Art, history, sports, technology and performance fun available for kids this summer

The Niagara Pumphouse will take art classes for kids outside this summer, as it did last year. Photo submitted

The Niagara Pumphouse will take art classes for kids outside this summer, as it did last year. Photo submitted

Penny Coles

Niagara Advance

There is no need for kids to get bored this summer - there are many activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake to keep them busy.

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is offering summer art camps for children aged five to 12, with week-long full-day and half-day sessions in July and August.

Art projects will include drawings, paintings, sculptures and other visual arts using professional supplies and tools in the pumphouse studio.

As part of Canada 150 celebrations, campers will participate in a special project in which they learn about a Canadian artist and create a finished masterpiece inspired by their work. Lessons will be supported by visual examples from art history or artworks in the pumphouse gallery.

In partnership with Bravo Niagara’s Voices of Freedom Festival, campers will also learn about Niagara Region’s Black history and create a North Star art project. Campers will spend some time outside with plein-air painting and games, with finished masterpieces to display at home. Materials Included. Pre-registration is required.

Financial support from The Niagara Community Foundation 2017 Summer Camp grant is offering Niagara children in financial need the opportunity to participate in pumphouse art camps, says director Rima Boles.

“Summer Art Camp at The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre helps children develop new artistic skills, get their hands messy, make new friends, raise their self-esteem and have fun,” says Boles.

The Niagara Historical Society and Museum will be hosting two one-week summer camps, from July 24 to 28, and from Aug. 14 to 18.

In commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday, children aged six to 12 will be invited to celebrate by experiencing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s history, culture and attractions.

Through a series of expeditions, visits from local experts and journeys to historically significant sites, kids will be immersed in all that represents Niagara-on-the-Lake

In the July camp, “Niagara’s Roots,” campers will explore the different cultures that settled in Niagara. There will be community trips and visitor presentations.

During the August camp, “Niagara’s Attractions,” campers will enjoy popular sites that draw thousands of tourists to the region each year. This will include outings and activities to allow campers to feel like mini-tourists for the week.

Contact Rebecca Rizzo at the museum at 905-468-3912 or email to register for the program or for further inquiries. Rizzo is an Ontario-certified teacher with extensive experience working with children and implementing educational programming.

The camps will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $125 per child per week.

For more information on the museum and its special events and exhibitions, visit or call 905-468-3912. The Museum is located at 43 Castlereagh Street and is open daily 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To celebrate Canada 150, all the library’s summer programs will be offered free.

Registration has started for the library’s summer reading program. Read all the books, magazines, audiobooks, and e-books you want, keep track of all your titles, and share what you read to earn stickers and prizes. Drop in to talk about your books from July 4 to Aug 12 and attend an end-of-summer reading club party.

Other programs include reading outside, reading with St. John therapy dogs, a visit from the Reptile Kingdom, a Great Canadian Road Trip with fun activities, a film-making workshop, Makerspace pop-ups, movies, a Mario Kart tournament, art, book and minecraft projects. For more information visit

the Town also has an extensive list of activities, including drop-in basketball, nine weeks of summer camps - register per week or per day - and swimming lessons at the Niagara and St. Davids pools. Visit for more details.

The Yellow Door Theatre Project is offering two two-week musical theatre intensive camps designed for the young performer.

The camps are from July 3 to 14 and July 31 to Aug. 13, at the Redekopp Creative and Performing Arts Centre, 504 Line 2 in Virgil.

Designed for campers between the ages of nine and 16, the summer program includes participation in activities that develop the skills for acting, singing and dancing. Led by Artistic Director, Andorlie Hillstrom, and other professional guest instructors, participants will rehearse and deliver a performance Of Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka on the final day of camp, which includes props, sets and costumes.

The Summer Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for two weeks.

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