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.
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. 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! Canadian residents can use code LABELSBC to save 25% off your purchase at Emily Press Labels online (excluding sale items) until June 23, 2019.
Be sure to enter our Summer Camp Contest! One lucky British Columbia resident will win their choice of one summer day camp enrolment from the options in this guide (up to $540 value!), plus a $50 shopping credit from Emily Press Labels. The giveaway runs May 2-9 on the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Page. Good luck & happy summer!
SUMMER DAY CAMP GUIDE 2019
BIKE, SWIM, & SPORT PROGRAMS
Suitable Ages: 2 to 12
Locations: Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, and West Vancouver
Why They're Awesome: Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and sport programs to families in 28 locations across Metro Vancouver. They provide innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun, and challenging. They focus on developing healthy, confident, and independent kids by way of our own teaching methods, small classes, and incredible instructors. Promoting kids' health and development over the last 30+ years has earned Pedalheads a reputation of excellence in the communities that they serve.
WELL FED STUDIO
KIDS & TEENS COOKING 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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Special Discount: use code WELLFEDSUMMER19 for $25 off registration fee, expires May 31, 2019
Facebook Prize: 1 spot in either the Kids or Teen Cooking Camp, ($398 value), plus a $50 shopping credit from Emily Press Labels
BRICKS 4 KIDZ
LEGO SUMMER CAMPS
Suitable Ages: 5-10, 7-12
Location: Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby
Why They're Awesome: Bricks 4 Kidz® camps are a fresh and fun camp for kids ages 5-12+ to spend! Guided by our experienced teachers and built around exciting themes like Amusement Parks, Space and Robotics, children will enjoy using LEGO® Bricks to build specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, play LEGO® games and explore the world of engineering, architecture and animated movie-making. Using specialized LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, and electric motors, children work in pairs to construct a variety of Bricks 4 Kidz models, as well as build creations of their own. Kids will have fun flexing their STEM muscles!
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 speciality camps which focus on a variety of interests including golf, outdoor adventure and leadership development. It's day camps are offered at 18 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.
SKATEBOARD & SCOOTER CAMPS
Suitable Ages: 6-14
Location: Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver
Why They're Awesome: Evolve takes campers on a tour of the Greater Vancouver Area & its different skate-parks, with a new location every day of the week! Their buses pick up the rad campers from convenient pickup spots across the city, then transport them to a skate-park for the day. Campers work side-by-side with qualified coaches to receive personalized instruction & develop strong skate fundamentals throughout the week, while participating in lots of other fun activities to ensure the ultimate Evolve experience!
Special Discount: Use Code HEALTHYFAMILY19 for $25 off any 2019 Evolve Camps program
Facebook Prize: One week of Evolve Skateboard/Scooter Summer Camp valid July/August 2019 (value $378 ), plus a $50 shopping credit from Emily Press Labels
Suitable Ages: 8-14
Why They're Awesome: The fantastical Knight Camp was the winner of Georgia Straight’s Best Kids Camp Award! The camp runs for five days and is focused on the skills of becoming a knight – from the martial art of sword and shield – to the practice of knightly virtues such as courage and integrity. Students at Knight Camp learn about history, leadership, heraldry, archery, medieval games and much more. It’s a trip into a magical realm of knights,imagination & chivalry….Get your child excited about physical activity in a way they've never been before!
Suitable Ages: 4 – 14 years
Location: North Vancouver
Why They're Awesome: BrainSTEM Learning Canada offers fantastic options for summer camp, where the kids have a lot of fun and learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Through fun camp activities using rockets, roller-coasters & robots, kids always use their creativity, curiosity, and learning concepts to face amusing challenges. Using team work and the engineering design process, kids have a blast building, testing and improving their projects! Each week long camp covers a different theme to keep young minds engaged.
Facebook Prize Option: One full week of summer camp (up to $540 value), plus a $50 shopping credit from Emily Press Labels
ROCK CLIMBING CAMPS
Suitable Ages: 8-15
Location: North Vancouver & Coquitlam
Why They're Awesome: Climb Base5 is a family-friendly climbing gym with locations in Coquitlam and North Vancouver! From new climbers to advanced, they have their awesome climbing camps. Program covers the basics of setting up and managing climbing safety systems, and provide instruction and coaching on the basics of climbing movement. Each day’s lesson features fun games and activities that help anchor new skills. Coaches will inspire and challenge campers to reach their full potential and climb with confidence!
WE PLAY KIDS
Suitable Ages: 5-9
Location: South Surrey
Why They're Awesome: We Play Kids is western Canada's only mixed use indoor play place & pediatric therapy Centre. Kids will have a blast in the sensory gym play space! Throughout the day our Camp Leaders will host a variety of multi-sensory active and quiet play activities. Each day includes a sensory-based craft. Teamwork, inclusivity and fun are a primary focus at We Play! They offer 1/2 day and full day camps, as well as multi-day and full week registration.
MADE BY ME
Suitable Ages: 8 - 15
Location: North Vancouver
Why They're Awesome: Made By Me Sewing Camps are designed for sewers of all skill levels ages 8 and up. Kids will learn hand and machine sewing techniques while making a variety of fun projects. Camps are limited to a maximum of 8 children per session so each student receives plenty of individual attention. They have morning, afternoon and full-day sessions available as well as some one-day workshops to suit your summer schedule.
Facebook Prize Option: One full week of summer camp ($225 value), plus a $50 shopping credit from Emily Press Labels
Born & raised in Vancouver, and co-founder of Healthy Family Media and the Healthy Family Expo, Angela is a reformed divorce lawyer turned healthy family champion! By day, she thrives on connecting conscious brands with busy Vancouver families. By night, you’ll find her wrangling two feisty daughters, choosing between instant pot or healthy freezer meals for dinner, and singing with MomChoir. She especially loves sharing her favourite family-friendly finds with other Lower Mainland parents!