Creative Camp for Kids

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Family programming Music Theatre Dance Children

In person at the NAC

Ages 5-11

Our week-long camps are the best way to spend the summer. There is plenty to see, hear, and do, with inspiration around every corner. Your child will sing, dance, act and laugh their way through fun-filled activities led by our experienced instructors and assistants. No audition is required — just an imagination! 



Camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Drop off begins at 8:30 am and pick up ends at 4:30 pm.

Our main camp entrance is the NAC’s Canal doors (accessed via Lawrence Freiman Lane). Please make your way to the Atelier Shenkman Smith, across from the Box Office. Short-term parking is available out front for drop-offs and pick-ups.

What to expect 
At our camps, we will get creative using a mix of dance and drama activities, all led by our camp counselors and guest artists. Alongside a foundational knowledge of dance, drama, and music, campers will be introduced to basic terminology, routines, instruments and so much more!  

Our campers will learn about performing arts through spotlights on English, French and Indigenous works. We’ll divide our day into art blocks and make every day a little different. These art blocks will explore your child’s creative side through theatre-making both on and off stage, curated workshops, and backstage tours that will all offer campers a glimpse into the exciting world of theatre production! Plus, campers will have the opportunity to create their own projects in small groups. Overall, we aim to help your child discover their unique creative voice in a fun, and positive environment! 

Need help figuring out if this camp is the best fit for your camper? Please email for more information!


Frequently asked questions

When do the Creative Camps run?
Camps run Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Drop off begins at 8:30 am and pick up ends at 4:30 pm.

Is lunch provided? 
Participants are expected to bring their own lunch and water bottle with them to camp. 

Are supplies provided? 
Yes, all creative and artistic supplies will be provided for by the NAC. 

Which language group should my child attend? 
This depends on your child’s comfort level in language immersion, and whether you think they will thrive and stretch themselves in a creative environment where instructors and other campers will be speaking one language. 

Can I register my child into a younger or older age group?
No, all campers must be within the age range of their chosen camp week at the time of registration.

Is there financial support available for campers? 
Yes! If you need financial support, you may be eligible for subsidies to help cover the cost of attending. In order to be considered for financial support, please apply using our application form. We will let you know the status of your application as soon as we can. Limited spots are available for these subsidized camp sessions, so get your application in early.

What is the refund policy?
The registration to the summer camp is non refundable, unless your child is sick on the week of the camp and cannot attend.

I’ve been waitlisted! 
Our Creative Camps are popular! We may have last-minute cancellations, and you may be contacted to fill a spot with your camper. We will be in touch only if a spot opens. 

I’ve registered, now what?
Thanks for registering! Our Camp Director will be in touch with all relevant camp details. They will share with you important information about all you’ll need to know before your camper’s week ahead. If you have a pressing question, please write to — otherwise, we will be in touch!

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. Arts Alive is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian North, Calm Air, The River Philip Foundation, The Turnbull Family Community Building Foundation, and The Thomas Sill Foundation. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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