But I just finished getting all those Valentine’s cards finished! I hear you say. I know, I hear you. Spring Break is sneaking up around the corner though, and if you haven’t booked a camp yet, those spaces are going fast. We’ve pulled together a few of the more unusual options to check out this March.
This one is a double-hitter. You can book for just the half-day Farm or Pony Camps (they are in the same location), or double up for a full-day adventure all week. Pony Camp involves daily rides, grooming, feed, and mucking out, as well as a last-day demonstration. Farm campers scamper all over the place feeding the cows, goats, chickens, and more, and bake treats in the outdoor cobb oven. This isn’t a cheap option, it has to be said, but it’s nearly impossible to find such a rural experience without driving out to the valley.
6767 Balaclava St, Vancouver
This Coquitlam arts centre hosts amazing camps for everything from music to visual arts. Their Kindergarten to Grade 5 camps are all booked up already, but there are waitlists. However the camps for kids from Grades 6-9 are still available. These include a Pottery Intensive workshop in their fully equipped pottery studio, Ceramic Sculptures, Masters of Painting, and a poetry-focused Spoken Word workshop.
1120 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam
If you’ve never watched those cheerleading competitions on TV, you may not realize that proper cheer squad routines are intense team gymnastics. Absolute Cheer in North Van has a great facility and runs Spring Break camps in cheerleading and gymnastics. Each camp covering some tumbling, dance, jumps, bouncing, and even some cheer-related crafts.
758 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
Have some speedy little people on your hands for two weeks? Origins Parkour is a little monkey paradise of things to climb, bouncy floors, foam pits, and soft, padded landings. Kids are sorted into group based on ability at the beginning of the week. Keep in mind these are only half-day camps. Registration deadline is March 1st, but the good news is these camps have just been announced, so there’s space.
2655 Main St, Vancouver
Everything in our apartment seems to have a double life as either a sword or a ninja weapon. If your place is like mine, channel your kids’ energies into Knight Camp at Academie Duello. Kids learn techniques with the long sword, sword and shield, archery, and staff, as well as covering more academic subjects like heraldry and medieval history. There’s a final ceremony on the last day. It’s worth noting these camps are for ages 8-14, and they are full day camps, with before and after care available.
412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
If you’re on the North Shore, there’s some great options at artmania that goes a bit further than your regular art camp. Mexican folk art, Picasso portraits, and fabric tote projects are the subjects for spring break camps. artmania is also offering drop-in sessions on March 18th and 25th, so your little people can create for an hour, an afternoon, or all day – you choose.
2432 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
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Image credits: Maynard Pony Meadows/Erin McGann, Place des Arts, Origins Parkous, Academie Duello, artmania