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2008 Summer Day Camps for Kids

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As promised in my Parents and the City column today, here is the list of quality summer day camps for kids that were featured in the Free Press this week and last.  If you would like to add a camp to this list, please do so by clicking the comment bar below and I will do my best to update the list regularly.  Feel free to use my camp summaries as a guide when writing your own. Happy summer planning everyone!Cooking Camp for Kids, The Food Studio, 3200 Roblin Blvd.If your tweens have posters of Jamie Oliver in their room and offer to drain the spaghetti and set the table at dinner time, this is the place for them! Kids will learn how to whip up simple meals, the importance of kitchen safety, table manners and more in this fun and highly interactive environment featuring live food demonstrations and plenty of hands-on activities. Appropriate for ages 8 – 11; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 14 – 18, July 28 – August 1, August 11 – 15; $200 per week; For more information, phone 793-3774 or log onto www.foodstudio.net.Children’s Technology Workshop “icamp”, Balmoral Hall School, 630 Westminster Ave.Kids will learn to tell their story through the use of technology in this hands-on camp that teaches the ins and outs of designing video games, building Lego robots and creating animated movies. Appropriate for ages 6 – 13; full days (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or half days (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m.); July 7 – 11, July 14 – 18, July 21 – 25, July 28 – August 1, August 11 – 15, August 18 – 22; $395 per week for full days and $220 per week for half days; For more information, phone 294-1536 or log onto www.ctworkshop.netFort WhyteAlive, 1961 McCreary Rd.The very best in outdoor adventure activities await your nature loving kids at one of Canada’s foremost environmental education centres. Programs include paddling, sailing, and swimming. Appropriate for ages 4 – 13; full days (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or half days (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m.); weekly camps run throughout July & August; costs range from $55 - $195 per week. For more information, phone 989-8364 or log onto www.fortwhyte.org. Kindermusik Discovery,3412 Roblin Blvd.This dynamic musical enrichment program offers children an opportunity to explore their musical roots, make friends and enjoy crafts, movement activities and theme related snacks. Appropriate for ages 3 ½ - 7; 9 – 11:30 a.m.; July 14 – 18 (age 3 ½ - 5), July 21 – 25 (age 5 – 7), August 11 – 15 (age 3 ½ - 5), August 18 – 22 (age 5 – 7); $179 per week (includes CD and instrument); For more information, phone 452-1222 or log onto www.kindermusikdiscovery.com Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, 5925 Hwy 9, St. AndrewsDrop in with your kids every Wednesday for Children’s Day and experience what it was like to live at the fort during its fur trade heyday. Kids sign contracts to perform jobs like churning butter and hauling firewood and play a number of fur trade era games. Appropriate for ages 5 – 14, however younger children are welcome. This is not a drop-off camp. Children must be supervised by a parent; 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; July & August; $3.90 per child. For more information, phone 785-6091 or log onto www.pc.gc.ca/garry.  Manitoba Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market RoadKids full of energy will adore this adventurous camp filled with creative learning opportunities including field trips, exclusive use of the museum’s galleries and daily physical activity. Appropriate for ages 6 – 12; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (early drop off after 8:15 a.m. and late pick up until 5 p.m.); July 7 – August 29; $140 (non-members) and $125.00 (members) per week. For more information, phone 924-4000 or log onto www.childrensmuseum.comManitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, 105 – 211 Bannatyne AveLittle maestros will be at home at this musical camp filled with arts & crafts, acting and dancing. Appropriate for ages 4 – 12; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (4 – 6 year olds) and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (7 – 12 year olds); July 7 – August 1; costs range from $85 - $165 for a one week camp. For more information, phone 943-6090 or log onto www.mcma.caManitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave.Silly Science, Animation and Space are just some of the fun themes explored at this interactive camp for inquiring minds. Appropriate for ages 6 – 12; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; June 30 – August 29; costs range from $88 - $140 per week. For more information, phone 988-0626 or log onto www.manitobamuseum.ca.Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Rd.Your budding thespians will love this energetic camp that explores exciting themes like pirates, wizards, safari and superheroes. Children will collaborate with others and perform for family and friends. Appropriate for ages 5 – 12; full days (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or half days (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.); July 7 – August 29; $180 - $210 per week for full days and $130 - $150 per week for half days; For more information, phone 947-0394 or log onto www.mtyp.ca. Mini U, University of ManitobaIn its 30th year of providing quality summer programs for kids, the University of Manitoba once again offers an unbeatable array of camps. With over 50 classes to choose from in the areas of sport and special interest, it’s unlikely your kids won’t find what they’re looking for at this mega stop. Choices include everything from field hockey to hip hop to CSI science. Appropriate for ages 4 – 16; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; weekly camps run throughout July and August; costs range from $150 - $350 per week. For more information, phone. 474-7864 or log onto www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/kinrec/bsal/miniu/. Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, 1 Snow Goose Bay (at Hwy 220)Kids will breathe easy at this environmentally conscious camp catering to children who enjoy nature and fun themes like Marsh Superheroes and Face your Fears. Appropriate for ages 5 – 13; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; weekly camps run throughout July and August; $140 per week, $120 for members; For more information, phone 467-3300 or log onto www.oakhammockmarsh.ca.Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, 380 Graham Ave.This dance intensive that runs through the school’s recreational division is for young dancers looking to advance their skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Classes offered in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and more. Appropriate for ages 9 – 18; 9 a.m. – 3:15 or 3:45 p.m.; August 3 – 20; $875 or $2500 (tuition and residence). For more information, phone 957-3467 or log onto www.rwbschool.comSPELL IT OUT! Youth Writing Camp, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, 206 – 100 Arthur St.Teens, who enjoy writing poetry and fiction, will have an opportunity to explore creative language and learn more about careers in writing all while having fun and meeting other young people with a similar love for words. Appropriate for ages 12 – 15; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; July 28 – August 1; $250 for the week (includes lunch and snacks each day plus a one year Guild membership); For more information, phone 942-6134 or log onto www.mbwriter.mb.ca. Springers Gymnastics Club, 4246 Ridgewood Ave.Movers and shakers are definitely welcome at this 13,000 square foot facility that features a huge in-ground foam pit, trampoline and a power tumbling strip. Kids will have lots of energy burning fun while watching high performance gymnasts train at the same time. Appropriate for ages 5 – 12; full days ( 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or half days (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.); July 7 – August 29; $170 per week (full day), $90 per week (half day); for more information, phone 832-1954 or log onto www.springers.ca. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial BoulevardThere will be lots of opportunities for your Picassos in the making to experiment in this hands-on camp for creative kids. Appropriate for ages 5 – 15; 10 – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 2 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.; August 11 – 22; costs range from $83 - $142 for a two week camp. For more information, phone 789-1766 or log onto www.wag.mb.ca.Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst WayKids will learn pet care, safety and the responsibilities of pet ownership at the Paws for Adventure Day Camp. Appropriate for ages 7 – 13; 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; single day and weeklong camps offered throughout July and August; $28 per day and $125 per week. For more information, phone 982-8811 or log onto www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca. YMCA – YWCA of Winnipeg, 4 Locations City WideHigh energy kids will love this physically active camp featuring cooperative games, excursions, inflatable slides & bouncers, daily swimming and gym time. Appropriate for ages 3 – 15; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with free extended day care option from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and 5 – 5:30 p.m.); July 7 – August 29; costs range from $60 - $175 for one and two week camps. For more information, log onto www.ywinnipeg.ca. Zoo Camp, Assiniboine Park ZooYour animal lovers will adore this unique opportunity to see animals up close and participate in exciting games, zoo tours, eco projects and crafts. Themes include Feline Frenzy, Bug-o-Rama and Fin-tastic Fish. Appropriate for ages 6 – 12; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; July 2 – August 29; $150 per week, $125 for members; For more information, phone 982-0664 or log onto www.zoosociety.com.               

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