The Convenience and Benefits of Summer Backyard Swim Lessons

When it comes to private swimming lessons, most parents have no idea that options are offered that include backyard learning. Many parents think that swimming lessons must take place in a facility, however, that is not the case. Instructors will offer private lessons in their own home. They may even offer to come to your home if you have a swimming pool, in order to help your child learn how to swim.

Benefits of Backyard Swimming Lessons

There are many benefits associated with backyard swimming lessons. To begin, your child will receive one on one training. This means that your child will learn how to swim at their own pace and have the undivided attention of the instructor. In a group learning environment, many children can fall behind as the instructor must provide attention to each child, instead of one individual. With backyard swimming lessons, your child is able to focus on skills and learning at their own pace, which can lead to better training and overall understanding of each technique.

Backyard swimming lessons are also convenient. When it comes to lessons at a facility, you have to enroll your child for a set time frame and attend classes at a particular time. It can be difficult to meet these requirements and you have to travel to the lesson as well. With backyard swimming lessons, instructors operate on their own time. Because of this, sometimes you have more flexibility to schedule lessons so they meet your scheduling needs.

Overall, your child will be introduced to swimming techniques based on their age and current skill level. Children are able to learn at their own pace and do not feel pressured to move on to the next skill until they master what they are currently working on. In a class setting, children often feel they must move on to the next skill, even if they do not feel fully comfortable with what they have been working on. With individual lessons, the child will be able to work at their own pace and move on when they are ready. This type of learning leads to better mastering swimming skills and self confidence within your child.

If you are considering enrolling your child in swim classes, think about backyard swimming lessons. This may be an option that works better for you as it offers more leniency when it comes to scheduling and one on one learning.

At Zodiac Swim School, backyard swim lessons are available during the summer months via the director’s pool. The benefits of this option include, being able to pay as you go and not being locked into a schedule. Parents are free to schedule lessons around their work times. This convenience is a major reason why parents opt to enroll their kids into the backyard swimming program.

To learn more, contact our office today and inquire about the backyard swimming lessons. Help your child learn at their own pace by scheduling this one on one educational opportunity.

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.

3 Ways to Introduce Summer Camp to Toddlers

Toronto summer camps are a great way to provide your child with something to do during the summer season. For children that are enrolled in school, summer camp is a great way to keep them busy once school is over. However, summer camps for kids are also a good teaching tool for smaller children. Toddlers who will eventually be enrolled in primary school can have fun at summer camp as well and use the opportunity as a way to prepare for a school day with scheduling and making friends. But how do you introduce summer camp to your toddler if they have never been away from home? Below are a few examples to help you prepare your small child for summer camp enrollment.

Talk About Summer Camp

In the months leading up to summer, talk to your child about summer day camp. Explain what they can expect, such as making friends, playing games, sports, etc. Start off by talking just a little about camp and then as the time draws near, find examples to share. Perhaps your child will be attending camp from 9 until 12. Start by talking about camp at 9am, stating this is when you will arrive, and continue to discuss what might take place until lunchtime, when you tell the child this is when you would pick them up. This gives them more of an idea of the time frame for camp as well as what to expect.

Visit the Facility

If you have the ability, visit the facility where camp will take place. They can see the facility and learn where activities take place as well as what to expect. By introducing the place where camp will be for your child, you are taking away one of the unknown factors. Many times, kids feel nervous or scared because a place is new to them. By introducing the camp to your child, they will know where the bathrooms are, their camp classrooms, etc.

Play Day Camp

Another great way to get your child excited about camp is to play pretend. Pick a day when you are not too busy and play like you are at day camp. You can be the counselor and your child will be the camper. By play acting, your child can have a better idea of what to expect from day camp. This is an excellent way to prepare your child and is also fun. Find out what activities camp will offer as well as the schedule so that you can come as close as you can to offering the same type of day. Your child will have a better understanding of camp and feel more comfortable being away from home.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer several day camp options, including camps for toddlers. Easily enroll your child for fun and excitement during the summer months. Contact our office today to find out more about how your toddler can enroll in summer camp.

Debunking 5 Myths about Summer Day Camps in Canada

When it comes to kids summer camps, there are many to choose from. Parents will find that summer camps are offered that focus on particular activities such as swimming or sports while others focus on arts and crafts. Finding the right camp is important so your child can enjoy the summer. Unfortunately, many kids miss out on summer camp in Toronto due to common myths about camp options and regulations. Read on below to learn more about five common myths and what to truly expect from summer camp.

It’s Too Late to Register

With summer quickly approaching, many parents feel that the deadline to register has passed. Never assume that registration is over. Kids can drop out last minute and spots open or registration is extended in order to fill the camp to capacity. In any case, be sure to contact the camp to see if any spots are open. You can even ask for your child to be considered first if a camper were to back out of registration. By contacting the camp directly, you know your options and can plan accordingly.

Camp is Expensive

Many parents feel that summer camp is just too expensive and not affordable. But this is not the case. Most camps are affordable for even the smallest budget, helping your child to attend summer camp, even if just for a half a day. Contact the camps you are interested in and find out about cost, if payment plans are offered or if there is a way to get a discount.

Busy Summer Months

While most parents think that summer is busy for day camp, August is actually a slow month. Parents can easily enroll kids during this month for summer camp or use it as an option for kids who are coming home from overnight camps. Children will be able to enjoy fun activities during the day and camp sizes are often smaller due to lower enrollment.

Only Older Kids Can Enroll

Contrary to popular belief, children of all ages can enroll in summer day camp. Depending on the camp provider, children usually have to be potty trained in order to take part. Look into what age groups are accepted by camp providers to see if your child qualifies. Starting your child off early will help them to become associated with camp and to make new friends.

Is Camp Safe?

Many parents worry about the safety of their child while away at camp. Summer day camps that are of the highest quality will hire only seasoned camp counselors, individuals who understand how to handle any situation, including individuals who are certified in CPR and other life-saving techniques. You can rest assured that camps such as those offered by Zodiac Day Camp provide counselors who are trained and can easily assist your child should an accident occur.

Contact our office today to see how Zodiac Day Camp can help your child have a fun and interesting summer. Camps are offered for all ages and include multiple activities insuring your child has an enjoyable time while away from home.

5 Helpful Items For Your Child to have with them at Summer Day Camp

When you enroll your child in summer day camp you can expect that they will have a great deal of fun. The summer months can be long as your child is used to going to school and staying busy. With summer day camp, your child has an option for activities for a few hours each day they go. By staying busy, your child is active and able to expend energy, which helps them to sleep at night and not be stir crazy at home! If this is the first time you have enrolled a child in day camp, you might be unsure as to what they need to bring for camp. While each camp is different, you will find the suggestions pretty universal when it comes to camp needs.

Lunch/Snacks

For most camps, lunch and snacks are not provided. You will need to check with the camp to see exactly what your child would need and what options or restrictions are in place for lunch/snacks. You want to avoid sending any foods that might be associated with allergies among other campers and send items that are considered appropriate based on camp standards.

Swimming Gear

If your child will be attending camp where swimming will take place, you want to be sure to send their swimming gear. This would include a swimsuit of course and a towel but you may also need to send earplugs, swim cap and goggles depending on your child and the camp. Be sure to find out what is required before camp.

Change of Clothes

Accidents tend to happen, especially when small children are involved. Be sure to send an extra set of clothes for your child, to be kept in a cubby or backpack, while your child is at camp. This way, if an accident occurs or they spill food on themselves during lunch, they have the ability to change clothes and remain comfortable for the remainder of the day.

Comfortable Shoes

Since it is the summer, you might be set on allowing your child to wear open toe shoes such as sandals and flip-flops to camp. This is not the best idea. You want your child to have comfortable shoes on so they can take part in fun activities like basketball, tag, etc.

Comfort Items

If you are sending a small child to camp, you might want to see if comfort items are allowed. Small children tend to lean on small stuffed animals or blankets for comfort. While away at day camp, it might be a good idea to bring such items, if allowed, so your child can begin to feel comfortable with the new environment while away from home.

Overall, you need to check with camp counselors or the director to see what is allowed at the camp your child is enrolled in. You want to be sure that your child is prepared and has what they need to enjoy a quality time at camp.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer only the best camp options from swimming programs to day camps. Contact our office today to see what camps we have available and register your child for a fun and exciting summer.

Summer Camps Let Kids Learn Practical Skills, Play and Relax

Summer programs for kids are a great way for parents to keep children active and happy. Summer camps offer many different options and provide quality playtime, relaxation and the learning of practical skills. As your child takes part in summer camp, you will see them blossom into someone who is confident and excited about learning while enjoying being busy. Read on below to learn just how summer camp provides learning opportunities as well as time for play and relaxation.

Learning through Activities

To begin, your child will be learning through every activity they take part in. Activities can range from sports to science to arts and crafts. Take sports for an example, children will be able to learn teamwork as well as how to get along with others. Science and discovery programs help kids learn how to solve problems as well as learn more about the world around them. By taking part in such activities, your child will be able to open their mind to new subjects as well as find new interests along the way.

Fun Play Time

During summer camp, kids have plenty of time to just be kids. From swimming to dance, drama and more, there are a host of activities that will keep kids busy and entertained. Providing large amounts of play time helps kids to use up some energy and have fun at the same time. Play time at summer camp is super fun because kids have other children their own age to take part in exciting activities with.

Relaxation

Kids have time to relax. There is quiet time as well as group activity time where kids are able to socialize with others and make friends. Many children find that they make lifelong friends simply by getting to know their fellow campers. Having some down time to relax at camp, helps to keep the children happy.  This makes pick up time easier on the parents.

Overall, there are many benefits to summer camp for kids. By allowing your child to attend camp, they have the ability to enjoy activities, make friends and keep busy. There are plenty of camp options and you should easily be able to find the right summer camp program for your child no matter their age or interest.

Zodiac Day Camp is a quality institution that offers a wealth of summer camp programs for children of all ages. By contacting our office today, you will be able to find out more about our programs and find the perfect fit for your child to attend summer camp this season. Be sure to explore your options and plan a great summer for your children!

Day Camps for Your Budding Artist

When it comes to summer programs for kids, there are many to choose from. As the parent, it is important to choose a camp that includes activities that your child enjoys. If your child likes to play sports, then of course a camp that specializes in sports activities would be ideal. If your child is more interested in arts and crafts, than creativity programs would be more ideal. Let’s take the budding artist example and learn what your child can enjoy when attending summer camp programs.

Creativity

A camp that focuses on creativity will feature a number of artistic activities to help the children come out of their shell and express themselves. The standard option offered on the subject of creativity is arts and crafts, but this subject can span throughout several activities. Your child will be able to paint, draw and colour, exploring their imagination along the way.

Children can also have access to unique creativity activities such as sculpting, theater, music, and dance. Your child may come home and have found a brand new activity that they love and want to continue to enjoy year after year.

Imagination

It is important, especially for young children, to explore their imagination. Children need to be able to discuss what they are thinking and feeling, learning more about bringing their imagination to life. With creativity classes during summer camp, your child is invited to be silly and spread their imagination as far as it will go.

By giving such freedom, your child will begin to have a renewed sense of self confidence. A child that can use their imagination and put their ideas to practice, is able to make friends easily and feel good about themselves.

It is important that children who love being artistic have an outlet to express themselves. For the most part, sports take priority when it comes to activities offered at school or in after school programs. With special art related summer camps, your child has a place that fits their creativity needs as well as provides an outlet for them to be creative and explore.

When your child shows an interest in arts and crafts, let them explore. Look for summer camp programs that feature the art subjects they are interested in but also encourage your child to try new things. When they are able to try new and exciting activities in the art realm, they will be more encouraged to try new things and express their creativity and imagination.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we want to provide an outlet for creativity within your child. We offer several programs for children of all ages to be able to enjoy the arts. From arts and crafts to dance and drama, we offer specialized programs that meet the needs of little creative beings. Let us help your child explore their creativity and let their imaginations soar. Contact our office today to find out what programs we have to offer that will meet the creative needs of your child.

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!