In-Person Camps with Spark

In-Person Summer Camps

***Summer camps will be offered in person, pending government COVID-19 restrictions. The programs are each a week-long, themed, and have a capacity of 12 children per camp.

It's time to jump back to reality, and spark some real science into your summer!

Yes, you read that properly, in-person summer camps ARE coming to Spark this summer. All the science, with robots, chemistry, dinosaurs, biology, and so much more will be offered at TELUS Spark Science Centre. Every Spark camp is uniquely packed with all kinds of science-y fun, with the added bonus of taking place at Calgary's science headquarters, a.k.a, the science centre. Each camp will run for five consecutive days, with the exception of August 3-6, which is a four-day week. From July 5 to August 27, campers will get to be immersed in facilitated interactive activities, have exclusive access to a Dome show, build connections with others, and bring home new creations and skills for their future.

What do you get when you book an in-person Spark camp?

  • 1 week of daily themed activities and fun.
  • Campers will get to experience premium facilitated interactive activities.
  • Exclusive access to a Dome shows
  • Pre-paid lunch add-on option
  • Interactive STEAM activities, with some take home creations

WEEKS:

  1. July 5-9 
  2. July 12-16 
  3. July 19-23 
  4. July 26-30 
  5. August 3–6 
  6. August 9–13 
  7. August 16-20 
  8. August 23-27 

Camp Prices

$315 for 5-day weeks

$252 for 4-day weeks (August 3-6)

$13 per day prepaid lunch add-on ($65 for weeks / $52 for Aug. 3-6). This includes a cold lunch and afternoon snack, including a vegetarian option. Guardians should send their camper with a healthy morning snack.

Spark Camp Programs

  • Ages 5-7

Space Explorers Go to Venus!

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

All aboard the rocket to fun! Campers will soar to new heights in this exploration of space as they learn about what’s in space, how we travel there, and what it might be like in the future. This is an otherworldly experience that you won’t want to miss. This year, the focus is on Venus, the planet making the headlines in 2021.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

ALL Weeks

  • Ages 5-7

Junior Scientists

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

This STEAM-powered camp immerses campers in the real-life scientist experience. As the campers experiment with hands-on activities and learn new knowledge, they will build new skills that will prep them for a life-long love of curiosity.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

ALL Weeks

- 1 (July 5-9) - SOLD OUT

- 6 (August 9-13) - SOLD OUT

- 7 (August 16-20) - SOLD OUT

- 8 (August 23-27) - SOLD OUT

  • Ages 5-7

Mini Investigators

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Every scientific innovation began with a hypothesis. Campers will get to explore the scientific methods behind solving mysteries, like fingerprinting and ink analysis! Get your magnifying glass ready, because Mini Investigators are on the case!

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

ALL Weeks

  • Ages 5-7

Under the Sea

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Time to take a deep dive into the science of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Explore the depths of the ocean by learning about the animals, plant-life, and other hidden secrets in the sea. Talk to real ocean experts and decide if you’ll be the next big marine biologist.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

ALL Weeks

*except week 6 (August 9-13)

  • Ages 8-10

Girls Love Science

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Girls Love Science and so do we! Join us in the exploration of women and non-binary folks who have contributed to science, interact with real-life science mentors, and build friendships in the name of making the world a better place. After all, that’s what learning is all about. This camp may be all about girl power, but at its heart it is about empowering everyone; campers anywhere on the gender spectrum are welcome.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

Weeks:

- 1 (July 5-9)

- 3 (July 19-23) - SOLD OUT

-5 (August 3-6)

-7 (August 16-20)

  • Ages 9-12

Surgeon School

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Have you ever wanted to dissect a heart? Campers will discover the tools and world of medical sciences in this week-long adventure through basic anatomy, medical skills, the strange and wonderful phenomenon of the human body, and even microbiology! From prosthetics to DNA extraction, explore innovation in medical fields and the scientists behind the surgical inventions that have changed the world.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

Weeks:

- 3 (July 19-23) - SOLD OUT

- 4 (July 26-30)

- 6 (August 9-13)

  • Ages 9-12

Robots & Code

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Whether you are an experienced coder not, this camp is for you! Campers will dive into the basics of computer coding, wiring electronics, and building their very own robot! Alongside experts, campers will get to learn how electronic devices work, from the inside out.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

Weeks:

- 1 (July 5-9) - SOLD OUT

- 2 (July 12-16) - SOLD OUT

- 7 (August 16-20) - SOLD OUT

  • Ages 8-10

Spy School

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Think Batman meets Spy Kids. Campers will use their keen senses and deciphering skills to learn the art of espionage. In this week-long exploration of all things spies, campers will put their brains to work as they master their disguise, design their own gadgets, and solve 007-level mysteries. Parents, don’t blame the science centre if your kids start to crack the home safe!

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

Weeks:

- 5 (August 3-6)

- 6 (August 9-13)

- 7 (August 16-20) - SOLD OUT

- 8 (August 23-27)

  • Ages 8-10

Wizarding World

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Rated in the top camps, year after year, this magical experience combines superpowers with the best of biology and chemistry. Campers will explore the science behind the magic that exists in all of our favourite wizard stories. Create fire, make potions and explore fantastical creatures in this unique exploration of the not-so-dark arts of science.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

ALL Weeks

- 1 (July 5-9) - SOLD OUT

  • Ages 8-10

Jurassic Spark

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

Dig deeper! Dinosaurs are more than fossils hidden under the dirt. In this week-long adventure, campers will go back in time to explore the lives of these incredible prehistoric animals, and into the future to investigate the clues they have left behind over millions of years. This camp is perfect for mini dino-experts and kids who love to unravel mysteries.

Included:

Complimentary before and after care if needed (8am-9am and 4pm-5pm)

Viewing of one exclusive movie

Outdoor play each day

Interactive STEAM activities and take-home creations

Weeks:

- 2 (July 12-16)

- 4 (July 26-30)

- 6 (August 9-13)

In-Person Camp FAQs

    • What are Spark’s policies on COVID-19?

      The safety of our campers is of the highest priority. As such we will be following the guidelines set forth by Alberta Health as soon as they are made available.

    • What are Spark Camps all about?

      Our week-long camps focus on themed hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Art activities, exploring exhibits, Dome Theatre shows, live science demonstrations and outdoor adventures. The days are all about the process; we get a little messy, but we learn new skills and take some exciting risks along the way to build confidence. Play is essential for healthy growth, so we mix organized games and free play time into every day at camp.

    • Can I send someone else to pick up my child?

      Parents/guardians are required to have documented the name, phone number and relationship of who will be picking up their camper on the sign in/out sheet. You can add an alternate pick-up for your child by calling or emailing us from a number/email address that we have on your Camper’s file, or by adding someone to your camper’s file in the morning when you are dropping them off. Camp staff will not allow an adult that's not listed on your camper’s file to take the camper home. Picture ID is required for all adults picking up campers at the end of every single day.

    • Do I have to pay for parking when picking up and dropping off my child?

      The first 30 minutes of parking is free for parents and caregivers dropping off and picking up campers. Simply activate a free 30-minute parking session during pick-up and drop-off hours at the ParkPlus terminals near the front doors. If you plan to stay at the Centre beyond pick up and drop off hours, parking is a $10 flat fee for the day. As of October 2019, all Spark Members receive free parking.

    • Can I modify the lunch menu or skip a day's lunch option?

      Our prepaid lunch options are offered as a full-week package with no modifications or substitutions.

      When sending lunches, please be aware that fridge and microwave facilities are not available and that many of our campers have nut allergies, mainly to peanuts. Although we cannot guarantee a peanut-free facility due to the public nature of our centre, for the safety of our campers, we ask that you avoid sending lunches that contain peanuts.

    • Can I pick up my child early?

      If a parent/guardian requires taking their camper out early for any reason, just let the camp leaders know in the morning at drop-off. When you arrive for early pick-up, please check in with the front desk staff who can help you locate your child’s camp.

    • Do we need to arrange transportation for camps at other locations around the City?

      Should a camp include an off-site location, our teams will arrange all off-site transportation for the campers, and the cost of that is included in your registration fee.

    • What is your policy on aggressive behaviours?

      We work hard to ensure that our camps are an amazing experience for all campers. Part of that commitment requires that we ensure no child disrupts the enjoyment or safety of the other campers through ongoing aggressive behaviour, bullying, the use of inappropriate language or other disruptive actions. We actively monitor these behaviours and, after appropriate steps are taken with the parent, we may request a camper cease coming to camp. At Telus Spark, we embrace a no-bullying policy for the benefit of our staff and our visitors.

    • Where should we drop campers off upon arrival?

      A camp staff or volunteer will greet parents and campers on the first day of camp and help you locate your camper’s room. After you know your way during the rest of the week, parents and campers can follow signs, which will lead them to the Learning Centre or other instructional space.

    • What should my child bring/wear?

      Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather forecast. We often run programs outdoors if the weather permits and we always include an outdoor recess in the Brainasium. Please dress for a bit of mess as well; we suggest you bring an extra set of clothes for younger campers in case your child gets their clothing wet while experiencing activities at water tables. You won't need to send any supplies with the campers, other than two snacks (for morning and afternoon breaks) and a lunch. When packing a lunch and snacks for your child, please ensure that they are peanut-free.

    • What time do camps start and end?

      Spring and summer camp hours are 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. with complimentary before (8AM-9AM) and after (4PM-5PM) care.

    • What if my child is under the recommended age for the program?

      We want to ensure that all campers get the most out of their experience. Our camps are designed and tested to be challenging enough only for the specified age range. We’re happy to allow campers to attend any camp, provided they turn the minimum age required by the first day of camp. Campers under 5 years old tend to find our full day camps too challenging, so we encourage parents of kids under 5 to check out the half day camp options at some of the other camps in the city.

    • When should we arrive?

      For Spring and Summer Camps: We suggest an 8:50AM arrival to check in and find your room. Camp staff will be able to assist you with sign-in promptly at 9:00 a.m.

      Between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m., campers will be moving to their camp rooms and your sign-in may be delayed. TELUS Spark offers complimentary care from 8AM - 9AM. Campers can be dropped off any time in that window.

      Please allow a bit of extra time for drop-off on the first morning as collecting forms and confirming information can slow things down – we thank you in advance for your patience.

    • What happens on the first day?

      Bring your completed form(s) with you and know which camp your camper is in. We have many camps that run concurrently and more than one camp theme for the same age groups, so knowing where you are headed helps speed up the morning sign-in process. When you arrive, there will be signs and staff to help you find your Campers camp room. There you will meet your child’s camp leaders and they will assist you in signing in your camper.

    • What if I'm late picking up my child?

      Please be prompt and contact us should there be any circumstance that causes you to be delayed. Telus Spark offers complimentary after care between 4PM-5PM. If a camper is not picked up by 5:15PM, and we are unable to contact a guardian, child services will be contacted.

    • Are electronic devices permitted at the Camps?

      We kindly request that all electronic devices, including mobile phones, iPods, tablets, cameras, and gaming consoles, be left at home to avoid loss or damage.

    • When do you require payment?

      Payment in full is required at the time of booking. Refunds are available for cancellations up to two weeks prior to your camp start date, but a $25 administrative fee will apply.

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