I admit it. I have been dying to go away for March break. The concept of lying on a beach at an all-inclusive resort sounds just about perfect right now. No laundry. No cooking. No dirty dishes. No snow. No cold…. But it’s not happening this year. Unless I can convince the PR people at Air Transat (wink wink) so instead I am spending my time online researching Montreal March break camps.
If I’m not going away, then I’m working and I need to keep the big kids busy while Leo is in daycare. Luckily, there are quite a few March break programs offered in Montreal during the week of the 5th. And in case you’re in the same position as me (daydreaming but staying right here in the cold) I’ve rounded up some of my favourites in Montreal.
My kids have actually attended this camp for the past few years and may very likely go back again in 2018. Besides the fact that it’s very close to home for us, I like that you don’t have to commit to the entire week but can sign up on a daily basis. This is great if you’re able to get away for a long weekend or just want to take a day off to spend with the kids during their break. This camp, for kids 5-12 years old, focuses on team building skills and sportsmanship through games, obstacle courses and sports. My kids especially love laser tag day!
location: cote saint luc chalet, $210/week or $50/day
Home to the Stingers, the Loyola campus sports dome offers three spring break camps: soccer, flag football and multisport. All of the camps are led by varsity athletes and coaches with a focus on technical skills, building self-confidence and teamwork.The three camps are co-ed and multisport is open to kids 6-14 years old while soccer and flag football are for kids 8-14 years old.
location: Concordia ahtletic complex, $190-$210/week
What kid doesn’t love Lego, right? So what better way to spend their time off than building. This camp’s focus is on 2-in-1 models including robots, vehicles and more and is geared to kids 5-12 years old. It runs the whole week.
location: unitarian church (downtown), $250/week
segal centre academy
Have a kid who leans more to the artistic side? Send them off to theatre camp where they will spend the week working on a mini musical that will be presented to you on the final day. Kids will receive training in drama, singing, dancing and circus.The spring break academy is open to students in grades 2-6.
location: segal centre for the performing arts, $250/week
Jump to page 28 on the recreation guide linked above to find more information about this local spring break camp. Open to kids from K-3, this is a great option for the younger set to not get lost in the big kid shuffle. A variety of activities are offered including science, Gymkata, sports, art and more. Plus, you can sign up on a daily basis for more flexibility.
location: cote saint luc aquatic centre, $45/day
March break really is the perfect time to hit the slopes but if you can’t swing a ski vacation, this is a great alternative. So many of the local hills offer spring break camps but I can’t figure out how to get my kids up to the mountain without spending 3 hours/day in the car and lots of time in the chalet. Enter Rod Roy. Open to kids 8-13, every morning they’ll pile on to a bus and hit a different hill in the Laurentians for this 4-day camp. Programs are available for new skiers (6 hours of lessons) and different levels of supervision are available to those who already know how to get down a beginner trail. Equipment rentals are also available.