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Nine exciting March Break Camps including The Second City Improv, Wild Science and Circus

TORONTO, February 24, 2005 — Once again, Harbourfront Centre is hosting kids of ages 4 to 16 during March Break, March 21 to 24. Youngsters can choose from nine diverse day camps including two new camps: The Second City Improv where kids can master the art of improv comedy and Discovery Day Camp, a fantastic, well-rounded camp experience where kids discover a world of variety. Campers can also become junior scientists, join the circus and learn to juggle, learn to “see” the chessboard as tournament professionals do, develop their tennis skills or have fun with interesting games, singsongs, arts and crafts, and much more.

HarbourKids March Break Camps take place from Monday to Thursday, March 21 to 24, just before the Easter weekend. 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 $6 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.harbourfrontcentre.com/camps.

NEW HARBOURKIDS MARCH BREAK CAMPS

The Second City Improv
Ages: 10 to 14
Cost: $200
Highly-skilled Second City instructors provide a fun, curriculum-based programme that has kids learning how to work together as a team, practising mutual support and respect and having a whole lot of fun. Campers, grouped by age and ability, learn the essentials of improv and good communication skills through a variety of supportive activities. At the end of the session, friends and family are invited to enjoy campers’ new skills in an improv presentation.

Discovery Day Camp
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $150
A fantastic camp created for campers who want a well-rounded, overall camp experience. Campers explore the waterfront through art projects, drama games, science activities, song and active games. Theme days and special events help kids discover a world of variety, creativity and activity.


RETURNING CAMPS

Spring Fling
Ages: 4 to 6
Cost: $150
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 always met. Arts and crafts, singsongs, drama and active games, storytelling, theme days and special events will keep young campers busy.

Creative Arts
Ages: 6 to 14
Cost: $150
Liliana DeIrisarri, a professional artist, introduces campers to the art of mask making and the power of sound and body. Campers, grouped by age, work with DeIrisarri, to create their own unique masterpieces. 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.

Circus
Ages: 6 to 16
Cost: $170
Campers are invited to run away and join the circus! Campers will learn traditional circus activities such as juggling, stilt walking, tightwire, 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 to 16
Cost: $190
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.

Wild Science
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $150
Campers are invited to become a junior scientist and explore 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 experiment and work with projects exploring fields such as physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, energy, the environment and more. Each day will also feature a balance of traditional camp activities including arts and crafts.

Chess Challenge
Ages: 8 to 13
Cost: $150
From beginners to advanced, enthusiasts will learn the art of chess from master 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 and cooperative games round out the day.

Dungeons & Dragons
Ages: 10-16
Cost: $150
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
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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