Kids Summer Camps – Toronto

Kids Summer Camps TorontoIf you’re looking for inspiring STEM education, this is the right place! In each camp, kids make something awesome, create their own projects and collaborate with others. We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be creators, not consumers, find their inner talents and discover skills they can use throughout their lives.

Our Toronto camps are held in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St. West) and at the York School (1639 Yonge St.)

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Program Details

Kids Camps Toronto

Program Info

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

Kids Camps Toronto

Hardware + Software

May include:
Arduino
Scratch
Minecraft
Stencyl
LEDs, sensors, and more

Kids Camps Toronto

What will kids learn?

At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including robotics, design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.

Kids Camps Toronto

What do kids make?

Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include light shows, Minecraft contraptions, apps, video games and night lights. Learn something awesome and make new friends!

MakerKids Experience and Skillset

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

Project-Based Learning

Through a hands-on experience, kids will master Robotics, Coding or Minecraft in our Summer Camps. Build leadership skills, meet other kids who are makers, make your own project, and more.

21st Century Skills

Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, our camps will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.

Camps for Kids Toronto
Summer 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.

Learn technical skills!

Coding
Robotics and Electronics
Computer Skills
Design
Engineering


Learn soft skills!

Leadership
Communication
Creativity
Confidence
Resilience

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

While school’s out, keep kids away from their iPads with a trip to MakerKids, an intensely creative DIY emporium. Amateur Elon Musks are invited into a room full of supplies to bring techy fantasies to life: crayons for drafting, 3-D printers for making new shapes and easy electrical kits for robotics.

Toronto Life Magazine

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

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Sample Day

9:00-9:15 Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
9:15-11:00 Robotics Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key robotics 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 Discovery
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
1:40-1:50 Break
1:50-3:20 Minecraft Discovery
Kids will create unique contraptions within the program with other students.
3:20-3:30 Show and Tell and Clean Up
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

 

  • All materials for activities
  • Laptops to use
  • Experienced instructors
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Kids may take home their digital projects
Our camps are designed for ages 8-12 of varying experience. Outdoor time is included in all of our summer camps and PA days, weather permitting.

How do our Camps Work?

Our day camp runs from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3:30pm. Before and after care is available (only at MakerKids location 2451 Bloor St. West). Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real-world skills. We have summer camps in all our topics (Robotics, Coding and Minecraft) as well as Sampler camps, which touch on each topic throughout the week.

HOURS:
Bloor: Before care: 8-9am, Camp: 9am-3:30pm, After Care, 3:30-6pm York: Camp 9am-3:30p, After Care at Unicorn: 4-6pm

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.

Register for a Camp or PA Day!

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
Coding: Video Game Design and Launch Camp

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

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.

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 programs like 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 websites!

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.

Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp

Do you like building things and understanding how they work? Have you ever wanted to make your own robot?

Design the world around you! In our Robotics camp, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. Kids will better understand how everyday objects around them work and will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. An Arduino is a microcontroller, a small computer used as the brain of the robot which can be programmed to control the way buttons, motors, switches, sensors, lights, and other electronic parts interact. They are used by industry professionals and were used to prototype the Square Reader!

Project-Based Learning

In this innovative camp, kids will learn how to program lights, sounds and movement. With key design and robotics skills explored, there’s no telling what kids could make!

Light, motion, and sound classes act as an intro to new wiring techniques/programming structure and scientific principles behind them (e.g. electromagnetism converting electricity into motion). During free build, kids will experiment and create a whacky instrument (e.g. first day may entail coding a song, then on the second day kids can add lights and moving parts).

Light
Kids will experiment with LED, dimming LEDs, motion sensors, and light sensors. Projects include creating a cat alarm, environmental nightlight and light shows.

Sound
Students will make music with bells, buzzers, speakers and mics through generating and modify sound and electric waves. They can create something as simple as a doorbell or morse code over a telephone wire to sounds of a full orchestra.

Motion
Let’s get moving! Kids will mobilize their invention and create amazing projects like cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more. Kids will work with other kids to design and test their robots. 

21st Century Skills

Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, Robotics: Make Sound will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.

Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp

Do your kids love Minecraft? They may already have some amazing Minecraft skills, but in our kids Minecraft camps, they will do so much more with Minecraft than you realized they could. Minecraft for kids is an amazing way to learn new skills and make new friends. Work with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game and have an opportunity to learn new skills every week such as powerful server plug-ins, and more!

By the end of these camps, they will have learned how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft. They will learn technical and critical soft skills, like effective communication and conflict resolution.

Project-Based Learning

First kids will learn the fundamentals of Minecraft, game design and ways to make Minecraft even more awesome, like plug-ins. Kids will progress to creating a Minecraft server and unique world. Together kids will design, configure and build the world. Learn to create and design a better world through Minecraft!

By learning by doing, especially through a familiar and enjoyable game like Minecraft, kids gain a deeper understanding of how computers work, design philosophy and problem solving.

21st Century Skills

Minecraft has a number of educational benefits and helps kids learn skills that allow them to be better ‘netizens’. We use Minecraft as a gateway to bring kids from the alluring virtual world back to the physical world and the people around them, e.g. through 3D printing objects they’ve designed in the game — a design environment they are already familiar with.

We’ve been recognized for our expertise in teaching Minecraft — we received funding from Mozilla Hive to develop Minecraft curriculum resources for teachers, and developed a module that guides educators through teaching grade 3 students the Ontario Curriculum social studies unit of settlers in the early 18th Century using Minecraft, an engaging environment that kids get excited about.

4-5 Day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
If you’re looking for inspiring STEM education, this is the right place! In each camp, kids make something awesome, create their own projects and collaborate with others.
We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be creators, not consumers, find their inner talents and discover skills they can use throughout their lives.
Build leadership skills, meet other kids who are makers, make your own project, and more.
In our Sampler Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics: Coding, Robotics and Minecraft.

Project-Based Learning

Make something awesome, create your own inventions and collaborate with others! We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to create a better world.

In our Idea Incubator Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics to propel their ideas, help them create something awesome and realize their full potential.

In Coding, kids will use Scratch and Stencyl to design their own video game and app. Fundamentals of game design will be taught in Scratch and kids will be able to take it up a notch as they progress in Stencyl, where they will be able to make and launch their game! They will learn about game design, graphic design, animation, and how to test and launch their games.

By programming Arduinos, kids can bring their out-of the-box musical inventions to life in our Robotics days. Coding through a block-based language, Ardublock, kids will get hands-on as they craft their creations. Kids will work with buzzers, sensors, motors and more. They may make instruments that spin, light up or even make a theremin!

In our Minecraft foundational day, collaboration and sharing skillsets with other students are key. As a team, they will work creatively (e.g. 3D design from the scale of pixels to entire digital worlds), learning technical skills, as they progress through the mechanics of Minecraft, and bolster their social skills through compromise and conflict resolution within their virtual and classroom community.

Join us for a week of creation, ideation, making and working with others.

21st Century Skills

Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, our programs will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.

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.

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FAQs

Does my child need experience coding or with Arduinos?

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 robotics fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students.

Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?

We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which include laptops, Arduinos, mics, wires and more.

What will my kid make?

Kids will create robotic inventions using sound. Kids are in charge of their own projects, from start to finish, and can design their own creations. Some past robotics projections include: cat alarms, voice records and sound machines that can play a multitude of notes! There are no physical take-aways in the program, as materials are reused and re-purposed for future students. Kids will leave with a comprehensive understanding of robotics, design and electronics and the actual code used to program the Arduinos.