We know the March Break camp scramble all too well—seems we’re no sooner through Christmas and suddenly it’s the beginning of March. Whether you’re looking for a week-long camp or a single day activity, we’ve put together a helpful list for Stoney Creek and Grimsby families who’d like to support camps and activities close to home.
Grimsby Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery hosts a popular March Break program for kids who want to explore their creative side. Half-day programs allow kids to learn skills in painting, drawing, clay and more. “Mini Maker Mornings” are for ages 5 to 8 years. Kids aged 8 to 12 can attend the “Avid Artist Afternoons.” Each day has a theme, from printmaking to found object sculpture. Instructor Jordyn Stewart is a big fan of child-focused programming and a graduate of the Specialist in Art and Art History program at U of T and Sheridan. Pre-register for the whole week or as many single half days as you like.
Ages? 5 to 12 years
Hours? 9:30 a.m. to noon (ages 5 to 8); 1:30 to 4 p.m. (ages 8 to 12)
How much? A single half day is $18 (gallery members) or $22 (non-members) except for Wednesday (Clay Day), which costs $20/$24. A full week of half days is $80 (members) or $96 (non-members).
How to register? In person at the gallery or by phone.
Stoney Creek School of Art
200 Jones Rd (Kiwanis Building), Stoney Creek
If you’re looking for an all-day, all-week March Break camp for your budding artist or half-day camps to keep boredom at bay, check out the offerings at the Stoney Creek School of Art. The Crafty World Camp, for ages 4 to 7, includes games, circle and story time. The Arts and Craft Camp, for ages 8 to 15, provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of art while keeping things fun. Every half-day has a different theme, from “safari adventures” to “at the beach.”
Ages? 4 to 15 years
Hours? 9 a.m. to noon (for campers attending in a.m. only); 1 to 4 p.m. (for campers attending in p.m. only); full day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How much? A full week of all-day camp is $175 and a full week of half-day camp is $90. A single full day is $50 and a single half-day is $35. Extended care is $8/day.
How to register? Phone for availability; mail in registration form on the website
183 South Service Rd, Unit #3, Grimsby
This Grimsby gymnastics club helps children improve agility, flexibility, balance, coordination and strength with the focus on fun. Their March Break camp includes games, crafts and team activities as well as gymnastics. Campers must bring two nut-free snacks and a lunch, plus a refillable water bottle. Register for one day, three days or the full week.
Hours? 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much? One day $36; any three days $95; full week $150; extended care $7/hour or $4/30 mins. HST is added to all fees.
How to register? Phone or email
Ball’s Falls Conservation Area camp
3292 Sixth Avenue, Vineland
905-562-5235 Ext. 22
Have your kids been cooped up all winter? Let them use their outdoor voices at Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s March Break camp at Ball’s Falls. Children aged 6 to 11 become winter explorers, pioneers, animal trackers, and competitors in a week full of games, skill building and hands-on history. They’ll learn how to make a winter fire, tap maple trees for syrup, identify animal footprints, play snow golf, help a blacksmith, and construct a winter survival shelter. Register for a day or the whole week.
Ages? 6 to 11 years
Hours? 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended care from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How much? One day $35; full week $140; extended care $5/day. 10% family discount when registering two or more children.
How to register? By phone, email or online
77 King Street W. Stoney Creek
Every day from March 13 to March 17, Battlefield House will host its Monumental March Break, promising fascinating activities that are fun for the whole family. Battlefield House bills itself as a “living history museum” where visitors can experience life in the early 19th century.
Ages? Any age
Hours? Noon to 4 p.m.
How much? Adults $7, seniors/youth $6, children $5, infants free, family $20
How to register? No registration necessary
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