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Nine exciting Harbourfront Centre March Break Camps for ages 3 to 16 including Junior Authors, Circus, Creative Arts and Chess Challenge


TORONTO, February 19, 2007óWith a diverse selection of dynamic and creative March Break Camps, Harbourfront Centre provides children with a memorable camp experience. From March 12 to 16, Harbourfront Centre offers nine day camps for ages 3 to 16, including Junior Authors, its new camp, where kids explore the fascinating world of stories and creative writing with experienced staff and local authors. Campers can also join the circus and learn to walk on stilts and juggle, construct the swiftest roller coaster or build the biggest volcano, improve their tennis and chess skills or have fun with interesting games, singsongs, arts and crafts, and much more.

March Break Camps take place from Monday to Friday, March 12 to 16. Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. A supervised extended hours programme is available from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., at an additional cost of $60. An optional nutritious meal plan is available for $30. Early registration is advised, as camps fill up quickly. To register or for more information, the public should call the Camps Hotline, 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/camps.

NEW MARCH BREAK CAMP

Junior Authors
Ages: 10 to 15
Cost: $190
Calling all aspiring writers, junior authors and avid readers! Campers are invited to explore the wonderful world of stories and creative writing with experienced camp staff and local authors. Campers read, discuss and actively participate in creative writing workshops exploring what lies beneath the surface of their literary favourites! Traditional camp activities are incorporated into daily programming to provide an unforgettable camp experience.

RETURNING MARCH BREAK CAMPS

Camp by the Water
Ages: 3 to 6
Cost: $190
Little ones 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 activities, active games, storytelling, theme days and special events keep young campers busy.

Creative Arts
Ages: 6 to 12
Cost: $190
Campers, grouped by age, follow their creative instincts and let their imaginations reign, exploring diverse cultural and artistic perspectives through a variety of hands-on activities. Denise Wilson, a professional artist provides inspiration and expertise in guiding campers through projects. Friends and families are invited to view the completed works of art at the end-of-week open house on Friday, March 16 at
1 p.m.

Circus
Ages: 6 to 14
Cost: $210
Campers are invited to run away and join the circus! Campers learn traditional circus activities such as juggling, stilt walking, acrobatics, trapeze, trampoline and clowning in a controlled, well-supervised environment. Friends and families are invited to an end-of-week open house on Friday, March 16 at Noon to see the young performers in action. This camp is coordinated by professional circus performer and trainer Marsha Kennington and her staff of qualified circus professionals.

Tennis Camp
Ages: 6 to 16
Cost: $235
Harbourfront Centre, in cooperation with the Waterside Sports Club Inc., located at 255 Queens Quay East, offers junior 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.

Discovery Day Camp
Ages: 7 to 9
Cost: $190
An exciting camp created for campers who want a well-rounded, overall camp experience. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as art projects, drama games, science activities, song and active games. Theme days and special events help kids discover the wonderful world around them.

Chess Challenge
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $190
From beginners to advanced, chess enthusiasts 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 and cooperative games round out the day.

Experiments and Explorations
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $190
Campers are invited to discover how cool science is. They can construct the swiftest roller coaster, build the biggest volcano or concoct the messiest pile of slime. Activities include a major project and mini-projects, as well as a balance of traditional camp activities such as active games and activities.

Dungeons & Dragons
Ages: 10 to 16
Cost: $190
Wizards, dragons and knights, oh my! In this medieval fantasy role-playing board game, kids 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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