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. Students should have at least one year of core French classes or French Immersion before participating in this program.

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • $294 ($350 for non-members)

The Underground Network

  • 12 – 16 August 2019

An entire world exists beneath our feet—discover it for yourself in The Underground Network! Kids will learn how to build their own tunnels and secret hideouts to embark upon a journey deep into the earth. Campers will improve their French vocabulary and verbal communication skills as they enjoy making a variety of subterranean-themed artworks by drawing, painting, and sculpting.

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Hocus Pocus

  • 19 – 23 August 2019

This week's art projects are sure to cast a spell on you! Campers will create awesome sorcery kits to conjure up all manner of monsters and magic tricks. At the same time, participants will have the opportunity to improve their French speaking and vocabulary skills through hands-on language activities. Our witchy wonders will include bubbling experiments, brilliant spellbooks, potions made from rare herbs, enchanted amulets, and—of course—proper sorcery attire.

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  • 26 – 30 August 2019

Defenders of the deep sea will want to come play in this aquatic paradise! Join us as we create a watery world in the studio complete with an enchanted kelp forest and shimmering sea stuffies. In this program, activities that develop sculpting, painting, and drawing skills will be merged with language lessons designed to build participants' French writing and speaking skills. Eco-friendly materials will be used in combination with water-themed activities that explore ways we can take care of our rivers, lakes, oceans, and the diverse wildlife they support.

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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

Extended care is available each day beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 6:00 pm. Morning care is $30 per child per week ($24 per child for four-day weeks). Afternoon care is $40 per child per week ($32 per child for four-day weeks). Combined morning and afternoon care is available for $60 per child per week ($48 per child for four-day weeks). Extended care must be registered for 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

Cancellations with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your child's program begins. Refunds are subject to a $25 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins.

Missed classes

In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class during the program, make-up dates, refunds or credits will not be provided.