Summer camp provides kids with lasting memories, lifelong friendships, and the opportunity to capture flags without causing an international incident. Give kids something to do with today’s Groupon: for $75, you get one session of A Step Up five-day summer day camp for youths ages 3 to 15 years old from The Studio School of Dance (up to a $180 value). Camps are held at 74 Jamie Avenue in Nepean or at 430 McArthur Avenue in Ottawa.
The Studio School of Dance has infused dance expertise into flailing limbs for more than 18 years and boasts a staff well versed in working with children. The first-aid-certified team at A Step Up summer day camp shows off its dance instruction and child-whispering skills during five-day sessions, letting kids ages 3 to 15 years old burn energy Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with half-day sessions available for 3–to 6-year-olds. The programming promotes dynamic skill development, combining the physical fitness of outdoor recreation with the cultural refinement of dance, arts and crafts, and theatre tutelage. Each week is designed around a theme, such as Rock Stars, Glee Club, or How to Spot a Schoolyard Pyramid Scheme, and each day is fully planned but flexible to adapt to kids' requests. A small staff-to-child ratio ensures personal attention. The schedule of sessions begins the first week of July and runs through the final week of August (four-day course August 2–5) and runs at a choice of two locations.
Like with a class field trip to Mars, parents should send campers with their own lunch and snacks. Before and after child care is included from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; however, for $40 each, kids may enjoy additional swim lessons, a choice of a dance class, or soccer drills (Ottawa location only) from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from A Step Up support two local charities: the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and The Chance 2 Dance Foundation.
430 McArthur Ave.
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