Day Camps are not just for Kids Anymore

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

When most parents think about summer programs for kids, they feel that programs are created more for smaller children, like toddlers. However, there are camp options for older children to have fun when out of school for the summer. Summer camps in Toronto offer programming that cater to what older children enjoy, from sports to arts and crafts. When your child is out of school for the summer, they need something to do. Children are often looking for ways to spend their time, as they are used to scheduled activities. By enrolling in summer day camp, your child can stay busy, have fun and make new friends.

Unique Programming

For toddler and smaller day camp, the programs are more geared towards giving parents a few hours of alone time. Kids enjoy activities and play but for older children, the summer day camps are programmed more to offer specialty areas. Take for example the options offered by Zodiac Day Camp. From Creative Kidz to Mega Sports, your child will have the ability to enroll in a program that suits their individual tastes.

Creative programs like the Creative Kidz offered by Zodiac provides a variety of artistic activities. Your child will be able to use their imagination to unleash their creativity with a number of mediums including paint, print making, sculpture and more. Additional programming include exploring the world via science and discovery, sports-oriented programs, adventure options and more.

These types of programs are open to children ages 6.5 to 12.5, which gives this age group plenty to enjoy. Kids will love having activities to take part in during the summer months and the opportunity to make new friends in the process.

Leadership Programs

For older children in their teens, programming is offered to help establish leadership in the community. Leadership programs are open to kids ages 12.5 to 15.5. They offer workshops and training sessions to see your child learn from leadership coordinators and experts in child development, effective discipline and other areas. Your child can learn from these experts and have the ability to apprentice as well as participate as a camp counselor once training is complete.

Overall, it is important to keep your child busy so they can use up their energy during the summer months. Kids need to stay active and with camp options and classes offered by Zodiac Day Camp, they will be able to stay busy, having fun and making friends along the way. Contact our office today to find out what options we have that will cater to your child’s age group as well as activities they enjoy. Once enrolled, your child will be introduced to new activities and truly enjoy their summer off from school.

Reasons Why Parents Are Thankful for Day Camps

Day camps for kids are a great way to keep children busy during the summer months. Day camps offer great programming, from swimming and basketball to arts and crafts. Your child is sure to love kids camp in Toronto, but what’s in it for you? Surprisingly, a lot! Parents can certainly benefit from enrolling kids in day camp. Read on to see how.

Alone Time

When you become a parent, alone time becomes a thing of the past. You learn to do a multitude of tasks simultaneously as you are constantly running after the kids. You never have a minute to yourself. By enrolling your kids in day camp, you are gifting yourself with a little bit of ‘Me’ time. Take this time to relax with a hot bath with no child yelling, MOM! Or go shopping by yourself. Enjoy time with a friend. The options are truly endless. While your kid is having fun at camp, you can be having a little fun of your own!

Watch Your Child Make Friends

There is nothing harder on a parent than watching a shy child have trouble making friends. At day camp, it is much easier to make friends as there are group activities and children can enjoy finding friends who have similar interests. You will benefit from summer day camp as your child learns how to make friends and you see them begin to build relationships with others.

Babysitting Help

Many day camps are offered for the entire day which can be helpful when you are a working parent. Camp drop off can coincide with your work schedule, making it easy for your kid to go to camp without it conflicting with your work day. Drop your child off at camp, head to work, then pick them up at the end of the day. You have completed your work tasks and your child is filled with stories about their day. It’s a win/win situation!

Life-Building Skills

While parents take on the caregiver and teacher role with their child, it can be difficult for some children to pick up skills from their parents. At camp, children can learn from a variety of sources, such as the counselors and other kids. While you might struggle teaching your child how to throw a baseball, a camp counselor can easily help. As your child attends summer camp, you can begin to see just how much they learn from others, including self-confidence, leadership skills, swimming, etc. Children often learn by copying others so by being around children their own age, your child will be able to learn new things that might have otherwise been unattainable.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a stimulating environment within our day camps. We have programs for children of all ages so you can easily find an option for your child. Enrollment is simple and you will see your child having fun, making friends and learning new skills. In the meantime, you can enjoy a little time to yourself while your child is away at camp!

Benefits of Day Camp for Preschoolers

From the time a child is born, parents provide the ultimate care, love and protection. Once kids reach a certain age however, they benefit from being introduced to kids their own age and enjoy a little independence from mom and dad. Day camp for kids is a great way to give parents a break and allow small children to interact with kids their own age. Preschoolers can benefit greatly from attending day camp, from learning how to share to getting along with others. Read on about these many benefits below.

Time Away from Parents

To begin, summer day camp will provide children with time away from parents. The parents are able to take a break while the kids learn some independence. When kids are not separated from their parents, they may have a hard time going to primary school when the time comes. While day camp is not school, it gives children the experience of being away from home and the ability to adjust to new surroundings.

Sharing

Because kids are introduced to others their own age, they learn many valuable traits such as sharing. All children benefit from learning how to share be it during playtime or group activities. Children learn how to share with others which teaches compassion and friendship qualities.

Making New Friends

By attending summer camp, preschoolers are able to meet kids their own age and make new friends. Preschoolers learn how to interact with others, how to play together and how to get along. By learning how to get along with others at an early age, your preschooler will be better equipped to attend primary school and get along with classmates during school hours.

Self-Confidence

Many small children are often shy and have a hard time breaking out of their shell. With summer day camp, preschoolers learn how to socialize and have fun. Kids take part in group activities, sports, arts & crafts, drama,  and more which allow them to feel more comfortable as they try new things. Often times, it takes placing a child away from their parents and introducing them to a new environment for the child to be able to build independent self-confidence.

By trying new activities and earning praise, your child will feel more comfortable trying new things again and again. Your preschooler will also be influenced by friends in day camp who are willing to try new things. Many times, it takes seeing another child trying an activity for others to feel comfortable giving it a go.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer many preschool-aged programs that will be of benefit to your child in a variety of ways. By contacting our office, we can help you find the right summer program to help your child gain confidence, make friends and simply have a good time being a kid. Learn more by giving our office a call today!

Why Theme Days are important at Summer Day Camp

 

When your child is old enough to attend summer camp, you will find that each day offers new and exciting activities. Many kid camps in Toronto offer feature theme days so kids can express themselves even more and gain more camp spirit. Learn more about these theme days below and how they are beneficial to your children.

What Are Theme Days?

A theme day is a day that the camp has picked to represent something fun. It could be a colour theme, or a sport; basically anything. The goal is to make the day more fun and to encourage participation. Camp counselors will talk about the theme day leading up to the event and encourage campers to be creative in coming up with their own ideas. Theme days are just a fun way to keep campers involved and to promote creativity.

Dress-Up Day

As part of theme days, your child may be asked to dress up from time to time. Kids may be asked to wear certain colours or dress up like a character, food, etc. Camp counselors like to keep things exciting so theme days may be based on superhero’s or other categories that are exciting to children. Kids love to play dress-up and be creative. Plus, using their imagination helps the kids to gain more self-confidence in expressing themselves.

Camp Spirit

When everyone participates in dress-up and theme days, it helps to promote camp spirit. Sometimes kids can feel left out or sad about missing their parents while at camp. With these theme days and dress-up time, kids are able to feel a sense of teamwork with others and gain camp spirit. Children find theme days to be exciting at camp and enjoy taking part in the group activities.

Promoting camp spirit is done via themed days to create a sense of unity. When everyone is dressed in one colour or in a particular theme, it helps everyone feel as if they belong. Fun games and activities usually coincide with the theme day which helps to bring about even more camp spirit and unity to the day.

Many children are shy and may have trouble making friends. By helping them be excited about theme days and encouraging participation, you are helping your child to build self-confidence. On the next theme day, your child may be more willing to take part and be even more excited to create a fun costume. Encourage them to take part and see what happens as they begin to find new friends and feel more involved at camp.

At Zodiac Day Camp we offer theme days during summer camp to give kids something to look forward to and to promote creativity and imagination. By contacting our office, you can learn more about our camping programs and what type of themes we promote. Overall, we provide a fun and loving environment so your child is able to thrive and enjoy their time away from home, making friends and having a great time.

Questions Parents Should Ask Before Choosing a Day Camp

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

When choosing a day camp for your child, there is a lot involved. As parents, we have to do everything we can to ensure the camp we choose is right for our child. With so many day camps for kids available today, it can be hard to choose which one will work best for our kids. Below are a few questions you can ask potential camps to ensure that your child will be safe as well as have an enjoyable time during day camp.

What are your operating hours? How Does drop off and pick-up take place?

These are two important questions. First, you want to know the operating hours to ensure it meets your scheduling needs. Second, you need to know how drop-off and pick-up works. You want to be sure that your child will be safe and not leave with anyone not approved by you.

Are Counselors Certified in CPR or other Safety Courses?

Because camp counselors will be taking care of your child, you want them to be certified in CPR and other safety courses in order to protect your child. Counselors should have basic first aid knowledge including CPR and know what to do in an emergency situation.

Do You Serve Lunch or Should I Provide Meals? What About Allergies?

These are also great questions. You need to know if lunch and snacks are provided or if this is something you will need to provide. Asking about allergies is also important. If your child has a food allergy, they need to be protected. But it is also important to find out about other children’s allergies so that you do not send any foods that could harm them at camp.

What Activities are Offered?

When choosing a summer day camp, it is also important to find out what activities are offered. You want your child to be busy with fun activities like sports and arts & crafts. By asking what is offered during the daily schedule, you will be able to find out exactly what the camp offers and decide if the activities are something your child will show interest in. Think about your child’s interests. Do they like sports? Do they enjoy swimming? How about painting or dancing? Look for kids camps that incorporate these activities so your child will be sure to have a fun time.

When is Registration?

For most summer camps, there are registration deadlines. Camps only have so many spots for children as they are restricted due to the classroom size and counselor to child ratio. Find out about registration times so that you do not miss out on signing up your child for camp.

When looking for a quality day camp program for your child, look no further than Zodiac Day Camp. We offer a long list of quality camp options so that your child can have fun and make new friends. Contact our office today to learn more about the many programs we offer.

Easy Nutritious Lunch Ideas for Day Camp

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Going to summer camp means your child is set to have a great time, enjoying fun games and sports, making new friends and just enjoy being a kid. Whether your child goes to a summer day camp for a full or half day, you will most likely be providing lunch. When preparing your child’s lunch each day, you want to provide something nutritious but also stay within camp guidelines. Camps normally do not want children eating a ton of sugar or bringing any nut products as they may result in an allergic reaction for other kids. After a few days, you may run out of ideas for your kid’s lunch without them eating the same thing over and over. Below are a few nutritious lunch ideas that your kids are sure to love for summer camp.

Rev Up a Sandwich with Wrap Style

Instead of sending the standard turkey sandwich, choose a tortilla and create a fun wrap. You can use the plain flour tortillas or use a spinach wrap to add in extra vitamins and minerals. Use your child’s favourite sandwich meat and cheese, adding in veggies they enjoy as well for a full wrap. You can even cut the wrap into pinwheels so that they have bite-size pieces to enjoy. Add some fruit to the lunch and you have a full meal!

Meat and Cheese

Speaking of meat and cheese, why not pack your kids a little mix of their favourites. Take a few slices of sandwich meat, cheese cubes, pretzels and fruit and you have a nice tray of assorted items that your kids are sure to love. This can be done in a variety of ways so your child never gets tired of this meal idea.

Leftovers

When mornings are busy, leftovers are a great way to send a delicious and nutritious meal for your child to enjoy. After dinner, if there are leftovers, go ahead and pack them up and have it ready for the morning. This way, you can simply grab the meal and go!

Soup

If you have an older child in summer day camp, it can be quite nice to enjoy a cup of soup. Older children will be better capable of eating soup without making a mess and will be able to benefit from the vitamins and minerals included.

Following Camp Rules

Be sure to learn what rules the camp has on food items. You want to be sure that your child’s food can be heated if needed or send items that don’t require heating. You also want to learn about any allergies of children attending the camp, that way you won’t send food items that could harm them.

Alternatively, if your child’s camp provides a catered lunch option, let the camp take take away the hassle of meal planning and meal prep. Catered camp lunches provide a healthy and substantial food option ensuring kids get the nutrients they need. Many children’s catering companies are in nut free facilities and are conscious when catering to children with allergies.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we make it easy for you to pack nutritious lunches or to order the catered camp lunch, both of which your child can enjoy.  We are happy to provide more lunch tips!

3 Ways Day Camp Connects Kids to Their Community

Summer day camp is much more than a place for kids to go and have fun. With Toronto Day Camp, children are able to learn more about the community, make friends and expand their horizons. It is important for children to learn about the local community and feel as if they are a part of their city. Below are a few ways that day camp helps to connect kids to the community, helping them to become productive citizens in the future.

Arts & Crafts

Most communities have an arts and crafts scene, be it with art museums, art galleries or craft fairs and festivals. With summer day camp, your child will be involved in arts & crafts activities, learning more about how the local community supports the arts. Local artists can come in to show the children how to create with certain mediums and the children can then apply what they’ve learned. From painting to sculpting, children are taught how art is associated with their community and learn how to have a role in such activities.

Sports

Most day camps offer sports activities such as soccer, basketball, baseball and more. Often times, children learn how to play a sport for the very first time while away at summer day camp. Once your child shows an interest in a sport, you can attend local events from pro games to local universities. Your child can see how the sport is played locally and even join a team for youngsters if they really enjoy the activity.

Meeting New People

As with any experience, your child is going to meet new people. The children that your kids interact with at camp are a great way to get to know the local community. Your child can make new friends from different neighborhoods, different nationalities or even different ages. Summer day camp brings together people who might not have otherwise met.

As your child makes new friends, you can schedule playdates and get-togethers, visiting new areas of the community along the way. Your child will be introduced to new people and learn how to make friends which is beneficial to their teenage years as well as into adulthood.

Overall, attending summer day camp has many benefits including getting to know the local community. By allowing your child to take part in day camp, they can learn more about the history of the community, the local art scene, sports and more. Your child will have a well-rounded idea as to what your local community offers and have a willingness to explore new things.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we provide a loving place for children to explore and learn. With a variety of program options, your child will get to know the community, take part in new and interesting activities as well as make new friends along the way. Discover more about our many programs we offer by contacting us today. We look forward to providing you with the camp options you and your child need.

Is your child a little shy? 5 Day camp ideas that may help with confidence.

It is not uncommon for children to be shy. For parents, it can be difficult to learn how to help your child overcome shyness and make new friends. Kids summer camps are a great way to introduce your child to new activities, helping them make new friends in the process. Checkout a few ideas below to help your child defeat shyness.

Talk About Camp Beforehand

Once you enroll your child in summer camp, be sure to talk to your child about what will happen during camp. Many times, children become even shyer when introduced to new situations. Take your child to camp before it starts and let them see where they will be going and explain what activities are being offered. Introducing your child to camp will help him or her be more prepared for what is to come. Being comfortable with camp is a great way to begin  building confidence.

Alert Camp Counselors

It is also a good idea to alert camp counselors of your child’s shyness. This way, the counselor can help your child to come out of their shell by facilitating conversations with them and other campers in the group.. The counselor can help your child make friends as well as place them in situations where they are comfortable but also able to gain more confidence in the process.

Choose a Favorite Activity

When considering a day camp for enrollment, think about activities that your child enjoys. Does your child like to go swimming? If so, consider a camp that includes swimming on the schedule. With arts & crafts, sports, imaginative play and more, your child will have plenty to do. Help them by enrolling in a camp that offers activities that they enjoy so they will feel comfortable and gain confidence along the way as they get to know the daily schedule of camp.

Enrollment Size

It is important to consider the enrollment size of day camp based on your child’s age group. For shy kids, it can be beneficial to have a smaller group size so that your child can get to know each kid and feel more comfortable when taking part in activities. Find a camp that offers a smaller enrollment size so your child does not feel overwhelmed being surrounded by a large group of children during camp.

Stay Positive

Once camp begins, be sure to stay positive and help your child see the benefits of camp. For shy kids, they may feel anxious going to camp. Each day after camp ends, talk to your child and find out what they liked about their day. If they had an issue during the day, talk it out and try to come up with a way they could have been less shy or more interactive with the other children. By keeping a positive attitude, your child will be able to gain confidence and enjoy the summer camp experience.

To learn more about summer day camps, contact our office at Zodiac Day Camp. We provide several program options for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Toronto Day Camp Activities your child would enjoy

Toronto day camp is a great way for parents in the city to offer activities for their children to enjoy. From the toddler age to preteen and beyond, day camps are on offer to keep your kids busy having fun as well as learning new skills. Read on to see what activities your child might enjoy during the summer or year round.

Sports

One of the most popular activities offered at day camp are a variety of sports. Camps can provide basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming and more. Kids enjoy trying new sports and learning new skills to excel in playing the game. Many camps offer a variety of sports so children have access to a nice variety and can determine which sport they enjoy best.

Arts & Crafts

Day camp in Toronto also provides a creative outlet for kids to enjoy arts & crafts. From painting to drawing and clay creation, arts & crafts allows your child to express themselves through art. You will have keepsakes to remember your child at a young age as they complete paintings, drawings, clay creations and more.

Creative Play

Allowing your child to use their imagination is key to fun and exploration. During Toronto day camp, your child will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy creative play. During day camp, there will be time for dress-up, singing, interactive play with others, theater and many more options for expanding the imagination. Your child will love being able to express themselves in a variety of ways and expanding their imaginative play in the process.

Science and Outdoor Adventure

Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning more. At day camp, children can learn science experiments, robotics, and discover how things work. There will be opportunities to go outside and explore the great outdoors including learning more about camping, even at a day camp! Your child will love what new things they can learn and discover.

When your child attends day camp at a young age, they will see the teens in action as camp counselors and instructors. As your younger child attends camp each year, they may show interest in becoming a camp counsellor or an instructor when they get older. Talk to your younger child about the teens and their role at camp so they can see the opportunities they can take advantage of when they are a few years older.

These are just a few examples of what day camp programs can provide your child. Speak to the camp administrative team to find out what options are available to your child, including half day camps and full day options.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a wide range of camp options to help your child experience new activities, making friends and staying busy during the summer months or after school. Contact our office today to speak with our staff, learning more about programs and what is available to your child based on age as well as activities offered.

Finding the right camp for kids with asthma

Summer camps for kids are a great way in which to provide an outlet of fun for your child. In the summer months, children can quickly become bored at home.

Day camps for kids will provide entertainment such as interactive activities with children of the same age group. There are many different types of summer camps offered for children with some focusing on the arts while others focus on sports or outdoor activities. For parents with children who have health concerns, it is important to find a camp that has the necessary resources to make their camp experience a success. One example of this is asthma. When a child has asthma, they can be restricted from certain activities as well as have health issues that must be addressed.

So how do you find the right summer camp for your child who suffers from asthma? By asking the right questions and doing your research, you will find the right option for your child to make new friends and enjoy activities during the summer months.

Limited Activities

Consider what activities that your child may not be able to enjoy. Sometimes, children cannot take part in sports due to breathing issues from asthma. If your child is not able to participate in sports, you want to lean towards a different type of camp option such as one that focuses on technology or the arts. You want the physical activity to be limited or non-existent so you do not have to worry about your child not being able to participate or having an asthma attack trying to take part.

Medical Assistance

A major factor to consider is the medical assistance offered on-site. You want to be sure that counselors are proficient in first aid and understand the treatment your child will need for asthma. This can include administering breathing treatments, inhaler help, etc. You want your child to have access to quality assistance if they were to be hit with an asthma attack or breathing issue. Ask questions about the medical treatment available as well as skill level of the counselors of the camp.

Consider Your Child’s Interests

On top of your concerns, you should also place a focus on the interests of your child. You want to enroll your child in a summer camp that they will enjoy. For example, if your son or daughter enjoys spending time taking part in arts and crafts, then an art focused day camp would be the best choice. Think about your child’s interest. What does he or she like to do? You can easily find camps that offer a wealth of activities to ensure your child has an enjoyable time.

For day camp options that your child with asthma can enjoy, contact Zodiac Day Camp. Zodiac offers quality camp options including trained counselors who can assist in the safety and well-being of your child. Camp options include Creative Kidz which focuses on the arts, crafts, dance and more and Explore and Discover which focuses on science, technology, and robotics. You are sure to find a day camp option that will interest your child and provide hours of fun during the summer months!