Island Parent Magazine


Fired Up! Join us for a fun-filled adventure in the studio at Fired Up! This summer we are hosting a series of themed weeks with one-day workshops. Sign up for just one or come for the whole week. Discounts offered for multiple camps. Starting with “The Beauty and That Other Guy” and ending with a ride in to space art, whether you are interested in the fairy world or the great outdoors, we have a camp for you!

Open Space Workshops for Kids. Creative Placemaking Workshops allows families to engage with city planning through creating their dream tree house out of clay. Date: June 20 at 6:30pm and June 22 at 3pm. Drawing Habitats workshop for youth, Co-facilitated by Open Space Art Society and Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Date: August 10 or 11, noon-4pm. For more info and to register, email office@openspace or phone 250-383-8833. All workshops are free.

Playful Pencil From cartooning and comic making to 2D and 3D sharpie projects to nature journaling outings, the Playful Pencil Art Studio has lots to offer this summer for kids ages 7-12yrs that will inspire creativity and encourage them to draw for the fun of it! Visit playful or call us at 778-265-2261.


Amazing Journey Day Camp: July 10 to 14 (9am-12noon) Pre-K to Grade 5. Get ready for a fun, action-packed journey into the world of Ancient Rome, the early church, and Paul’s adventures. Visit the games arena, apprentice workshops, and the amphitheatre at this amazing Christian based program designed to help children understand the meaning of living their lives with faith. Sponsored by Lutheran Church of the Cross and St. Luke Cedar Hill Anglican Church. Limited space. $35/child. Info/registration:

Elk Lake Baptist Church. Maker Fun Factory Day Camp: Aug. 21-25 (9am-noon) K-Grade 5. At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! 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. Info/Registration: 250-658-8111 or Due to a generous donation, the first 40 campers to register are FREE!

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 bugs, oopy-goopy science, making movies and Vacation Bible School theme is “Maker Fun Factory”. Grades 2-5 Camps will go on outings each afternoon. We have competent staff as well as lots of volunteers, 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. $240/wk, 9-14yrs,, 1(888) 808-BYTE for more info.


Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio 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

Four Seasons Musical Theatre. Summer is almost here, and what better way for your children to spend it than by learning and perfecting the art of musical theater. Four Seasons is offering four summer camps where children between the ages of 7 and 16 will learn basic stagecraft, the art of auditioning, singing, acting, dance, and improvisation. Four Seasons Musical Theatre Society is a local Westshore community theater company who specialize in fun family friendly entertainment. Join us. 250-478-0329.

Stages Performing Arts Schools is offering a number of different summer 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 more information.

Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Storybook Ballet Camps (July 4-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28), ages 4-6, 6-10. Explore ballet’s most beautiful tales through ballet, jazz, creative movement, character dance, arts and crafts and musical exploration. The Boys Can Dance camp (July 4-7) is for boys aged 7-11 and is free for new students. The Junior Summer Intensive, ages 9-13 (July 10-21) is a full day intensive with ballet, jazz, character, contemporary and pointe preparation. or 250-590-6752.

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 during July and early August 2017, including: Visual Arts, Musical Theatre, various Sports, and special Outdoor Adventures. Ages 5 to 12. 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 26-August 30 and is suitable for ages 5-10. Technology Camps are also running throughout the summer. Robotics, Minecraft and Programming themed camps for ages 8-12. Call 250-383-5125 for details or email See

Island Debate provides coaching for students ages 10-14, including activity-based skill development in debate, public speaking and Model United Nations (MUN). Our experienced instructors help participants learn to construct arguments, and gain confidence speaking in front of groups. To learn more about the kinds of exciting activities taking place at Island Debate Summer Camp, check out our website at

Powerful Youth. We believe youth are powerful, but how can they build the confidence and skills to develop their individual leadership potential? Our Global Leadership Academies provide 2 week long transformative experience-based leadership training programs for youth ages 12-18. Last summer 133 teens from 18 different countries completed over 60 hours of service leadership service learning. Where: Brookes Shawnigan Lake Campus. When: July-August. Price: $1,350 as special offer for BC Residents only. Apply by June 30th:

“Learning Through Play” at St. Joseph’s Early Learning Center in Chemainus. Our enriching program and loving care provide a positive atmosphere where every child is respected and welcomed. Accepting registrations for summer and fall programs (Ages 30mos-5yrs.) Our year-round programs allow children to grow in all aspects of development in a safe and nurturing environment. Call for more information: 250-246-3191 or visit us at

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 for girls in K to Grade 4: Art, Cooking, Musical Theatre, Sewing, and more. Plus check out our new specialty camps Girls’ Empowerment (Gr. 5 & 6) and Robotics (Gr. 5–8). Full-day camps (Mon-Fri, minus holidays), Jul 4 to Aug 11 or register week-by-week. Details & registration: 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 10-September 1, 2017, 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 37th year of providing quality gymnastics instruction to boys and girls ages two through adult, beginner through advanced. Over this time period, Victoria Gymnastics has gained its long standing reputation as the Island premier gymnastics club. Some of the key elements of our club’s success are our small class sizes (8:1), convenient class times (morning, afternoon and evening) and expert coaching in a well structured, fun and safe environment. We’re also very pleased that our second location at 520 Mt. View Ave, Colwood is now open and offers summer classes and camps. 250-380-2442 or

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 Harbour. We offer 1 and 2 week courses for ages 4yrs to adult, beginner to advanced. CFSA is a wonderful place to learn sailing with a protected harbour and favourable winds. Questions about the program? Contact our Program Manager Ryan at or leave a message at 250-385-8873. Details at or Facebook @esquimaltsailing. To register call 250-363-1009 or PSP Online—CFB Esquimalt at

Summer Camps for ages 5-15 at City Centre Park are packed full of fun activities this summer including skating, roller blading, water park, field sports, lake activities, pond fishing, kayaking, crafts, nature hiking, mini golf, bowling, sportball, science experiments, music, drama, art, themes, cooperative games, playzone and gymnastics. Regular camp hours will be 9am-3pm Monday-Friday every week of summer with before and after care available 7:30am-5pm. Ages 5-15. Visit or call 250-391-1738 for more information.

Coastal Bliss Adventure summer camps have been running since 2012 in the Cowichan valley, with inspired children returning annually, or progressing onto leadership rolls as junior instructors. Our camps provide a mixture of water and land based camps that include: Kayaking, canoeing, Stand-up-paddle-boarding, surfing, backpacking and nature exploration as main focuses, with an assortment of exciting afternoon activities including archery, sword fencing, juggling and high stilt walking. Register early as programs fill up quickly! 1-800-896-9525.

We know you have many options for your kids each summer. At the Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre, we provide many safe and fun options for your kids. We’ve got everyone covered from preschooler to teen. You can view our Summer Camp Flyer that outlines each opportunity over the summer months and you can register online at or by phone at 250-361-0732. 

Highland Pacific Junior & Bantam Summer Camps. Combine outdoor exercise with golf instruction and learn the game in a fun, exciting way. Includes professional coaching and on course play daily. Camp will be running most weeks in July and August. 3-day camp (choose your days) $79 for Bantam and $99 for Junior. Full 5 day camp $119 for Bantam and $139 for Junior. 250-478-4653.

Recreation Oak Bay—Come play, have fun and experience the magic 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 fun themes include Adventure Bay, Rocking Sports, Director’s Cut-Reel Film Making, Fairy tales camps 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 public sailing for ages 4 and up in all levels of sailing. We were Sailing Program of the Year both 2011 and 2012 awarded by Sail Canada. We use certified instructors and low student to instructor ratios. Sailors will work towards CANSail accreditation, and will enjoy on water training, games and a beach day party. For more info, call 250-592-6113, email, or visit Come and join us on Cadboro Bay!

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 parties 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 to 8pm or dusk, Saturdays 10 to 4, 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:


Discover fully accessible, Camp Pringle at Shawnigan Lake. Explore a safe, exciting, outdoor community where active and healthy children have fun. Experiential adventure-based activities, develop greater self-awareness and build confidence. Join our Leadership Program or our teen week for an Ultimate Adventure. General Co-Ed, Family Camp and more. Learn to build positive relationships with the environment and your peers. Delicious food. Overnight or Day Camps. New or experienced campers, all families welcome, for a week that lasts a lifetime.

At FUN Camps, kids and teens become eco-superheroes while having fun and making new friends. Each week, different hands-on FUN themes connect your child with the amazing world around them. Our trained educators lead FUN Campers on outdoor adventure activities like kayaking or rock-climbing, inspire them to create their own projects, and guide them through innovative games and explorations that teach through fun. For more info and to register visit Let’s have FUN!

The Glenlyon Norfolk School Marine Adventure Program offers: day camps for ages 11 to 12; combination day and overnight camps for ages 13 to 14; and a full five-day kayak and camping adventure to Barkley Sound for ages 15 to 17. Small groups and experienced leaders create an ideal and safe opportunity to experience sea kayaking and the marine environment, to gain skills in paddling and to explore some of our spectacular BC coastline. Call: 250-370-6852. Email Visit:

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:

Come join the Wilderness in the City Day Camp at Oak and Orca. This two-week program runs July ** to **nd. The kids will have tons of opportunities to gain knowledge about wildlife, connect deeply with nature and learn and practice primitive skills. The lessons will be delivered through experiential learning and nature-connected games. Multi-age Childcare may also be available for the rest of the summer; inquiry for either program at or 250-383-6609.

Join the summer fun at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, celebrating local animals and plants with all their wondrous adaptation to living in this wild oasis in the heart of an urban landscape. From nature classes for your pre-schoolers, school aged and even French immersion students, to drop in family events, hikes and evening walks, there is something for everyone! Call 250-479-0211 or visit for details.


Learn. Move. Achieve. and have fun. PISE Summer Camps focus on fun ways to develop fundamental movement skills and patterns that enable children to be active for life. Learning a broad range of these skills helps develop the confidence and competence to take on any challenges that children and youth encounter in sports and daily activity. This is developing physical literacy. PISE camps are for ages 3 – 18 and run throughout July and August.

Royal Soccer Club. With over 100 locations, we’re celebrating our 25th 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 to 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.

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.

Island Swimming Join BC’s top swim team for a summer of fun. Programs for swimmers aged 7 to 13 run weekly from July 10 to July 31 at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Put some splash in your summer with expert coaching, skill development, water and land activities. Programs include full day and half day camps or afternoon skill maintenance practices. Visit to register or for more information.

Victoria Synchro Synchronized Swimming Summer Camp. July 10-14 or Aug 21-25, 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! contact


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. 

Mid-Island Programs

Camping & adventure at Horne Lake. Treat yourself and your family to one of the most scenic outdoor destinations on Vancouver Island. Explore the crystal-filled caverns with tours ranging from mild to wild or try a rock rappelling session. Want to stay above-ground? Then check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre and Museum with a fossil collection. Or combine all the above with “All-Inclusive” Family Adventure Camps. These weekend camps include all meals, activities and a teepee to camp in. Lakefront camping is available within walking distance.

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.

Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. Summer Camps. Looking for something interesting to do this summer? Check out the NCM’s summer programs. Kindermusik  (July 4-7 and August 8-11). Music Theatre Workshops (July 10-15, July 24-29 and August 14-19). Summer Jazz Intensive (August 21-26). For Kindermusik, Music Theatre and Summer Jazz, please register with the NCM. 250-754-4611. Music Therapy  (July 17-21) Please register with the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Music Therapy Department Dr. Johanne Brodeur, 250-386-5311 ext. 1030 or

The Nanaimo Museum offers a variety of summer programs for all ages, from Canada 150 and Only in Nanaimo drop-in programs for families to Pioneer Cemetery Tours for adults. Don’t miss the daily noon cannon firings at the iconic Bastion. Visit or check social media for upcoming events and activities. For more information call 250-753-1821 or email

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 experienced staff, learn about the birds’ unique adaptations that help them survive in the wild. 250-746-0372.•


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