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Are you trying to make summer plans for your kids? We've got Summer Camps and Activities across Durham Region and the GTA covered!


Camp Diamond offers Family Camps and Girls programs throughout the summer. Enjoy the great outdoors while participating in an array of activities include Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Canoeing, and much more.

Camp Riverwood is an outdoor day camp for children ages 4-14. Children participate in Traditional, Sports or Arts Camp. Busing is included from Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin & Oshawa. Campers enjoy swimming and may enrol in programs such as canoeing, riding, CSI, golf, cheerleading and more!

The City of Oshawa offers you an unbeatable choice of 18 different camps to keep your child active and engaged this summer. A few of our featured camps are Junior Firefighters Camp, Young Voyagers and Mad Science Camp. To register or for more information, visit

Toronto Zoo: Join us for a week long wildlife adventure at one of our summer day camps. Zoo Camp (full day camp for children ages 4 -12) are designed to instill an enthusiasm and appreciation for wildlife and nature. Each week of camp is based on an exciting topic with activities specifically designed for various age categories.

The Town of Ajax offers more than 30 day camps for children and youth ages 3 - 17. Choose from outdoor adventure, sports, skateboarding, day trips, dodgeball, canoe, theatre, fencing, multimedia, science, counsellor in training, art, fitness, photography, and preschool. And don't miss Ajax Playgrounds: a summer tradition!

Discovery Day Camp in Richmond Hill offers your child a hero's journey with endless opportunities for exploration, in a world of creativity, culture and socialization. Activities include photography, robotics, science, dance & beach volleyball. Hours are 9am-4pm with extended care available.

Children's House Montessori School in Port Perry offers camp programs for children age 2-12 years. The programming is a mixture of arts, sports & games as well as French and includes day trips to museums and natural settings as well as music.

The Municipality of Clarington provides 36 summer camps for children 4 to 16 years. Our camps include favourites such as Arts, Jr. Chef, and Outdoor Adventure and these exciting new additions; Dodgeball, Teen Fitness and multiple weeks of French Camp!

At Durham Deaf Services we have six amazing themed weeks to choose from. Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy fun games, swimming and weekly trips! Everyone is welcome--Deaf or hearing! Learn sign language while you're here. Counsellors communicate in English & American Sign Language.



Durham College Sports Camp Providing fun opportunities for your child to try a variety of sports, or improve on fundamentals and game strategy of one sport. Camps are taught by top instructors who provide the highest quality of care. Basketball, baseball/softball, badminton, volleyball, soccer, golf and multi-sport!

N.A.S.C. / Scary Skate Summer Hockey Development Skills Camp. Program runs Tuesday, July 5th - Tuesday, August 23rd. All participants will receive a water bottle & jersey to keep. Ages 5-13 yrs. LOCATION: Oshawa Legends Centre. Visit for program details.

Live and breathe horses, cattle and ranch life at Horse Wish Summer Camps! Learn to jump and rope. Develop your riding and horsemanship skills in small-group lessons. Engage in fun ranch crafts and games, swim, and make new friends!

Introducing a game kids will love: TENNIS . Embark into an exciting journey to discover it through " little ace- tennis by music" , a mini-tennis program for kids 4-7 years old. Starts Monday , June 06 , 6-7 PM at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Pickering. For details and registration, visit

Protege Dance Company in Ajax is offering a 5-Week Summer Dance Program for children 3yrs to advance. Dance is a great way to stay fit and have fun! In addition, we are offering our annual week-long Summer Dance Intensive for the serious dancer. For more info call 905-231-2111.

CG SwimSchool in Whitby, indoor swim lessons available year round. Contact Cathy at 905-430-6765. Certified Red Cross/Royal Lifesaving programs. NCCP certified competitive swim strokes/skills improvement classes also available upon request.

Clarington Gymnastics Academy Summer Recreation Programs include Parents & Tots, Kindercise, Cheerleading, Trampoline & Tumbling and more. New this year Parkour for ages 10+ Six Week Summer Program Starts July 18th- Aug 29th. Early Bird Registration receives $10 off! For the month of June!

What a fantastic experience for a child! Sportball clinics focus on the eight core Sportball sports, snack time, stories and co-operative games. Our certified coaches teach more advanced skills and provide opportunities to refine, rehearse and repeat them.

Join the Ajax Acros for their exciting Summer Camp programs. Learn gymnastics, try trampoline, meet friends and have lots of fun! We offer full and half-day camps as well as summer weekly classes.

Canlan Ice Sports in Oshawa offers a variety of summer camp programs including: Learn to Skate Camp, Soccer Tips for Tots Camp, Extreme Ball Sports Camp, Olympic Spirit Week, Ultimate Survivor Camp and Wacky Water Camp.

Summer Skate Camps are offered full and half days...before and after care available. Skating Lessons, Arts & Crafts, Games ( great for kids starting Hockey or Ringette this fall) at Laurie's Learn to Skate in Pickering and Peterborough

Pickering Athletic Centre Enjoy a day filled with physical activity, games, crafts and FUN in our 17000 sq ft, air-conditioned facility! We offer full and 1/2 day trampoline and/or gymnastics camps all summer long, with a different theme every week. All programs are run by fully certified gymnastics coaches.

Reaction Soccer -- soccer-specific strength and conditioning for teens! If you are looking to gain that edge over your competitors, build your strength, run faster, build quickness and agility, and achieve your full potential -- we can make it happen.

Mill Run Golf Club, Uxbridge - Summer Junior Development Camp (Ages 8 to 15) Your child will acquire all the skills needed to take their golf game to the next level. Instruction, fitness & games are part of each day. At least 9 holes will be played each day.

Summer Tennis Camps in Whitby with MATCHPOINT TENNIS. For Juniors of all skill levels, ages 5-16. Full day & half day programs with camps running weekly, extended care is available. For more information please check our website: or call 905-924-2700



Summer 2011 - Mystery Movie-Making Camps and Animation Workshops at NFB Mediatheque in Toronto. Everyone loves a good mystery. Especially kids. Let your child experiment with various hands-on techniques to ultimately create their own mystery movie. To register or learn more, click here

A Gift of Art Summer Camp for Kids (ages 4-10). Kids will learn painting, sculpting, and many other art techniques. Outdoor activities, reading and stories, snack times and more will be included throughout the day. Special workshops for 11-14 year olds. Check website for details. 905-987-2264

Second City in Toronto Camps explore the fundamentals of improvisation and sketch comedy. Campers will play fun improv games (like Whose Line is it Anyway) to help access creativity, boost self-confidence and develop spontaneity & playfulness. At the end of the week, campers get a chance to show their friends & family just what they've learned.

Explore science, technology and environmental programs at UOIT this summer. Camps offer hands-on activities including LEGO robotics and investigating the natural world using iPad technology. Camps are suitable for children ages 8-14. Low camper/counsellor ratio ensures maximum involvement. Further information on our website

Mad Science Camps offer sensational, hands-on science along with all kinds of indoor and outdoor fun for 5-12 year olds. With 8 locations in the GTA and 6 different themed camp weeks to choose from. Countless amazing, daily take-home activities like Rockets, Birdhouses, Space Shuttles, Chess Sets, Telescopes and more!

Creative Math & Music Summer has never been so cool! Our popular summer music camps are filling up fast! At our camps, the children learn to play musical instruments, form a band, write and record songs, produce a rock video and perform at a final concert.

Music Summer Camps at My Music Centre in Whitby are for ages 3 1/2 -14 with a variety of programs to choose from. Pirates, Dancing Bugs, Composers and Young Rock Stars meet together for a great week of music-making.

Breath of Light Yoga Ltd. is proud to offer Creative Expression Summer Camp Programs for children 8-13 years old. This full day camp is perfect for children who love to learn new art techniques as well as embark on their own personal creative journey.

AUTHOR/ART WORKSHOP Create, plot, outline, sketch, write, revise, detail, illustrate, edit, design & publish your very own book! For ages 8 & up. Some July and August weeks still available! 10am to 3 pm in Brooklin. Cost is $225. 647-427-5482

Tutorwiz Education Centre - Computer Camp. For everyone 6 to 14 years of age including those with special learning needs. Create computer games, business cards, computer music and PowerPoint presentations. Learn to operate a computer by voice and Assistive Technology applications. 100% fun and educational.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery's summer camps offer hands-on art experiences for youth 5-16. This summer we are pleased to introduce full day camps and new programs like filmmaking! Art camps provide opportunity for experimentation and challenge young minds to think creatively.

Creative Play in Ajax: Art Camp for kids ages 5 to 10 years. Camp runs the weeks of July 12 or August 16, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am to 4pm. Camp includes lunches and snacks not to mention a whole lotta art fun and mess!

Pottery Art Camp is a wonderful way for boys & girls to explore their creative side while learning to design & paint pottery. Each half day session they will choose a piece to paint and create a 2nd piece using clay & hand-building techniques.


Indoor Playplaces and Local Playgrounds

We've compiled a fabulous list of local outdoor playgrounds in Durham region. You'll find the link right here. If you have any great spots we should include in our Summer Park Fun Guide, please shoot us a quick email to so we can add it in.

And for those rainy days, there are a bunch of great indoor activities and playplaces in Durham too:

AirZone Parties & Play Centre in Pickering

Tumbles 'n' Toys in Pickering

Creative Play in Ajax

Enchanted Castle in Whitby

Ceramics Canada in Oshawa

Rainbow World in Pickering

Ontario Early Years Centres


Local Attractions, Shows and Museums for families

As you know there are a plethora of amazing attractions in Southern Ontario for families to visit during the summer. Here are a few of our favourites including some great theatre productions for kids.

Whittamore's Farm welcomes groups, schools, day cares, day camps and organizations of any size to visit the farm. Bring a group to the Pick-Your-Own for strawberries, raspberries & vegetables in season. Visit our Farm Market, enjoy our Fun Farm Yard by taking a Wagon Ride, braving our Turbo Slide or visiting our Farm Animals

To find out how to have your summer camp or activity included in our guide, contact