Spring break is almost here! This year, it runs from March 13th to March 24th. Maybe you’re scrambling to find a camp to enrol your children in that they’ll love for those two weeks. Or maybe they’re already enrolled in a spring break camp, but you’re looking for ideas for a summer camp. The good news is there are endless options at UBC Point Grey! From arts and crafts, to city adventures, science and physics, to farming, gardening, swimming, and music, there’s sure to be something to pique the interest of your little one where they’ll make friends and create lasting memories.
Mastery School of Music
Mastery was founded by Olga Lockwood in 2008, and has been a staple of Wesbrook Village since 2009. An incredible music school with 30 faculty members, 7, studios, and 2 classrooms to enrich our future generations with the gift of music, Mastery also donates 10% of its profits to charities.
For the musician in your family (or aspiring musician), Mastery provides a few different weeklong half-day camps during the spring break two-week period in March:
- Singing Favorite Popular Songs
- Little Music Makers
- Music for Young Violinists
- Pop Music Makers
- Music x Coding
If you’re one of the first four to register for either a spring or summer camp, you’ll receive $25 off your registration fee, and if you bring a friend, you’ll get another $25 off. Talk about incentive!
There are lots to choose from for summer camps, too — a different camp every week! For more details on the content of the camps and specifics around summer camps and to register, visit their website under ‘Classes’.
4Cats Art Studio
4Cats offers workshops, classes, birthday parties, and camps all centered around art creation for kids and adults of all ages. Many of them are clay-based where you can build, paint, and fire your own creation in the studio while following instructional videos. Each month offers a different set of workshops such as mugs, planters, candle holders, ornaments, paintings, and more. The Wesbrook Village location recently opened in September 2022, and they have a variety of spring and summer camps for the little creator in your family from individual half-days to full week.
Each camp includes a variety of art classes for kids focusing on fine art techniques in painting, sculpture, & art history. Visit their website for more information and to book your spot!
Crossmaneuver is a dance school founded by professional dancer and UBC faculty member Kay Barnes in 2011. Her mission is for young artists to be trained and to participate in interdisciplinary works of art. There are a variety of types of classes offered for all ages including adult ballet fitness, preschool dance & ballet, contemporary jazz, dance foundations, and musical theatre.
In terms of spring break camps, Crossmaneuver offers three types for three different age groups taking place at the Old Barn Community Centre:
- Performing Arts Camp – explore the concept of time for this iteration
- Preschool Arts Camp
- Primary Arts Camp
Visit their website to register before spots fill up, and stay tuned for their summer camps!
UBC Recreation offers an incredible number of spring break and summer camps for kids aged 3-17 with almost every interest imaginable. Gardening, performing arts, adventure, baseball, skateboarding, creative writing, hockey, leadership, badminton, swimming, and rowing are just some of the options available. Some weeklong camps are half-day either in the morning or afternoon, while others are full day. There are too many to list in this blog, so check out their website to see what’s available and to register!
VanU Soccer Camps
Have a soccer nut in the family? Vancouver United Football Club offers weeklong camps during spring break at the UHill Secondary Turf. VanU was founded in 2011 as a result of three municipality clubs around the city merging together, and is one of the largest soccer clubs in the Lower Mainland. They offer programs like First & Second Kicks, divisional, referee, academies, and camps for kids of all ages.
Campers will have fun learning about shooting, finishing, passing, dribbling, turning, ball control & trapping, game situations, positional play, attacking & defending, and a mini World Cup.
Visit their website to learn more and register.
Wesbrook Community Centre
The UNA hosts spring and summer camps available at the Wesbrook Community Centre for different age groups. Prices are discounted for UBC neighbourhood residents — an added bonus! Some of the options:
- Multisport Camp
- Spring Break Adventures Camp
- Encanto Mini Movers Dance Camp
- Hip Hop Breakers Camp
- Frozen Ballet Camp
- Young Moviemakers Camp
- K-Pop/Hip-Hop Dance Camp
Visit their website to check availability and save your spot!
UBC Geering Up
For the little scientist in your family, UBC Geering Up is offering summer camps centred around science, technology, engineering, and math with a mix of hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, mentors, and design challenges.
Camps are split into two age group categories — elementary camps for grades 1-7, and high school camps for grades 8-12. Younger students will enjoy camps like Miniminds, Maker, Steam, STEM Explorations, Biomedical Engineering, and BioExplorers, while high schoolers will dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence, Biosystems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Intro to Electrical Engineering camps.
Registration for summer camps isn’t open yet, but you can sign up for their mailing list to be notified by visiting their website.
Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps
The UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach offers a variety of programs, camps, workshops, and more with the goal of communicating excitement and wonder about physics and astronomy and its relevance to global issues and our everyday lives.
If your child is into science and is always asking questions about how things work, the Phenomenal Physics summer camps might be the perfect fit! From building planes to learning the physics of sound, launching rockets, and making flashlights, they’ll discover so much about how our world works. Some past camps they’ve hosted include Fun with Physics, Advanced Physics, Astronomy Camp, and Physics and Computer Science.
2023 camps aren’t up on their site yet, but keep checking back as there might be different offerings.
Gymnastics Summer Camps
Do you have a child that has lots of energy and likes to climb all over the house? Maybe they would be interested in trying a gymnastics summer camp! The Active Kids program is hosted by UBC’s School of Kinesiology that provides recreational gymnastics, sport, and physical activity programs for kids of all ages. They emphasize fun, inclusivity, developmentally appropriate, organized, safe, purposeful, and active movement experiences while encouraging physical literacy development and sport-specific skill acquisition and promote lifelong participation in physical activity.
The gymnastics summer camps are dynamic for kids aged 3-17 and provide the ability to try a variety of activities like trampoline, climbing wall, ropes, rings, parallel bars, spring floor, and more!
The summer camp schedule for 2023 will be available online on March 20th — put it in your calendar!
If you’re stuck on where to enrol your child into spring and summer camps this year, as you can see, there’s lots of options at UBC Point Grey for children with every interest and curiosity. But don’t wait around too long — save your spot before they fill up!