In a world where free time is cherished, and families often find themselves running from one activity to the other with minutes to spare, our family seems to have accomplished the impossible: we didn’t plan enough for them to do.
How is it possible that we under scheduled our kids?
We did book a few weeks of day camps, but only 3 of the 9 weeks they’re off is not enough, apparently. While we have a nanny at home, it just hasn’t been enough inspiration for the boys and so we are now scrambling to find activities for them to do in the back half of the summer.
Find yourself in the same predicament? Here are some places to seek out some late summer camp openings in Calgary for your kids.
Whether you want to have some parent/tot time on a ride along toy, or have your kids improve their cycling skills and understanding of the rules of the road, Pedalheads has openings in camps from 1hr to full days running through August. We enrolled Zacharie in Pedalheads a few summers ago, and they had him up on two wheels in no time. This is the camp we picked to fill in the gap in their summer schedule, and both boys are excited.
City of Calgary Parks and Rec
Ages 6 – 17
Space available for more than 150 day camps in August at various locations throughout the city. From nature exploring at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, to swimming in Acadia, have a look at what The City of Calgary can offer in your area.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Ages 5 – 12
We really wanted to squeak the boys into a LEGO camp with Bricks 4 Kidz, but they only have availability in our area for kids 5+. The half day camps focus on Superheros, mining and crafting, amusement parks, and more. They are scattered at locations around the city, and many still have space through August.
Ages 11 – 14
Space still available for Home On The Range Camp Aug 5 – 9 and Aug 12 to 16.
Here’s chance for kids to immerse themselves in the lifestyles and activities of settlers and ranchers at the turn-of-the-century as you spend the week at Heritage Park. Each day, they are called to help with chores at the ranch, learn to become a teamster or apprentice in a trade. At night, the campers bunk in the restored Burns’ Barn. Although providing a rustic feel, the barn includes modern facilities, heating and washrooms. Hearty meals and snacks are provided.
Shannon Hilton has been holding half day camera camps in different communities around the city that not only teaches kids how to take better pictures, but rewards them with their own camera at the end of the week. It’s one thing to just Instagram an iPhone photo, it’s another thing to learn about composition, and telling a story with images. Sign your kid up and finally be in the photos from your summer vacation!
You can also flip through the roster of camps at Winsport Canada, University of Calgary, YMCA Calgary and Calgary’s Child Magazine‘s Summer Camp issue that is filled with ideas. Find something your kids like and then just start dialing to see if there is still space. Good luck!