We are down to the last few weeks of school. That means planning for summer camps, vacations, trips to the cottage and lots of lazy days around the pool. Are you ready, because once school’s out, your kids are going to be whining that they are bored in about 10 seconds flat. That is unless you scheme up something to keep them entertained for five minutes or so. Psst, after last year’s fiasco with the grandparents, they just might not want to host their loving grandkids for another week of “fun”.

So what do you do? Let’s take a look at your options in the London area.


Sitting Tree School & Nature Programs

You might not have heard of this fantastic nature-based school, but I bet your kids will beg to go back again and again once they get a taste of it. Located in the Westminster Ponds behind Parkwood Hospital, the Sitting Tree School and Nature Program is all about nature. While their mission;

“Sitting Tree School and Nature Programs offers unique child-centered programs with a nature-based focus. We create opportunities for children to learn through exploration and experience celebrating each child’s uniqueness and allowing them to learn according to their natural learning style and ability.”

gives a hint of what their programming is about, its only once you get out into the forest that you really understand how this version of learning works.

This is a summer camp for the outdoorsy kid in your life. Open to children 5-13 years of age, campers spend every morning wandering through the forest learning about the world around them. They play outdoor games, discover facts about plants and animals in their natural setting and best of all, they are encouraged to get dirty. Sorry Mom, but its all in the name of fun! Running 9am-4pm, campers will be outdoors most of the day, rain or shine. Sign your child up for a week or register them for the whole summer! You just might be exploring their other nature programs or even their elementary school curriculum before the summer is through!

Circle R Ranch

How about a little “horsing” around this summer? Your kids will thrill at the chance to go horseback riding every day during a week spent at the Circle R Ranch. Get your kids to strap on their helmets, as your budding equestrians learn the art of Western riding. With a staff to camper ratio of 1:3, you can’t beat the attention your children will get as they learn about horses, how to care for them and the world that we share with our equine friends. There is plenty of time for arts and crafts, canoeing, aquatics and hay bales of other fun too, starting from the moment the bus picks your little camper up. As the ranch is located just outside of town, one of the perks of this camp is that almost all the kids get to ride the bus every day. Plus, a homemade lunch is provided along with nutritious snacks. No more questions about what to make for lunch every day! And no more bored kids asking you what they are going to do today. Yippee ki yay!

The Little Gym

There are some kids that prefer a little indoor recreation though. Nothing wrong with that either, especially when that indoor activity takes place at The Little Gym! Say goodbye to bug spray, sunscreen and heat exhaustion this summer during one of The Little Gym’s fun summer camps. Just because its inside, doesn’t mean that it isn’t active! Kids here get the chance to run, tumble, jump and play. Plus there are arts and crafts, snacks and a different theme every week to keep your kids wanting to come back for more. Geared to 3-8 year olds, the 3 hour day camps are perfect to keep your child active this summer. With two locations in London to choose from (South or North location), you are bound to find something to fit your schedule and your child’s interest. The best part is that all they need to participate is a smile and the urge to play! Sign up today.

Of course you can always pack up the kids to the beach, one of London’s many splash pads or a camp ground, but can I offer you one last perk of summer camp – YOU get a break too! So whether you take that time to go to work, clean the house or just read a book in the shade, you might want to think about that kid-free time for a minute. You deserve it. What else do you have to do? It’ll be a long summer!