creativity & design skills to give companies branding make-overs!
DANCING WITH LIFE
Suitable Ages: 10– 15
Why They’re Awesome: Dancing with Life brings the summer dance party! A camp for girls ages 10-15 that helps support them feeling confident in who they are, trying new activities such as dancing, yoga, creative writing and goal setting, nature exploration, games, ultimate frisbee and trying new activities. This camp is about having a fun summer experience that creates healthy friendships, positive mental, emotional support systems and helps tween and teen girls navigate life in a fun, positive, playful way!
Facebook Prize Option: One full week of summer camp ($300 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value).
WELL FED STUDIO
Suitable Ages: 7-12 and 13- 17
Location: North Vancouver
Why They’re Awesome: Well Fed is excited to bring back their very popular Summer Kids Cooking Camp. A whole line up of fantastic new recipes await…menu coming soon! Spaces fill up quickly so book early. Well Fed’s goal is to get kids cooking from scratch – something they consider to be an essential life skill. At their studio they teach hands on technical skills in the kitchen from qualified instructors in a safe & fun environment. Each Day of camp focuses on a new skill and adventure in the kitchen, and all of the food prepared in the class will be eaten for lunch that day. No need to pack a lunch! Class sizes are small, and camps run 5 days from 9 am – 1 pm.
VANCOUVER YOUNG ACTORS SCHOOL ACTING CAMPS
Suitable Ages: 4-7 & 8-17
Why They’re Awesome: These amazing Acting Camps are open to all experience levels! They offer fun & challenging weeks where students develop the confidence and knowledge needed to take the next steps in the acting industry or just a great way to try something new and have fun. All camp instructors are all currently working in film and television. Some you’ll recognize from Once Upon A Time, Project Mc2 and What’s up Warthogs! Beginners learn the foundations of on-camera and voice-over auditioning, while advanced students take their craft to the next level, giving them that extra edge in future auditions.
Connect: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram
Facebook Prize: One week of acting day camp – all experience levels (value $499), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value).
Suitable Ages: 5-17
Locations: Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond, Gibsons (Sunshine Coast)
Why They’re Awesome: YMCA Camps help kids build confidence, leadership skills and environmental awareness through its wide range of day and overnight camps. Also, the YMCA runs several specialty camps which focus on a variety of interests including golf, outdoor adventure and leadership development. YMCA’s day camps are offered at over 20 locations throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast, and its overnight camps take place at YMCA Camp Elphinstone located on the Sunshine Coast.
AVA MUSIC & ART CENTRE
Suitable Ages: 3-16
Location: North Vancouver
Why They’re Awesome:
If you’re looking for vibrant summer camps where kids can explore their creative potential while meeting new friends, Ava Music & Art Centre has you covered! Founded in 1995, Ava Music is an international and award winning Music & Arts studio on the North Shore. As well as providing high level music training for aspiring professional performers, they also offer full or half day camps focused on music, film, dance & art for children of all ages and abilities, with a special digital music and songwriting camps for teens. Whether you are new to music or an experienced young artist, Ava Music & Art Centre is the place to be this summer!
Facebook Prize: One week of summer half-day camp ($199 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value).
Suitable Ages: 5-7 and 8-12
Locations: North Vancouver, Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Langley, Port Moody, Delta and South Surrey
Why They’re Awesome: Sole Girls camps combine empowering games, powerful discussion and fun, inclusive physical activity to build confidence and learn tools to help them thrive! Girls learn life skills, how to navigate friendships and frenemies, make values based decisions, and being healthy in a safe and interactive environment. They will also learn physical literacy, fun movement and goal setting as part of an active lifestyle. Camp includes Sole Girls water bottle, running games, activities, yoga, hiking scavenger hunts, cheering and dancing. Release your inner awesome at Sole Girls!