The AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. West in downtown Toronto ON. Our camp activities take place in the Weston Family Learning Centre and AGO galleries, as well as outdoors in the newly renovated Grange Park.
AM DROP-OFF is 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Extended Care AM DROP-OFF - begins at 8am (for pre-registered campers only).
AM Drop-Off is located on the east side of the gallery, on McCaul Street. Look for AGO Art Camp staff who will direct you.
On the first day of camp, please make sure a parent/Guardian is accompanying the camper to the AM drop-off on McCaul Street.
From Day 2 onwards, we “Kiss and Ride” on McCaul Street – there is no need to park- we will be waiting outside the McCaul entrance doors to greet your camper/s.
If you arrive past 9:15 am, please enter through the Main doors on Dundas Street and ask security to contact lead counseling staff, who will escort your child to their group.
PM PICK-UP is 4:00 p.m. SHARP
Extended Care PM PICK-UP is 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. (for pre-registered campers only).
PM Pick-Up is located on the west side of the gallery. By 3:45pm, campers will be in the Educations Commons, located downstairs in the Weston Family Learning Centre. Parent/guardians/designated pick up persons must come in through the Dundas Street main entrance or group entrance (except for Mondays when the gallery is closed) and downstairs to the Education Commons, where they may sign out campers, ONLY after showing valid Photo ID. Campers will only be released to a designated parent/guardian/pick up person as specified on the registration form. Everyone must be prepared to show valid photo ID every single day of camp.
With an AGO Art Camp Parking Placard (this will be emailed before the start of camp) visible on your windshield/dashboard, you can park TEMPORARILY:
AM Drop-Off - McCaul Street: east and west side adjacent to the AGO
PM Pick-Up – Dundas St, south side and only in front of the AGO
You must adhere to City of Toronto parking regulations (or be subject to fines for parking in crosswalks, or blocking bike lanes, such as the one on the east side of Beverly Street). The north side of Dundas Street is marked for rush hour parking from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. DO NOT stop or park there.
For paid parking lot options nearby, visit toronto.bestparking.com.
SUPERVISION AND GROUP SIZE
Our staff bring a combination of art expertise and extensive experience working with children to create a safe, active, and fun environment at AGO Art Camp.
Our Instructors are artist educators who have extensive studio experience and/or teach at the AGO year round. Instructors are with your camper everyday during morning and afternoon studio time. Our Counsellors are selected for their leadership, enthusiasm and recreational experience. Counsellors are with your camper throughout their entire day at camp and work with a minimum of 2 trained volunteer assistant counsellors for additional support. Counselors and Instructors are also supported by a core group of senior and administrative staff, including the Camp Director, Lead Counsellors, Manager of Studio and Group Learning, and our Protection Services department.
All staff have Vulnerable Sector Screening Checks and all counsellors and senior camp staff are First Aid CPR/AED Certified.
Maximum group size based on age:
- 10 camper maximum for 5 year olds
- 12 camper maximum for ages 6-7
- 15 camper maximum for ages 8-10 and 11-13.
Our staff to camper ratios are as follows:
- 6:1 For 5 year olds
- 8:1 For campers age 6-7
- 10:1 For campers 8-13
For a successful camp experience, all campers attending AGO Art Camp should be comfortable with this level of supervision.
1 TO 1 SUPPORT
The AGO Art Camp does not provide 1 to 1 support staff for campers. We do welcome campers who will be attending with a support person. Please note this during the registration process, and have proof of Vulnerable Sector Screening on hand. If you have questions about sending your child to camp with a 1 to 1 support worker, please call our contact centre 416-979-6608 for more information.
Typical Day Schedule
- 8:00 – 8:30am Pre-care
- 8:30 – 9:00am All Camper drop off
- 9:00 – 9:30am Campers prep for Studio time with their counsellors
- 9:30 – 11:30am Morning Studio Time – artmaking with the instructors
- 11:30 – 12:30pm Lunch – All groups have lunch in Grange Park together (weather permitting). After eating, campers play games, read or relax.
- 12:30 – 2:30pm Afternoon Studio Time - artmaking with the instructors
- 2:30 – 3:50pm Camper and Counsellor Activity Period
- 4:00pm sharp! Camper pick-up – Don’t forget your photo ID!
- 4:00 – 5:30pm After-Care pick-up – Don’t forget your photo ID!
PIZZA DAY — CAMP WIDE
On the FIRST DAY of every week, there is an optional camp wide Pizza lunch. You must "opt-in" on the camp registration form to receive the Pizza Day lunch. This lunch is not included in the Meal Plan cost and there is no additional charge. If your child is enrolled in a 2 week camp, they will receive pizza twice - on the first day of both weeks. Campers with food allergies cannot participate in pizza day, please provide a bagged lunch.
On the final Friday afternoon of each session, campers put on an exhibition of their artwork. Parents, caregivers, friends and family are invited to the AGO from 3:30 to 4 pm to see the display. Please make sure to bring a box or bag so that once the exhibition is over, you can easily carry home your child’s art.
Every Thursday campers participate in theme day with camp-wide artmaking and activities for all age groups. Past themes have included Winter in July, Hollywood, Pirate Adventures, Space, and many many more. We will let you know about your Theme Day on the first day of camp. Dress-up and get ready to have fun!
GRANGE PARK WATER FEATURE
Campers age 5-10 will have the opportunity to play in the Grange Park Water Feature and participate in water-based land activities in the park (weather permitting). You will be informed of the date and time on the first day of camp.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Art Gallery of Ontario Summer Art Camp is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and fun learning environment where our camp community, including all campers, families/caregivers, staff and volunteers are given equal opportunity to engage in a positive and welcoming experience in all facets of arts and culture. We aim to create a respectful camp community that is mindful of the rights, needs, and interests of all its members, creating an atmosphere that is inclusive, and physically and emotionally safe. With this commitment, the following Code of Conduct is expected of all members of our camp community at all times during all AGO Summer Art Camp programming.
All AGO Summer Art Camp community members shall:
Display respect for the rights, property and safety of themselves, others, and the AGO, with a reasonable standard of care and mindfulness.
Participate in creating a positive display of inclusion and respect of all persons in speech, action and behaviour, absent of violence, harassment, racism, intimidation, and discrimination of any kind regardless of and not limited to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, age, ability etc…
Play an active role in reporting all instances of non-compliance of the Code of Conduct to AGO Summer Art Camp staff.
So that everyone participating in our camp community complies with the Code of Conduct, expectations for all members will be clearly communicated and displayed at the beginning of each camp session, and from time to time thereafter. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in removal from AGO Summer Art Camps. Our Camp Behaviour and Discipline policy is included in the Parent Handbook.
AGO ART CAMP POLICIES
- Payment is due in full at time of registration.
- Customers who withdraw more than 4 weeks prior to the start date of your child’s camp program will be issued a full refund, minus the $30 administration fee.
- Withdrawals within 4 weeks of the start date of your child’s camp program are eligible for a 50% refund minus the $30 administration fee.
- After the start of your child’s camp program, there are no refunds for cancellations.
- The above policy also applies to extended care and meal plan purchases.
- Medical exceptions require a doctor’s note at the time of the request.
- Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
- Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
- Transfer requests will be considered up to 5 business days prior to the start of your child’s camp program.
- Transfer requests will be considered based on availability within the desired program, and are subject to a $30 administration fee
- Transfer requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
- A late fee of $25 will be charged for campers who are picked up after 4:20pm and not enrolled in Extended care. There is a one time grace period for late pick-up.