We all know there’s no such thing as a break where kids are concerned, and unless you’re travelling you might want to find programs for your kids that keep them occupied and engaged. Here’s our list of Spring Break activities and camps that will keep your kids active, healthy and happy, so you might actually relax yourself.
This list is not exhaustive, so if you know of other good options, share them with us in the comments. And in a pinch you should always check your local recreation centres for options.
Youth Ski/Snowboard Programs (March 22-29) ― Stampede down to register your children for ski and snowboarding lessons at Canada Olympic Park. Hot lunch provided and four levels of ability handled.
Day Camp Activities (March 25-28 and April 1-5) ― Northeast Calgary’s Village Square Leisure Centre is happy to provide your kids swimming, sports, and crafts, for children aged 5-12.
Youth Activities (March 25-28) ― You’ll find swimming, outdoor activities and gym time, amongst other fun options, at the YMCA. Prices vary.
March Break Camps 2013 (March 18-22) ― Get ready, P.E.I. University of P.E.I. Panther Camp offers great choices for your kids, from Fun and Fitness or Extreme Sport, to Dance, Mini-Olympics and more. Cost is $30 per day or $130 for the week of March 18-22.
Horseback Riding Programs (March 18-22) ― Does your kid love to ride? Send them to Horse Crazy Camp. Cost for the week, including 5 riding lessons, is $273 (a non-riding option is available for $136.50).
Daycamps (March 25-28) ― It’s fun to go to the YMCA Camps, where an emphasis on physical activity, learning, and making new friends is achieved through swimming, multiple games, and sports. Locations vary. Members pay, $114, non-members, $136.
School Break Activity Camps (March 25-28) ― Your kids aged 6-12 will love the University of Alberta’s Camp4Fun Program, which offers motor skill development, a climbing wall, obstacles, relays, and pool time. Price is $189, with extended care options and full week or specific day registration.
Martock Skiing/Snowboarding School or Wentworth Skiing/Snowboarding School (March 11-15) ― Send your kids down the slopes for skiing and snowboarding school. Martock Mountain is open 9:30-2:30, and offers lessons for ages 5-adult, priced at $80. Wentworth Mountain is open from 9:00-3:00 and offers lessons for ages 5-15, with lunch included, for $225, plus ticket and rental.
Climb 1-4 Camps (March 4-8 and March 11-15) ― Got a climber? Send them to Dalhousie University’s Climbing Camp. Hours are from 9:00-4:30. Prices are $237 for members, $265 for non-members. (The university’s Athletics and Recreation division also offers Basketball Camp, and general multi-sport Active Kids Camp.)
Youth Dance Camps (March 11-15) ― For the dancer in your family, try Halifax Dance Camp, for kids aged 6-12. Celebrate the art of movement with full-day ($235) or half-day ($130) per week options.
Q-Camps (March 11-15) ― Queens University is a top school so its no wonder they’ve got such smart options for spring break camps, like Active Fun Camp, age 5-7, where kids learn the basics of throwing and catching; or General Sports Camp, ages 8-13, offering racquetball, lacrosse, dodgeball, volleyball and more. Both camps are priced at $50 daily, or $195 per week. Specialty day camps also offered for kids aged 10-14.
March Break Camp (March 11-15) ― Team sports and games go hand in hand, with crafts and creativity at the City of Kingston’s camps. The camps are set up for kids aged 6-12. The rate is $30 per day.
March Break Camps ― Sport Western March Break Camps offer a range of options for kids aged 4-11. Most camps offer swimming, and children can choose from multi-sport, soccer, science, and more. Kids can also combine morning or afternoon camps, or try two different themed camps.
March Break Camp (March 11-15) ― Your children can enjoy a real ranch experience this March at the Circle R Ranch. Kids SK-Grade 8 will have the opportunity to ride horses, cross-country ski, enjoy team-building activities, and generally have a blast. Cost is $325.
March Break Day Camp ― London’s community centres offer camps that stress co-operation and self-esteem building through physical activities, sports, and crafts. Price is $29 for morning or afternoon, and $42 for the full day.
March Break Camp (March 11-15) ― Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada pride themselves on keeping kids on the move and entertained. With trips to the park, walks, gym time, and lots of running around, you can’t go wrong. Cost is $170. Ages 5-13.
March Break Camp (March 4-8) ― Challenging games, teamwork, and excitement come together in the wonderful spring break camp offered (in three locations) by Dynamix. Activities feature treasure hunts, extreme bowling, noodle hockey and more. Send your kids aged 5-12. Cost is $205 for the week.
Spring Break Camp (March 4-8) ― Whether your son or daughter likes a tennis-focussed camp, or prefers squash, rock-climbing, and a variety of sports, Club Sportif CDL can offer your child a great week emphasizing participation, not competition. Activities include Progressive Tennis, aged 5-9, $330; Power Tennis camp, aged 9-17, $330; Multi-sports Camp, aged 5-14, $199.
Montreal Canadiens Spring Break Hockey Camp (March 4-8) ― What do we Canadians love? Our hockey. Who better than the Montreal Canadiens Hockey School to teach your kids everything from puck-handling, to shooting, to off-ice conditioning. Features include a souvenir gift and a Montreal Canadiens dressing room visit. Price is $350, including the cost of jersey and socks.
March Break Camp (March 11-15) ― Canada’s capital city makes us proud with its myriad active camping options for kids of all ages. Hip-hop technique, swimming, basketball, soccer and more are on offer. Of particular interest is Nepean Rocks Curling Camp [call: (613) 580-2828] and rock climbing Camp Rocktopia [call: (613) 580-2424, ext. 41238].
Camps & Clinics (March 18-22) ― Keep your kids moving with Prince George Youth Soccer Association’s camp, offering basketball, volleyball, bowling, and of course, soccer, for kids aged 7-12, Cost is $175 per week. You can also register here.
QCK Fun Camps (April 1-5) ― Kids aged 4-12 can cartwheel over to Queen City Kinsmen’s Gymnastic Camp, which keeps kids busy, active, and having fun while school is out. Cost is $25 for a half-day, $50 for a full day. Call (306) 757-4386 to register.
Spring Break Baseball Clinic (March 31-April 7) ― Batters up for kids 12 and under, and 13 and over at Regina Baseball and Softball Indoor Training Centre’s skill-sharpening baseball clinic. Cost is $200 for the public, $175 for members, and $30 a day for drop-in learning.
Locavore Chef March Break Food Camp (March 11-15) ― Teach your budding chefs aged 7-12 about the environment, how to cook, and let them explore the great outdoors at Evergreen Brickworks Locavore’s Camp. Hours of operation are 9:00-3:30. Cost is $375 per child, including snacks and lunch, with an extra $55 for extended care from 3:30-5:30.
Jr. Circus Camp (March 11-15) ― Let your child clown around, do acrobatics, and try out trapeze at Harbourfront’s Jr. Circus Camp, for kids 6-10. Price is $265. Be sure to check out Harbourfront’s eco-friendly, dance, and other camps as well.
March Break Camps (March 11-15) ― Your child will learn about nutrition, and develop their fitness skills through running, jumping, skipping, and balancing at Toronto’s Fitfix Junior. Enroll by the day or by the week between the hours of 9:00-12:00 for ages 4-7, or between the hours of 12:30-3:30 for ages 8-12. Price is $300 per week, or $75 for single day enrollment.
March Break Camps (March 11-15) ― Whether your child wants to learn how to golf, do gymnastics, or develop their leadership skills, the University of Toronto’s March Break Camps have them covered. Age range and prices vary.
Spring Break Play & Swim Camp (March 18-22) ― Give your kids a splashy good time at UBC Aquatics Centre Play and Swim Camp. Swimming lessons, outdoor time and activity for kids, aged 5-12. Cost is $250, with a half-day option available for $130.
Spring Camp (March 18-22) ― The ultimate overnight adventure for kids clamoring for a real camping experience awaits at Camp Jubilee. Cost is $358 for 5 days that include camp fires, new friends, activities, and more.
March Break Afternoon Bike / Swim Combo Camp (March 18-22 and March 25-29) ― Acclaimed cycling camp Pedalheads is now offering an afternoon combined bike and swim class, for kids who want it all. The class is offered at Vancouver’s Jericho Hill Centre, for a cost of $350. Check out their regular biking camp, too.
Snow Camps (March 25-29) ― Skiers of all levels, ages 5-17, will enjoy shushing down the slopes at Grouse Mountain. Prices vary and can be found at the website.
NHL Co-Ed Spring Break Kids Hockey Camp (March 11-15) ― Encourage your son and daughter to go Gretzky and enroll in Oak Bay Recreation Centre’s NHL Co-Ed Hockey Camp for kids aged 5-13. Off-ice activities for this half-day camp include soccer, running and games. Price is $146.
Big Dig Volleyball Camps (March 11-13) ― Teach your kids the art of volleyball with this three-day camp available in the morning from 9:00-12:00 or afternoon from 1:00-4:00, held at Royal Oak Middle School. Ages 11-17. $85 for 3 days. Call (250) 475-7600 for more information. Call (250) 475-7600 for more information.
Sportball Multi-Sport Camp (March 11-15) ― This camp will keep your kids moving while learning eight different ball sports, like tennis, golf and football, available at Panorama Recreation. Ages 3-5 and 5-9, for a cost of $140. For more information call (250) 656-7271.
For more activities like World Cup Soccer Camp, Dance Classes, Swimming Lessons, Floor Hockey, Basketball Camp and more, check out the 300 spring break options listed at childsplay101.com, Victoria’s most comprehensive website for parents. Happy hunting!
Spring Break Tri Racquet Camp (March 25-28) ― Tennis, swimming, bowling and lots of fun can be had at this camp put on by the Winnipeg Winter Club. The program is for kids 8-15, and runs from 9:00-4:00. Cost is $140 for members; $180 for non-members.
Inner City Spring Break Camp (March 25-28) ― Girls and boys aged 10-15 can enjoy fun and fitness free on the basketball courts through the University of Winnipeg’s Wesmen Inner City Sports program. For more information please contact Grant Richter at (204) 786-9897.
Development Camps (March 25-28) ― Power skating, hockey skills, and basketball are all available at Jonathan Toews Community Centre development camps for budding athletes. 8:30-4:00. Cost is $275, and participants must have their own hockey equipment.
Spring Break Baseball Camp (March 25-29) ― Give your kid a home-run experience at Charleswood Baseball Camp. Age range is 6-12. Cost is $230 per week.