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Nine exciting March Break Camps for ages 4 to 16 including Wild Science, Creative Arts and Golf

HarbourKids Camps
March Break Session

March 15-19

TORONTO, February 10, 2004 — Once again, Harbourfront Centre is hosting kids of ages 4 to 16 during March Break, March 15 to 19. Youngsters can choose from nine diverse one-week day camps. Kids can become junior scientists and build their very own working robot, learn all about the popular sport of golf, create their own animated film, learn to walk on stilts or have fun with interesting games, singsongs, arts and crafts, and much more.

HarbourKids March Break Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Supervised extended hours are available from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., at an additional cost of $12 per day. An optional healthy meal plan is available for $5.50 per day. Early registration is advised, as camps fill up quickly. To register or for more information, the public should call the HarbourKids Camps Hotline, 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca/camps.

Spring Fling
Ages: 4 to 6
Cost: $180
Little ones will love this camp designed especially for them. A low camper-to-counsellor ratio, lots of variety and a well-trained staff ensure that the needs of the youngest campers are met. Arts and crafts, singsongs, drama and active games, storytelling, theme days and special events will keep young campers busy.

Circus
Ages: Junior 6 to 9, Senior 10 to 16
Cost: $200
Campers are invited to run away and join the circus! Campers will learn traditional circus activities such as juggling, stilt walking, tightwire, German gym wheel and trampoline in a controlled, supervised environment. Friends and families are invited to an end-of-week open house to see the young performers in action. This camp is coordinated by professional circus performer and trainer Marsha Kennington.

Tennis Camp
Ages: 6-16
Cost: $230
Harbourfront Centre, in cooperation with the Waterside Sports Club Inc., located at 255 Queens Quay East, will offer tennis players the opportunity to improve their racquet skills through drills and strategy sessions. Professional instructors offer a full day of instruction for all skill levels. Campers must provide their own racquets.

Creative Arts
Ages: Junior 7 to 9, Senior 10 to 14
Cost: $180
Campers, grouped by age, work with Ying-Yueh Chang, professional ceramics artist, to create fantastic ceramic objects. Leading campers through the creative process, the artist encourages campers to draw on their own imagination, creativity and artistic vision. Each day will also include a variety of camp activities such as singing, drama activities, arts and crafts, and active games. Friends and families are invited to view the completed works of art at the end-of-week Open House.

Wild Science
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $180
Campers are invited to explore the science that lies behind the world we live in! In a controlled and safe environment led by our qualifed camp staff, kids will experience hands-on experiments, projects and activities that unravel and explain scientific theories and facts. Campers will build a basic robot and participate in several mini-projects exploring fields like physics, engineering, magnetism, botany, energy and more. Each day will also feature a balance of traditional camp activities, such as active games and arts and crafts.

Chess Challenge
Ages: 8 to 13
Cost: $180
From beginners to advanced, chess enthusiasts will learn the art of chess from master chess instructor Peter Boross-Harmer. Campers are taught elementary techniques such as how to open a game, defend a piece, checkmate, avoid stalemate and more, while experienced players pick up additional tips to improve their game. Recreational activities, arts and crafts and cooperative games round out the day.

Golf
Ages: 8 to 16
Cost: $250
Novice and beginner golfers will learn the basics of this popular sport and develop their skills in the warmth and protection of the indoor golf facility at the Waterside Golf Academy, located at 255 Queens Quay East. Grouped by age and ability, campers will be instructed in the rules and etiquette of the game as well as developing their grip, stance and swing and working on chipping, putting and driving skills. A golf pro experienced in junior clinics will lead the instruction, with campers supervised by trained counsellors. Tournaments and recreational activities will round out the week. Campers must supply their own golf clubs.

Film Animation
Ages: 10 to 15
Cost: $210
Campers' imaginations will run wild as they create their own animated characters. They'll learn the art of single-frame animation by creating their own flipbooks and gain experience in developing storyboards and operating a Super 8mm camera. Friends and families are invited to the screen debut of the campers' work at week's end. Fee includes videotape of campers' work. Toronto artist Aiko Suzuki coordinates this camp.

Dungeons & Dragons
Ages: 10-16
Cost: $180
Wizards, dragons and knights, oh my! In this medieval fantasy role-playing game, kids will assume the roles of imaginary characters and work together to battle adversity and overcome obstacles. Suitable for first-time players as well as experienced D&D-ers.

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Media Contact: Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
linda@harbourfront.on.ca
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