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2015 KW Summer Camps

A mom and daughter review

I am always looking for great summer camps to send my daughter to in the Kitchener Waterloo Region. I never know if she is going to like the camp or if it will be worth the cost. To help others choose camps next year we thought we would review this summer’s camps.

My daughter’s favorite dinosaur is the brontesaurus. She learned more about them and other dinosaurs at museum camp this summer.

Background

My daughter is 6 years old. Her main interests are animals, princesses, building lego, reading, and playing pretend games with her imagination. Her side interests are sports, dinosaurs, and science.

I work as a research and development director at a local start up and have been in the tech field for the last 15 years. I feel strongly about getting more women and girls into STEM and as such try to put her into camps that promote this, but that she will also enjoy.

Here’s our review!

Engineering Science Camp

Organization: University of Waterloo

Hours: 8:ooam-5:00pm

Cost:190$

Daughter

Slime on the left and star galaxy on the right.

Best Parts

  • Making slime and the star galaxy.
  • Making and eating ice cream.
  • Playing outside.

Worst Parts

  • Going home.
  • Long walk from drop off location to classroom.

Mom

Best Parts

  • Every day they send home questions to ask your kids about what they learned. This starts fantastic conversations.
  • She learned a lot.
  • Counselors were AMAZING and took great care of the kids.

Worst Parts

  • Pick-up time is early for me as a working parent and you have to park and walk about 10 minutes as it is on campus.

THEMUSEUM Galaxy Quest and DINOmite Camp

Organization: THEMUSEUM

Hours: 8:00am-5:30pm

Cost:155$(for members)185$(for non-members)

Daughter

Starting from the left. One eyed purple people eater monster, amber fossil, monster egg and nest.

Best Parts

  • Seeing the dinosaurs.
  • Going in the balloon and dot room.
  • Talent show on the last day.
  • Making a monster, a monster egg, and an amber fossil.

Worst Parts

  • I didn't want to go home. It was so fun.

Mom

Best Parts

  • She learns a lot about various sciences.
  • She spends time outside every day at a local park.
  • It is affordable and has great pick up and drop off times.
  • She has fun every day!

Worst Parts

  • It is in downtown kitchener (used to be best part when I worked down there).

Lego Castle Building Camp

Organization: Brick Works Academy

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm

Cost:250$

Daughter

She made many many of these beaded designs

Best Parts

  • Going to waterloo park and finding minerals.
  • Building Lego.
  • Beading.

Worst Parts

  • Only having one lunch and having to eat snack alone.

Mom

Best Parts

  • She played lego and made crafts each day.
  • She played in waterloo park when the weather was good.

Worst Parts

  • Picking her up the first day and the movie they were watching was so loud she complained that her ears hurt.
  • The fact that they watch movies before and after camp. It says that on the website, but I missed it.
  • She had to ask to have her snacks in the daytime and eat them in the hall so the equipment didn't get dirty. Sometimes she went with friends and sometimes not.
  • She didn't actually build a castle.

Animaniacs Summer Day Camp

Organization: Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm

Cost:185$

Daughter

Craft she started at camp and finished at home

Best Parts

  • Cleaning a cat cage.
  • Seeing presentations about animals.
  • Liked going to the farm.

Worst Parts

  • No worst parts.

Mom

Best Parts

  • Structure activities with different animals and organizations each day.
  • She did an outing to a farm and learned about farm animals.
  • Outdoor camp with a lot of activity. She got so much exercise I had to put twice the amount of food in her lunch and she ate huge dinners.

Worst Parts

  • Location wasn’t easy for me to do the drop off and pick up times easily with work (but thankfully I had help from my sister that week).

Royal City Soccer Camp (Waterloo Park)

Organization: Royal City Soccer Camp

Cost: 140$ (early bird) 155$ regular

Hours: 8:00am-5:30pm

Daughter

Each kid gets a soccer ball on the last day of camp.

Best Parts

  • Swimming at Moses Springer Pool.
  • Getting a medal at the end of the week.
  • Playing lots of running around games.
  • Getting jumbo freezies on the last day.
  • Playing the World Cup on the last day.

Worst Parts

  • Having to weather a thunderstorm under the tables in the gazebo.
  • Going home.

Mom

Best Parts

  • Morning is spent running around playing soccer. Afternoon is spent swimming! A lot of physical activity.
  • Great location and flexible pick up and drop off times.

Worst Parts

  • none…

Favorite Camp

Daughter: Soccer Camp

Mom: Museum Camps

Least Favorite Camp

Daughter: Lego Camp

Mom: Lego Camp

What great camps did your kids go to in the waterloo region?

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