Metro Vancouver Summer Day Camp Guide 2018

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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 LabelsTheir 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!

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Vancouver Summer Day Camps

Suitable Ages5-14 

LocationsVancouver, 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!


Facebook Prize Option
: One week of summer day camp ($250 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day 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 AwesomePedalheads 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.

Facebook Prize Option
: One week of mountain biking camp (half day option)  ($219 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

Suitable Ages9-12

Location: Vancouver

Why They’re AwesomeCanada 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!
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Facebook Prize
One week of summer Webmaking Camp for girls (value $395), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

Suitable Ages: 10– 15

Location: Kitsilano

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!
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Facebook Prize Option:  One full week of summer camp ($300 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

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.
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Facebook Prize
: One week of summer cooking camp ($398 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

Suitable Ages4-7  &  8-17  

Location: Vancouver

Why They’re AwesomeThese 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.


Facebook Prize
One week of acting day camp – all experience levels (value $499), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

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.

Facebook Prize Option
: One week YMCA summer day camp (up to $155 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

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). 

Vancouver Summer Day Camps

Suitable Ages: 5-7 and 8-12

Locations: North Vancouver, Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Langley, Port Moody, Delta and South Surrey

Why They’re AwesomeSole 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!

Facebook Prize Option
: One week of summer day camp ($375 value), plus an Emily Press Labels prize pack ($77.95 value). 

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Comments 91

  1. Would love Pedalheads bikecamps for my 3 year old son, I am having a hard time teaching him the basics of both his strider bike and bike with training wheels. He loves trying to ride them both 💜

  2. I think my daughter would love the Vancouver Young Actors Studio Acting Camp most because she loves pretending and acting!

  3. I have twins. So many great ones to choose from. I think my girls would enjoy the music one, dance one, cooking one and acting one.

  4. Pedalheads for both my girls, one is at that age where she maybe taught to bike withoutbtrainung wheels and the other is at an age to learn road signs and safety.

  5. My oldest son would really benefit from the ymca camp, learning leadership & building confidence would be so wonderful for him. He turns 10 next week & I feel this camp could really help him come out of his shell!

  6. My daughter would love the music and arts camp! She’s always singing and making up songs for us!

  7. We love to be able to send our LO to a leadership camp. She also loves ymca camps. Pedal heads would be a new experience for her that I’m sure she would love!

  8. Pedalheads Bike Camps would be great for my preschooler. I have no idea how to teach her to ride so a camp for her would be great!

  9. My son would love pedalheads camp! He nust learned to ride a bike, but needs help to become confident and more skilled. I never rode a bike growing up, so unfortunately i cant teach him 🙁

  10. My kids would enjoy either Ava music and art camp or the young actors camp! It would be a difficult choice ☺️

  11. My daughter would go crazy for the well fed camp. She is always asking to cook and would love to spend a week learning how.

  12. My oldest would love the pedalheads camp! I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about their program! The YMCA camps look exciting too!
    They all sound amazing though.

  13. My kids would love the Well Fed camps. They’ve both really gotten into cooking lately (my son checked out 11 cookbooks from the library last week – sorry to anyone else who wanted to check some out!),

  14. Pedal heads or the ymca summer camps she loves adventures , biking and mKing new friends.
    Thanks for the chance

  15. My girl is 3.5 years old and still afraid of riding her tricycle. Pedalheads Bike Camps will be the perfect for her!

  16. What a great variety of summer camps. I think my daughter would love to attend any of them, but in particular, the Vancouver Young Actors camp stands out as one she would love right now.

  17. My kids would love the Pedalheads camp because their age range is 3 & 8 so both of my kids can learn about bike/road safety while meeting new friends that are really learning to ride bikes in a safe and fun manner.

  18. My 7 year old daughter would love to attend the Pedal heads bike camp this summer to boost her self-confidence on the bike!

  19. My daughter will love to go to pedal head!! There she will learn ride bike. For me have been so difficult to teach her!

  20. I would choose the Pedalheads camp for my 8 year old daughter! She would love to learn how to be more confident on her bike and it would mean we could go on family bike rides!
    Great giveaway!

  21. My son, age 4, would most enjoy the Pedalheads Bike Camps, Vancouver Young Actors Studio Acting Camps, or the Ava Music & Art Centre Interdisciplinary Camps. He’s done Pedalheads before and it was great so I think we’d like to give him the opportunity to try either the acting studio or music & arts as he’s a very outgoing and passionate kid. This is such a wonderful prize!!

  22. There are some great camp options! I think Sole girls would be so good for my daughter. She would enjoy the well fed camp too, she is always asking to help prepare food. My son would love the YMCA camps. He’s still too young for most.

  23. I’ve been wanting to sign my daughter up for Pedalheads after hearing great reviews from a friend! She’s 8 and still sooooo nervous about 2 wheels.

  24. My daughter would love the Pedalheads bike camp. She’s loves riding her bike and has been wanting to learn how to ride without training wheels. Her biggest goal right now.

  25. Pedalheads bike camp would definitely be my 4yo’s choice! Last week we just got him his first bike with training wheels. Just in time for the summer and learning how to ride a bike 🙂

  26. My daughter would love to go to Well
    Fed camp! We love their meals and they do one of our hot lunches every month at school. The chicken noodle soup and focaccia is her favourite!

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