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Summer Program

Every day is a special day at Hillcrest Safariland. Children are encouraged and supported throughout their day with us. Our staff are trained to ensure that every child feels safe. Structured play experiences, snack time and cooperative games teach children how to get along with their peers in a positive environment.

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Hillcrest Safariland

The children are placed into
these groups based on year of birth, as follows:

Monkeys

Giraffes

Zebras

Lions

Elephants


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Summer Programs

Here is a full list of our activities:

Music

Our dedicated music specialist provides daily musical programming for all chidren, and encourages group participation, imaginative expression and the building of self-esteem. Unique group songs, children's classics and music circles provide endless opportunities for fun and laughter.

Sports

This is an educational, non-competitive sports program for all children taught by an experienced sports instructor. The program uses specialized sporting equipment and exercises combined with creativity and positive teaching methods. Popular sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball are introduced. Children develop confidence, gross motor skills and team-building skills while having fun learning new sports.

Swimming

Our children make a splash in our beautiful salt-water heated pools and water play areas with daily swimming programs. We hire only experienced and qualified NLS certified swim instructors, who understand the needs of the young child. Our focus is to ensure that each child feels secure and comfortable in the water. The children divide their time between the recreational and instructional pools. They are only taken into the main pool in arms, on a one-to-one basis with a staff member. Individual progress is monitored and reports are issued at the end of each session.

Children enrolled in half-day programs swim once a day for half an hour, while full-day programs swim twice a day for half an hour each time. In addition to our certified swim staff, all counsellors from your child's group will also be in the pool area to ensure the best supervision and ratio possible.

Playground

A variety of equipment has been placed in our natural setting within the valley so children can appreciate nature as they develop. Children use their imagination as they play on our pirate ship, build sand castles on beach-like sand areas and explore the many challenging play structures. Safety and supervision are always our first priority.

Arts & Crafts

Our arts and crafts program features a variety of activities designed to maximize creativity and self-expression. Our experienced counsellors and Early Childhood Educators plan and implement age-appropriate craft projects to develop and enhance fine motor skills. Theme-based art projects are often inspired by weekly program themes. Children use a wide variety of materials and media.

Rainy Days

During rainy days, our children are challenged and engaged by a variety of indoor games and activities that promote creativity and team-building skills. Our indoor facilities are air-conditioned and the rooms are filled with educational equipment for use when outdoor activities aren't available.

Special Theme Days

Every Friday during the summer, we celebrate with special theme days. Special events are incorporated into our programs such as costume days, treasure hunts, and carnivals add spirit and excitement to our busy summers. In addition, we welcome special guests and performers to add to our already exciting program!

Lunch & Snacks

Hot lunch is provided to children registered in all half day and full day summer programs. It is included in their fees. A menu will be provided for parents. As per Ministry of Education guidelines, all food served at Hillcrest is peanut and nut-free, and dietician-approved.

Transportation

Learn more about our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Transportation options are available with prices varying depending on service provided.       

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