Keeping your kids amused and occupied during March Break
By: Heather Pierce and Catherine Sim
While the children rejoice in their freedom from school, working parents struggle to find camps and activities to keep them busy. In part one of On the Danforth’s March Break series, we take a look at local camps for kids, ranging from the Shakespeare-lovers to the sports-obsessed.
Shakespeare is Boffo!
When: March 10-14, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: St. David’s Anglican Church, parish hall; 49 Donlands Ave.
What: Shakespeare is Boffo! is aimed at nine to 14-year-olds and is designed to introduce kids to Shakespeare in an active and fun way through the play’s fight scenes, as well as a little arts and crafts. This program enriches children’s understanding and enjoyment of both Shakespeare and theatre arts. The Shakespeare play this year will be (The Life and Death of) King John.
Contact: email@example.com / opendooratstds.ca / 416-466-3142
When: March 10-14, full week is 9 am to 4.30 pm; half day for the full week is 9 am to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm; single half days or full days available
Where: 663 Greenwood Ave.
What: Activities vary per day and include clay, theatre, watercolours, crafts, oil pastels and dancing. Healthy juices and snacks are supplied and materials are included in the price. Students should bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 12 children per day.
Contact: lucsculpture.com/march-break-art-camp / 416-461-7936
When: March 10-14, 8 am to 4:30/5:30 pm
Where: 155 Lamb Ave.
What: For kids ages eight to 13; “All About Animation”. Students work on creating an animation of their own while learning about various types of animation. We will have talks and presentations from visiting animators, which parents may join. Weather permitting, the kids spend some outdoor time engaging in physical activities and games each day. We end our March Break week with a screening of the kids’ animations at ArtCave. Snack is provided, no lunch.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / art-cave.ca / 416-670-9450
When: March 10-14; full day (9 am to 4 pm) and half day sessions (9 am to 12 pm; 12 pm to 4 pm); extended care available from 8 am to 5.30 pm
Where: 60 Bowden St.
What: For ages three to seven, kids will learn eight different sports including ball hockey, basketball, soccer and volleyball, while also participating in activities such as a LEGOplay program, arts and crafts, and co-operative games.
Contact: sportplay.ca/schedulesregistration/marchbreakcamp2014.html / 416-465-7439
When: March 10-14, 9 am to 3 pm, with extended care available from 8 am to 6 pm
Where: 1324 Danforth Ave
What: For ages six to 12, the students will sing, dance and act the musical Mary Poppins. Kids are taught in small classes and everyone gets a part. At the end of the week, look forward to a performance showcase for parents.