What are summer programs for kids?

Kids can participate in summer programs focusing on sports, art, science and more. These programs can be a good way to make new friends and have fun.

Many communities have activities for children during summer vacation. These activities may be called day camps or summer camps.

It is important to register early, or you might not get a spot. Find out more in How do I find summer programs for kids?

Usually summer programs last for 1 - 2 weeks. You can sign up for multiple sessions.

Depending on your household income, you may be able to get a reduction (subsidy) on the price. Ask the program organizers if a reduction is possible.

Types of Programs

Some programs focus on sports like baseball, soccer, swimming or tennis.

Other programs are for kids who want to be creative and make art, music or films.

There are also programs where kids can learn about science, math or technology in a fun environment.

Day Programs

Most day programs go from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. It may be possible to get extra care before or after the regular programming.

Sometimes there is organized transportation. In other cases, you must drop off and pick up your child.

In most cases your child must bring a lunch, snack and drink.

Overnight Programs

In overnight programs kids sleep over at the camp. All of their meals are provided and they are supervised at their activities and at night.

Most camps have an "open-house," which is a day when you and your child can walk around, try some of the activities, have a meal and ask questions.

For More Information

  • Ontario Parks - A map of all provincial parks in Ontario and an online reservation service for camping areas.
  • Learn to Camp at Ontario Parks - Information to help you plan your next, or first, camping adventure. Find out what to bring, how to set up a tent and campfire, camping safety and more. You can also sign up for guided overnight or day trips to parks.
  • Parks Canada - A map and list of all national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas in Canada. Visit the site to learn about national parks in Ontario.
  • Sun Safety - Learn how to protect you and your children from overexposure to the sun. From the Canada Safety Council.
  • Children's Fitness Amount - Tax Credit - As a parent, you can get a tax credit for your child's participation in a prescribed program of physical activity.
  • Children's Arts Amount - Tax Credit - As a parent, you can get a tax credit for your child's participation in a prescribed artistic or cultural program.
  • Toronto Fun Guide - This guide has a wide range of programs and activities for all ages, skill levels and interests. From the City of Toronto.
Last updated: September 26, 2016 4000182