Day camps and playground programs

Registration for 2021 neighbourhood playground programs is currently open. Summer day camps are full. Please connect with customer service for additional details on waitlists. Please visit Play Your Way online or call 519-661-5575 to register for day camp and playground programs. Summer day camp and neighbourhood playground program FAQ information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Day camps are a safe and fun way for kids to stay active and make friends. We are offering special day camp programs that adhere to provincial guidelines and follow COVID-19 safety measures. The neighbourhood playground program is also returning this summer and has been modified to accommodate the necessary health and safety protocols.

Storybook Gardens also offers several day camps. For more information on day camp offerings and registration, please visit Storybook Gardens' day camps webpage.

COVID-19 safety measures

Health and safety protocol will be updated regularly in alignment with current direction from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Province of Ontario, and the City of London.

Participants will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced.

Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time and will be required to adhere to their assigned times to avoid mixing with other cohort groups. Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., program participants, staff and essential visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer to allow for contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

Campers will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced. Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time, and will be required to adhere to their assigned times in order to avoid mixing with other camper groups. Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., camp participants, staff and essential visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer to allow for contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

Staff will be required to complete a daily health screening and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by guidelines. Physical distancing within cohort groups will be enforced to the greatest extent possible, with the exception of staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid. 

Per guidance from the Province of Ontario, the Middlesex London Health Unit and in alignment with the City of London Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw, all campers must wear masks when indoors. This applies to indoor program spaces at our summer day camps as well as facility entry for washroom access at playground sites. Participants with respiratory conditions, or those with special needs who may experience difficulty wearing a mask for extended periods, may be exempt from this. Masks are strongly encouraged but not mandatory for this population.

Playground programs will support a maximum of 20 participants, separated into two cohorts of ten. There will be a maximum of 40 campers per summer day camp location, with some smaller sites accepting fewer campers. Campers will be divided into cohort groups of no more than 10 children.

Many other strategies will be in effect to meet provincial guidelines and public health regulations. The safety measures listed above are just the general considerations for summer day camp and neighbourhood playground programming.

Protocols will be in place if a participant begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in their registered program, including immediate notification to the parent or guardian and the need for immediate pick-up. The registered participant will await in an isolation area, with a staff member, until pick-up. A parent, guardian, or emergency contact will be required to pick up the ill participant within one hour of receiving notification.​​​​​​

Neighbourhood playground program 2021 sessions

We are pleased to announce the City of London playground program has returned for summer 2021 and will be celebrating 100 years of service! This free, half-day program offers London residents between the ages of 6 to 12 years old a neighbourhood-based opportunity for outdoor recreation this summer. Participants will be able to interact with their peers in a modified playground program with important COVID-19 health and safety measures in place.

Participants registered in the summer playground program can expect to participate in a variety of modified sports, games, and activities. These may include nature-based exploration as well as arts and crafts. Participants will be allowed limited access to playground structures and spray pads when available. There will be lots of opportunities for participants to engage in both structured and unstructured free play.

The neighbourhood playground program will be running exclusively outdoors for summer 2021. Due to COVID-19 space restrictions, we are unable to provide indoor shelter or relief from the elements for our staff or program participants. This means that the program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather such as extreme heat or rainfall. Decisions regarding program cancellations will be made a minimum of 2 hours before the program begins.

Neighbourhood playground program locations

Morning playground programs

Core program hours for our morning playground sites are 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Program participants will be dropped off between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and picked-up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Playground staff will not provide supervision to participants between the morning and afternoon programs. These outdoor programs are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather.

  • Foxfield District Park (2384 Buroak Drive)
  • Lambeth Centennial Park (7112 Beattie Street)
  •  Jesse Davidson Park (731 Viscount Road)
  • Thames Park (15 Ridout Street South)
  • Gibbons Park (2A Grosvenor Street)
  •  Constitution Park (725 Grenfell Drive)
  •  Ed Blake Park (449 Barker Street)
  •  Kiwanis Park East (311 Kiwanis Park Drive)
  • Oakridge Optimist Park (825 Valetta Street)

Afternoon playground programs

Core program hours for our afternoon playground sites are 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program participants will be dropped off between 1:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. and picked-up between 4:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. These outdoor programs are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather.

Playground staff will not provide supervision to participants between the morning and afternoon programs.

  • Foxfield District Park (2384 Buroak Drive)
  • Ralph Hamlyn Park (83 Dennis Avenue)
  • Southcrest Park (10 Hazelwood Avenue)​​​​​​
  • University Heights Park (290 Trott Drive)
  • Oakridge Optimist Park (825 Valetta Street)
  • Rowntree Park (750 Whetter Avenue)
  • Northridge Park (15 McLean Drive)
  • Northeast Park (1050 Victoria Drive)​​​​​​
  • Glen Cairn Park (370 Chippendale Crescent)
Neighbourhood playground program weeks

All dates, locations, and timelines listed below are subject to change.

  • Week 1: Monday, July 5 to Thursday, July 8 (all sites open)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 15
  • Week 3: Monday, July 19 to Thursday, July 22
  • Week 4: Monday, July 26 to Thursday, July 29
  • Week 5: Tuesday, August 3 to Thursday, August 5
  • Week 6: Monday, August 09 to Thursday, August 12
  • Week 7: Monday, August 16 to Thursday, August 19 (all sites close)

Final decisions will be made under the guidance and recommendations of the Province of Ontario, Middlesex London Health Unit, City of London, and others.

Registration

Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, for the playground program running the week of July 5 through July 8. Program registration will reopen each Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. for the following week. Interested participants can register by calling customer service at 519-661-5575 or visiting Play Your Way online.

Depending on availability, registration will remain open until the Thursday before the program week begins. Once registration has closed, registered participants will be contacted by a playground coordinator with specific details for the following week.

Please note that there are no fees associated with this program. It is free to all London residents. The registration process will be used for attendance tracking and participant safety.

Summer day camp 2021 sessions

The City of London is offering a limited number of modified summer day camps at select community centres beginning Monday, July 5. Registration for summer day camps opened on Wednesday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m.

Day camp sessions begin Monday, July 5 and will operate until Friday, September 3. Summer day camps are available at select community centres for children ages 4 to 12, as well as a camp opportunity for youth ages 12 to 21 with special needs. Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Extended care beyond core camp hours will not be available this year.

Each camper group will participate in activities completely independent of others, which will include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, nature-based activities and outdoor activities when space and weather permit. Each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods, with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between groups, and counsellors will stay with the same group of children all week.

As per Provincial guidelines, campers will not be participating in field trips, activities that require group transportation, cooking activities or hot lunches. For some groups, a walking trip to a nearby park may be possible. In these instances, parents or guardians will be notified ahead of time to grant permission for their camper to participate. Our camp coordinators are also excited to share fun on-site options like virtual field trips and virtual fitness activities.

Summer day camp locations

Summer day camps for children aged 4 to 12 years old will be offered at 10 sites for a period of nine weeks at the following locations:

  • Argyle day camp (1948 Wavell Street)
  • Boyle day camp (530 Charlotte Street)
  • Byron day camp (1308 Norman Avenue)
  • Carling day camp (675 Grosvenor Street)
  • Farquharson day camp (411 Tecumseh Avenue)
  • Kinsmen day camp (20 Granville Street)
  • Lambeth day camp (7112 Beattie Street)
  • Medway day camp (119 Sherwood Forest Square)
  • South London day camp (1119 Jalna Boulevard)
  • Stronach day camp (1221 Sandford Street)

Summer surprise day camp for youth aged 12 to 21 years old with special needs will be offered for a period of eight weeks at the following location.

  • Summer surprise day camp (78 Riverside Drive)​​​​​​
Summer day camp weeks

All dates, locations, and timelines listed below are subject to change.

  • Week 1: Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 9 (all sites open)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16
  • Week 3: Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23
  • Week 4: Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30
  • Week 5: Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6
  • Week 6: Monday, August 09 to Friday, August 13
  • Week 7: Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20
  • Week 8: Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27 (last week of summer surprise)
  • Week 9: Monday, August 30 to Friday, September 3 (last week of general day camps)

Final decisions will be made under the guidance and recommendations of the Province of Ontario, Middlesex London Health Unit, City of London, and others.

Cost

Summer day camps

  • The 5-day camp fee is $138 per week for summer day camps.
  • The 4-day camp fee is $110 per week for the week of Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6.

Summer surprise day camps

  • The 5-day camp fee is $163 per week for summer surprise day camps.
  • The 4-day camp fee is $130 per week for the week of Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6.

If you require financial assistance, please visit our child care fee subsidy program page.

Registration

Registration for summer day camps opened on Wednesday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m. through Play Your Way online or by calling 519-661-5575.

Register for a day camp session

Inclusion intent to register

The intake process for 1:1 designated inclusion support campers will be completed in two steps this summer.

Spaces are currently full for our 1:1 designated inclusion support campers. Families currently on the waitlist will be contacted by an Inclusion Coordinator in the event that a space becomes available for your camper.

Camp locations with 1:1 designated inclusion support
  • Argyle day camp (1948 Wavell Street)
  • Carling day camp (675 Grosvenor Street)
  • Kinsmen day camp (20 Granville Street)
  • Medway day camp (119 Sherwood Forest Square)
  • South London day camp (1119 Jalna Boulevard)
  • Stronach day camp (1221 Sandford Street)
Types of inclusion supports

The City of London offers three different designated inclusion support options at our group day camp locations.

  1. 1:1 support is available for up to two weeks of camp.
  1. The city will accommodate and pay for a family’s support person for up to two weeks of camp and attend any location (limited spots available).
  2. If families have their own support worker they are paying for, they can attend as many weeks of the summer as they would like at any location (dependent on ratios permitted and COVID-19 restrictions).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between summer day camps and the neighbourhood playground program?

Summer day camps are a paid, full day program for registered families. Our summer day camps are operated out of City of London community recreation centres and arenas and will run during core program hours for the full summer season.

Neighbourhood playground programs offer free half-day programming to area residents, Monday to Thursday. These programs are operated out of City of London parks and are weather-dependent.

What are the hours of operation for camp?

Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Families will be assigned a 15-minute drop-off time between the hours of 8 to 9 a.m. and a 15-minute pick-up time of between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m. and will be notified of their designated time via email one week prior to camp begins. No extended care will be offered this year.

NOTE: All campers must be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian aged 16 years or older who can attest to the camper’s health. Campers will not be allowed to sign themselves in or out.

What are the hours of operation for neighbourhood playground programs?

Core program hours are Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for morning programs and 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for afternoon programs. Families will be able to drop off registered participants during the 15-minute window from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for morning programs and 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for afternoon programs. Participants will then be picked up during the designated window from 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for morning programs and 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. for afternoon programs.

Will I have the opportunity to speak to a staff member prior to the camp or playground program start date? 

The week prior to your child attends camp or playgrounds, you will receive an email from a Summer Coordinator with forms you will need to fill out, instructions on our drop-off and pick-up procedure, other program procedures and guidelines that you and your child need to be aware of as well as general information about the program. If you still have questions after reading through the information, the email will include an option to have a phone conversation with the Coordinator prior to the program start date. As our staff are busy with preparations and training, we ask that you wait to ask questions until you receive this email.

NOTE: Please ensure your Play Your Way Online registration account includes an email address you check frequently. 

What are the staff ratios this summer?

Our staffing model will be one leader for each group of eight to ten children, with additional staff present for planning, oversight, coordination and cleaning. Siblings and members of the same household will be included in the same group as much as possible.

I have an urgent question. Who can I contact?

Urgent questions can be forwarded to recreation@london.ca. We will reply as soon as possible.

Does the playground program have an indoor space?

The playground program will be running exclusively outdoors this year. Each site does have access to water and washrooms but will not offer any indoor activities.

Will the playground program run on bad weather days?

No. The playground program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather such as extreme heat, excessive rain, thunderstorms, tornado warnings, etc. Registered participants will be notified via email, website updates, and automated phone messages as soon as a cancellation decision has been made.

Last modified:Monday, July 19, 2021