Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keeping kids happy and active during spring and summer breaks

Keeping kids engaged and active during spring and summer breaks from school is important to parents and guardians, and also to The City of Calgary.

“The City encourages kids to get outdoors as a way of staying active, healthy, and connected to nature,” says Jennifer Makar, Education Coordinator, Parks. “Day camps are a great way for kids to explore the outdoors, experience nature and get active while discovering the world around them and making friends.”

Did you know spots are still available in Parks day camps during spring break next week?

Register now for one of these week-long camps with City Parks:

  • Nature Fun Camps (4-5 year olds) at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park provide young children with ample time outside where they can play, explore and experience nature and materials found in it. Campers will learn from play and hands-on experience.
  • Nature Spring Camp (6-9 year olds) at Ralph Klein Park will educate your kids about springtime in nature through observation, exploration and play. Experienced environmental educators use games, art and theatre to create an unforgettable week of fun.

Note: Recreation day camps for Spring Break are now full.

Did you also know registration for Parks and Recreation summer day camps is already open?

“Our summer day camps and programs are extremely popular and book up fast,” says Michelle Tait, Program and Services Coordinator, Recreation. “We offer a variety of camps from arts and crafts, swimming, and golf to dancing, gymnastics and soccer. Likewise, Parks has some great summer day camps.”

Recreation day camps during July and August are available online. If your kids aged 7-9 like to cook, you might want to enrol them in ‘Batter’ Up – a one-week camp in July, which will teach them important concepts of health and nutrition, table manners, kitchen science and food-related arts and crafts. This camp even includes swimming. For your sports enthusiasts, there are two All Star Sports day camps – one for 7-9 year olds and one for 10-12 year olds. They will have fun learning basic skills, activities and game play in all kinds of sports such as badminton, soccer, basket ball and swimming.

Drama buffs aged 10-12 will enjoy Backstage, which will culminate at the end of the week with a final production. Kids will learn prop construction, costume design, theatre sports and cooperative games.

There are so many great opportunities for summer day camp experiences through The City of Calgary Recreation: 3D animation camps; music and video production; camping in the outdoors; climbing; racquetball and other court sports; creative arts and crafts; field sports such as flag football and lacrosse; and so much more.

Register here for Recreation summer day camps.

The Nature Discovery summer day camps for 6-9 year olds, available through July and August, will provide a fun-filled week for campers with educational educators. Kids will explore a portion of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and two other City of Calgary parks during off-site day trips. The Wonders of Nature day camps for 10-12 year olds will connect youth with the natural world through observation, exploration and inquiry. Campers will gain understanding of nature through interactive experiences, art and theatre.

Register here for Parks summer day camps.

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