Mini University

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We are excited to offer your family over a dozen fun and educational camps designed for kids entering Kindergarten to Grade 8. Each day is balanced with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities that support a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether your child enjoys building with LEGO®, dance, music, art, medicine, fencing, golf, martial arts, science or sports and games or a bit of everything, we have a camp for everyone in your family!

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Mini University Camps


Kinder Kamp

ENTERING KINDERGARTEN

Ready, Set, Play! This is a full-day camp designed for kids who are about to take the first big leap into Kindergarten. The Kinders will enjoy art activities, storytelling, games, science experiments, exploration and fun lessons inspired by our other Mini University camps. Each day is based on a different theme and is balanced with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. 

 

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Mini U 101

ENTERING GRADE 1

Our fun-loving Mini’s will explore and discover their creativity through a variety of art activities, storytelling, science experiments, exploration and games. Each day is based on a different theme and is balanced with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. 

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Broadway Bound Drama

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Bravo! Encore! Our performing arts camp returns this summer for your rising star. At our exciting one-week camp, young performers practice and expand on their drama and acting skills in a supportive and encouraging environment. Campers will explore and discover their passion for drama through a variety of acting activities led by our experienced drama instructor. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Broadway Bound Dance

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Bravo! Encore! Our performing arts camp returns this summer for your rising-star. At our exciting one-week camp, young performers will practice and expand on their dancing and performing skills in a supportive and encouraging environment. Campers will participate in and learn several dance styles and routines throughout the week based upon our musical of the week, led by our experienced dance instructor. This year, our dance camp will include taking part in crafts inspired by the musical of the week. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Kreative Kids Drawing

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Our experienced drawing instructor will unleash your creative camper’s inner artist. Campers will discover their passion for drawing through a variety of activities and use of different materials for drawing led by our drawing instructor throughout this one-week camp. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no swimming, field trips, pizza lunch, or art exhibition for parents at the end of the week.

 

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Kreative Kids Painting

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Our experienced painting instructor will unleash your creative camper’s inner artist. Campers participate in a variety of painting activities that encourages and inspires them to be creative, led by our painting instructor throughout this one-week camp. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Kreative Kids Sculpture

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Our experienced sculpture instructor will unleash your creative camper’s inner artist. Campers participate in a variety of sculpture activities that encourage and inspire them to be creative, led by our sculpture instructor throughout this one-week camp. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. 

 

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Kreative Kids Digital Arts

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Our awesome one-week camp will allow your Kreative Kid to experience the creative world of digital arts. Campers learn how to make digital art on the computer and have the opportunity to take some photographs outside. Our digital arts instructor will lead campers through a variety of engaging activities to learn the basics of digital art while encouraging creativity. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Science Trek Biology

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Launch into the scientific field of biology at our Science Trek Biology camp! During our intensive one-week camp, campers engage in a variety of experiments and challenges in a professional laboratory. Our specialized biology instructor has created new lesson plans this summer and has a bunch of exciting new projects. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Science Trek Chemistry

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Ready, Set, REACT! Launch into the scientific field of chemistry at our Science Trek Chemistry camp. During our intensive one-week camp, campers engage in a variety of experiments and challenges in a professional laboratory. Our specialized chemistry instructor has created new lesson plans this summer and has a bunch of exciting new projects. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. 

 

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Science Trek Physics

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Have you ever stopped to think how planes fly? Or why the sky is blue? Maybe you’ve shocked yourself when you touched a door handle! All of these can be explained with the help of physics. In Science Trek Physics, we dive deep into how the world around us works. Our specialized physics instructor has created new lesson plans this summer and has a bunch of exciting new projects. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Science Trek Criminal Science

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Launch into the scientific field of criminal science at our Science Trek Criminal Science camp. During our intensive one-week camp, campers engage in a variety of experiments and challenges in a professional laboratory. Campers have the opportunity to solve crimes, engage in experiments and crack codes. Our specialized criminal science instructor created new lesson plans this summer and has a bunch of exciting new projects. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Mini Brick Builders

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Let your imagination run wild and get building! Our mini brick builders face big tasks — Instructors add structure to LEGO® building time by creating challenges that stretch every camper’s problem solving skills, and promote creativity. Between orchestrating buildings, bridges, vehicles, spaceships, planes (and really anything else they can think of) camper’s are guaranteed to have a great time. To ensure everyone’s safety, each camper will receive their own container of building blocks for the week and won’t be sharing pieces with other campers. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program.

 

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Mini Black Belts

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Hi-YAH! Engage your child’s mind and body this summer at our martial arts camp. This camp is designed by our experienced instructor to improve concentration, coordination and self-discipline in a safe and encouraging environment. Campers practice striking and grappling techniques with each other and using padded targets. They also learn how to safely execute moves and self-defense techniques inspired by a variety of martial arts which foster self-confidence, respect and a healthy lifestyle. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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Active Gamers

ENTERING GRADES 2-8

Get in the game and get moving this summer! At our cutting-edge active gaming camp, campers will play the hottest new motion control games for Xbox One Kinect®, Wii U® gaming systems and Nintendo Switch®. Gamers have the opportunity to play new and classic strategy games with other campers in a non-competitive and encouraging environment. This camp also includes an educational component; all of the kids learn about classic video game elements and drag-and-drop programming using rapid game development apps on iPads®. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. Xbox One Kinect®, Wii U® and Nintendo Kinect® and Apple iPads®  are registered trademarks which do not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program.

 

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Mini Musketeers

ENTERING GRADES 3-7

Discover the art of fencing this summer with our professional fencing coaches from Epic Fencing. Campers learn the fundamentals of fencing including how to lunge, parry and score an attack in a safe match environment. Haven’t tried fencing before? No worries, this camp is designed for beginners and we provide all of the equipment for everyone's enjoyment and safety. It will be easy for your young fencer to sharpen their technique with one-on-one instruction in our smaller groups. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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MediCamp

ENTERING GRADES 3-7

Sign up for a dose of fun, STAT! Discover the fascinating field of medicine through hands-on activities. At this intensive one-week camp, campers do experiments, arts and crafts projects, learn about a variety of healthcare professions and explore how the human body functions. We know our MediCampers are always eager to learn more, which is why we also offer education on nutrition, exercise, stress and basic First Aid from our specialized instructor. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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Mini Pro Golfers

ENTERING GRADES 3-8

FORE! Tee up and hit a hole-in-one this summer at our popular golf camp. Fun and skill development are par for this one-week camp as you practice your driving using practice nets, chipping and putting, along with on-campus activities led by our two specialized instructors. Don’t own a set of clubs? No worries, Tiger! Mini University has a set of quality clubs you can rent for the week at an affordable price. It’s easy for your golfer to sharpen their skills and learn the essentials of golf with one-on-one instruction in our smaller groups. Each day our golfers participate in a variety of outdoor physical activities as well as indoor activities like custom mini golf courses. All skill levels are welcome. Due to measures we are following based on the Guidance for Day Camps outlined by the province, we have redesigned and relaunched this camp to provide the best possible experience this summer. At this time we aren’t allowed to take buses to get to the different golf courses so instruction will be done on fields and an indoor multi-purpose studio at the University of Calgary. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch. 

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Mini Indoor Sports

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Go for gold this summer! Campers will get the chance to play a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and games such as volleyball, basketball, handball, dodgeball, quidditch, speed ball, tchoukball, floor hockey, relay races and more (activities vary each week). Where physical distancing is not possible, the focus will be on skill building and practice. Games discovered or created by our instructors may use modifications to give familiar games a sense of novelty and create safer play. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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Mini Outdoor Sports

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Ready, Set, GO! Campers will get the chance to play a variety of outdoor sports and games such as, soccer, touch football/rugby, kickball, ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, capture the flag and more (activities vary each week). Where physical distancing is not possible, the focus will be on skill building and practice. Games discovered or created by our instructors may use modifications to give familiar games a sense of novelty and create safer play. Each day is balanced with a variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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Outdoor Games

ENTERING GRADES 2-6

Into the great wide open! Campers have the chance to participate in a large variety of outdoor games. Our experienced outdoor games instructors engage campers in an exciting and fun environment where they play games such as dodgeball, tag game variations, capture the flag, obstacle courses, relay races and more while staying safe. Where physical distancing is not possible, the focus is on skill building and practice. Games discovered or created by our instructors may use modifications to give familiar games a sense of novelty and create safer play. If your campers are looking to run around, play engaging games all day, and get some fresh air and vitamin D, this is the camp for them. Bring sunscreen. Each day is balanced with a variety of indoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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Street Art

ENTERING GRADES 9-11

Our Street Art camp offers teens the ability to create a mural from start to finish in just three days! Our professional art instructors share their creative processes and help everyone express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Campers are offered support and guidance while graduating from the first rough concept of their mural to the finished product. Some of the main skills this camp focuses upon are: collaborating, brainstorming, sketching, drawing, designing and painting. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

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Comic Book Creators

ENTERING GRADES 3-7

This camp is for anyone who wants to learn how to write and draw their own comics. Our professional art instructors share their creative processes and help everyone express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. They walk you through the steps of creating a comic from conception to actualization and everything in between including: brainstorming, sketching, drawing, colouring and creating a comic. Campers learn these skills through a variety of activities and mentoring. Each day is balanced with a variety of indoor games and activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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*NEW* Gymnastics

ENTERING GRADES K-6 

Engage your child’s mind and body this summer at our gymnastics summer camp. This camp is designed by Active Living’s experienced Gymnastics Instructors to improve your child’s coordination, balance and movement skills in a supportive and encouraging environment. The Gymnastics Centre is set-up with a variety of equipment and stations that are designed to develop fundamental movement skills in a fun and safe way. No experience is necessary and everyone will find something to enjoy in this camp that is designed to get you moving and learn new skills. Each day is balanced with a variety of outdoor games and indoor activities led by our camp leaders. Please note this summer, there will be no field trips or pizza lunch.

 

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*NEW* Digital Library Explorers

Discover what the Taylor Family Digital Library has to offer this summer. Each week, campers will do a variety of hands-on activities with specialists such as archivists, curators and librarians at the TFDL and learn how a digital library, archive and gallery works. If your child loves to read, write and learn new things every day, this is the camp for them. Activities are not the same each week and may include:

Exploring the Nickle Art museum exhibitions
Working on scanning and printing with the 3D printers
Digging through Western Canadian history in the Glenbow Archives
Visiting our 35 million pixel Visualization studio and getting up close with digital maps
Creating podcasts and exploring retro gaming in our LabNext spaces
Up close look at artifacts from the library’s ancient Greek and Roman coin collection

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