Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is excited to welcome Campers eager to explore the wonderful world of water! Each day of Summer Camp includes adventuring through Aquarium galleries and participating in aquatic and animal-inspired activities. Campers will enjoy various science activities, crafts, and games—all within a safe environment. Summer Camps are a one-week session that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For COVID-19 related policies and procedures, please see the “A Safe Experience” section below.
SUMMER CAMP SESSION DATES
All sessions are open for Campers aged five to 10 years old. Campers must be five years old by the time they attend their Camp session.
- Week 1: July 5–9, 2021
- Week 2: July 12–16, 2021
- Week 3: July 19–23, 2021
- Week 4: July 26–30, 2021
- Week 5: August 9–13, 2021
- Week 6: August 16–20, 2021
- Week 7: August 23–27, 2021
- Week 8: August 30–September 3, 2021
- $350 + HST per week
- SAVE 20% with an Annual Pass: $280 + HST per week*
*Annual Passholders must be part of the child’s immediate family. Annual pass must be valid at the time of Camp to receive the discount.
Each Camper receives one complimentary Aquarium Camp t-shirt on Monday mornings for each week of Camp they attend. Campers are required to wear their Camp t-shirt every day at Camp. Caregivers have the option to purchase additional shirts.
- Sizes available: youth extra small, youth small, youth medium, youth large, adult small, adult medium
- Price: $15 ($12 for Annual Passholders)
TYPICAL CAMP DAY
- 8:40 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Camper arrival, sign in and health screening (similar to those conducted by schools and day cares)
- 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Explore the Aquarium galleries (exclusive for Camper from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
- 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Snack
- 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Activities: science, art & crafts, games
- 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Outdoor recess (weather permitting)
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Activities: science, arts & crafts, g a.m.es
- 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Snack
- 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Activities: science, arts & crafts, g a.m.es
- 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Camper sign out
A SAFE EXPERIENCE
As we strive to provide the highest quality and safest Camp experience possible, our team has created a small format and personalized Summer Camp experience. Additionally, we have updated and added safety policies and procedures to reflect current public health mitigation strategies, including:
- Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
- Routine cleaning and disinfecting practices
- Daily health screenings and symptom monitoring for both Campers and staff
- Required face coverings for both Campers and staff
- Minimal interaction with non-Camp Aquarium staff
For children who have attended Aquarium Day Camps in the past, the Camp will look a bit different this year. Here is what you can expect:
- Wider age range of Campers within each group (5–10 years)
- No extended care
- Exclusive access to galleries from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day for Aquarium Camp groups. Campers will not have access to the galleries after 10:30 a.m. each day.
- Each Camper will have their own supplies for all activities to eliminate the sharing of supplies and equipment such as scissors, markers, etc.
- Siblings will be placed in the same group, as will any identified friends
- Only one week of themed activities is offered
- Increased handwashing and availability of hand sanitizer
- We will not provide snacks. Hot lunch or pizza lunch will not be provided. Campers will need to come to Camp each day with a litter-free lunch and two snacks
In compliance with the City of Toronto Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-Law 541-2020, Campers and staff will be required to wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Masks are required for Campers and staff during their visit to the Aquarium, with limited exceptions detailed below.
Masks must be fitted properly and cover the mouth and nose at all times. If masks are reusable, the mask must be regularly cleaned. Masks with valves or openings, handkerchiefs, gaiters, and face shields are not allowed in place of masks.
Short Duration Exceptions: Campers may only remove their masks during water or meal breaks or when deemed safe by Camp staff.
Campers unable to comply with the mask policy may be asked to leave Camp for the safety of other Campers and staff.
- Send at least two clean face coverings per Camper each day
- Provide two resealable bags to store masks
The Face Covering Can Be:
- A reusable cloth mask
- Non-surgical disposable paper mask, as long as it covers the Camper’s nose and mouth. Face shields are not a substitute for face coverings/masks. Mingle masks are not permitted.
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICIES
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Camp 2021:
If written cancellation is received more than 15 days before the session start date, a refund will be provided, minus the non-refundable administration fee of $50. No refunds or cancellations will be granted 14 days before the session start date. Partial refunds will not be given for missed days.
Exceptions will be made for COVID-19 related circumstances.
Covid-19 related cancellations:
- If Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada fully or partially cancels your Camp week due to COVID exposure at Camp, the Aquarium will strive to reschedule your Camp reservation. If rescheduling is not possible, the Aquarium will issue a prorated refund for missed Camp days.
- Missed program days will not be refunded or rescheduled unless the Camper has a COVID-19 related illness. If a family member or Camper shows symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home, and the Aquarium will refund a prorated amount.
- If a Camper falls ill while at Camp, they will be placed in a quiet room with staff supervision and isolated from the rest of their Camp group. The Aquarium will contact caregivers to pick up their Camper immediately. The Aquarium will request the caregiver to take the child to a COVID-19 assessment centre for testing. If a negative result is confirmed, the child will be allowed to return to Camp.
- Camp COVID-19 policies and procedures may change based on updated local and provincial guidance and health recommendations. Registrants will be notified of any changes.