Island Parent Magazine

Join us this Spring for inspiring art classes and camps in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s (AGGV) Studio! Connect with cool new ideas, techniques and experiment with the creative process. Classes are for a wide range of ages and inspired by Gallery exhibitions featuring; Water + Pigment + Paper Experiments in Watercolour from the AGGV Collection. Register online: learn/aggv-studio, in person at 1040 Moss Street or by phone: 250-384-4171 For more information email: See you in the Studio!

Bring your family to Blue Vista Resort and start a new tradition. Located steps from Bennett Bay and the Gulf Island National Reserve with its beaches and shoreline walks on Mayne Island, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation has been catering to families for over three decades. With nine individualized housekeeping cottages to choose from and a quiet lawn with barbecues, picnic tables and a children’s play area, this small family-run resort invites you to join a tradition many families have been enjoying for years. Cabins start at under $100/night. Visit for rates and details. 1-877-535-2424.

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. Registration forms available online: 250-383-5125 for details or email

This spring the City of Victoria offers a range of programs for everyone. Looking for ways to keep the kids busy and active over Spring Break? Try Horseback Riding Camp or World Cup Soccer Camp. There will be Spring Break Fun Swims daily from 1-3:30pm. Mom and Dad why not hire a personal trainer while the kids are in the pool? You can find more information on all our programs and services, as well as drop-in schedules, at or by calling 250-361-0732.

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is ready for a Spring season full of fun, learning, discovery, and exploring our watershed. Open to the public from 12pm-4pm, Thursday through Sunday and every holiday Monday. The Nature Centre has activities for all ages, including wildlife watching, a microscope station, craft station for kids, interactive maps, and a touch tank where you can get up close and personal with estuary creatures. This Spring Break we will be offering workshops for youth and families—check our Facebook Page or website for more info!

Winner of BC’s Remarkable Experience Award, the Horne Lake Caves is a natural jewel and one of the coolest family adventures on Vancouver Island. This park has wild adventure both above and below ground. Start with a video in Canada’s only Cave Theater and then hike and explore the crystal-filled caverns. Tours depart every day, year-round. Prefer your adventures above-ground? Try a rock rappelling session designed for beginners. Lakefront camping and canoe rentals are also available within walking distance. Visit us for Spring Break!

SKAM School of Performing Artsoffers 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

Nanaimo Conservatory. Our favorite rascally pirates are back at work, seeking adventure and treasure on the high seas. Join instructor Lindsay Suddaby for a funfilled week of music theatre during Spring Break. March 19-23 2018 (first week of Spring Break) 10am-4pm at the NCM. Pirates aged 8-14 are welcome. Early bird registration (if received by 1 March): $250. Registration (after 1 March): $350. Class size is limited, so register early. Register by phone at 250-754-4611 or in person at 375 Selby Street, Nanaimo. Please contact Shannon Maliteare (NCM Registrar) for more information 250-754-4611.

The Nanaimo Museum offers drop in programs for children ages 5-12 and their families during spring break. Admission by donation. Caregivers must be present. Self-guided Family Discovery days happen Fridays and Saturdays, March 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 10am-5pm. Popular drop-in theme programs run Mondays-Thursdays from 10am-2pm: Olympics @ The Museum (Mar 19 and 21), Coal Miners (Mar 20 and 28), Shipwrecked (Mar 22), Chewichikan and The Snuneymuxw (Mar 26), Coal Geology (Mar 27 and 29). We also have two special programs running from 10am-12noon this year, where you can explore a real miners cottage or create your own crystals to learn how coal forms: Miners Cottage (Mar 20 and 28) and Coal Geology (Mar 27 and 29).

Recreation Oak Bay is your headquarters for Spring Break Camp fun! Join us for themed activities, crafts, out-trips, swimming and more. There are so many different camps to choose from including Movie Mania, Byte Camp, Sticks and Kicks, Sportball Multisport Camp, and Challenger Camp. Have a blast at Oak Bay Recreation Centre with daily theme swims, fun on the ice or enjoy Specialty, Aquatic and Sports camps. Check or call 250-595-7946 to find the right camp for you!

Looking for Spring Break fun? Then try one of our great programs at Saanich Parks and Recreation. We have a large selection to choose from, including computers, dance, arts and crafts, martial arts, sports and daycamps for kids 5-15 years of age. Also, don’t forget about our fantastic fun swims in the pool or Everyone Welcome skates. Whatever you’re looking for, you will probably find it at one of our four recreation centres. Check out for more information.

St. Michaels University School. A break from school does not have to mean a break from learning. When students want to tackle something new and exciting, our Spring Break programs offer plenty of ways young people can stay entertained. From baking to sports to animation, holiday programs are diverse and engaging. The Passion Sports team also returns with more sell-out elite basketball camps. The Spring Break Programs at St. Michaels University School are open to all children in Victoria ages 5 to 15 and appeal to a wide range of interests. For information on any of these exciting programs, visit our website at or call (250) 370-6120.

Spring is all about new beginnings… so don’t wait a moment longer to learn to play music! Playing an instrument is a richly rewarding lifetime asset. Now is the time to begin your musical journey at Tom Lee Music Academy, where music is fun and learning is easy for all ages.

Providing a child with a foundation in music is one of the most valuable things a parent can do. At the Victoria Conservatory of Music we sing, we play, from Rock to Bach we have fun and this is the best way to begin a lifelong journey with music. We have awesome classes and individual studio instruction at both our downtown and Langford locations. Visit or call 250-386-5311 for details. Let’s Play!

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

Spend Spring Break with West Shore Parks & Recreation. This year we offer a variety of camps at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Centennial Centre and the Neighbourhood Learning Centre at Royal Bay School. Preschoolers will ‘Spring in to Action’ with camps for little chefs and young yogis. School age kids can try something new from Acting and Improv to Art, from Sports Camp to Mad Science. Visit for more, or call 250-478-838 to register. West Shore Parks & Recreation, 1767 Island Highway.•


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