March Break Camps for the Filmmakers, Artists and Athletes in the MakingFun | Written on March 5, 2015
March break is just around the corner and you’re probably in the midst of looking for a camp to not just keep your kids occupied but engaged as well. Finding a balance between fun and continuous learning is key. Also important to remember is to ask your kids what they’re interested in. Perhaps they have some underlying desire that they haven’t expressed to you yet and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out. We’ve done the first part and searched for some of the best March break camps in the area and a few different, yet central, parts of the city that will keep kids active, keep them learning and of course have fun (it is a week off school after all). Now all that’s left is to let your kids explore their interests.
Trinity Bellwoods Community Recreation Centre has a slew of different camps available to kids of different ages with varied interests. If your child likes to explore their surroundings and their interests, they can try a bit of everything with the Explore option. Campers are introduced to a variety of enhanced activities through workshops, special events and excursions. If they’d like to fine tune their overhand serve or their “Dougie”, there’s also Tennis and Dance camps respectively. Additionally, Trinity Bellwoods Rec Centre also offers adventure camps for children and youths with disabilities for individuals up to 21 years of age. Campers get the full experience with excursions and workshops while getting to meet new friends. 155 Crawford St.
For the Picasso in the making, Liberty Village Kids Art Centre has a fantastic March Break program that mixes creating masterpieces with learning about art history. Open to children attending JK to 5th grade, the camp lets kids dabble with paint, collage, and sculpture. Trips to High Park and the Fire station are also part of the experience so kids can get outside and breath in some fresh air. 254 Niagara Street, south entrance
TIFF isn’t just a festival for two weeks out of the year, this not-for-profit organization also holds classes year round, features one-on-one talks with celebrities and hosts kids’ camps during March Break. Featuring two types of workshop-style camps, the learning outcomes of each focus on media and technology. Revolving around video games, the Gaming News Nexus camp for 9-12 year-olds, allows kids to create a short news-style program about all things in the gaming sphere. The Maker/Creator camp for the 12-16 year-old crowd offers a variety of hands-on workshops on game design, basic robotics, and DIY projects using ‘maker’ technology, including Makeymakey and Arduino boards.
The ROM offers a family friendly March Break planned for parents and kids. The daytime exhibit, Futuorology: The Future is Now lets you explore cutting-edge technologies and adventures in science, art and culture. A special exhibit this year, all the way from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is taking place during this time. It’s an internationally renowned photography competition that celebrates nature and wildlife through 100 breathtaking photos, selected from tens of thousands of submissions by photographers of all ages around the world. Finally, the ROM will have extended evening hours and discounted admission during the March break week so it’s a great time to take advantage of the sale and take the whole family to the museum!