Sure, the kids are excited for that weeklong slice of heaven. But you can hear echoes of “I’m bored!” ringing through your ears already. To avoid the dreaded refrain, plan ahead: send your kids to a cool 2016 spring break camp, one that will keep them active and engaged all week—so you don’t have to.
BE A BUILDER
The Lego-workshop franchise Bricks 4 Kidz offers spring break camps for kids ages 5 to 12. At the Calgary location, children can choose to build dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in the Jurassic Brick Land program, and can even learn to make motorized models of their creations. A Lego-based camp is also offered in Red Deer.
SPEND TIME AT THE Y
Calgary’s YMCA offers half-day and full-day spring break camps for all ages—think swimming, games, sports, and arts and crafts—as well as four- and five-day programs at Sandy Beach’s Camp Riveredge, for budding outdoor enthusiasts.
ROMP AND ROAR
Let your kids run wild at the Calgary Zoo’s Spring Camp, where they’ll get to visit and learn about the animals, plus play games games, make crafts, listen to stories and more. For toddlers (ages 4 and 5), the camp runs for half a day, while full-day options are available for kids who are in grades 1 to 6.
Telus World of Science Edmonton’s spring break camps offer a variety of programs to suit kids ages 6 to 12. The four-day camps include IMAX and planetarium shows, science demonstrations and hands-on fun (think slime polymers). At Calgary’s Telus Spark, kids ages 5 to 12 can partake in programs like the space-themed Out of This World or Invention Adventure.
HIT THE SLOPES
At Edmonton’s Snow Valley Ski Club, campers will enjoy two one-hour lessons broken up by an unsupervised one-hour lunch break (a lunch buffet is included). You can choose between two sessions, one starting at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 10:45 a.m. Skis, snowboards and helmets are available to rent. A great opportunity for your kids to brush up on their hill skills before the snow melts! $46/day for pass holders, $58/day for non-pass holders.
STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
Enrol your theatrically inclined kid in Theatre A-Go-Go’s Spring Break Drama Camp. At this Calgary theatre school, campers ages 7 to 14 will spend the week rehearsing for a final performance of Adventures in Wonderland, complete with props, costumes and sets.
EARN YOUR SPURS
Your little equestrian will love spending four days learning the ins and outs of riding at Calgary’s Horsin’ Around. Spring Break riding camps feature two 45-minute lessons per day, plus kids will learn about proper grooming and maintenance of the horses and stables. Pony camp is an option for the younger ones (ages 4 to 7), and includes one 45-minute lesson per day and petting zoos throughout the week.
TRY DAY CAMPS IN RED DEER
Drop off your kids at Red Deer’s Collicutt Centre or G.H. Dawe Centre for a week of fun and games. Staff will lead campers through activities including swimming, climbing, crafts and more. The Collicutt Centre also offers a special spring break badminton program for kids ages 10 to 14.
SWING FOR THE FENCES
Lethbridge’s Absolute Baseball Academy has two spring break options: a weeklong camp for kids ages 6 to 13 to develop their baseball fundamentals, plus drop-in hitting and pitching clinics throughout the week for children 6 and up.
The City of Edmonton offers loads of options for your artistically inclined offspring, from ages 6 to 14: With drawing and painting, photography, claymation, sewing and cooking camps, they’ve got you covered.