Spring break is fast approaching and parents are trying to find ways to keep their children active and engaged.
Don't worry. There is plenty of fun on offer during spring break in Port Coquitlam with camps and swimming lessons for school-aged children.
Camps will run Monday to Friday from March 22 to 26 and Monday to Thursday from March 19 to Apr. 1. All camps will have the appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Registration is already open for Port Coquitlam residents and the general public.
• Trekkers Camp (ages 5-7) Hyde Creek Community Centre offers a variety of outdoor games and activities. Camp runs 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Five year olds must have completed or be enrolled in kindergarten to participate.
• Explorers Camp (ages 8-10) Children will explore trails around Hyde Creek Community Centre, play games and activities, connect with their peers and swim daily. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Base Camp (ages 11-14) for youth looking to engage in fun, outdoor activities with their peers. Youth will work together on team building and personal leadership activities. Camp runs outdoors at Hyde Creek Community Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Regular registered youth programming will also continue running during Spring Break from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday to Friday.
• Outdoor Arts Camp (ages 6-10) at the Outlet in Leigh Square for children who love visual arts and creative play. Camp runs 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Trail Blazers Camps (ages 6-8 and 8-11) at Gates Park for children eager to get on their bikes and explore our trails. Camps for 6 to 8 year olds run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and camps for 8 to 11 year olds from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Swimming Lessons – Swim lessons will be available during spring break for a variety of swim levels, including preschool, Swim Kids and Advanced Aquatics.
Financial Support Available
The city offers a variety of supports and resources to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to get involved in recreation programs. Eligible families can receive a 75% discount on activities, including camps, through the Financial Assistance Program.
The city’s Leisure Buddy Program also offers one-to-one volunteer support for children in registered activities.
Participants in spring break programs can expect to adhere to public health directives, including limits on participant numbers for safe distancing, hand sanitizing stations, signs and other guidance to direct traffic flow, mask requirements for everyone 12 years and up while children ages three to 11 are encouraged to wear masks.