Looking for a summer program? Consider an affordable choice at one of our community centres, parks or facilities.

On this page:

  1. Register for a summer program
  2. Summer camps
  3. Youth programs
  4. Camps for those with disabilities
  5. Mobile skatium
  6. BYLD program
  7. School year programs
  8. Camp readiness
  9. Accessibility and support

Register for a summer program

Registration for 2024 summer camps is open now.

You can register for summer camps:

Age requirement

For all 2024 summer camps, campers must be at least four years old by December 31, 2023. Specific age requirements vary.


Summer camps

Summer day camps are more than just something fun to keep your child entertained in the summer months. Research shows that the camp experience: 

  • gives children increased independence and social skills 
  • sparks their interest for exploration and adventure 
  • helps them unplug (no devices at camp!)  
  • enhances their self-confidence 
  • invites them to try new things and challenge themselves 
  • provides the opportunity to make friends outside of regular school and family circles 
  • helps children discover a bit more of their own individual identities 

Most importantly, our camp staff work hard to help them feel that they are safe and belong.

About our staff

Our camp leaders and coordination team are screened, trained and first-aid certified young role model leaders with energy and passion to work with children. They will be there to:

  • play alongside your child
  • give them opportunities to try new things, be creative and use their imagination
  • encourage social connections with new friends

Our staff teams’ focus is to mix playing with growing, belonging and quality programming. 

2024 camps

Open the accordions below to find information about our 2024 summer camps.

Neighbourhood camps

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with structured supervision from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. available at a separate cost

Locations and ages:

  • Bridgeport Community Centre, 4 to 8 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Country Hills Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Don McLaren Arena (program runs 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., no before- or after-care available), 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Downtown Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Forest Heights Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Huron Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Kingsdale Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Stanley Park Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Victoria Hills Community Centre, 4 to 11 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)
  • Williamsburg Community Centre, 4 to 8 years old (must be 4 years old by December 31, 2023)

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks; $13 for before- and after-care for five-day weeks, $10.50 for before- and after-care for four-day weeks

Our weekly day camp programs include age-appropriate active and quiet games, indoor and outdoor activities and sports, camp games and songs, arts and crafts, science activities, water days and special guest or trips (trips are for those 8 years of age and older). It's all within a weekly theme sure to engage your child and help them have a summer of fun and great memories.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All neighbourhood camps are full. Join the waitlist:

School's Out Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: to be determined

Age: 4 to 8 years old (must be at least 4 years old by December 31, 2023)

Cost: $72.40 for five-day weeks, $57.90 for four-day weeks

This weekly camp program runs similar to school times, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where children will be engaged in age-appropriate active and quiet games, indoor and outdoor activities and sports, camp games and songs, arts and crafts, science activities, and special guest - all within a weekly theme sure to engage your child and help them have a summer of fun and great memories.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All School's Out camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Eco-Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no before- or after-care available)

Location: Huron Natural Area

Age: 9 to 13 years old

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks

Explore the Huron Natural Area and partake in outdoor adventure activities, environmental art and nature-based crafts and science activities. Through a play-based learning approach, participants will experience nature in unique ways, build their understanding of how the earth works and see the positive impact they can have on their environment. Each day will include a variety of environmentally-informed activities that provide opportunities to be creative and use our imaginations with a focus on the environment and the impact of our actions on the earth around us. Join us to explore, imagine, learn and grow. All supplies are included.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All Eco-Camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Skateboarding and Sports Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no before- or after-care available)

Location: Lions Arena

Age: 9 to 13 years old

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks

Learn to skateboard, practice your skills and get to play a variety of other sports at these sports camps specifically created for the active young person. Each week our leaders will use games and activities to engage participants in developing their skills and finesse in skateboarding or other sports such as basketball, badminton, pickleball, dodgeball, soccer, kickball, etc.). Leaders will be responsive to the interests of the participants and will focus on building character and teamship. Each day will include indoor and outdoor activities, and each week will have special guests or an outing. We will tucker them out as we help develop a lifelong appreciation for an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All skateboarding and sports camps are full. Join the waitlist:

All About the Arts Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no before- or after-care available)

Location: various schools across Kitchener

Age: 9 to 13 years old

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks

Explore art, music, movement, drama and individual creativity in this arts-focused summer camp for 9- to 13-year-olds who are interested in getting their creative juices flowing. Each day will include quiet and active games, indoor and outdoor activities. Participants will be encouraged to try new art forms. Each week will also include a special guest or an outing. All supplies and outings are included in the cost.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Most All About the Arts camps are full. Register or join the waitlist:

The Brain Factory Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no before- or after-care available)

Location: various schools across Kitchener

Age: 9 to 13 years old

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks

Do you know a child who is constantly taking things apart to figure out how they work? Who builds the best LEGO creations from their imagination? Who likes to create paper airplanes or rockets to see how far they can go? Who is a whiz at logic or strategy board games? The Brain Factory summer camp for 9 to 13-year-olds is just right for the young person who likes to challenge their brain and get their scientific or logical creative juices flowing. Each day will include quiet and active games and indoor and outdoor activities with this focus. Participants will enjoy solving puzzles, doing science experiments, competing in building challenges and learning new logic games and activities. Each week will also include a special guest or an outing. All supplies and outings are included in the cost.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Most Brain Factory camps are full. Register or join the waitlist:

Multisport Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 16, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no before- or after-care available)

Location: various schools across Kitchener

Age: 5 to 8 years old

Cost: $118.05 for five-day weeks, $94.45 for four-day weeks

Multisport camp is perfect for the active child who loves to run, jump, throw, catch, and kick.  Each week our leaders will use games and activities to teach the skills and rules of specific sports (basketball, badminton, pickleball, dodgeball, soccer, kickball, etc.). and focus on building children’s confidence and developmental skills to be successful and have fun! Each day will include indoor and outdoor activities and each week will have special guests or an outing. We are sure to tucker them out as we help develop a lifelong appreciation for an active and healthy lifestyle.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All multisport camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Little Movers

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 30, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with structured supervision from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. available

Location: Grand River Recreation Complex (until August 23), Breithaupt Centre (until August 30)

Age: 4 to 6 years old (must be at least 4 years old by December 31, 2023)

Cost: $131.12 for five-day weeks, $104.89 for four-day weeks

Our weekly day camp program includes age-appropriate active and quiet games, indoor and outdoor activities that encourage social connections with new friends and opportunities to be creative and use our imaginations. There will be classic camp games and songs, sports activities to promote physical literacy, trivia games, arts and crafts, science activities and water days - all within a weekly theme, sure to engage your child and help them have a summer of fun and great memories.

This camp will participate in a weekly water activity.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All Little Movers camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Active Kids

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 30, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with structured supervision from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. available

Location: Grand River Recreation Complex (until August 23), Breithaupt Centre (until August 30)

Age: 7 to 10 years old

Cost: $200.50 for five-day weeks, $160.40 for four-day weeks

Our weekly day camp program includes age-appropriate active and quiet games, indoor and outdoor activities that encourage social connections with new friends and opportunities to be creative and use our imaginations. There will be classic camp games and songs, sports activities to promote physical literacy, trivia games, arts and crafts, science activities and water days - all within a weekly theme, sure to engage your child and help them have a summer of fun and great memories.

This camp will participate in a daily swim.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All Active Kids camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Kiwanis Park Outdoor Adventure Camp

Dates: weekly from July 2 to August 23, 2024 (no camp on July 1 or August 5)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with structured supervision from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. available

Location: Kiwanis Park

Age: 9 to 12 years old

Cost: $200.50 for five-day weeks, $160.40 for four-day weeks

Our weekly day camp program includes age appropriate active and quiet games, indoor and outdoor activities that encourage social connections with new friends and opportunities to be creative and use our imaginations. There will be classic camp games and songs, sport activities to promote physical literacy, trivia games, arts and crafts, science activities, water days - all within a weekly theme, sure to engage your child and help them have a summer of fun and great memories.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All outdoor adventure camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Intro to Water Polo Skills Camp

Dates: weekly from August 19 to 30, 2024

Time:

  • structured programming: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • optional extension: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • structure supervision available: 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Location: Breithaupt Centre

Age: 9 to 12 years old

This camp is geared towards engaged competent swimmers that would like to learn and explore Water Polo in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. Activities will include an introduction to the rules of the game, basic skills and drills, exercises in team building and game play. Each camp day, campers will actively participate in our in-water training and instruction in the sport of Water Polo.

Please note, this camp will be held primarily in the deep end of our pool and participants will be swimming daily. 

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

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Junior Lifeguard Camp

Dates: weekly from August 6 to 16, 2024 (no camp on August 5)

Time:

  • structured programming: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • optional extension: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • structure supervision available: 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Location: Lyle Hallman Pool/Grand River Recreation Complex

Age: 9 to 12 years old

This camp is geared towards children who love the water and want to explore their aquatic skills in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. This camp is ideal for swimmers caught in-between levels or programs, who thrive in an energetic learning environment and for those kids who just love camp and swimming!  The Junior Lifeguard Camp has been designed for swimmers to work on developing and improving swim skills such as endurance and stroke technique while also learning about lifesaving skills and knowledge. Campers will get an introduction to what it takes to be a lifeguard!

Please note: this camp will be held primarily in the deep end of our pool and participants will be swimming daily. 

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Junior Lifeguard camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Kids in the Kitchen Camp

Dates: Tuesday to Friday between July 2 and August 23, 2024

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Kitchener Market

Age: 8 to 12 years old

Cost: $215 per registrant

The Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camp program is run by Chef Nicole, owner of Meals Without Madness. As a busy mom of 4, she knows the importance of kids gaining confidence in the kitchen with age-appropriate tasks, and most importantly, fun! Our JR Chefs will learn a variety of recipes and skills in these full-day classes. In between cooking, we will have free time where participants can read, play a game or make a craft. We will also have organized games and fun activities when we aren't in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal or snack. Participants will receive a copy of all the recipes they make at camp. Activity cost is per child and includes 1 meal, 2 snacks, and activities for the day. Please bring refillable water bottles.

Registration for summer camps opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

All Kids in the Kitchen camps are full. Join the waitlist:

Kitchener Golf - Junior camp (ages 6 to 8)

Dates: weekly from July 1 to August 30, 2024

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Doon Valley Golf Course

Age: 6 to 8 years old

Cost: $185

Junior golfers, ages 6-8, will enjoy half-day camp with a week of golf, sports, games, competition, prizes and adventure.  Nine weeks to choose from July 1 through August 30. This camp age group runs from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and does not include lunch. No experience or equipment is required.

Register on ActiveNet

Kitchener Golf - Junior camp (ages 9 to 15)

Dates: weekly from July 1 to August 30, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with structured supervision from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. available for $40 per week

Location: Doon Valley Golf Course

Age: 9 to 15 years old

Cost: $325

Junior golfers, ages 9-15, will enjoy a fun-filled week of golf, sports, games, competition, prizes and adventure.  Nine weeks to choose from July 1 through August 30. This camp age group runs from 9am - 4pm and includes lunch. No experience or equipment required

Register on ActiveNet

Youth programs

Youth Drop-in (YDI) is a FREE drop-in-program that allows participants ages 12-17 to hang out in a supported space with our staff and engage in different themes, games and activities. Youth will help plan some of the fun things they want to have happen throughout the summer. Each day, activities will include a rotation of sports (basketball, soccer, etc.), video games, board games and so much more. 

No registration required.

  • dates: weekdays between July 2 and August 23, 2024 (no YDI on July 1 and August 5)
  • time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • age: 12 to 17 years old
  • cost: free

Join us for YDI at these community centres:

  • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre
  • Chandler Mowat Community Centre
  • Country Hills Community Centre
  • Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre
  • Downtown Community Centre (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
  • Forest Heights Community Centre
  • Huron Community Centre
  • Kingsdale Community Centre
  • Stanley Park Community Centre
  • Victoria Hills Community Centre
  • Williamsburg Community Centre (Mondays and Fridays)

Camps for those with disabilities

We offer specialized camps for children and youth with disabilities:


Mobile skatepark

Visit our mobile skatepark page to find the skatepark schedule and more information.


BYLD program

Our Building Youth Leadership Development (BYLD) gives young people aged 12 to 15 the opportunity to learn leadership skills, responsibility and self-confidence.

Learn more and register on our BYLD program page.


School year programs

We offer these programs during the school year:

  • after-school programs
  • weekend programs
  • winter holiday break camp
  • Easter Monday camp
  • March Break camp
  • P.D. day camps

Learn more about school year programs.


Camp readiness

All campers must be program ready. To be program ready, a camper must be able to:

  • take direction and instruction from a staff person
  • interact and participate within the camp environment (based on the camper’s abilities)
  • interact and participate in a way that is safe for themselves and others
  • attend school successfully (if school-aged)

Some campers may need more support to help them be successful at camp. With support from Every Kid Counts or another program, campers must be able to show that they are program ready.

If a camper is not showing that they are program ready, they may be removed from the program.

Age requirement

For all 2024 summer camps, campers must be at least four years old by December 31, 2023. Specific age requirements vary.


Accessibility and support

If you have a child with a disability or special needs, consider a City of Kitchener or City of Waterloo summer camp. Our inclusion support staff will help make your camper’s summer fun and safe. You can register your child for up to two weeks of summer camp inclusion support each year, based on availability. Personal Support Workers and volunteers are also welcome.

Visit our inclusion support page or call 519-741-2200, ext. 7229 to learn more.

Visit our Leisure Access (fee assistance) page to apply for lower registration fees. Our goal is to make city-run programs accessible to everyone.