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6 unique summer camps for kids

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 5th, 2017

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  1. Rooks to Cooks

Where: Midtown Toronto

Age: 5 to 11

Description: Get kids packing their own lunch and even preparing dinner. Depending on the class, kids can focus on kitchen skills (chopping, cooking techniques) or baking. They bring home some of the food they cook, and you get to be a guest at their pop-up restaurant during the week.

Price: $320-400

2. Girls Rock Camp Toronto

Girls 8-16 can learn their choice of instrument over a week-long period at the Sony Centre. Mentoring female rockers will help the girls play in a band, write songs and perform live on stage. The camp aims to help boost self-esteem and self-empowerment. The camps are four-days long and $300.

3. Opera Camp

Located at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, kids will write and compose their own operas, which includes choosing a role, rehearsing and creating costumes, props and a set for their production that they will perform for their loved ones on the last day. There are separate camps for grades 1-3, 4-8 and 9-12. Prices range from $310-$360.

4. News Academy

The News Academy at Ryerson teaches kids ages 14-17 how to shoot and edit their own video news stories. Kids will work in supervised groups and tackle news stories in downtown Toronto. They also will gain access to the television studio where they will record a professional newscast. Prices range from $355-$375.

5. Toronto Brigantine

A sailing program for kids 13-18. A more advanced program, teens can learn to sail large brigantine ships across Lake Ontario while being a part of a seamen crew.  Prices range from $120- $225 a week, and the camp is for ages 5-12.

6. SPFX Makeup Summer Camp

The College of Makeup Art and Design offers a special effects makeup summer camp for ages 13-18. Kids can learn how to create ugly bruises, scars, burns and zombie makeup. The week-long workshop costs $500 and includes a makeup kit.

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