Day Camps are a long-standing children’s programme at THEMUSEUM. Since 2008, over 1200 campers have had a fantastic time at THEMUSEUM. We aim to awe, inspire and enlighten through our engaging educational camp programs.
Currently, we offer two main camp streams, our Day Camps (ages 4 – 12) and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camps (ages 9 – 14) for Winter Break, March Break, PD Days and Summer. Join us at THEMUSEUM for a day of exploration, creativity and fun! Learn about a variety of exciting topics guaranteed to ignite curiosity.
THEMUSEUM Day Camps
Ages 4 – 12
THEMUSEUM’s Day Camps give children the opportunity to learn about a range of topics in a fun, hands-on, age-appropriate way. Campers will learn through hands-on activities, demonstrations by our trained Camp Leaders, exploration of our exhibitions and through creating artwork inspired by the day’s programming. There’s a lot to do at out themed camps for children with different interests and skill levels.
Registration fees can be paid in person (cash, Interac) or by filling out the credit card section on the registration form (Visa or Mastercard). We do not accept registrations over the phone.
Please note that Day Camp registrations received within two weeks of the start of camp automatically incur an administration fee of $5.
PD Day Camps
Campers get free time in our interactive exhibits as well as guided time within our temporary exhibitions. Those taking part in our PD Day Camps have the opportunity to complete exciting hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and educational discussions. Each day, campers will create crafts and fridge-worthy artwork that can be proudly displayed for years to come. In addition, all are welcome to attend all of THEMUSEUM’s public shows and even participate in private workshops featuring special guests!
Date: April 12, 2019
Inspired by our spring exhibitions, future artists will learn about colour mixing, colour theory, pointillism and doodling. By understanding line types and weight, value and shape in art, you’ll become a dandy drawer in no time!
Easter Egg Mystery
Date: April 22, 2019
Oh no – we need to find out who stole the Easter Bunny’s eggs… or there will be no more candy! This Easter Monday mystery allows young detectives to use critical thinking to follow the clues – and uncover some sweet treats in the process.
Date: May 31, 2019
Sensational Storytelling: In this PD Day Camp learn about language and story-telling. Listen to an Indigenous Story Teller who shares tips on how to weave a successful story, while also writing and illustrating your very own book.
Into the Deep Blue Sea
Date: June 28, 2019
Into the Deep Blue Sea: In honour of World Oceans Day, explore oceans around Canada and the conservation efforts that are made to keep them clean. Delve into the habits of interesting sea creatures and understand the food sources in Canadian waters.
March Break Camp
Campers get free time in our interactive exhibits as well as guided time within our temporary exhibitions. Those taking part in our March Break Camps have the opportunity to complete exciting hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and educational discussions. Each day, campers will create crafts and fridge-worthy artwork that can be proudly displayed for years to come. In addition, all are welcome to attend all of THEMUSEUM’s public shows and even participate in private workshops featuring special guests!
Art & Tech at Play
Date: March 11 – March 15, 2019
Experiment with new media and contemporary art using storytelling and play! We’ll spend time learning about the artists featured in THEMUSEUM’s exhibition and will create artwork inspired by the installations.
Our Summer Day Camps have something for everyone! We start the day outside with fresh air and sunshine (weather permitting) before going back inside to THEMUSEUM’s four interactive floors. Campers have the chance to play games, learn new skills and take part in educational and art-based activities inspired by the day’s events. They are also welcome to take part in THEMUSEUM’s public shows, workshops and interact with a variety of special guests.
Registration opens February 11, 2019 through our new online portal.
World of Water
Date: July 1-5, 2019 & August 26-30, 2019
We’re taking a trip around the world to learn about oceans, lakes and rivers. Discover the animals that live in these waterways and the people who live on the banks. If we all work together, we can protect one of our most precious resources – water!
Into the Galaxy
Date: July 8-12, 2019 & August 5-9, 2019
Discover how stars and planets are formed and learn about subatomic particles and the different types of galaxies! We’ll take a trip around the Universe with a StarLab Star Show and then make a star-themed craft while exploring how important the stars are in Indigenous Canadian culture.
Date: July 15-19, 2019 & August 12-16, 2019
Atoms, acids and bases – oh my! Get your safety goggles on… we’re learning the history of science and experimenting with chemical art and types of reactions.
Date: July 22-26, 2019
Something very valuable has been locked away – and only YOU can find it. Using quick wit and critical thinking, campers will work together to crack the code before time runs out. This puzzle will put math, engineering and art skills to the ultimate test!
Date: July 29-August 2, 2019 & August 19-23, 2019
Games, in various forms, have been played since the dawn of time. Delve into the history of games from around the world before creating your very own games to take home with you!
The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camp
Ages 9 – 14
THEMUSEUM’s Underground Studio MakerSpace opened in 2016 as a place for people of all ages to explore making, tinkering and hands-on learning. The Underground Studio MakerSpace camps are designed to challenge and develop the skill sets of our older campers giving them a chance to learn and experiment in our PD Day Camps and the thrill of success from completing a project during our week-long school break camps.
The Underground Studio MakerSpace
Please note that at this time, The Underground Studio MakerSpace Summer Camps and March Break camp are full week registration only.PD Days
PD Day Camps
Conceptualize, brainstorm and learn through doing! Our trained educators will guide campers to design, create and execute projects from scratch using their own imagination. The sky truly is the limit – we want to see your ideas come to life. Mistakes will be made along the way and plans will change, which is all part of the process. Persistence and perseverance will prevail, with amazing results to show!
Date: April 12, 2019
Think It! Explore the brain by learning about the fascinating magnetic fluid known as ferrofluid and how it’s being used to advance healthcare. In partnership with Lucas Zeer and Julia Zangoulos from The Brainery, campers will build and code a cool interactive that allows them to move the ferrofluid using Arduinos and computer programming.
Date: May 31, 2019
No place to keep that hard-earned birthday money? Using 3D modelling software and printing, make your very own piggy bank for all that coin.
Date: June 28, 2019
Put those design skills to the test by creating a one-of-a-kind original costume! Campers will learn how to measure (twice and cut once) and use a sewing machine to make their design, using supplied materials and fabrics. Bonus: Costume can incorporate light up components!
March Break Camps
Date: March 11 – March 15 2019
Marble Madness: Inspired by the BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, campers will create a circuit marble maze equipped with tunnels that light up when the marble goes through!
Registration opens February 11, 2019 through our new online portal.
STEAM Powered Girls
Date: July 29, 2019 – August 2, 2019
We’ve pulled together an all-star lineup of women working in various STEAM fields to educate and empower the next generation of STEAM girls. Campers will create individual projects based on woodworking, circuitry and soldering, computer programming and textiles.
Date: August 5-9, 2019
Know the science behind the tricks! Campers will create optical illusions by playing tricks of light, colour and secret compartments.
Date: August 12-16, 2019
From conception to creation, campers will make all of their toymaking decisions! From deciding on what kinds of toy to make, the toys purpose and how to design it, campers will take home a creation that is truly their own.
STEAM Powered Girls 2.0
Date: August 19-23, 2019
Continuing with our all-star lineup of women working in various STEAM fields, campers will build off of what they learned in our first round of STEAM Powered Girls. Using advance techniques, campers will create new projects based on woodworking, circuitry and soldering, computer programming and textiles. Participants are not be required to attend the first camp, though it is an asset.
Date: August 26-30, 2019
How does colour affect your mood? Campers will solder together their own mood light lamp and program it using computer programming. This is one creation that campers will love to experiment with at home!
Themed Summer Camps are available to children between the ages of 4-12. Depending on the number of children, we split campers into groups based on age: 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12. Campers take part in activities and programs designed to be age and skill-appropriate. If campers wish to be paired with siblings or friends of different ages, please indicate in the notes section of your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate that request.
Due to the technical nature of our MakerSpace Camps, they are only available for children between the ages of 9 – 14.
Drop-off and Pick-up Times
Camp programming run from 9:00 am – 4:15 pm. THEMUSEUM offers free extended care between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and between 4:15 – 5:30 pm. We cannot accept campers in our space prior to 8:00 am. Pick-up after 5:30 will incur late fees of $10 for the first 15 minutes (i.e. 5:30 – 5:45 pm) and $5 for every 15 minutes or part thereafter.
Please fill out the fillable registration forms and either return the forms in person or attached the scanned PDFs to an email to camps@THEMUSEUM.ca. We cannot accept photographs of registration forms.
Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, registration on the day of the camp is not guaranteed; payment must be received at the time of registration. Smartphone images/faxed copies of a form will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the camp in order to receive a refund. THEMUSEUM does not provide refunds for days missed due to illness.
Day Camps maintain a 10:1 ratio of campers to trained Camp Leaders. Camp Leaders are supported by volunteers and co-op students who have provided vulnerable sector police background checks.
The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camps maintain a 7:1 ratio of campers to staff with a maximum group size of 20 campers.
What to Bring
All campers must bring nut-free lunches, two snacks and a bottle of water. Bear in mind that a camp day is longer than a regular school day. For safety, campers must wear closed-toe shoes when attending camp. If your child is prone to accidents, please pack a change of clothing.
Please bring sunblock and appropriate outdoor clothing during the summer when campers have daily offsite trips.
Campers attending the MakerSpace camps must bring a bag to store supplies in addition to the above-mentioned
Please do not send your child to camp with personal toys, games, trading cards or electronics as THEMUSEUM cannot be held responsible for lost or broken items.
THEMUSEUM Day Camps are inclusive to children with special needs. Please inform camp staff, in writing, of any exceptionalities your child may have. This will allow us to best accommodate your child so that they have a successful time at camp.
It is recommended that a community support worker accompanies children with special needs. In some instances, a community worker will be required. THEMUSEUM cannot provide 1:1 care for campers with special needs.
If your child receives one-on-one support at school (e.g. with a dedicated Educational Assistant), requires withdrawal assistance, or is on a behavior plan, you must provide your child with a community worker. Such options include:
- Private care agencies (e.g. Bartimeus, Premier Home Care, Care.com)
- Additional resources are available on the CHAP Resources section of respiteservices.com.
- For additional information and resources, please contact Extend-A-Family, a local support service.
Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region
91 Moore Ave
Activities and Schedule
The programming time is broken into 30-minute sections to provide variety and ensure that the campers have a chance to move. Camp activities include games, hands-on activities, demonstrations, discussion, exploring THEMUSEUM’s exhibitions, art projects inspired by the day’s themes, and private workshops. Campers also have access to THEMUSEUM’s special guest performances.
Below is a generic schedule for THEMUSEUM’s Themed Day Camp.
During the Summer Camp (July 2nd – August 31st) campers will spend the morning at a local park for free play (weather permitting).
|8:00 – 9:00||Drop Off (free extended care)|
|9:00 – 9:30||Welcome – Rules, songs, briefing on the day’s activities|
|9:30 – 10:00||SNACK|
|10:00 – 12:00||Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, public performances, explore exhibitions, park time (during Summer Camp)|
|1:00 – 2:30||Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, explore exhibitions|
|3:00 – 3:45||Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, explore exhibitions|
|3:45 – 4:00||Debriefing and Clean Up|
|4:00 – 5:30||PICK UP!! (Free extended care)|
Feedback and Evaluation
We are grateful to have your children take part in our programming. To continue to offer the best service and programming possible, we ask that you give us your feedback using the link below. This brief survey with your child about both your experience and their experiences with THEMUSEUM’s Day Camps.Refund/Cancellation Policy
Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, registration on the day of the camp is not guaranteed; payment must be received at time of registration, and a $5 administration fee applies to all registrations within 14 days of the camp date. Smart phone images/faxed copies of a form will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the camp date in order to receive a gift card to THEMUSEUM for the full amount or receive a 50% refund of total cost. Free transfers are available to another date/week dependent on availability.