With offerings ranging from fishing to veterinary to overnight camping to golf to sports to LEGO play, the depth and breadth of summer camp optionss at the University of Calgary represent some of the most diverse summer day camps in Calgary.
If you wanted, you could drop your kids off in the fields across from the Olympic Oval every Monday, all summer, and they’d have a different and exciting camp to explore each week.
We played it safe our first year at the University of Calgary’s Mini U with both Zacharie and Charlie exploring Mini Brick Builders camp. It’s a LEGO camp similar to what they did at Bricks 4 Kidz, but since it is at the University, there are so many more facilities at their disposal.
The camps are quite structured with the kids rotating through different stations each day. Friday featured a complimentary pizza lunch for whole camp, while they got some swim time in on Wednesday. Architecture, Stop Motion Movie Making, Robotics, and free building games were all part of the itinerary.
At the end of the week they emailed us the pics to see the Pokeballs, mazes, planes, and other contraptions my boys had built the past week. This was great. With pick up and drop off in the field, I never had a chance to lurk and spy through windows to see what they were up to at camp. The pics were a great touch.
The boys didn’t want to leave at the end of each day’s pickup at 4:15. Charlie actually sulked on one day’s pickup because his friends were getting to stay and play ‘elephant soccer.’ It’s a full day’s activities and both boys made lots of friends and wished the camp was longer.
Pro Tips: Since there are so many summer day camps at the University of Calgary, pickup and drop off can get a little busy in the parking lots. There are signs directing everyone to Lot 10. It only has one way out, so the line can get a little long.
I chose to park in Lot 9, just half a block west of the soccer fields in front of the Olympic Oval. It was a little longer walk, a lot less stress when it comes to getting in and out of the parking lots.
With pick-up and drop-off in the big field, I didn’t really get a chance to spy on what the boys were up to each day. The stories were always wild though, with tales of big LEGO builds, Indiana Jones movies being made, and the like.
What Charlie liked best about day camp at UofC: “I really, really, really liked the free play and the awesome ideas that they do.”
What Zacharie liked best about day camp at UofC: “Building the technic builds were my favorite.”
What I liked best about day camp at UofC: “The diversity of the programs and even the depth of offerings within each program was great for the boys. With swimming, dress up day, and other activity programs built in, they had a week of camp they didn’t want to end.”
Disclosure: UofC is a brand partner of DadCAMP.