The school year is wrapping up and summer is almost upon us. What to do? Where to go? How to spend 8 weeks of “free” time? In this issue, we’ve included our annual Summer Camp Guide to give you some tips on how to fill the days. You can also find tips on things to do while camping, and how to make sure you’re ready for a day at the beach. If you have a birthday coming up, we’ve included tips on party planning. Aside from fun things to do, make sure you read an important article from BC Children’s Hospital on how to help your children grow up cavity free!
Every Summer, we deliberate what activities will fill our children’s day. Will the activities be the usual playtime, snack time, etc. or will they be learning something new? How about something new like a skateboard and scooter camp?
If you haven’t heard of it yet, BC has a new addition to Summer Camp options with Evolve Camps. If your child is a little more adventurous and is looking for something to challenge them, Evolve is definitely a good fit! It’s also a perfect fit for children who want to skateboard or do more challenging scooter tricks, but don’t have a parent that is equally adventurous or skilled to teach them.
At an Evolve Camp, boys and girls aged 6-14 get a tour of their area and its different skateparks, with a new location every day of the week! The Evolve buses are on the road by 7:30 in the morning to pick up campers from a convenient pickup spot near you, then transport them to a skatepark for the day. Campers work side-by-side with qualified coaches to develop a strong skateboarding or scootering foundation throughout the week. Each day campers receive personalized instruction and participate in lots of other fun activities like a yoga-based warm-up to ensure the ultimate Evolve experience. And based on the parent testimonials, the Evolve experience is one that can’t be missed.
“We think Evolve has a great thing going here. That the kids are given the opportunity to try new skateparks across the city and consequently gain a huge amount of confidence is just excellent. And to be outdoors all day is the best.”
– Valerie R. (Calgary, AB)
Action Sports camps are a way forward. From Taekwondo, Mountain Biking, to now Skateboarding and Scooting, action sports camps provide an opportunity for children to get new experiences, gain confidence, and most importantly, have fun!
Evolve Camps was founded by three skateboarders who grew up skateboarding and participating in action sports so they know their stuff. Recognizing there were no camps or places to participate in skateboarding/scootering lessons, co-founder Daniel Rinzler started the camp to increase the growth of all action sports for kids in a safe environment. They started off with just 8 campers in Ontario and over the last 10 years and camps have been so popular they have brought the program to British Columbia including Richmond, Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Whistler. They also offer courses across Alberta and, of course, throughout Ontario with future plans to expand to other Provinces and California in the future.
So as you’re contemplating what to book for your child this summer, think outside the norm and see if your child would like to give skateboarding a try. Let them try out some much needed, risky play and learn some new skills.
As the break quickly approaches, many parents become concerned that they have missed the boat for getting a spot in Spring Break Camps. Luckily that is not the case. Here is a list of fantastic Spring Break Camps that still have spaces and will both entertain and educate your child over the two-week school hiatus.
Spring Break at Arts Umbrella
Get your creative thinking caps on, it’s time to create something new at Arts Umbrella. Spring Break at Arts Umbrella in South Surrey and on Granville Island has half-day and full-day options for kids
ages three and up. Choose from classes like Animation, Drama, Photography, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and more.
Visit us online to find out more and register today!
Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools
Throughout Lower Mainland,
Children and teens can sing, dance and act during school breaks at Lights Up Camps. All camps end in a performance for family and friends on the last day. Camps are open to everyone between 4–13 yrs, No prior musical theatre experience is required. Like all Lights Up programs, our camps teach children
to work in teams, build confidence, sing, dance, act, and have fun!
Place des Arts
Place des Arts Spring Break Camp. Ignite your creativity over spring break! Each Spring Break, Place des Arts offers a variety of creatively engaging visual and performing arts classes for children and teens.
Bricks 4 Kidz®
With kinetic, motorized LEGO® models, Bricks 4 Kidz® Vancouver is offering an exciting and educational lineup of Spring Break camps! From our popular Star Wars and Coding/Robotics Camps
to our new Mining & Crafting and Ninjago Camps, kids will have a blast with these STEM activities and challenges.
LEGO Robotics Spring Camps with Daedalos
March Break (2 weeks, March 18-22, 25-29) Half day and full day at UBC, University Chapel Register and more info at robocamps.ca
YoungMBA Spring Break Classes
YoungMBA is a personal development program specifically designed to introduce young minds (ages
8–14), key managerial skills that can be beneficial in their daily lives as well as in their future endeavours. The goal is to help young minds develop self-sufficiency, responsible leadership and care for others.
Gym-venture Days at TumbleTown Movement Education Centre
Ages 3–8 years
TumbleTown Gym-venture Days are off-the-charts fun where kids can get in their flips and tricks while developing fundamental movement skills in a positive and encouraging environment. Gymnastics, games, obstacle courses and more adventure packed into each day! Half and full day options available with flexible scheduling!
Looking for upcoming Spring or Summer Camp information, independent schools or health professionals? Look no further. Have a read of the current BC Parent Family Resource Guide. We’ve also provided tips on places to explore in the Lower Mainland, Plans for Perfect Parties, How to identify your child’s learning style, information on the New Canada Food Guide.
Enjoy the read!
Summer holiday is fast approaching so now is the time to start planning how to fill the eight weeks. Will you take a holiday? Book in some summer camps? In this issue, there are some great suggestions to fill the time at home – with bubbles, getting messy or blogging. Our 2018 Summer Camp guide will help point you in the right direction for available overnight and daycamps.