Camps for French Learners


Designed for children with a basic to intermediate understanding of French, Camps for French Learners are a great way to strengthen your child's French speaking skills before returning to school in September. Taught in French by an artist from Oakville Galleries and a French teacher from the Alliance Française, our programs combine art activities and language lessons for a dynamic hands-on learning experience. All participants must take a brief language test to assess their French proficiency so lessons can be appropriately adapted to each participant's skill level.

  • Ages 6 to 12

The Top Secret Garden

  • 14 August – 18 August 2017

Discover the secrets hidden in Gairloch Gardens, while creating some mysteries of your own—all in French! Based on the English program of the same name (see description here), campers will improve their vocabulary and verbal communication in French as they enjoy a variety of fun-filled sculpture, painting, and writing activities.

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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To the Moon or Bust

  • 21 August – 25 August 2017

Film your own adventure into outer space! Taking a cue from our summer exhibition, Propped, kids will make props, sets and costumes for an imaginary journey to space. During the course of the program campers will have the opportunity to improve their French vocabulary and grammar as they plan out the narrative for their film. Camp activities will be based on the To the Moon or Bust program in English (see description here).

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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Treat Yo Self

  • 28 August – 1 September 2017

The last week of summer should be spent treating yourself! Adapted from our program in English (see description here), activities such as making tie-dye t-shirts and flying handmade kites will be merged with language lessons designed to build participants’ written and spoken French skills.

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays. Camp begins each day at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Extended Care

Before-care and after-care is available every day from 8:00 am–9:00 am ($5/day per child) and 4:00 pm–5:30 pm ($7/day per child). Parents must register for extended care at least 2 business days in advance.


All camps are held at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East, located 2 km east of downtown Oakville.

What to bring

Campers are required to bring lunches, snacks and drinks for each day of camp (nut-free products only, please). Clothing and footwear that can endure both messy fun and outdoor play are encouraged. As we aim to spend at least two hours outside everyday, hats, sunscreen and refillable water bottles are also highly recommended. All art materials are supplied by Oakville Galleries.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your child's program begins. Refunds are subject to a $15 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins, or for extended care. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds by cheque.