Spring break camps

There’s a hint of spring in the air (well at least there was on Sunday) which can only mean that Spring Break is just around the corner! If you’re looking for camps or activities for your kids to partake in over the two-week break, here are some suggestions ranging from music, art, sports, and nature-inspired options. 

Spring Break Arts Blast 
Rotary Centre for the Arts is offering 2-Day Spring Break Arts Blast camps for kids ages 5-11, Mon-Tue & Thurs-Fri. 

The ever popular 2-day camps offer two separate camps with different themes. These camps are designed for both boys & girls and feature a wide selection of fun and creative art activities – it's the total Arts Blast experience.

Each camp has a different theme and allows your child to explore the power of imagination, while raising self-esteem & confidence as they take classes in Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Guided by talented and inspiring "top flight" instructors, Arts Blast gives your child the opportunity for individual learning and growth.

Drop-in camps for kids are available as well as for Preschool kids.

For more information and registration click here.

Art Break
Art Break is a program offered by the Kelowna Art Gallery in partnership with Bumbershoot Theatre. 
March 14–24, 2016
9 am to 3 pm (time will be divided between the gallery and Bumbershoot Theatre)
Ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10
Cost per day: $65.00 ($50.00 for members)
(Sign up for any four classes and get the fifth class free)
Daily drop-ins are available.

The Kelowna Art Gallery and Bumbershoot Theatre are collaborating to offer two exciting weeks over Spring Break of art and theatre for children. Participants will be inspired by short field trips to different places in the Cultural District each day, and then will create visual and performance art based on their experiences. At the Gallery children will take part in fun and inspiring activities, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, and printmaking, and at Bumbershoot they will explore theatre through a variety of games and play.

To register call 250-762-2226, or stop by the Kelowna Art Gallery at 1315 Water Street.

Spring Break Fun Camps
Ages 5 – 12)

AM: H2O Seal Team Aquatic Camp (6–12YRS)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Accelerate your child’s swimming skills with our Aquatic Camp that features an hour Y swim lesson, followed by some time to try out the FlowRider®, slides and lazy river.

AM: Active Kids Camp (Ages 5 – 12)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Keep your children healthy and active with our morning Active Kid’s Camp! We’ll play a variety of kid approved active games on an indoor field, followed by a fun swim in the H2O pools.

PM: Y Theme Camps (Ages 5 – 12)
12:30 – 4:30 pm
Theme inspired crafts and games, group challenges and team building activities help make each week a unique experience! Add in twice weekly dips in the pool and a movie to end each week, and you have the ingredients for a Spring Break full of memories!

Week One Theme: Unleash Your Inner Scientist
Monday—Friday, March 14 – 18 (5 day)
Members: $80/week | Non-Members: $90/week

Week Two Theme: Spies and CSI’s
Monday—Thursday, March 21 – 24 (4 day)
Members: $64/week | Public: $72/week

City of Kelowna offering Half & Full Day Camps during Spring Break 
Check out the current Recreation Guide for camps ranging from Acrylic, Watercolour & Drawing Art Camp, Golf Camp, Sportacular Camp, Circus Yoga, Simon Fraser University Soccer Camp, and Xplore SportZ Camp as well as a licensed day camp through Watson Elementary & Bankhead Elementary School. 

Kelowna Actors Studio Spring Break Theatre Camps
Join Randy Leslie, Artistic Director and Angela Lavender, Artistic Associate for a fun filled, theatrical March Break. Modelled on Kelowna Actors Studio long running Summer Camps, our March Break Theatre Camps are taught by professional artist educators and are taught in a fun and focused learning environment. Five (or nine!) wonderful days are spent making new friends, and building skits, scenes, musical numbers and much more from the ground up, all the while exploring their imaginations! 

The energetic rehearsal process culminates in short group performances for fellow classmates. Lunch will be provided by the Kelowna Actors Studio.

Ages 7 to 12
Instructors: Randy Leslie & Angela Lavender
First Week $259 + GST
Second Week $209 + GST


Week 1 March 14 to 18
Week 2 March 21 to 24 (no class on Good Friday)

For more information and to book your spot click here.

Dance Camp through Ballet Kelowna 
This year, Ballet Kelowna is hosting an intensive week for experienced dancers that will include advanced ballet, Pilates mat class, pointe, repertoire, and a special choreographic intensive with Heather Myers. 
Date: March 14-18*
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00pm 
*Includes special family and friends showing for participants on Friday, March 18 from 4:00-5:00pm. 
Cost: $300 + tax
Register: by phone at 250-762-6105 or by emailing [email protected]

EECO Centre 3-half-day Spring Break Camps
Ages 5-7
Sign your kids up for a camp designed to engage them in nature!  The three-day Nature Detectives morning half-day camps are for specially geared for youngsters aged five to seven. Children will spend the mornings exploring the outdoors, completing craft projects, discovering trails and ponds, playing games, and meeting new friends!

The cost per three day session is $75/ per child.  For more information contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6139, email [email protected] or click here to register. 

Gymnastix Spring Break Camps
Join Gymnastix for fun-filled days at their gymnastics spring break camps & drop-in program in our engaging gymnastics facility. All spring break camp & drop-in activities are supervised by friendly, Gymnastics BC trained instructors who are focused on providing a safe and fun learning environment for everyone. Preschool age camp is also available. Registration is not required for drop-in activities. 

Trampoline & Tumbling Camp
Ages 7-10
Monday, March 14 – Thursday March 17 from 9 am – 12 pm 
Cost: $220/participant

Trampoline & Tumbling Camp
Ages 10-15
Monday, March 14 – Thursday March 17 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: $220/participant

Jump, Hop & Roll Drop-In
Ages walking – 5 years
Friday, March 18 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am (Wednesdays will resume after spring break)

Funtastic Gymnastics Camps
Preschool Ages 3-5
Elementary Ages 6-12
Monday, March 21 – Thursday March 24 from 9 am – 12 pm
Cost $199/participant

Join Gymnastix's popular theme based camps that incorporate instructional skill building gymnastics, games, crafts and tons of fun. They encourage kids to be active as well as build new friendships in a safe and positive environment.

For more information and to register for any of the Spring Break camps at Gymnnastix, click here.

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