Back to School Guide 2019




Summer's almost over, and it's officially time to get ready for back to school! To help you prepare for your best school year yet, we've rounded up everything from great after-school programs for kids, to cool back to school finds, lunch ideas and more. You'll also find Parent Resources to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year. Check back often as we'll be updating the guide throughout the Fall.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Academics & Enriched Learning
Creative Arts, Music and Leisure
Dance, Stage and Theatre
Other Fun Programs
Sports and Fitness Programs
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Back to School Tips and Parent Resources
Back to School Shopping
Back to School Lunch Ideas










L'Académie - Toronto French Academy
www.torontofrenchacademy.ca


L'Académie was started in 2016 in response to strong demand for quality French programming in Toronto. With exciting and simple ways to learn the language, students find one-on-one support with school work in Core French, French Extended or French Immersion. L’Académie is also the place for amazing after-school arts and physical activity programs, all in French. L’Académie offers a wealth of great opportunities to progress en françaisMore info

 

Brain Power Enrichment Programs Ltd.
Lebovic Campus
9600 Bathurst Street, Suite #313
Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8
905-303-5457 | www.brainpower.ca


A different way of thinking! With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an award-winning after-school academic-enrichment program for high-achieving students from Grades 1-12. To be considered for their programs, students must be achieving good grades and demonstrate high academic potential. Subjects include: English Language Arts, Math & Problem Solving, Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace, Entrance Exam Preparation. More info

 

Goethe-Institut Toronto
100 University Avenue
North Tower - Suite 201
Toronto, ON M5J 1V6
416-593-5257 x207 | www.goethe.de/ins/ca


Voted NOW magazine’s Best Language School for the 5th time by Torontonians, the Goethe-Institut Toronto offers German language courses, a library, and cultural events in the heart of downtown Toronto. We also offer after-school German courses for kids and teenagers that are tailored to the particular needs and interests of young learners. Our classes for kids and teens are taught by specially trained instructors, using innovative techniques and the newest technologies like smartboards and iPads. More info

 

Magic Languages
Various Locations in the GTA
647-766-2363 | www.magic-languages.com


Magic-Languages is an academy specialized in teaching French and Spanish for children in the Greater Toronto Area since 2013. Our program is designed for students who want to learn a second language in a fun way, absorbing the artistic, charming and lively culture that comes with the language. We provide all the necessary materials for families to follow up and practice at home. We currently offer our program as an after school program in private and public schools and in daycares, in several locations around the city and in private homes. We also offer music program for toddlers, parent-child classes and tutoring for all ages. More info

 

The Math Guru​
2541A Yonge St # 3, Toronto
647-567-6284 | www.themathguru.ca


There are so so so many ways to start learning and loving math and science. We can't wait to help you find your mathematical sweet spot and get you started. Get excited - your life is about to change forever! The Math Guru offers Private Tutoring, Group Sessions, Study & Exam Parties, Course Credits, Workshops, Back to School Bootcamps, and more. Visit our website for more details! More info

 

Quills and Quotes
Mississauga and Oakville locations
647-985-3711
www.quillsandquotes.ca


Quills and Quotes is a unique after-school program for children in grades 4-9 that combines writing and public speaking skills in one class. The curriculum focuses on essay writing, presentation skills, vocabulary building and reading comprehension. However, what sets it apart from other programs is its modern approach to teaching, with multi-media lectures, its emphasis on global learning and opportunities to practice public speaking. The writing program includes learning multiple types of essay writing, GRE vocabulary preparation, in-depth resource sheets and numerous sample essays. The speaking program focuses on delivering memorable and engaging "TED Talk" type speeches. Contact us to learn the difference Quills and Quotes can make for your child. More info

 

Our Kids Private School Expo
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
Toronto, ON M5J 2J5
www.ourkids.net/expo/toronto-expo.php


It's the 17th annual Toronto Private School Expo at Roy Thomson Hall. Find the best school for your child at the Our Kids Toronto Private School Expo on September 28, 2019. An exceptional tool for families to explore their private school options and find the best school for their child quickly and easily. Go online for 50% off admission tickets. More info

 

Russian School of Mathematics Toronto
24 Bedford Park Ave
Toronto, ON M5M 1H9
416-800-9119 | www.russianschool.com


The Russian School of Mathematics is an award-winning, after-school math program for K-12 students. Recently named "among the top schools in the world" by the Johns Hopkins CTY, we help children of all levels excel in mathematics. By guiding our students to derive new concepts based on those they learned before, we promote understanding over memorization. Algebra is introduced in elementary school, when kids are best at grasping abstract concepts. More info

 

Spirit of Math
Various Locations
Greater Toronto Area
416-223-1985 | www.spiritofmath.com


Creating Problem Solvers of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow. Looking for a Stronger Math Program? Problem Solved. Since the 1980s, Spirit of Math has been offering a balanced and comprehensive curriculum that captures the essence, or “spirit”, of math. Spirit of Math challenges students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 11, introducing them to important math concepts and giving them the foundation to tackle increasingly complex topics. More info

 

Math+ - Department of Mathematics at U of T
40 St George St., Toronto, ON
416-978-4948 | mathplus.math.toronto.edu


Our programs inspire students from Grades 1 - 12 to explore the world of mathematics in a fun, hands-on and exploratory way. They are offered by one of the world's leading mathematics research departments and draw from mathematics research and exploration resources. Whether you are seeking to encourage a mathematical shy student or to challenge a student who wants to dive into competition based mathematics we have a program for you. More info


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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
416 -979-6608 | www.ago.ca  


Whether you’ve never picked up a paintbrush or you’ve studied art for years, the AGO has a course for you. The Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School offers a broad range of courses in a fun and supportive environment that includes access to our galleries for added inspiration. Courses and workshops are offered for all ages, including babes and families, children, youth and adults. More info

 

Avenue Road Arts School
460 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON
416-961-1502 | www.avenueroadartsschool.com


The School has been inspiring creativity since 1993 and has become a leader in arts education, in a warm and inviting environment. Children and adults can experience high quality visual and performing arts instruction in this relaxed and supportive setting. Our large roster of visual and performing arts programs for kids and teens are carefully chosen and designed to offer students lots of choice. Situated in a grand Victorian house, all programs are taught by professional artists and educators. Small class sizes allow for plenty of individual attention. The School also organizes student exhibits and performances on the premises and in public venues. More info

 

The Clay Room
279 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON  
416-466-8474 | www.theclayroom.ca


Looking for a fun way to spend the day with your kids or friends? Drop by to paint, or come make that treasured keepsake or special gift. The concept is simple: buy an inexpensive piece of functional ceramic ware and decorate it yourself using paints, tools and materials provided. If you’ve ever wanted to create a unique personalized ceramic piece but didn’t want to attend a long, structured pottery class, then THE CLAY ROOM is for you. We have a variety of over 300 white ceramic pieces and 60 paint colours to choose from. All our paints are non-toxic and dinnerware safe. More info

 

Do Re… ME!
427 Bloor Street West
Trinity St. Paul's Centre
Toronto, ON M5S 1X6
647-955-0355 | www.doreme.ca


Do Re… ME! is a one-of-a-kind music program for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 1 through 4, that aims to introduce the fundamentals of classical music in a fun and age-appropriate way. Through original songs, well-loved nursery rhymes, movement, coordination games and live instrument demos, young children and their caregivers actively experience the pleasures of group music-making. Through live instrument demonstrations, singing melodies together and playful movement activities, each session of Do Re… ME! incorporates percussion instruments, engaging props, and storytelling experiences. The warm, nurturing and high-quality musical environment helps to build confidence, coordination and social skills. More info

 

Fun With Music Together
11 Toronto Locations
416-283-0589 | www.funwithmusictogether.ca


A Fun With Music Together class is children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. And you take the music home!  Experience Music Together and find out how important - and how fun - your role can be! We have 11 locations across Toronto. Come for a free trial class to discover the best music classes for babies and toddlers the city has to offer! More info

 

Hi Art School
5527 Yonge Street, Suite #302
North York, ON M2N 5S3
647-668-6767 | Listing on Toronto4Kids


Let Your Kid Learn Many Artistic Mediums & Develop Creativity & Talent. Learning takes place in a safe, fun and creative program that fits the needs of both you & your child. Hi Art School offers Art classes with great curriculum for a wide range of level (JK - Grade 12) and an individual education plan with over 10 yrs experienced art educators/ professional artists. Small class sizes allow for individual guidance to students at all levels. (Ratio: Kids 1:4 Teens 1:6). Register Today! Limited Seats Available. Contact us at 647-668-6767 (text or call) or by email at hi.visualart@gmail.comMore info

 

GTA Photography Classes
25 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2R1
416-546-9089 | www.gtaphotographyclasses.com


GTA Photography Classes is a premier photography school in downtown Toronto offering year-round programs, including Fall & Winter weekly programs, PA Day Camps, March Break Camps, and Summer Camps. Our Fall programs are designed to provide Kids & Teens with an opportunity to learn photography and have fun outside of school exploring the city! More info

 

Musical Munchkins
361 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P1
416-419-4742 | www.musicalmunchkins.ca


Join our fun-filled music classes for babies and toddlers up to 3.5 years and explore songs, instruments and dance! Music is important to your child's learning and development. Playful songs and action rhymes are word toys, fantastic training for your child's memory, communication and language skills. Music is also known to nurture emotional, social and intellectual growth in children. Musical Munchkins™  supports and encourages the important role of music with playful songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, instrument play and dance in a stimulating and interactive environment. Ask about our Free Trial Class. More info

 

Rainbow Songs
20+ Toronto Locations
416-535-5247 | www.rainbowsongs.com


Rainbow Songs offers joyful preschool music classes for babies, toddlers, and 2-4 year olds (accompanied by parents or caregivers). We teach at 20+ locations around Toronto. Our  inclusive environment encourages participation of adults and children alike. Discover our fun, interactive classes, and encourage your child's musical potential. See why more than 30,000 Toronto families love Rainbow Songs! More info

 

Rooks to Cooks
Various Locations, GTA
1-833-243-3862 | www.rookstocooks.ca


Hands-on, educational and fun! Rooks to Cooks offers a variety of unique, intensive cooking programs for children, including birthday parties, after-school programs, school workshops, weekend workshops, and summer day camps. Kids, ages 4+, learn to cook, but they also learn about nutrition, team-work, independence, problem-solving and more! All programs emphasize themes of healthy eating and teach students to live a fulfilling healthy life. No matter your age or skill level, Rooks to Cooks is your recipe for success! More info

 

Sesaya
10 Lurgan Drive, Toronto, ON
647-439-6346 | www.sesaya.com


Since 2004, Sesaya has enriched North York with private music programs and school arts. Sesaya has established a strong reputation for student-centred studio music programs taught by our team of dynamic, qualified and yes, fun instructors. We offer private, paired or small-group lessons in piano, guitar, cello and singing, at all skill levels. We pride ourselves on successfully preparing students for solo and ensemble performances and high-school entrance auditions. In addition to skills, Sesaya students develop musicianship and a love of musical collaboration that is evident to all who attend the annual concerts hosted and performed by Sesaya students to showcase and celebrate their learning. More info

 

Sprouting Melodies
Woodbine and Danforth
Toronto, ON M4C 1H4
416-822-3530 | www.easttorontomusictherapy.ca


We offer Sprouting Melodies® classes for babies-preschoolers and their caregivers. Sprouting Melodies integrates all that we, as music therapists, know about young children, development and musical responses. Sprouting Melodies provides consistent music experiences through which the child’s overall development is supported and strengthened. Parents are given specific tools and music strategies to support their child’s growth at home. More info

 

Verbeek Glass Studio
250 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 106, Toronto, ON
647-724-1411 | www.verbeekglassstudio.com


Verbeek Glass Studio is a new working and teaching glass studio for all ages run by local award-winning glass artist Layne Verbeek. Kids can make suncatchers, night lights, ornaments, small bowls and much more. Teens, parents and grandparents can make all of these and larger pieces too. No experience necessary! The studio is a kiln-based glass studio versus a glass blowing or lamp (torch) working studio. Here, a wide range of fused glass can be made. We offers a wide range of fun classes for all ages, 5 and up. More Info


Want more Creative Arts Programs? Visit our Directory to view more listings here.


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Avenue Road Arts School
460 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON
416-961-1502 | www.avenueroadartsschool.com


Our large roster of visual and performing arts programs for kids and teens are carefully chosen and designed to offer students lots of choice, while incorporating a nice balance between challenging, creative, engaging, skill-based and fun classes. Programs teach children proper technical skills in both classical and latest studio approaches. Each student is encouraged to trust their own creative choices and develop their own unique, artistic voice. You'll find a list of all programs from our website. More info

 

Centauri Arts Academy
2323 Bloor St West, Unit 218A (2nd floor)
Toronto, ON M8X 1E9
416-766-7124 | www.centauriarts.com/academy


The Centauri Arts Academy offers specialized courses in Creative Writing, Acting and Film Production for ages 10-18. All classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable arts professionals and attended by young people from across the city. Our three creative writing salons – offered evenings and weekends – include a focus on multiple genres from short story to poetry, creative non-fiction, playwriting and writing for film. Acting workshops include audition preparation, character development, physical theatre, scene study and the opportunity to create a devised theatre piece for performance at the end of the year. More info

 

Great Big Theatre Company
Multiple Locations in the Greater Toronto Area
866-864-4282 | www.gbtc.com


Great Big Theatre Company has offered drama education programs for young people since 1994. Through the Fall, Winter and Spring, we provide a program of classes, which also include an option to participate in professional-quality productions. All our programs include plays, mime, improvisation, theatre games, musical theatre, work with simple sets and costumes, and a concluding public performance. In selected programs we also offer specializations such as storytelling, mask-making, rap, comedy, stage combat and video. Our program is designed so that each session covers new, exciting and challenging content. More info

 

J'Danse Studio
2105 Midland Ave, Unit 2
Scarborough, ON  M1P 3E3
416-830-5601 | www.jdansestudio.com


J'Danse Studio is a boutique-style studio offering the finest quality in dance education. J'Danse Studio was founded with one goal in mind, to offers a well-rounded dance curriculum at affordable prices offering student of all ages the opportunity to express themselves through the art of dance. A variety of classes are offered as ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acro, musical theatre, tumbling, hip hop and fitness. This ensures a program is available that will suit you interests. We offer both recreational and competitive dance. Our qualified professional instructors will help develop the students coordination, self-esteem, discipline and creativity all while loving the art of dance. More info

 

Second City Training Centre
The Second City Training Centre
99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
416-343-0011 | www.secondcity.com


Kids and Teens can take a class with The Second City too! We welcome all experience levels. Kids Comedy Classes are led by performers and instructors who are experienced working with young students. Programs include Acting, Improv, Stand-Up & Storytelling, TV, Film & Digital, and Writing Programs. More info

 

Young People's Theatre Drama Programs
4 Toronto Locations
416-862-2222 | www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca


The YPT Drama School offers year-round drama classes in our Summer (ages 6 - 18), Fall-Winter-Spring (Grades JK - 12) and March Break sessions (Grades JK - 6). We also offer personal coaching sessions for academic or professional auditions, as well as writing, musical theatre and filmmaking classes. We have four locations for Fall-Winter-Spring classes - Downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, North York and East Toronto. Weekend and After-School available. New this year - Baby Drama Time. YPT Drama School is a founding member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios (TAAS). More info


Want more Dance, Drama and Theatre Programs? Visit our Directory to view more listings here.


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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, ON
519-653-1234 | www.cambridgebutterfly.com


Join us as we explore our very favourite bug and butterfly books during Storytime. During this 20-30 minute program we also have a “creature feature” where you will have a close-up encounter with one of our live, tropical insects! Some of our daily themes will include: Bugs that sing and make other fun noises; Tricks that bugs use to stay hidden in nature; Where do bugs go in winter?; Baby bugs! Learn about how different bugs grow up to be big bug!; Bug Cousins – learn about centipedes and millipedes! More info

 

DaCosta Magic Entertainment Magic Classes
27 - 755 Queensway E, Mississauga
647-402-5147 | www.dacostamagic.com


DaCosta Magic’s School of Magic is about to launch it’s second season of magical fun! We have a new home at 27 - 755 Queensway East, Mississauga and a new troupe of aspiring magicians that we are auditioning to find on September 7 called The Sleight Squad. It is going to be an exciting year of magic and we want you to be a part of it! Head on over to our website and start your registration today or visit us August 24th and 31st for the studio’s Open House from 9 am - 12pm. Check out magic, dance and adult classes! So much to see and do ... we would love to see you. More info

 

DaCosta Magic Entertainment Auditions
27 - 755 Queensway E, Mississauga
647-402-5147 | www.dacostamagic.com


On September 7, we will be holding Auditions searching for the best 7 kid/teen magicians in the GTA. This new and talented group will learn, rehearse and perform 4 shows between November 2019 and June 2020. They will also be performing at the School of Magic's Holiday Show, as well as the end of year performances. The outside shows will be scheduled once the audition process is complete.The Sleight Squad will learn, prepare and rehearse for an hour each week for 10 weeks in the first  part of our magic season.  Depending on the number of shows booked, that may increase in January 2020. Do you have what it takes? Pop us an email to dcmebookings@gmail.com and set up your audition time today! More info

 

Explore Center
385 Enford Rd, Richmond Hill, ON  
905-237-5574 | www.explorecenter.ca


Explore Center is a one-stop for all you need! We offer after school programs, PA days, summer and winter camp, childcare, Stem/LEGO, robotic classes, toddler music programs, private piano lessons as well as high school level math and physics tutoring private lessons. More info

 

Kidnetix
Yorkdale -  416-904-2556
Brampton - 905-459-7529 
www.kidnetix.ca


Welcome to Kidnetix! GTA's premier resource to family fun and children's entertainment. The Brampton Location offers the following after-school programs: Edu-Play Program (age-appropriate hands on activities and interactions with other children), Ontario Early Years programs, Zumba Glow and Coding & Robotics classes. Kidnetix Yorkdale offers the following after-school programs: Edu-Play Program, Zumba Kids, a high energy, fun, interactive and healthy program designed using the Zumba® concept. We also offer a Karate For Change Programs which focuses on body movement, mental awareness, and spirit! More info

 

Kidz360   
3431 Dundas St. West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON
647-351-9360 | www.kidz360.ca


Kidz360 is a one of a kind Fitness & Teambuilding Centre in Toronto, designed especially for kids! Our Kidz in Motion before and after school fitness & team building programs are specially designed for Toronto’s kindergarten and school aged children to help them stay healthy, be happy and live an active lifestyle every day! More info

 

Back to School with Reptilia
Vaughan - 905-303-2516
Whitby - 905-493-9511
www.reptilia.org


Calling all Animal Lovers! Reptilia offers Curriculum Based In Class Lessons and After-School programs at your child's school, speak to your teacher on how Reptilia's programs can benefit STEM based learning in the classroom! Sessions start at $180.00! Looking for a weekend activity? Reptilia's Junior Keeper program offers real hands on experiences with snakes, lizards, turtles crocodilians and more! From basic care, learning handling, doing shows, an experience in the veterinary hospital room and even feeding live crocodiles, it's an enriching experience full of learning and excitement! Sessions start at $80! More info

 

Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto, ON
416-392-5929 | www.torontozoo.com


Did you know the Toronto Zoo is open 364 days a year? Enjoy a wide variety of WILD events and programs happening year-round that are fun and engaging for all ages! This is an excellent way to connect with wildlife at the Zoo while gaining knowledge about the many species of animals that call the Toronto Zoo home. Zoo events and programs offer a balance of education and entertainment that helps to make your visit to the Zoo even more fun and inspiring. More info


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Baseline Sports
4 Ashwarren Road, North York, ON
416-775-1037 | www.Baselinesports.ca

With nearly 20,000 square feet of space, Baseline Sports Camps is Toronto's largest indoor baseball and sports facility! We have 12 full size retractable 65-75ft batting cages, pitching machines (Hack Attack, Rawlings, JUGS and Iron Mike) plus the world's only Baseball and Softball simulator HITTRAX and MLB distance mounds! Our two 130 ft long turf fields are perfect for all your sports and baseball needs. Athlete development for all ages and skill sets are welcome at Baseline Sports Camps and Clinics. At Baseline we aim to successfully aid in the athletes all around growth in life and sport. More info

 

Canadian Girls Baseball
Cedarvale, Vaughan, Scarborough, Leslieville, and High Park
416-738-5749 | www.canadiangirlsbaseball.com

This fall, our Girl's League (ages 4-16) will be running in several Toronto locations (Cedarvale, Vaughan, Scarborough, Leslieville, and High Park). The leagues run from September to October, with no experience necessary!⁣ ⁣CGB focuses on developing baseball skills in an empowering, supportive, encouraging environment - this results in athletes who feel confident both on and off the field. ⁣For more information, and to register, head to www.canadiangirlsbaseball.com, and select Fall 2019! Hope to see you on the diamond this fall!⁣ More info

 

Dagmar Ski Resort
1220 Lake Ridge Road, Uxbridge, ON
905-649-2002 | www.skidagmar.com

Voted as One of the Best Winter Attractions, Dagmar Ski Resort is your destination for Family Fun! Learn to ski/snowboard in an intimate setting; ride our Magic Carpet or Beginner Chairlift accessing the gentlest learning terrain in the area. Experienced skiers & snowboarders enjoy expert hills or 4 superior progression Terrain Parks. Private Lessons, Kids & Adult Programs, Family Lessons, Holiday Camps, School or Private Group Trips. Booking is easy, buy online at skidagmar.com or call 905-649-2002 ex: 22. More info

 

Gymalaya
Vaughan: 905-760-5655
Newmarket: 905-868-8200
Burlington: 905-331-1555
www.gymalaya.com

Gymalaya with locations in Vaughan, Newmarket and new in Burlington, offers recreational gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for young children. The kid size proportions of the equipment help motivate the children, enhance their performance and increase safety. Each week the configuration and setting of the equipment is modified to provide a new and stimulating experience. Our professionally developed, non-competitive curriculum is designed to build physical, mental and social skills while having fun. More info

 

H2T Elite Dryland Training
573 Alness St., Toronto, ON
416-645-0428 | www.H2Tdryland.com

At H2T, our primary goal is to build a high performing athlete through exercise and proper nutrition. With a focus on ages 9-18, we provide the choice of personal or group training sessions that are designed to improve overall strength and conditioning, as well as target ways to stay ahead of the competition. All this is achieved through a fun, dryland program created by our professional staff who customize a plan to meet each athlete's unique needs. Try a free class! More info

 

HUB Climing
Markham: 905-604-4588
Mississauga: 905-363-1211
www.hubclimbing.com

Hub Climbing wants to invite you to join us! HUB's climbing community has been known to be very welcoming with a focus on being active. We have two locations; Markham, and now Canada’s newest and largest indoor rock climbing gym located in Mississauga! We are dedicated to being a space for new climbers and kids who want to try climbing for the first time. Hub Climbing also maintains challenging, state-of-the-art gyms that suit climbers at all levels. Both gyms have bouldering and harnessed climbing, recommended for ages 4 and up. Drop-in climbing is available (orientations included), as well as recreational programs, camp programs and birthday parties. If that is not enough, both locations have virtual-reality climbing walls to gamify your climbing experience. If you are interested in trying climbing or want to learn more about climbing, drop by today! More info

 

Kidz360   
3431 Dundas St. West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON
647-351-9360 | www.kidz360.ca

Kidz360 is a one of a kind Fitness & Teambuilding Centre in Toronto, designed especially for kids! Our Kidz in Motion before and after school fitness & team building programs are specially designed for Toronto’s kindergarten and school aged children to help them stay healthy, be happy and live an active lifestyle every day! More info

 

Just Bounce Trampoline Club 
1166 Gorham St. Unit 7, Newmarket ON, L3Y 8W4
905=895-9091 | www.justbounce.ca

Our facility has 7 Olympic sized Trampolines surrounded by side and end decks for comfort and safety. We offer classes for all age groups and skill levels! Start your adventure with us today! Our mission is to provide quality athletic programs to our participants. We aim to raise self-esteem and teach athletes perseverance and focus while having fun! Just Bounce does this by way of a well-trained coaching staff that teaches skills in order of logical progressions. Whether you are a beginner or advanced athlete, child or adult we have a class for you! More info

 

Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club
Pool locations: Etobicoke Olympium Pool, George Harvey CI, Carlton Village, and Downsview Secondary School
www.olympiumsynchro.com

Olympium Synchro’s Recreational Programs are for girls and boys aged 5 and up. Participants are introduced to fundamental skills, basic figures and various routine components, in addition to other disciplines aimed at improving strength, coordination and flexibility. Classes, that range by age from 1 hour to 2 hour classes weekly, are made up of dry land and water time to give participants a true taste of the sport. Learn a routine, and be part of our Holiday Water Show and/or Spring Water Show. We offer fall, winter and spring programming, as well as full year options. If your child is able to jump into the deep end with an instructor, get their face wet and willing to try new things, our Rec programs are perfect for them! All sessions start week of October 1. Weeknight evenings and weekend classes available at several pools. A “Try Synchro” evening session for participants in grades 3-6 will be held at the Etobicoke Olympium on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-7:30pm. Contact info@olympiumsynchro.com to register and for details. More Try Synchro events coming including ages 5 & up! More info

 

Power Soccer
Locations in North Toronto, East York, the Danforth
York Mills, Bayview Village, Bloor West & more.
416-425-6062 | www.powersoccer.ca

We are a full time soccer school, conducting year round programs. We strive to build player enjoyment and confidence in the game through challenging and enjoyable practices run by qualified coaches. The main objective of each clinic is to improve player skills and confidence in a fun environment. Players will learn good habits and develop confidence through demonstration, positive feedback and advice. Each clinic helps develop fundamental soccer skills but remains fun and enjoyable for each participate regardless of experience. Each session will include game play. More info

 

Nike Sports Camps
1033 Pape Ave, Suite 2,Toronto, ON 
+More Locations in Toronto
416-312-5300 | www.sportscampscanada.com

Nike Sports Camps offers sports programs all around Toronto for kids of varying ages and skill levels. Sports include tennis, soccer, basketball & more! The Lessons will teach a balance of skill development and tennis games, which increase the skill set of each student. This is done in a fun and supportive environment and accommodates all levels of play. A pro to player ratio of 1:6 ensures the hour is challenging, fast-paced, and dynamic, and allows for personalized attention to h.elp improve your game. More info

 

Of Rock & Chalk Indoor Rock Climbing
482 Ontario Street, Newmarket, ON
905-895-7625 | www.rockandchalk.com

Whether it’s their first time or they’re returning to learn more! Appropriate for all skill levels, our instructors are able to teach multiple levels of curriculum to ensure success for everyone, and strength building. We will be introducing graded routes and boulder problems, teaching the technique and skills to allow climbers to complete their goals. Each class will contain multiple types of activities to keep kids stimulated and excited. This class will also introduce training and exercise to help kids develop into stronger climbers and all around athletes. Climbers also will be exposed to the possibility of competitive climbing. More info

 

Fall Programs at TAC Sports
Various Locations across the GTA
416-627-1092 | www.tacsports.ca

TAC Sports offers unique tennis and basketball weekend programs for children ages 4-16 designed for maximum growth, challenge and fun. Students develop sport skills, leadership, confidence, and goal setting skills in a fun and positive environment. All skill levels welcome. Co-ed and Girls Basketball only programs. Some classes are available on a drop-in basis so check the calendar. More info

 

Toronto Circus Centre
Leaside United Church - 822 Millwood Road
The Redwood - 1300 Gerrard Street East  
416-433-7731 | www.torontocircuscentre.com

Toronto Circus Centre is a space where aspiring acrobats of all ages and skill levels can experience the magic of life under the big top. A great way to get in top shape and have fun in a non-competitive environment. With so much variety in the circus, everyone will find their place to feel like a circus star! We offer: Circus Tots, Kinder Cirque, Circus Club, Teen Circus, Adult Aerial, Beginner Adult Class, Circus Fitness and Circus Flexibility. Visit our website for class descriptions, schedules and rates. Now accepting Fall 2019 registrations. More info

 

True North Sports Camps
Multiple Locations
Toronto, Etobicoke, Markham
416-619-1224
www.truenorthcamps.com


True North Sports Camps offers year-round sports programming for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 including baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football and multi-sport. At True North, we believe that recreational sports are an important part of every child’s development and we make it our top priority to deliver a truly memorable experience. More info

 

The Town of Richmond Hill
Various Locations in Richmond Hill
905-771-8870 | www.RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide


Check out Richmond Hill’s fantastic programs! There really are things for all ages, abilities and interests to enjoy from sports to arts and outdoor recreation or learning a new skill. Richmond Hill’s instructors are High Five® certified. We offer: Arts, Basketball, Chess, Dance, Golf, Gymnastics, Languages, Martial Arts, Music, Outdoor Education, Performing Arts, Science, Sewing and Fashion, Skating, Soccer, Sports, Swimming, Technology, Tennis, Yoga and more. More info

 

White Dolphin Swimming School
Multiple Locations
North York, ON
647-927-6388 | www.wdswimming.com


White Dolphin Swimming School offers swim lessons for kids over 4 years old, adult and competitive programs for those looking to advance their skills. We offer: 1. Learn to Swim Lessons for everyone starting from 4 years old (children, adults): Group Lessons (1:4 instructor to child ratio). 2. Pre-Competitive Lessons (1:5 instructor to child ratio). 3. Competitive Lessons (Team Training). More info


Want more Sports Programs? Visit our Directory to view more listings here.


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Brick Works Academy
Various Locations
1-888-BRICK-50 | www.brickworksacademy.com

Brick Works Academy helps build minds, curiosity, and confident students. The school's aim is to educate children in S.T.E.A.M, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through hands on play. If your child is constantly exploring and building, then our programs are for you! This fall, we are offering Minecraft & Robotics programs – weekend and PD Day programs. More info

 

Codezilla
Various Locations, Toronto, ON
416-898-6064 | www.codezillakids.com

Codezilla provides coding courses for kids ages 4 - 14 at 35+ schools and daycares in Toronto. We specialize in Educational Fun using age-appropriate computer programs, websites and stimulating tech toys. Our coding classes for kids are teacher-endorsed and parent-approved. We want all kids, especially girls, to learn how to code! Programs include: Tech Toys code + play, Design Makers, Game Makers, App Makers, Web Makers, Math Makers and more. Over 1,200 children have enjoyed our workshops at schools, weekend workshops, camps and birthday parties. More info

 

The Cube School
2195 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4E 2C6
416-686-1820 | www.thecubeschool.ca


The Cube School offers a creative learning environment where technology and design converge. At The Cube, we focus on four primary disciplines: video game design, programming, robotics, and specialized programs in media and other relevant technology subjects. More info

 

Explore Center
385 Enford Rd, Richmond Hill, ON  
905-237-5574 | www.explorecenter.ca


Explore Center is a one-stop for all you need! We offer after school programs, PA days, summer and winter camp, childcare, Stem/LEGO, robotic classes, toddler music programs, private piano lessons as well as high school level math and physics tutoring private lessons. More info

 

Mad Science After-School Programs
Multiple Locations in the GTA
416-630-5282 | www.toronto.madscience.org

Mad Science of Toronto has been introducing children to science in the GTA for over 30 years! Our main mission is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive, and educational programs that instill a clear understanding about science and how it affects their world. We offer After-School Programs at various locations in the GTA. Visit our website for details. More info

 

Maker Bean Cafe
1052 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3
+ Ontario Science Centre
www.themakerbean.com

The Maker Bean Cafe is a place where guests can enjoy great drinks and food in a warm, welcoming environment, while letting their imaginations soar by designing and making things together! We’re excited to bring you Making in all its forms: from traditional arts & crafts to high-tech digital fabrication like 3D printing, laser cutting and educational workshops. With 2 locations (1052 Bloor St. West @ Dufferin, and inside the Ontario Science Centre), you can get creative over tasty treats all over the city! We also host Birthday Parties. More info

 

STEAMLabs
Program locations:
Ontario Science Centre: 770 Don Mills Road
The Maker Bean Cafe: 1052 Bloor Street West
Toronto Tool Library: 192 Spadina Avenue   
647-490-4659 | www.steamlabs.ca

There is nothing like using creativity and imagination to build everything from robots to entire virtual worlds! STEAMLabs offers after school and weekend programs that teach the basics of coding, building & making in an engaging environment. Choose from themes like video game programming, Minecraft, Inventioneering (kids can turn sketched ideas into working prototypes), and more! STEAMLabs is a not for profit education-innovation organization creating science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and maker spaces through exploration and creativity. More info

 

Town of Richmond Hill Space Programs
David Dunlap Observatory
123A Hillsview Drive, Richmond Hill
905-771-8800 | www.RichmondHill.ca/Astronomy


Experience the wonders of astronomy through an indoor planetarium and enjoy stargazing and family crafts in our exciting programs. We offer a variety of family programs and lectures where participants can explore the night sky and learn about the cosmos. Browse our website to view all Programs available. Unleash your child's curiosity and creativity while they journey through space! More info


Want more STEM, STEAM and Tech Programs? Visit our Directory to view more listings here.


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