Island Parent Magazine



Playful Pencil. Cartooning and comic making, drawing and painting projects, nature journaling and more. The Playful Pencil Art Studio has lots to offer this summer for kids ages 7-13yrs that will inspire creativity and encourage them to draw for the fun of it. Visit or call us at 778-265-2261.

Amazing Journey Day Camp: July 9-13 (9am-noon) Pre-K to Grade 5. Get ready for a fun, action-packed journey into the medieval world of Kingdom Rock, where campers will learn what it means to stand strong for God, through the stories of Biblical kings and queens. In its 7th summer, the camp is sponsored by St. Luke Cedar Hill, St. George Cadboro Bay, and Church of the Cross. Limited space. $35/child. Info/registration:

Elk Lake Baptist Church. Shipwrecked Day Camp: July 9-13 (9am-noon) K-Grade 5. At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Location: Elk Lake Baptist Church (5349 Pat Bay Hwy). $25/child. Bursaries Available. Info/Registration: 250-658-8111 or

Emmanuel Baptist Church. Come and join us for summer camps this year. We have seven affordable camps for children from Preschool up to Grade 5. We are learning about water, science, construction, holidays and more. Our Vacation Bible School theme this year is “Shipwrecked”. Grades 1-5 Camps will go on outings each afternoon. We have competent staff as well as lots of volunteers for VBS, so the camper to adult ratio is very low. Registration forms visit Phone: 250-592-2418. Email:


Byte Camp—Creative Tech Camps for Kids. Kids in our “Claymation Movie Production” camps create their own clay characters, sets and props, and shoot and edit their own quirky animated movies. Our “Flash Video Game Design” camps teach kids how to animate characters and stories, and program Actionscript to make fun, interactive video games. And our “3D Animation” camp will introduce the next generation PIXAR artists to the amazing world of 3D character modelling and animation. 9-14yrs,, 1(888) 808-BYTE for more info.


SKAM School of Performing Arts offers young people with a dramatic interest or passion special programs. Courses and camps run fall, winter, spring and summer. The studio is highly regarded in Victoria for running quality theatre programming for youth. We offer something for all levels. At the end of each term, students will have an opportunity to perform their work for an audience. Groups are small for quality instruction. For more information, call 250-386-7536 or email

Island Circus Space. Looking for something new for your child to try this summer? Look no further, you’ve found the circus. Circus camps are a great way to have fun and make new friends while developing new skills including balancing, juggling, stage presence, partner acrobatics, aerials, tumbling and so much more. No experience is necessary and we have classes for kids ages 6-17. So give it a try and see what new heights your child will climb to. Register online at

Stages Performing Arts Schools is offering a number of different summers programs through July and August. Since 1980 Stages has offered professional instruction in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, musical theatre & hip hop for all ages & levels of experience. We believe that all students should have an equal opportunity to learn in a safe, non-competitive environment, which fosters self-expression, a healthy body, confidence, & encourages discipline, creativity & pride in their accomplishments. For more information, please call STAGES at 250-384-3267 or visit

SMUS Summer Music Academies. Join students from across North America in this unique summer program with a solid arts pedigree. Youth age 11-17 can spend a week of intensive, hands-on learning with expert instructors exploring and enhancing their skills in a specific area of the performing arts. Program areas include: Band (concert band, jazz band, and switch band), and Musical Theatre. For details, visit us at: or call 250-370-6120.

Tom Lee Music Academy’s flexible summer lesson programs offer an ideal solution to get you started on or simply test the waters of a musical journey. Our famous School of Rock Program, and low commitment, flexible private lessons are a perfect fit for busy summer holiday schedules. Call Rosa at 250-383-5222, or drop by the store for moiré information.

U-JAM Makes Music Fun. This summer they will present a week-long Jazz Camp to help students gain instrumental and vocal experience and to fuel their Jazz performance skills in an environment of encouragement and fun. Play and sing in a band, jazz ensemble, piano ensemble and jam with others. Daily classes plus private lessons. The camp runs July 22nd to 27th at St. Margaret’s School. More information at

Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Storybook Ballet Camps (July 3-6, 9-13), ages 4-6. Explore ballet’s most beautiful tales through ballet, creative movement, character dance, arts and crafts and musical exploration. The Boys Can Dance camp (July 9-13) is for boys aged 7-11 and is free for new students. The Junior Summer Intensive, ages 7-13 (July 16-27) is a full day intensive with ballet, jazz, character, contemporary and preparation for pointe. or 250-590-6752.

Victoria Conservatory of Music. Studies show that when children take part in music classes, their social and cognitive skills are impacted in extremely positive ways. Music facilitates learning, instills respect and pride, and increases self-esteem and positive social interaction. Discover our wonderfully creative and innovative collection of music classes at the VCM that will be the start of your child’s lifelong journey with music. Call or visit us online today: 250-386-5311 or

VOS Spotlight On Kids & Teens. Whether your child randomly bursts into song and dance or is shy and needs to find his or her voice, the VOS Spotlight Musical Theatre Summer Camps are the perfect summer activity. Theatre is more about the process than the end production. Beyond the practical application in theatre, students will learn to work in teams, solve problems, build self-confidence, gain respect for the talents and opinions of others, and explore their own creativity while making new friends. 250-381-1021.


ArtsCalibre Academy. Offering a wide range of engaging and innovative summer programs from July 3rd through August 17th. Themes include “Mad Scientist”, “World Explorers”, “Goin’ Green”, “Action & Adventure”, “Magic & Monsters”, and more. Ages 3 to 14. Experience our expanded facilities and outstanding teaching staff, and get a taste of our extraordinary educational programs for Preschool through Grade 8…and beyond. Details and registration at: 250-382-3533.

Christ Church Cathedral School’s Summer Program provides a safe and exciting summer for your child. We have a high supervision ratio, experienced staff, excursions every day, plus all the facilities of Cathedral School. This program runs from June 25-August 29 and is suitable for ages 5-10. Friends, fun, adventure. Minecraft Camps are also running for 4 weeks. Call 250-383-5125 for availability. See

Duncan Christian School partners with families to provide a welcoming educational environment. Here, students experience the support and guidance of caring Christian teachers, dedicated to preparing them for life beyond the school doors. Our classes start at preschool-grade 12. Excellent academic, athletic, & fine arts programs. Serving a diverse student body. We offer trades programs & hands-on apprenticeships,project based learning, international program, Grade 7 Leadership Retreat, Grade 11 West Coast Trail Hike, Grade 12 Missions trip, extensive student support program. We welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of our school, please contact: 495 Beech Avenue Duncan BC V9L 3J8. 250-746-3654.

Glenlyon Norfolk School is pleased to offer a variety of fun summer camps for students age 4½ to 17. Arts, volleyball, field hockey, kayaking, ultimate, soccer, creativity, magic and more—our summer programs offer something for everyone. Half- and full-day options are available as is extended care where age appropriate, and all camps and activities are open to both GNS and non-GNS children and families. Email or visit

School may be out for Summer, but for just 30 minutes a day, your kids could make this their smartest summer yet. Kumon is the math and reading program that has helped millions of kids to reach their full potential. We have centres conveniently located across Vancouver Island to serve you: Oak bay, Nanaimo, Saanich, Langford, Sidney and Duncan. Call us at 1.800.ABC.MATH or visit us online at

Powerful Youth offers transformative experience-based youth leadership training programs with Junior Leadership Academies (ages 12-14) and Global Leadership Academies (ages 15-18) in Victoria, BC and Cambridge, England. Hundreds of youth from 18 different countries engage in 60+ hours of service leadership to build lasting confidence, skills, friendships and impact each summer. Programs run June through August. Special scholarships for BC Residents if they apply before June 30th, 2018. See how youth are powerful at:

SCAMPS Summer Fun en Français. Join our experienced and highly qualified staff for French immersion day-camps at UVic. We offer excellent staff to student ratios (1:7 max.), employ active French immersion teachers as counsellors, and strive for an active, fun-filled environment. Campers will explore arts & crafts, science, sports, the outdoors, and games—all in an environment designed to foster your child(ren)’s physical, intellectual, language, emotional, and social development. for details.

Girls’ Summer Camps at St. Margaret’s School provide fun activities in a gorgeous natural setting to build confidence, friendships, and skills. Your daughter will love our weekly themes: Art, Games, Sewing, Water Play, Robotics, and more. For grades 1-4: July 3-Aug 10 (full-day, M-F, minus holidays). Check out our Specialty Camps: SELF.I.E. girls empowerment (Grades 5-6), and CodingGirl computer science (Grades 3-6 and 5-6) in partnership with Girls Learning Code and Science Venture. Details and online registration at or by emailing, or phone 250-727-7163.

Sylvan offers summer programs to minimize summer learning loss and to help with the transition from one grade to another. Sylvan’s individualized programs prevent children from forgetting what they learned last year and help them to preview what they will be studying in the coming year. To get your child set up for summer and for success, give us a call at one of our 4 Vancouver Island locations: in Victoria 250-477-3212; in the Westshore 250-590-6211; in Duncan 250-746-0222; in Nanaimo 250-758-1526.


Falcon Gymnastics, Victoria’s leader in Gymnastics, is offering Summer Sault Gymnastics camps. Starting July 9-August 31, 2018, Falcon promises your child will have a great time. Whether on the Vault, Bars, Beam, or playing in our Foam pit or bouncing on the trampoline, your child is in good hands with Nationally Certified coaches who know how to make it fun and safe. Falcon Gymnastics—where Fun & Fitness are number 1. Phone 250-479-6424.

Victoria Gymnastics is celebrating its 39th year and enjoying the success of its two locations—downtown and the newest location near Royal Roads University in Colwood. We continue to provide quality artistic gymnastics for boys and girls ages two through adult, beginner through advanced. Our non-competitive achievement programs provide children with a skill set advantage for all activities. We guarantee our 8 to 1 ratio, offer convenient class times and ensure certified instruction so that your child will excel in a well-structured, fun and safe environment. Visit


Burnside Gorge Community Centre offers day camps for children and youth. Fun n’ Sun is a licensed camp for ages 5-11 offering fun weekly themes, crafts, swimming, and field trips. 7:30am-5:30pm, $170/weekly or $40/daily. Camp Survivor is an action packed adventure camp for youth ages 10-15 that takes you outdoors for kayaking, paintball, motocross, swimming and more. 9am-4pm. $170/weekly or $50/daily. City of Victoria LIFE credits welcome. Call 250-388-5251 for registration/subsidy information. Visit for more information.

This summer learn to sail at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association, Esquimalt. We offer 1 & 2 week courses for ages 4 to adult, all skill levels and families. CFSA is a wonderful place to learn sailing in a protected harbour with favourable winds. See for info under “Sail Training”. Contact Program Coordinator at email: or message CF Sailing School-Esquimalt on Facebook @esquimaltsailing. Register at 250-363-1009 or “PSP Online” at Discounts for CFSA Members.

The City of Victoria has many kids’ summer camps for any age or budget. Go Mad for Science, pan for gold, learn to swim, sail, kayak or ride a horse, and take your bike and skater skills to the next level. Create your own computer games and animation at byte and coding camps. Explore the outdoors on one of our many camping trips—you’ll even get to try some surfing. Check it all out at

Coastal Bliss Adventure summer camps have been running in the Cowichan Valley since 2012. Our camps provide a mixture of water and land-based activities including: Kayaking, canoeing, Stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, backpacking, nature exploration, archery, sword fighting and circus activities. Register early: programs fill up quickly. Program ages 9-12; and 13-16. Day camps 8:30-3pm. Visit or Phone: 1800 896 9525.

Recreation Oak Bay. Come play and experience the fun of summer camps. There are camps for all ages in fabulous locations. From half day to daily to week long camps there is something for everyone’s schedules and needs. New camps/themes include Engineering for Kids, Lip Synch and Rock Battles, comics and characters along with the favorites; Sports, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Golf, and Aquatic camps. Visit or call 250-595-7946 to register. 

Royal Victoria Yacht Club offers community programs that are fun, adventurous, and inclusive. We value sportsmanship, excellence and sailing for life. Get the whole family on the water with Sail Canada certified instructors, CANSail accreditation and low student to instructor ratios. Come have some fun and enjoy sailing, games and adventuring around Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay. For more information call 250-592-6112, email or visit

Westshore Motocross Park offers dirt bike riding, rentals and lessons for the whole family, age 4yrs & up. From 50cc auto with training wheels to 125/250cc full size bikes for Mom and Dad, dirt bike riding has never been so easy and fun. Birthday party’s are common here and with over 35 rental bikes and 50 sets of safety gear, large groups of any age are no problem. Summer camps in July and August. Open Tuesdays thru Friday 11am-8pm or dusk, Saturdays 10am 4pm, Sunday by calling 250 590 8088. Located at 2207 Millstream Road in Langford. Contact

Calling all Fun Seekers and Summer Sizzlers. West Shore Parks & Recreation Summer programs offers exciting daily and weekly camps for ages 2-16. Cool Capers, Aspiring Artists and Sports Stars alike will make friends and have a blast with our awesome leaders. We also offer Roving Play Parks, Neighbourhood Nights and Wednesday Story Walks, all free programs at a different West Shore park each week. Visit or call 250-478-8384 for information. Facebook:


Mad Science. We spark children’s interest in science, encourage curiosity and build their confidence and skills. Programs like Space Robotics, Secret Agent or Mining and Crafting bring distant, invisible or digital activities into the real world. Any of our topics in this years’ half or full day camp is cool! Children participate in science explorations and have fun. All camps include indoor and outdoor activities. Our mixed classes focus on age-specific needs and abilities. Details and registration on line:

Get Out. Look In. Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has made it our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. Close to 175,000 Canadians have pushed beyond their limits and discovered their true potential by participating in our transformational outdoor adventures. West Coast programs allow students to gain a High School Credit or work towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 1-888-OUTWARD (688 9273).

Join Thriving Roots summer camps for kids 5-14 and awaken your true nature. We will build fires, harvest wild plants, build shelters, make survival tools and crafts, sing songs, play games, and go on wild adventures. Some camps include an epic sleep-out where we’ll eat dinner around a fire, play night games and sleep outside in primitive shelters or tents. Come make new friends, embrace your inner wildness and have fun. Learn more at


Gorge Soccer Associations. We are a community based soccer club providing all of its members with development, fun and a lifelong passion for the beautiful game. We pride ourselves on being the oldest full service soccer club in Victoria, offering winter league play, free academies, spring league, winter futsal, and more. We are innovative, player-centric, responsive to our members’ needs, community-minded, and accepting of all players. A player will never be turned away due to lack of fees (external and internal grants available). Registration is currently open for fall soccer. Youth soccer: 4-17 years old; Senior soccer: 17-70+ years old. Online registration Available at: Questions?

PISE. Summer Camps focus on FUN ways to develop fundamental movement skills and patterns that enable children to be active for life. PISE uses a combination of structured and unstructured play to help children learn to move to the best of their ability and PLAY their way to confidence, skill development, fun, team work, cooperation, respect and inclusivity. Camps are for ages 3-18 and run throughout July and August.

Royal Soccer Club. With over 100 locations, we’re celebrating our 26th year of running the #1 grassroots soccer day camps in Canada. Operating all weeks in July/August, we offer a soccer focused morning and a swim and camp games for afternoons. Boys and girls aged 5-13 can register for full day, morning and afternoon sessions with early & late care times available at no extra charge. Call 1-800-427-0536 or visit for more information.

South Island Youth Cricket League. Cricket is a fun and dynamic sport that emphasizes hustle, fair play and good sportsmanship. Open to girls and boys ages 6 and up. No experience necessary, and all equipment provided. A great alternative to the usual Canadian summer sports. We have teams all over Greater Victoria, so there’s one near you: Oak Bay, Saanich, Shawingan Lake, Sidney, Victoria and the West Shore. Find us on facebook, and at

World Cup Soccer Camp offers exciting summer camps from Victoria to Pt. Hardy. Our professional coaches are trained to make learning fun for children. Whether your child is a 4-year-old, playing for the first time, or a 16 year old looking for a challenge, we have a camp for them. For more information visit our website at worldcupsoccercamp. com or contact your local recreation centre to register.


Boardworks. Join one of Canada’s most successful springboard and platform diving clubs this summer at Saanich Commonwealth Place and learn how to dive in a fun and safe atmosphere. Boardworks OlympicGarten Camps (5-8 years) combine dryland training on the trampoline and dryboards, gymnastics and time in the water for a fun introduction to basic diving skills. FunDive Camps (9-12 years) teach beginner to advanced participants basic and advanced introductory diving skills using dryland training, gymnastics as well as time in the water. Visit to register or for more information.

Victoria Synchro Synchronized Swimming Summer Camp. Aug 20-24, 9am-4pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Boys and Girls ages 8-12, no synchro experience necessary just swimming skills. Water and land activities. Fun, fitness, friends and teamwork. This sport combines swimming, music, dance, gymnastics, drama and team skills. Includes camp t-shirt and club swim cap. Give synchronized swimming a try., look under ‘camp’ tab. Contact

Mid-Island Programs

International Montessori Academy. Enjoying summer while learning. An educational and fun summer pre-school program for your child. Our school provides great summer learning experiences to stimulate and inspire your child. The authentic Montessori approach combines physical and emotional development with exciting endeavors involving art, music, science, culture and language in English and French. International Montessori Academy. 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan. 250-737-1119.

The Nanaimo Museum Drop-in Kids Program: Poetry & Protests—Wednesdays in July & Aug 1:30-3:30pm. Free with admission, ages 5-15. Nanaimo Museum Drop-in Kids Program: Sea Salt & River Rocks—Fridays in July & Aug 1:30-3:30pm. Free with admission, ages 5-12. Nanaimo Museum Cemetery Tours: Thursdays, July 5th and August 2nd, 10-11:30am. Pre-registration is required and tour cost is $15. For more information on any of the programs, visit

The Raincoast Education Society is guided by a mandate to deliver scientific and educational programming about environmental issues on the west coast of Vancouver island. Based out of the Cedar Coast Field Station on Vargas Island (within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), Raincoast Summer Camps are led by instructors with a background in both science and education. Programming is based on hands-on learning during a variety of outdoor activites—kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hikes, campfires, and more.

The Raptors offers a unique learning experience for all ages that will never be forgotten. Our safe, exciting and educational summer camps keep their minds and bodies busy all day. Activities include practical and safe, hands-on experiences and flying demonstrations with many different raptors such as hawks and owls. The children, working in small groups with our fun and experience staff, learn about the birds’ unique adaptations that help them survive in the wild. 250-746-0372.


Community Living Victoria’s Autism Services offers dynamic community-based programs for children and youth (6-18 yrs) with Autism. We offer 1:1 Behaviour Intervention, Social Skills Groups and spring, summer and winter Day Camps. Our skilled and caring team draws from various behaviour support models to customize programming for each youth.  Fun programming within safe, supportive environments motivate youth to expand their interests, gain confidence, strengthen social and communication skills, and build friendships. 250-477-7231 ext. 237. •


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