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Here comes the fun: Seven hot summer day camps from the Park Board

July 1 2016

“We understand that day camps become a highlight of a child’s summer, so we do our best to offer accessible and affordable camps while serving the unique interests of children across the city,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

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Over 200 day camp leaders ready to welcome kids

Calling all parents with a future paleontologist or wizard on their hands. The Vancouver Park Board has compiled a few suggestions on unique and affordable camps for kids this summer. Over 200 enthusiastic, well-trained and passionate daycamp leaders make it their mission to ensure that toddlers to teens are having fun and learning valuable skills.

In partnership with community centre associations, we offer affordable day camps citywide starting at $30.

“We understand that daycamps become a highlight of a child’s summer, so we do our best to offer accessible and affordable camps while serving the unique interests of children across the city,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Daycamps are not only fun, but they help children develop independence, explore preferences and engage in diverse social interactions.”

Seven hot summer daycamps

1. Dino Roar

Do we have a future paleontologist? Offered at Kerrisdale Community Centre, this camp invites children aged three to five create, invent, and discover various types of dinosaurs! Students will create various dinosaur-related crafts, invent super dinosaurs, and become paleontologists, by digging up their own dinosaur fossils. Classes begin July 4. More start dates are offered throughout the season.

2. Yogart (Yoga + Art) Camp

One’s inner Vancouverite stems from the toddler years. Children ages three to five can learn to embrace their inner calmness through Vinyasa yoga and art! This class incorporates aspects of yoga and the active imagination of various art forms. Students will work on developing kindness, compassion, and balance through simple exercises and games. Offered at Kerrisdale Community Centre beginning July 4.

3. Magic Camp

Young wizards and witches can learn to perform mind-boggling magic tricks to astound unsuspecting loved ones. Youngsters from seven to 13 will see live presentations of magic, learn principals of sleight-of-hand, misdirection techniques, how to practice and perform magic, and through the magic of video, witness performances from some of the greatest magicians past and present. Offered at Hillcrest Community Centre and Douglas Park. Classes begin July 4. More start dates are offered throughout the season.

4. Skimboarding Camps

Lessons include everything from learning to stand up on a board, riding obstacles such as ramps and rails, while also learning about proper board maintenance and injury prevention. Classes begin July 4 at Britannia and West Point Grey Community Centres for children aged six to 18 years.

5. Byte Camp

From building an app, coding, and creating animation to designing a 3D video game, children can work their way up to becoming the next tech prodigy. A variety of classes for kids aged nine to 15 are available at Hillcrest, False Creek, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, Dunbar, Champlain Heights Community Centres. Classes start July 4. More are offered throughout the summer.

6. Bogs to Beaches

Children can channel their inner Darwin. This camp takes young scientists to explore beaches, bogs, gardens, and forests around town: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Stanley Park, Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park and Camosun Bog. The group will practice citizen science, build crabitats, learn about carnivorous plants and study tropical birds. Day camps available for children aged eight to 11, and camp begins in August 2.

7. Junior Golf

Young athletes can step it up to become fine golf players. Lessons available at Langara, McLeery, and Fraserview golf courses. Kids from five to 18 years old can sign up for lessons starting on July 4 with more starting until the fall.

Spots available – register now

Register at recreation.vancouver.ca

You can also register in-person or by phoning 3-1-1 as day camps fill up.