Save the date! Registration for City March Break and Summer Camps opens on January 16

Published on
January 4, 2024
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Start planning your recreation and culture activities for 2024! The City of Ottawa’s March break and summer camps are online now for browsing at Registration opens Tuesday, January 16 at 9 pm.

Camps are affordable and flexible and children are supervised by qualified staff in a safe and enriching environment. They are offered in English and French for children aged four to 14, both in-person and virtual.

Participants will make new friends, be creative and get active with arts, crafts, music, games and sports -  the options are endless. They will enjoy all the amenities that the City has to offer, from art studios to parks and play structures, rinks, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, pools, splash pads and gymnasiums.

In 2024, Ottawa residents will receive a 10 percent discount on some of the City’s most popular summer camps. These summer camps include Ottawa Adventure, Energy, Fun and Friends, and Bout d’choux. Convenient payment plans are also available.

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There are camps for children of all ages and interests. If science and technology is your child’s thing, register for a junior computer programming, prototyping or robotics activity. Children who love the arts will adore the drama, dance, improvisation, sculpture, drawing and painting camps. For specialized arts programs delivered by professional instructors, sign up for an arts camp at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre or Shenkman Arts Centre.

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Let’s not forget the teens! Consider leadership camps or swim certification programs to build teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving skills that are foundational to a career in many fields.

Campers can learn new skills, drills and strategies in tennis, badminton, touch football, ball hockey, basketball, hockey, martial arts, skating, soccer, volleyball, swimming and more.      

Looking for a specialized service or camp for family members with exceptionalities? Be sure to browse the Inclusive Recreation activities and learn about specialized programs and integration support such as Shared Care. 

Prepare for registration night!

For a positive registration experience, residents are encouraged to visit in advance and review the tutorial video and frequently asked questions.

Other important dates

Mark your calendars with these dates for the City’s spring and summer programs:

  • Spring activities and before and after school programs for the 2024/25 academic school year are online Tuesday, January 30
  • Registration for spring aquatics opens Tuesday, February 13
  • Registration for all other recreation, culture and before/after school activities opens Thursday, February 15
  • Summer programs are online Tuesday, April 30
  • Registration for summer aquatics opens Tuesday, May 14
  • Registration for all other summer recreation and culture activities open Thursday, May 16

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