Fun Kids’ Virtual Camps and Online Workshops for Winter Break 2020

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In-person camps and events are limited this winter break due to COVID, but there are plenty of fun virtual camps and workshops out there to keep kids entertained while school’s out.

These programs are all based in Toronto and the GTA — so if you love a program you can stick with it in the future when in-person programming resumes.

We’ll continue updating this as more camps become available. Or, you can browse our virtual camps directory here.

Multi-Day Camps

Unlike traditional, in-person day camps, virtual camps are typically shorter (most are 1–3 hours per day) so they won’t engage your child all day every day during winter break. But, they are less expensive than an in-person camp and can break up the day while kids are at home.

Machine Maniacs & Eureka! Camps

At these camps from Mad Science, kids use basic materials to create fun hands-on projects and overcome a series of challenges while gaining skills in engineering, chemistry, and natural sciences. Past projects have included building catapults and forts, constructing working light sticks, and making bird houses.

December 21–24 and/or 28–31
2.25 hours/day

Rookie & Intermediate Chess Camps

At these small-group (maximum 8 students) live online chess programs with the Chess Institute of Canada, kids get chess lessons and play online games. Sign up for Rookie Reindeers for beginners or Frosty Forks for kids with some chess experience.

December 21–24 and/or 28–30
1 hour/day

Holiday & Comfort Food Cooking Camps

Rooks To Cooks is offering two 4-day camps with different themes (Holiday Favourites and Cozy Comforts), each with a different sweet and/or savoury recipe to learn and make each day. Camps are led by an experienced chef-instructor. Morning or afternoon camps available.

December 21–24 and/or 28–31
2 hours/day

The Second City Comedy Camp

The Second City offers four hours of virtual fun and creativity with other kids, run by SC Training Center comedy pros. Activities include improv and fun theatre-based games in a supportive group environment.

December 21–24, December 28–31, January 4–8
4.5 hours/day

Chocolate-Making & Baking Camps

Over four days, kids get hands on in the kitchen, making cookies and dipped-in-chocolate desserts, decorating gingerbread houses, and learning cake decorating with the  expert chocolatiers/instructors at Chocolate Tales. All the supplies are shipped to your home in advance.

December 28–31
2 hours/day

French Language Learning Camps

Keep the French fort during winter break with Camp Tournesol’s half-day camps that use board games, creative time, physical activity, nature exploration and more as vehicles for language learning. There is also focused academic time each day.

December 21–24 and/or 28–31
3 hours/day

Minecraft & Coding Camps

Full-day virtual camps are rare rare. At this one, offered by The Cube School, there is a daily morning presentation introducing campers to coding in Scratch or Python (depending on age) followed by fun Minecraft survival activities in the afternoon.

December 28–31
5 hours /day

Kids’ Comedy Camp

Stand UP for Student Well Being is a charitable organization that empowers to be confident, kind, inclusive and resilient. Week-long virtual camps, led by trained comedy coaches, teach improv and comedy writing using games, activities, and interactive lessons.

Dates TBD
1 hour/day

Single-Day Camps & Workshops

Just need a quick activity? These single-day workshops ranging from one to three hours in length, provide some diversion during winter break. They can be quite affordable (fees start at $11 per workshop). And kids might just learn something new!

Santa’s Creator Club

Participate in creative play and building activities all around fun Christmas themes like holiday ornaments, Santa’s sleigh, and reindeer. Offered by Snapology, a leading educational provider of playful learning programs using Lego and K’nex systems.

December 21
60 minutes

Holiday Art Workshops

Sign up as a family to make ornaments, holiday greeting cards, holiday animal portraits, or snow globes at these single-session workshops from Avenue Road Art School. Classes are designed for a child with adult.

December 21 and 22
60 minutes

Kids’ Cooking Workshops

Sign up for one or more single-session workshop during winter break with Rooks To Cooks. Each camp is led by an experience chef-instructor. At each session, kids will focus on just one recipe, like gingerbread cookies or snowman cake pops.

December 21–31 (various options)
2 hours

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