Coding Camps for Kids Programs Toronto

Coding Camps

Learn different coding languages at MakerKids! Kids can learn how to code with Scratch, Stencyl, Caterpillar and Ardublock! Code your own video game, apps and objects. 

Video games can open up a whole new world of imagination and creativity. Creating your own video game pushes kids to explore different possibilities and scenarios. Learning to code through game creation is a fun and rewarding way to begin solving problems.

Our coding programs are interdisciplinary. Programs also involve design, logic, math, computer skills, teamwork and creativity.

2 Summer camp locations! Join us at:
  • Our flagship location in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St. West)
  • York School Summerhill Location (1639 Yonge St.)

Program Details

Program Info

Ages 8-12
4-5 days
9am-3:30pm
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

May include:
Scratch

What will kids learn?

At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including coding, problem-solving, game design and design philosophy.

What do kids make?

Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include: multi level games, space, maze and adventure games!.

MakerKids Experience and Skillset

Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.

Project-Based Learning

Kids will learn everything they need to know to create their very own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment and level design, beta testing and, of course, coding.

In this program, kids will dive into two coding programs: Stencyl and Scratch. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code that fit together to create a program, with no complicated spelling or grammar to worry about. Like Scratch, Stencyl uses visual coding language (block-based coding) and prepares students with the foundation for many other programming languages like Python Java, and C.

Kids will gain a comprehensive understanding of game-making. Learning any new language or skill learning to code takes practice, and with video game creation practice is fun. Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together.

Example projects: Multi level games, space, maze and adventure games!

Breaks, games and park time is also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team building.

21st Century Skills

Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.

Coding Camps Kids Toronto
Coding Camps Kids Toronto

The MakerKids Difference

Great Instructors

Our instructors are highly trained and come from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.

Leading Edge Technology

We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.

Space to Experiment

Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained, police checked, go through rigorous training and assist lead instructors before teaching. Our mentors are trained to work with different learning abilities and behavioural issues. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.

My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.

Tammy

Parent

I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!

Parent

This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!

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Sample Day

9:00-9:15
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
9:15-11:00 Coding Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key coding functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
11:00-11:10 Break
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
11:10-12:00 Coding a Video Game
Kids learn how to code using a language like Scratch to create their own games
12:00-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Park
We bring kids to a neighbouring park to play games
12:45-1:40 Coding continuation
Kids will learn cool and key functions in games, like gravity and side scrolling
1:40-1:50 Break
1:50-3:20 Collaboration and Feedback
Kids will have a chance to play each other’s games and give constructive feedback
3:20-3:30 Show and Tell and Clean Up
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

(starts at $15.38/hour)

  • All materials for activities
  • Laptops to use
  • Experienced instructors
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Kids may take home their digital projects

Our camps run from 9am to 3:30pm. Before and after care is available. Before care (8-9am) and after care (3:30-6pm) is available at MakerKids.

After care for York School is available offsite at Unicorn Day care located at 454 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON  M4V 2J1. It is $50/week 4pm-6pm and separate registration will need to be filled at http://www.unicorndaycare.com. Payment to be completed by Unicorn Daycare as well. We will walk kids over to Unicorn for After Care where they will be picked up at 6pm. PLEASE INDICATE IN REGISTRATION THAT KIDS WILL NEED TO BE WALKED OVER FOR AFTER CARE.

Breaks, games and park time is also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team building.

Ages 8-12.

Register for Coding Summer Camp!

Coding Camp

July 10-14, 2017 – Summerhill York School

Coding Camp

July 24-28, 2017 – Summerhill York School

Coding Camp

July 17-21, 2017 – Bloor West

Coding Camp

August 21-25, 2017 – Bloor West

MakerKids Bloor West Camp Schedule

2451 Bloor St. West (Bloor and Jane)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 17-21 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 24-28 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
July 31-August 4 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
Aug. 21-25 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
Aug. 28-Sept. 1 5-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)

MakerKids Summerhill Camp Schedule

NEW LOCATION: York School
1639 Yonge St (St. Clair Station)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 17-21 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 24-28 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 31-August 4 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp

Why Choose MakerKids?

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

21st Century Skills

In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Advanced Curriculum

We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Real Results

MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Mental Health Improvements

Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Experience

MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

FAQs

Does my child need experience coding?

Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over coding fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).

Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?

We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which may include laptops and any software. 

What will my kid make?

Kids will learn how to code different inventions. They will be able to prototype their own video game, app and even real world objects (robotics).

Love Coding? Check out our other Coding programs!

Coding Programs for Kids Toronto

Winter Coding: Code an App

By coding and designing their own game, they can create different worlds, more complex functions and customize their own characters. They will leave with a broad comprehension of logic, flow and design.

Term is currently complete.

Coding Programs for Kids Toronto

Spring Coding: Code Real World Objects

Bring what’s on the screen into the real world. Using code, students will program objects, robots and machines. Kids can learn how to make a robot play golf, race on their own and more! They will work with switches, sensors and lights.

Term starts April 25!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

4-Day Innovation Camp

Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real-world skills. In our Innovation Camps, kids are introduced to all our three core STEM topics: Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.

Registration for camps is now open!