There are so many day camp programs in the city it may be impossible to list them all here - but we'll try to at least give you a variety of options! Some may be full already but many still have spots open. Please contact the camps directly for exact details about the program you're interested in.
General Interest Camps
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, 45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
$75 per child, per week, $95 with extended care (8:00 am to 5:30 pm)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration begins March 11th
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton offers a variety of Day Camp programs. Our Day Camps provide children with opportunities to learn about the world around them, experience new talents, build lasting friendships, gain confidence and skills for life and much more! Our camp staff team strives to ensure that campers are having an incredible experience and making memories that will last a life time!
Hillfield Strathallan College, 299 Fennell Avenue W
Ages 6 to 13
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, drop off at 8:30 am, pick up between 4:00 and 5:00 pm
Before care available at additional cost. No after care past 5:00 pm
Summer camp theme weeks include Lego Jr. Robotics, Harry Potter Fan Camp, Pokemon Designer Camp, Computer Animation/YouTube Star, Video Game Designer and more.
Camp Kidaca – City of Hamilton
Ancaster Rotary Centre, Bernie Morelli, Dundas Lions Memorial, Huntington Park, Sir Allan MacNab, Valley Park, Westmount, Winona Community Centre
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ages 4-5 years, $127/week, Ages 6-12 years $152/week, Ages 12-15 years $152/week
Campers will participate in a variety of age appropriate activities, including daily swimming, active games, sports, songs, cooperative games, crafts, creative time, special events and a weekly trip. Staff-to-camper ratio is 1:10. Camp Kidaca includes a trip by school bus to a local attraction.
5999 Chippewa Rd, Mount Hope
$175 per week
Extended care available, Before care is $5/day or $25/week, after care is also $5/day or $25/week
Each age group has different time lines and programming areas they used, based off of their age. However, ALL camper’s days are quite similar in what takes place. For example, every day, campers will:
Have two snack breaks and lunch
Do one hour of swimming
Do one of our core programs – examples are. archery, boating, crafts, sports, mud kitchen, ABCs
Have an hour of free time (with their group), typically they play games, repeat activities, go for a hike, have a campfire, etc.
Participate in a camper choice rotation, where campers select a specialty activity off a list based off of their interest
Canterbury Hills Day Camp
509 Lions Club Rd, Ancaster
$349 per week, $309 per 4 day week
Extended care available for a fee
Lunch and snacks are provided
55 Braeheid Ave, Waterdown
9:00 am to 4:00 pm with extended care available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Costs vary by week and by theme. Each week has a different theme with activities, crafts, and field trips!
1550 Upper James Street, Hamilton
Flying Squirrel Sports now offers WEEK-LONG SUMMER DAY CAMPS! Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All summer long! Give your child the experience of Flying Squirrel Sports with exercise, new friends and FUN! $349 per child! Early Squirrels get the nut! Register before April 1st and SAVE $50! Limited spots available. Registration begins March 1!
Learning with Lexi
$40 per day per child
Before and after care available at $5/30 minutes
A summer camp focusing on connecting self love and personal value through creativity, music and nature.
Mohawk College Day Camp
135 Fennell Avenue West
9:00 am to 4:00 pm with free extended care available from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Today’s Family programs are built around the Emergent Curriculum, which means our activities are always driven by your child’s interests and passions. So when it comes to trips to exciting new places, our job as a camp is to plan where to go. What actually happens after we get there, though, is up to your child. That means no fixed schedule, no counselors making plans based on what they think your child will like; your child is king (or queen) Camps available for ages 4-12. Camp runs from 7:00am-6:00pm, weekly rates: $220.50 for Kinder Camp, $214 for Adventure Camp, $214 for Camp Extreme. One time registration fee of $25 for first time users. See website for registration info and specific location schedules/trip days.
Wesley Urban Ministries
Beasley Community Centre, Beverly Central School, Hess Street School
For children ag 6-12.
Includes recreational activities, crafts, educational sessions, sports, field trips & more.
Registration opens in April. Visit website for more information.
YMCA Summer Camp
Day Camp Administrative Office: 79 James Street South
$134-$290 per week
Extended care available at some locations, there is a weekly fee for this
Special needs programming available
Financial assistance available
YWCA Hamilton – Active Kids Camp and Kinder Camp
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, extended care available
Our team of skilled educators will plan and engage your children in games, sports, crafts, swimming, outings, and more to encourage healthy active development throughout the year. These programs require advance registration. Contact YWCA Hamilton for more information at 905-522-9922 ext. 133
Sports Discovery Camp
$245 per week
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. each day. Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick up is between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Extended care is available starting at 8:00 a.m. and late pick up until 5:00 p.m for $5 each or $10 for both. Basketball, Soccer Baseball, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Baseball | Sofball, Soccer, Cross Country | Running, Pickle ball, Biking, Ball Hockey, Dodgeball and some new ones such as… Speedminton and Spikeball!
McMaster Marauders Sports Camps
1280 Main Street West
Costs vary depending on type of camp and age of campers. See website for details.
Extended care available for a weekly fee
Option to purchase lunches, busing also provided
Special needs programming available
Soccer World and Batter Zone
Ages 4-11 years
9:00 am to 3:45 pm with drop off from 8:30 am and pick up by 4:00 pm
Our high energy full day program is designed for active children. Days involve a rotation through a series of sports, bouncy castles and group field games. Every day is different but our structured curriculum means your child is always learning with our high energy coaches who ensure full participation, skill development and fun games at every turn.
Dundas Dynamo Basketball Club
Location TBD – a school in Dundas
Dynamo Basketball will once again be hosting a summer basketball camp. This camp is open to all boys and girls regardless of ability and experience. We develop our schedule based on the skill level of the players and each player will be challenged daily to improve their individual skills and team game. This is more than just a week of basketball games, we pride ourselves on our individual attention and focus. Our program goal is to provide an environment during the week that will foster the growth of each player regardless of their abilities.
Date: August 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 Players entering grades 3 - 8
Time: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Each player will receive: clinic t-shirt/ jersey, player evaluation, camp awards and over 30 hrs of on court skill development. Coach to player ratio 8:1.
Science and Technology Camps
STEM Camp- multiple locations
Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave* ($245/week)
Barton Stone United Church, 21 Stone Church Rd. *W ($245/week)
Ryerson United Church, 265 Wilson St E, Ancaster
Dundas Baptist Church, 201 Governors Rd, Dundas
Stoney Creek United Church, 1 King St W, Stoney Creek
Salvation Army Brantford Community Church, 33 Diana Ave, Brantford
$210/week, 4 day weeks $168 *($245 for Hamilton Locations)
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Extended care available for $5/day for extended care
Pick the week (or weeks) based on your child’s favourite theme such as Superheroes, Minecraft, Star Wars.
Mad Science Camp
For children grade 1-6 (child must have completed grade one)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm with extended care available at an additional cost
$245 per week ($195/4 day week)
Six different themed camps to choose from.
McMaster University Venture Camps
1280 Main Street West
For children entering grades 1-8 in the fall (LEAP program available for grades 9-12)
$270 per week
Extended care available for a fee
Venture is a summer camp that brings the excitement of engineering to life.
Animal and Nature Camps
Royal Botanical Gardens
RBG Centre, Plains Road and Nature Interpretive Centre at the Arboretum, Old Guelph Road
Ages 3 to 13
Half day programs for 3 and 4 year olds
Prices vary based on camp type, age of camper, and membership. Please visit website for detail
These award-winning programs feature hikes, games, crafts, activities and daily explorations of ecologically significant nature sanctuaries covering over 1000 hectares of wetlands, fields and forests. Nature Interpretive Centre or RBG Centre. Outdoor and environmental education day camps for children aged 4 to 13 years old. Come for a day or for the whole week! Registration opens January 30th.
Little Ray’s Nature Centres Summer Camp
869 Barton Street East, Hamilton
Little Ray's summer camp is an entertaining and educational opportunity that gives kids aged 6-12 a unique experience. Through fun, interactive, and engaging activities, campers will learn a great deal about the zoo animals and what is required to take care of them. During camp we will usually run the following activities:
1) Animal Care: campers will be assigned an animal to care for. Tasks include misting, filling water, checking for animal health, feeding, and of course, cleaning the enclosure.
2) Craft: Either the craft will be representative of an animal or even FOR an animal!
3) Activity: These activities can range from nature walks, scavenger hunts, or educational games.
4) Opportunities to handle a variety of animals including snakes, lizards, and mammals.
5) Special Animal(s): A staff-led presentation about one or more of the larger animals at the zoo.
Little Yogis Kids' Camp
Creative Arts Camps
Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts (AIDA)
Churchill Park Community Clubhouse, 167 Cline Avenue N, Hamilton
$225 per week, optional book by day rate of $45/day
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, extended care available for $5/day
AiDa Camps are innovative, award-winning and community building using Dramatic Arts to inspire creative expression, self-discovery, collaboration, critical thinking, listening and life skills while gaining confidence and self-esteem. Registration for summer 2019 coming soon. Camp runs in July only.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West, Hamilton
Early Registration pricing per week before April 1st: AGH Members $200, General $2225
After April 1st: AGH Members: $225, General $250 per week
Extended Care available from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm for $50/week
Camps offered in July only
Our Summer Camp offers guided art making, creative exploration and opportunities for self-expression. A full-week program allows for more involved projects for Campers, and time to develop over five full days. New activities are planned for each week, with something fresh and fun every time!
The Creative Hub
Creative Insight Pottery and CreativWorks team up again this year to bring you the very best creative camps for your kids. Half a day pottery, and the other half visual arts! – Kids will love allowing their imaginations and creativity out. Students will be encouraged to explore the whole creative process while learning new skills and making their own creations come to life before their eyes. Kids will get to spend time on a real potter’s wheel, and take home their work. Register early, as the class sizes are small.
Circle Studios - Kids Creativity + Movement Summer Camps!
12 Ferguson Avenue North, Hamilton
Ages 5-12, 9-4pm daily, Cost $199/week early bird until May 1st and $225 after that
Mon 22nd – Fri 26th w/ Shannon Walker + Chauntell Dietrich
Mon 12th – Fri 16th w/ Rebecca Morine + Chauntell Dietrich
We may add a second date depending on interest. Space is limited to small group 12 Maximum, for max attention with each child! We have a minimum registration of 6 children to run the day camp.
9am-12 Movement: Aerial Yoga, Yoga, Park Visits, Games etc!
1-4pm Creativity: Lots of art + mindfulness based creativity activities!
De La Sol Yoga, Waterdown
We offer week-long and single day camp programs over several weeks in the summer for children 4-10 years old. The focus is on healthy minds and bodies. We empower children by teaching them about how to be healthy through eating nutritious food, physical activity and mindfulness - while having tons of FUN! Kids enjoy daily yoga classes, outdoor outings, meditation, music, games, mindfulness, creative movement and crafts with our experienced staff. They will also adventure over to the Waterdown Goodness Me once a week for a cooking class with Nutritionist Jennifer. All full week enrolments receive a camp t-shirt!
Camp runs 9am to 4pm daily.
Full Week $189.00 plus HST
Single Day $40.00 plus HST per day
Dundas Valley School of Art
21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas
Prices range depending on camp type, age, and full day or half day. See website for details.
Choose half day or full day: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Extended care available for $80 for the week, $64 for 4 day weeks
Taught by qualified, professional artists, our Summer Art Camps encourage originality and are designed to develop your child’s creative literacy and art skills – all in a fun and supportive studio environment. Have your family take part in an imaginative experience that many children (and parents too!) say is the highlight of summer.
Not Just Another Dance Studio
Hamilton Location: 833 Upper James Street, Rear Unit
Ancaster Location- 1412 Sandhill Drive, Unit C
Dance Camp Tuesday, August 6th-Friday through August 9th from 9am-4pm.
Ages 4-10 years. Camp includes a mix of dance styles...Jazz, Acro,
Ballet, Lyrical, Yoga and/or Musical Theatre). Park visits and crafts. $156.00 + HST
Dance Camp Monday, July 22nd through Friday, July 26th from 9am-4pm.
Ages 4-10 years. Camp includes a mix of dance styles...Jazz,
Acro, Ballet, Lyrical, Yoga and/or Musical Theatre). Park visits and crafts. $195.00 + HST
Summer Dance Intensive - Seeking an intense training program to
accelerate your learning and improve your technique? Have fun while
working hard at our Summer Dance Intensive! Dancers must have a minimum
of 2 years dance experience. Intensive includes a mix of dance styles
(i.e. Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Stretching, Acro and Technique/Conditioning).
August 20 through 22, 2019 from 9-3pm. $120.00 + HST.
Hamilton Conservatory for The Arts Summer Camps
126 James Street South
The HCA Summer Camps are a great way for children and youth to get an enriching experience in the arts. We offer summer camps that give students experience in musical theatre, drama, visual arts, dancing, and music. Each camp week has a different theme, so students enrolling in multiple weeks of camp will always be working on new projects!
$100-$220 per week depending on camper’s age, Ages 4-13
Half day programs for ages 4-5. Extended care is free of charge but only available for campers 6 and up attending the full day programs. Nut Free
Hamilton Gymnastics Academy
Programs offers a wide variety of games and crafts with different themes each week. Offering Half Day Kinder Camp for ages 4 & 5, 9:00am-12:30pm. Full Day Camp for ages 6 & up, 9:00am-4:30pm. Extended Care 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ($15 extra) $180 for kinder half day for the full week, or $40/half day and $285 for full day, $60/day for ages 6 and up.
Hetta Studio of Dance and Music
627 Main Street East
Full (ages 7-12) and Half Day Camps (ages 4-6)
$139/week for full day, $100/week for half day
Early drop off and late pick up available at no extra charge
9:00 am to 3:30 pm full day, 9:00 am -12:00 pm or 1:000 pm to 4:00 pm half day
Themed weeks include Broadway stars, pop stars, GREASE, Princess, Super hero.
Kids Can Film
Elaine Mae Theatre, 25 Dundurn Street North
July 29-August 2, August 12-August 16 and August 19-August 23
Early bird pricing until March 17th: $299, after $349
Summer activities will include creative writing, scene watching, stop-motion animation, live action filming techniques, camera technique, basic lighting, acting, editing, and more.
Special Interest Camps
Les Petites Pommes
215 Cline Avenue North, Hamilton
8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Before and after care available at an additional cost
Days are fully structured with a balance of indoor and outdoor activity. Each day has a different theme during our summer camp program!
Junior Chefs in Training
Camp times: 9-3:30pm Ages: 7-14
Drop off & Pick u: The day begins at 9, but early drop off at and ends at 3:30, extended care goes till 4:30. It's $10/day and $50/week.Pricing: Weekly bookings ($350) or for summer by the day after May 1st ($80)
Cooking: The Junior Chefs will be learning hands on cooking, as we learn healthy eating habits, and kitchen and food safety.Breakfast: We will start the day learning how to make healthy breakfast and eat and explain the day.
Lunch: The kids will work together to prepare a family style meal.What to bring: Both meals will be supplied, needed would be a reusable water bottle labelled with their name.Cancellation Policy: $25 deposit required. 7 days notice is required. Make up days or refunds after the start date of your child's camp session, unfortunately cannot be substituted.Please email to register and to confirm your child's spot.
McQuesten Urban Farm and Churchill Park Clubhouse
Churchill Park: August 12-16 and August 19-23
McQuesten Urban Farm: July 8-12 and July 15-19, July 22-26, August 6-9 (half day for kids entering JK only), August 26-30 (ages 12+)
For 10 years Sprout Camp has been helping kids to flourish with outdoor, child-led programming in Hamilton. Our city has so many wild spaces to explore and opportunities that can help to reorient ourselves to this land. Some of the best learning happens outside of four walls, at the McQuesten Urban Farm with it’s Red Hill soil, or at the Churchill Park Clubhouse with wild deer sightings. We are prepared for adventure but we save time for : crafts, cooking, a swim, a trip to the market, library, games, free-time, arts and more.