The time has come. Your child sings and hums all the time, dances around the house and expresses themselves with music everywhere they go. As parents, we want to encourage this, so we think – music lessons, and music instruments! The best time to get a jump start on music is when the child is…
Can you believe it, the Winter Holidays are in less than 2 weeks! I can’t believe it! I’m not always super prepared, like some parents, so I tend to scramble a bit to fill the Winter Break Holiday days. We are very privileged to have such amazing outdoor activities and some great places to visit to fill the days, but what if you still have to work? And unfortunately, you can’t play in the snow all day.
Luckily there are some Winter Camps that are a great opportunity for kids to learn a new skill and have some fun. Here are a couple opportunities for kids to get excited about.
Music and STEM Winter Camps
School of Rock Vancouver
School of Rock Vancouver offers camps for all skill levels and ages where you can learn guitar, bass, keys, drums or vocals. Combining 1-1 lessons with group band practices, along with live performances on stage, it is where students grow into real musicians and rock stars in their community! School of Rock is really one of the coolest places to learn music! Choose from Rock 101 for beginners or Beatles Camp and Classic Rewind Camp for 7-18-year-olds with some previous instruction.
Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, West Vancouver
Steamoji is a maker academy for kids that trains builders, makers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. Turn downtime into discovery time this Winter Break with kids’ STEM camps in coding, 3D printing, robotics, engineering and more!
December 19-23, 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm
STEAM Goes Medieval: Creating Castles & Catapults (5 – 7 years)
Lightbulb Moment! Making a 3D Printed Lamp (8 – 12 years)
If you’ve got Winter Break sorted, what about extracurricular activities for the Winter season? Here are a few amazing options.
Arts Umbrella is where young artists cultivate their creativity in Art, Design, Dance, Theatre, Music, and Film. From Parent & Me to pre-professional, our Winter session has programs for young artists of every age and stage. Classes begin January 7, 2023. Register today!
Gateway Theatre Academy
Whether your child loves to sing and dance around the house or is terrified to step on stage, theatre classes instill valuable life skills. Acting helps students put themselves in the shoes of a character and imagine another world. Hone your child’s natural talents, and build resiliency, and creativity from professional educators. Classes for ages 6-7 are currently offered at Gateway Theatre.
School of Rock Vancouver
School of Rock Vancouver offers programs for all skill levels and ages where you can learn guitar, bass, keys, drums or vocals. Combining 1-1 lessons with group band practices, along with live performances on stage, it is where students grow into real musicians and rock stars in their community! School of Rock is really one of the coolest places to learn music!
If you still have some time to fill, why not check out a classic, Vancouver location!
Visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and immerse yourself in their new interactive Star Stuff virtual reality exhibit (launching mid December). Explore the wonders of the night sky through the telescope in the Observatory and catch a show in the Planetarium Star Theatre. For hours and ticket information visit spacecentre.ca. Perfect for Ages: 6+.
As each child is unique, exposing them to explore many genres of music and types of instruments in the early years can play an instrumental role in sparking that connection for them to music.
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