VM Picks: Top 2017 Summer Camps for Kids!

Don’t leave summer fun (or care) to the iPad! Here are our picks for unique summer camps for kids around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. From business to the arts, engage your kids’ hearts, minds and bodies this summer.

VM Picks: 2017 Summer Camps for Kids

 Camp Monarch

Every summer at Camp Monarch, campers collaborate for two weeks to create a magical show. They to sing songs, play instruments, learn dances, create costumes, sets, props and costumes and wrap it all up with a mythical story performed for family and friends.

Ages: 5-12
Dates: July 10-21, 2017
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 Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs

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YELL summer camps introduce the basics of entrepreneurship to kids ages 7-12 through fun and engaging activities. Their one-week program inspires camp goers to generate innovative ideas and spot opportunities through critical thinking, problem solving, and creative brain-storming techniques. The positive environment and supportive approach encourages team-building, collaboration, and promotes self-confidence and leadership skills. Each day the kids will learn a new concept that will prepare them for the last day of camp – the Lemonade Stand Challenge! The kids time will be shared between activities in our learning lab with fun games and challenges.

Ages: 7-12
Dates: July 10-14th, 17th – 21st and 24-28th, 2017
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Science World

Science World’s Summer Science Camps are led by top-notch, professional staff and incorporate our interactive galleries, hands-on experiments and dynamic demonstrations. This summer we are building up our maker skills with tinkering and inventing-themed camps, inspired by our featured summer exhibition, Made In Canada, presented by YVR. The only camp still available is Generation Innovation Tween/Teen Camp for tweens and teens.

Ages: 11-15
July 3- Aug 25
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Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella is where creativity spends its vacations. Join them for half- and full-day Summer Camps perfect for young artists ages 3-19. Enjoy  hands-on theatre, music, dance, and visual art classes. Find your spot with Acting for the Camera; bring your drawings to life with Classical Animation; experiment with shape and format in Mixed Media & Painting. In their studios, kids and teens delve into the fun and freedom of self-expression, while challenging their curiosity and exploring artistic boundaries.

Vancouver: Weekly from July 3-28
Surrey: Weekly from July 3-21 & Aug 14-25
Ages: 3-19 (3/4, 5/6, 6-8/9-12/13-19)
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 Eaton Arrowsmith

Eaton Arrowsmith’s Summer Cognitive Intensive Program is designed for children and adults who, despite their intelligence, struggle to understand what they are reading, take longer to make connections between concepts, find math problem solving challenging, are perplexed by jokes or sarcasm, think in a rigid fashion, and/or feel a few steps behind in understanding social situations. This program is equally appropriate for students who would like to take their school and work careers to the next level by sharpening their reasoning and speed of processing information.

Vancouver, BC: July 10-August 18; Victoria: July 3-Aug 10
Ages: 10 +
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 Shoreline Academy

Got a budding actor on your hands! Register them for a Shoreline camp! They focus on growing confidence while learning what it takes to be an actor for Film/TV. Students work with different instructors each day of the week, while focusing on a new topic, to learn from different perspectives and find what works for them as an individual. They bring in some of the top-working actors in town to teach what they know best, so the students gain practical and comprehensive experience. At the end of the weeklong camp, campers are provided with a link to all of their on-camera work!

Dates: July 10 – 14, July 17 – 21, July 31 – August 4, August 14 – 18
Ages: 5-7, 8-12, 13-17
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Grouse Mountain

New and exciting activities will engage your child in outdoor exploration, animal behaviour, mountain rescue and BC culture. With distinct daily themes, each camp is united in common goals of inspiring youth to get outdoors, experience unique mountaintop activities, make friends, play, connect with nature and discover our beautiful BC. Through behind the scenes experiences and activities, our innovative summer camp exposes mountain secrets that offer enduring ‘only here’ memories.

Ages: 5-16
Dates: July 3 – September 1, 2017
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Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art

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Summer camps at Christianne’s Lyceum support children as they engage in the process of making, discovering the joy of manipulating materials with their hands, transforming it to leave traces for others to decode. Join us this summer to experience the thrill of watching words pile up on a blank page or blank canvases come to life with paint. They’re spending summer inventing imaginative worlds and daring to get lost in them!

June 26 to September 1, 2017
Ages: 3-18
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 Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Whether your kids are bouncing off your walls at home or glued to their electronics, Sky Zone’s Summer Camp is the answer to keeping them active, healthy, and most of all having fun! Full and half-day camps available.

July 3-Sept 1, 2017
Ages: 6-14
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Encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for your children by enrolling them in a fun and exciting bike camp! Since 1995, Pedalheads has been teaching kids to go from training wheels to trails by combining exciting lesson plans with amazing instructors and small class ratios. Pedalheads offers eight instructional biking levels to choose from, and with the addition of our NEW Pedalheads Mountain Biking programs, there is something for kids of any skill set!

Ages: 2-12
Dates: June, July and August
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Gabriela’s Movement


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Ballet for the littlest twirlers! Gabriela teaches Ballet so the children will enjoy the class, learn correct technique and will love ballet and dancing forever.  “Gabby is the best dance teacher! So patient, kind and a genius with kids!”
Ages: 2-8
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Academie Duello

Looking for something unique that will enchant and inspire your child? This five-day camp curriculum is focused on the skills of becoming of a knight – from martial arts of the longsword and sword and shield – to the practice of knightly virtues such as courage and integrity. Students at Knight Camp learn about history, leadership, heraldry, archery, medieval games and more.

Ages: 8-14
Dates: June, July and August
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SFU Camps

Want it all? Then check out SFU Camps. They have pretty much everything imaginable: dance, glee club, claymation, moviemaking, swimming, science and computer camps, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, climbing as well as outdoor adventure camps, and many many more!  The camps has access to three gyms, tennis and squash courts, swimming pool and dive tank, archery hill, 400m track and four fields.

Ages: 4.5 – 17
Dates: July 4 to Sept 1

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More 2017 VM Kids Summer Camp Picks

  • Absolute Cheer & Tumbling
  • Boogaloo Academy / A Star Society
  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
  • Carousel Theatre For Young People
  • Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art
  • Daedalos Academy
  • Driftwood Dance Academy
  • First Step Archery School / Boorman Archery
  • Flicka Gymnastics Club
  • Hayabusa Karate
  • Kay Meek Centre
  • Kids in Motion
  • Kidtropolis
  • La Movida
  • Landing Dance Centre
  • Langara
  • Lights Up Vancouver
  • MacSailing
  • Minecamp Kids
  • Mt Seymour
  • One Dance Creative Art Centre
  • Pacific Dance Arts
  • Panther Cheer Athletics
  • Science Made Fun
  • SFU Camps
  • Sole Girls
  • Sportball
  • Third Eye Martial Arts
  • UBC Summer Camps
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Vancouver Opera
  • Vancouver Young Actor School
  • Westside Montessori Academy
  • World Sport Kickboxing Federation
  • West Vancouver Cricket Club
  • YMCA
  • Yoga Buttons
  • Young Movie Makers

Next >> See our mega list of Summer Camps for Kids.

>> Check out our CTV spot on Summer Camps!

Featured image credit: Mnt Seymour Summer Camps

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