Kids & Family Programs

Summer Club 2018

Summer Club 2018

At ROM Summer Club, kids ages 5-16, can discover, explore and create at one of the city's most engaging and fun summer camps.  For over 75 years, the ROM has offered an exciting array of activity-based programs inspired by the collections and research of our world-class museum. The ROM's fascinating galleries, authentic objects and outstanding professional staff guarantee an unforgettable camp experience! 

Our programs fill up quickly - sign up early!

Exclusive sign-up period for ROM Members until February 11, 2018.

Buy a ROM Membership Family/Dual Membership for $161.00 and take advantage of the exclusive sign up period for Members.

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General Public Registration Now Open!

New This Summer!

From spinning webs, dancing, swimming, to even losing a limb and growing it back, spiders are one of the most amazing animals on the planet! Ignite your curiosity, and see spiders in a whole new light in our new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. With many new courses like History’s Mysteries, New Frontiers, Avant Garde, and Under the Microscope to choose from, we’ll explore art, culture, and nature in fresh and innovative ways. Travel to new spaces and revisit old favourites as we journey through the ROM’s collections with campers old and new. Join us as we unearth all that the Museum has to offer, and spend your summer at the ROM!

Learn more about Summer Club with our staff and camper made orientation video!

Upcoming Sessions



Session 1 July 3 to July 13, 2018 (9 days, excluding July 2)
Session 2  July 16 to July 27, 2018 (10 days)
Session 3  July 30 to August 10, 2018 (9 days, excluding August 7)
Session 4  August 13 to August 24, 2018 (10 days)
Session 5 August 27 to August 31, 2018  (5 days)

Registration begins February 12, 2018.

Exclusive sign-up period for ROM Members only until February 11, 2018.

How to Register


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We accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Full payment is required at the time of registration.

By Mail

Mail the registration form together with payment and consent form to:

Royal Ontario Museum
ATTN: Programs Department
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6

Drop Off

Drop off the registration form at the ROM’s Admissions Desk.

By Fax

Registrations paid for by credit card can be faxed to 416.586.5562. Your fax transmission report is proof of our receipt.

Note: One form per child. Registrations are not accepted by phone. 

Important: Registrations paid by cheque should be made payable to the Royal Ontario Museum. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.  Please ensure you have calculated the correct payment on your cheque otherwise your registration will not be processed and it will be returned to you by mail.


Download 2018 Summer Club brochure (PDF).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to the space capacity.

To pair your child with a friend, please submit both children’s registration forms together and indicate the other child’s name on the line provided.

Note: To enroll in an age group, children must be the appropriate age by the end of the calendar year.

Registrations will not be processed if they are incomplete.

Session Dates



Session 1

July 3 to July 13, 2018
(9 days, excluding July 2)

Session 2 

July 16 to July 27, 2018
(10 days)

Session 3 

July 30 to August 10, 2018
(9 days, excluding August 6)

Session 4 

August 13 to August 24, 2018
(10 days)

Session 5

August 27 to August 31, 2018
(5 days)


Museum Members

General Public

Half Day
$250 (Session 1, 3)
$275 (Session 2, 4)
$155 (Session 5)

Half Day
$265 (Session 1, 3)
$290 (Session 2, 4)
$170 (Session 5)

Morning + Afternoon or Full-Day
$500 (Session 1, 3)
$550 (Session 2, 4)
$310 (Session 5)

Morning + Afternoon or Full-Day
$530 (Session 1, 3)
$580 (Session 2, 4)
$340 (Session 5)

Leadership (Full-day)
$510 (Session 1, 3)
$565 (Session 2, 4)

Leadership (Full-day)
$540 (Session 1, 3)
$595 (Session 2, 4)

Extended Care
$100  (Session 1, 3)
$110  (Session 2, 4)
$60 (Session 5)

Extended Care
$110  (Session 1, 3)
$120 (Session 2, 4)
$65   (Session 5)


A fee of $30 will automatically be charged to children transferring from one course to another, in addition to any adjustments if transferring between differently priced sessions.

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing no less than two weeks prior to the course date for a refund of 80%. Please email your cancellation notice to
Any requests for cancellations received after the two week period will be processed only if accompanied by a medical certificate and received prior to the end of the first week of the camp period.

In the case of insufficient registrations for any course, we reserve the right to cancel the program, and a full refund will be forthcoming with the option to transfer to another available course.

No refunds will be issued for days when a camper is absent, and missed days cannot be made up.


Summer Club works with Reach for the Rainbow to help integrate children with Special Needs who need additional support into our program. If you have a child with Special Needs who would like to attend Summer Club, please contact Reach for the Rainbow for further assistance. All children needing 1 to 1 support must be registered through Reach for the Rainbow. For more information, please visit


Confirmations will be sent by mail/e-mail only. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by telephone immediately upon receipt of registration.

T-shirts! Order a ROM Summer Club T-shirt

It’s the perfect attire for summer fun and makes a great souvenir!

Child size shirts $15; Adult size shirts $15 (tax included).  We can’t exchange sizes so please check your child’s size before ordering.


The ROM reserves the right to make changes to programs at any time.

All programs are HST exempt under Registration # R105248256.

Class Size & Instructors

Classes are limited to 20 children. Staff ratios: 6:1 for 5 year olds, 8:1 for 6 to 7 year olds and 10:1 for children 8 and older.

Instructors hold a degree from a post secondary institution and have professional experience, including teaching experience. Assistants are senior high school or university students who have extensive experience in educational programs. Each group also has two or more volunteers to provide additional support.

To request a volunteer application, please e-mail or call 416.586.8043. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Getting Here

Entrance: Use the President's Choice School Entrance at the south side of the museum. Go down the small set of stairs between the Museum and the Planetarium and through the first set of glass doors on the right. We will greet you inside the doors.

Drop-Off and Pick Up: Parking is not available at the Museum. You may drop-off and pick up your children briefly at the school bus loading zone on Queen's Park at the east side of the ROM. Parking in this area and/or blocking the bus stop are considered parking violations and may be ticketed. The Museum assumes no responsibility for such violations nor can we assist you with parking tickets.

The TTC bus and subway routes also stop at our door. Call  416.393.INFO for details.

Supervised Morning Drop-Off: Summer Club Staff are available from 8:30 am to 9 am at the school bus drop-off zone and at the turnstiles in the Museum subway stop to escort campers to their morning groups. Staff can be identified by staff shirts and badges.

Early Bird Films: Children arriving between 8 am and 9 am will enjoy free early bird films until official programming begins.

Supervised Lunch: Afternoon and full-day participants will picnic in Philosopher's Walk (weather permitting) behind the Museum from 12 pm to 1 pm. Children should bring their own bag lunches, drinks and snacks (NO NUTS PLEASE).

Extended Care: Extended care, consisting of relaxed, supervised activities, will be available for a limited number of children enrolled in afternoon or full-day options from 4 pm to 6 pm. It is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Your Child's Safety and Pick Up

Children MUST be picked up promptly after programs or extended care ends. Late fees of $1 per minute apply.

We do not permit children to leave unattended. Children ages 11 to 16 years of age can leave on their own if they have a signed note from home summarizing permission for relevant dates.

Please provide a note if you know in advance if your child is going to be absent. Please telephone 416.586.8043 if your child is ill and will not be attending.

Children are released only to people whose photo ID matches the name(s) submitted as authorized pick-up people. Names can be added to this list throughout the session.

Daily Schedule

Check out our orientation video and learn more about how Summer Club works!

8:00am - 9:00am: Drop off and sign in at our lockers. Then watch a few films in the theater before we begin.

9:00am - 10:15am: First half of the morning session. Lesson time with the instructor as well as gallery exploration.
10:15am - 10:30am: Break time in the ROMKids Lunch Room or, weather permitting, outside in Philosopher's Walk.
10:30am - 12:00pm: Second half of morning session. Work on art projects or science experiments in our learning labs.

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Time to fuel up for the afternoon. We'll have a supervised lunch in our classrooms and relax to a few short films.

1:00pm - 2:15pm: First half of the afternoon session. We'll continue to explore the galleries with our instructor and work through our art.
2:15pm - 2:30pm: Afternoon Break
2:30pm - 4:00pm: Second half of afternoon session. Time to wrap up all our work and prepare to go home.

4:00pm: Sign out at the lockers.

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Extended Care. Supervised games and activities in the ROMKids Lunch Room

Further Information

  • Programs are 2-weeks long (one week during session 5), and offered daily
    Monday to Friday.
  • MORNING PROGRAMS run from 9 am to 12 pm.
  • AFTERNOON PROGRAMS run from 1 pm to 4 pm (following a supervised lunch from 12 to 1 pm).
  • MORNING combined with AFTERNOON PROGRAMS or FULL-DAY PROGRAMS run from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Supervised mid-morning and mid-afternoon BREAKS take place outdoors in the park behind the Museum, weather permitting.
  • Children bring their own lunch and snacks. No nuts please.
  • Typical daily programs begin with a visit to a Museum gallery that sets the context for a creative project or experiment in the Museum’s studio, classrooms or labs.
  • Busing is not available.
  • Download Information You Need to Know and camp Medical Forms.


Programs do not run July 2nd & August 6th, 2018.

ROM Membership

You must hold a valid Family/Dual Membership  at the time of registration to receive the Membes’ discount. Exclusive Members’ sign-up period runs until February 11, 2018. Download 2018 Summer Club Brochure (PDF).

Register Now

NOTE: To enroll in an age group, children must be the appropriate age by the end of the calendar year.

The ROM reserves the right to make changes to programs at any time. 



Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

Session 5:


July 3 -
July 13

July 16 -
July 27

July 30 -
Aug 10
(Aug 6th excluded)

Aug 13 -
Aug 24

Aug 27 -
Aug 31

Morning Options 9 am – noon


My Museum

Animal Antics

Treasure Chest

Call of the Wild

Fossil Friends


History's Heroes

National Treasures



History's Heroes

Animal Athletes

T.rex Tales

Animal Athletes

T.rex Tales

Creepy Crawlies

Clay Days

My Masterpiece

Eew & Awe

Clay Days

Suit Yourself


Mummies in the Morning

Fables & Folklore

Way of the Warrior

Mummies in the Morning 

History's Mysteries

Close Encounters

Bump in the Night


Beyond Boundaries

Wildlife Wonders

Modern Mixed Media

Wildlife Wonders

Clay Cultures

Modern Mixed Media


Afternoon Options 1 pm - 4 pm




Science Safari

Way Back When

Spaces & Places



Knights of the Museum

History's Heroes

National Treasures

Knights of the Museum

Blast Off!

Animal Architects

Rock On

Eew & Awe

Animal Architects

My Masterpiece

ROM Sport Jr

Creepy Crawlies

ROM Sport Jr

My Masterpiece


Way of the Warrior

History's Mysteries

Fables & Folklore

Made in Canada

Hometown Histories

Beyond Boundaries

New Frontiers

Bump in the Night


Beyond Boundaries

ROM Sport Sr

Modern Mixed Media

ROM Sport Sr



Full-Day Options 9 am - 4 pm



Clay Cultures

Heroic Journey

Art Moves

Summer Club Combo


Close Encounters





Avante Garde

Battlefield ROM

Portfolio Primers

Lost Civilizations

Dungeons & Dragons

Great Unknown

Dynamic Planet

ROM Revealed

ROM Reporters

Under the Microscope

Dungeons & Dragons All the ROM's a Stage Dungeons & Dragons All the ROM's a Stage







Morning Options

Animal Antics (Age 5)

The ROM is just full of all kinds of fascinating critters - from beautiful multi-coloured fish, to busy spiders, to the mysterious giant squid. Learn about some of the wackiest animals on earth and why they act in such seemingly strange ways. Using artwork, creative play, costumes, and real scientific specimens, you'll explore the animal kingdom as you scan the savannah for bison and antelope, or discover what’s lurking in your own neighbourhood.

Call of the Wild (Age 5)

Do you hear that? It's the call of the wild! From the fierce lions of the Serengeti to our tiniest friends in the new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination - there are countless curious creatures to meet. Through art, stories, and interactive play, you will learn about the vast diversity of creatures the ROM has to offer!

Fossil Friends (Age 5)

Go back in time and get to know extinct animals like the massive mastodon and mighty T. rex. From what they ate to how they moved, there’s a lot to learn about our new friends. We’ll dig for fossils, walk like a dinosaur, and recreate a habitat fit for our prehistoric pals.  

My Museum (Age 5)

Let’s experience all the museum has to offer in this adventure of epic proportions! Travel back in time to Medieval Europe, or walk with dinosaurs in the cretaceous period. Explore deep underwater in our very own aquarium, and discover our newest crawling friends in the exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Leave no stone unturned as we begin our journey to making the museum our own!

Treasure Chest (Age 5)

The ROM is full of timeless treasures just waiting to be discovered. What amazing objects or surprising specimens will you find in the magical museum chest each day? It could be anything from tools for a dinosaur digging expedition to materials for braving the bat cave. Your incredible adventures will stretch your imagination and inspire stories, crafts, and artwork.

Animal Athletes (Ages 6-7)

Who’s faster: the cheetah or the peregrine falcon? Who would win if all the animals did the high jump? Which animal would win at high jump? Which animal is the fastest swimmer? Find the answer to these questions and more!  Learn some of the incredible feats these animals can perform and discover the science that makes it all possible!

Clay Days (Ages 6-7)

Get ready to spend your days working with clay! Let the ROM’s galleries, including the brand-new Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibition, provide inspiration for some incredible clay creations while your talented instructor guides you in creating masterpieces!  Prepare to enter the wild world of slipping, scoring, pinching, pressing, glazing, and texturing your way to becoming a budding ceramic artist!

Creepy Crawlies  (Ages 6-7)

Even the tiniest of creatures can have a big impact! Learn all about the creepy crawly, itty bitty critters that do big things. Did you know that termites are warming the planet with methane gas? Or that jellyfish may be changing the currents in the ocean? We’ll discover these creatures and more as we explore the ROM’s biodiversity collections – including the new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Find out how crabs can regrow their claws or how insects have managed to outnumber humans by 200 million to one. See small things in a big way as we explore the world of creepy crawlies.

Also available as an afternoon group.

Eew and Awe (Ages 6-7)

Are you ready for two weeks of ooey, gooey, icky, sticky, slimy and smelly adventures?  Get ready to discover amazing facts from history and nature that are guaranteed to make your skin crawl!  Try your hand at creepy crafts after visiting the Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibit, revolting recipes, and squishy science experiments.  You’ll learn the ins and outs of mummification, sniff smelly minerals, and meet a spindly-legged stick bug all while having gross amounts of fun!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Egyptomania (Ages 6-7)

Combine the magic of the Nile with your own creativity and brush away the sands of time in ancient Egypt. Unravel the mysteries of pyramids and sphinxes and discover how these fascinating people lived and died thousands of years ago. Assemble an Egyptian outfit, mould a magical shawabti, and find out first-hand why pyramid building is no easy task.

History’s Heroes (Ages 6-7)

Hear thrilling stories from around the world as you meet bold adventurers, brave Samurai, peaceful protestors, and brilliant scientists. Learn how mythical heroes outsmarted great beasts, or discover how a muskrat can save the world. Bring these exciting adventures to life through drama, stories, and one of a kind works of art.

Also available as an afternoon group.

My Masterpiece (Ages 6-7)

Grab your crayons, paintbrushes and pencils and get ready to open your ears, eyes, and minds for an around-the-world artistic adventure! Journey through the Museum’s many amazing galleries like Ancient Egypt, Rocks and Minerals, and visit our new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination, to gain inspiration for your brilliant masterpieces. Explore every corner of the ROM as you let your creativity soar!

Also available as an afternoon group.

National Treasures (Ages 6-7)

Discover the greatest treasures the world has to offer in this international adventure! From the iconic marble statues of ancient Greece to the enormous temple murals of 13th century China, there are countless marvels to be uncovered. Find riches in the diamond mines of Northern Canada, adventure deep into the pyramids of ancient Egypt and discover the wealth Pharaohs took into the afterlife, and travel to the far reaches of outer space as you learn about the precious metals that can be mined from asteroids. Get ready treasure hunters, because there’s gold in them thar hills!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Seafarers (Ages 6-7)

Ahoy there, mateys! It’s time for an ocean adventure! Find out how the Vikings sailed to new lands, or how animals live in the deepest depths of our planet. Using the ROM’s galleries, we’ll discover the secrets of the waters that cover most of the globe. Join us as we explore all things ocean, sea, river and stream, including underwater creatures, birds, ancient water highways, and the legends this wild frontier holds.

Also available as an afternoon group.

Suit Yourself (Ages 6-7)

Fashion yourself a trunk full of costumes as you take an imaginative journey through our galleries. Learn how different cultures clothed themselves through history and take inspiration from the natural world of prints and patterns. Then, using paint, paper, fabric and more, you’ll create outfits and accessories to suit yourself in this crazy costume caper!

T.rex Tales (Ages 6-7)

Calling all dinosaur hunters! Hear stories of incredible dinosaur finds, handle real fossils, learn casting techniques, and recreate your own prehistoric environment. Find out how the Oviraptor got its name, or how the ROM’s very own palaeontologists go digging for fossils. Gain a scientific perspective on dinosaur diversity as you sharpen your expertise on the mighty monsters of the Mesozoic.

Beyond Boundaries (Ages 8-10)

Break the boundaries of culture and science! Art, science and history fuse, as you experiment with chemical reactions to create fine works of art, investigate the mysterious relationship between astronomy and pyramid design, or use the study of mineralogy to create detailed paintings. Prepare to be amazed as we cross borders with our new multi-disciplinary perspective on the world.

Also available as an afternoon group.

Bump in the Night (Ages 8-10)

Did you know that some creatures live where there is no light at all? Or that some places go months without any sun? Find out about all things nocturnal in this midnight adventure. We’ll dive deep into the ocean and learn about the bio-luminescent creatures that illuminate the sea, and discover the mysterious Night Monkeys of South America. We’ll put on our night vision goggles as we journey through the ROM’s bat cave, and find out what creatures are lurking in our backyards while we’re asleep. Grab your flashlights and listen closely – there’s something going bump in the night.

Also available as an afternoon group.

Fables & Folklore (Ages 8-10)

Gather around one and all as we hear the greatest stories the world has to offer. From the myths of Ancient Greece, to the spectacular tales of the Norse Gods, and the mysteries of ancient Egypt - we’ll learn about some of the most infamous monsters and legends. Combine art, games, and artifacts to bring the fables to life. Join us as we explore these adventures throughout history and make a few of our own along the way!

Also available as an afternoon group.

History’s Mysteries (Ages 8-10)

Learn about some of history’s most mysterious events, stories, and legends as we travel back in time. Why was Hatshepsut erased from history? How was Stonehenge built? Are crystal skulls Ancient Mayan and Incan artefacts, or just hoaxes from the 18th century? We’ll explore the possible explanations for these enigmas and more as we search through the past. Will these puzzles remain unanswered, or will we uncover the truth of these great mysteries? Only time will tell in this retelling of history’s most mystifying legends!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Modern Mixed Media (Ages 8-10)

Get ready to flex your creative muscles in this offbeat approach to art! Learn how to combine paint, paper, fabric, clay and weird found objects to make funky and even useful objets d'art. Venture to the ROM's Egyptian, Roman, Far Eastern, and Biodiversity galleries to gain inspiration. Discover new ways to mix media and make your very own masterpieces!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Mummies in the Morning (Ages 8-10)

Did you know that Cleopatra lived closer to the Moon landing than she did to the Great Pyramids at Giza? Spend your mornings learning all about this ancient civilization that spanned thousands of years. Discover how the pyramids were built, decode ancient hieroglyphs, learn about the gods and goddesses they believed in and create awe-inspiring works of art based on the creations of the many Egyptian dynasties.

Way of the Warrior (Ages 8-10)

What makes a great warrior? Is it strength? Intellect? Weapons? Decide for yourself as we learn about history’s fiercest and most successful fighters. Find out how the Persian immortals gained their name, and why the Samurai chose to carry a curved sword. Travel to Central Africa and discover how the Zande warriors expanded their territories using nothing but iron weapons. Find out how Genghis Khan led the Mongol warriors to build the largest empire of pre-modern history. Grab your sword and get ready for battle as you learn the way of the warrior!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Wildlife Wonders (Ages 8-10)

Why are zebras striped, blue whales giant, and male lions maned? There's so much to learn from and discover about the wonders of wildlife! Be inspired by the incredible selection of animals we have on display in our biodiversity galleries, including our new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination, and get up close with rarely seen specimens from our zoology collections. Then, take what you've learned and create masterpieces using the wonderful designs, colours, and textures found in the natural world!

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Afternoon Options

Mini-Myths (Age 5)

Prepare for an adventure of mythical proportions as we set sail on a journey into the world of fictional follies. Dangerous dragons, herculean heroes, and gargantuan gods are what await in this interactive story experience. Travel through Greece, Egypt, China and more as we discover the great myths of the ancient world. Meet the monsters behind the myths, and enter into the most fantastic fables history has to offer.

Science Safari (Age 5)

Go wild as you investigate the puzzling properties of water, the gravity defying fancies of flight, or the many special ways animals sense their surroundings. Try experiments, create your own gallery-inspired art, visit the new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination, and go on a Science Safari at the ROM!

Spaces & Places (Age 5)

Be inspired by the ROM’s transformed spaces and places. Explore new galleries and old. Creep through a bat cave, explore China’s Forbidden City, visit spaces where pterosaurs soar and dinosaurs roam. Learn about amazing architecture from ant hills to ancient fortresses, then construct your own marvellous models for home.

Way Back When (Age 5)

Go way back in time and hear some of history’s greatest stories! Uncover the secrets of the ancient pyramids and find out how kids became knights in training. Travel further back to prehistoric times, and discover how dinosaurs got so big. Look for ancient animals in our galleries, and see how people lived long ago. Imagine life in a different time as we time travel through history!

Wondertales (Age 5)

Take a journey across the continents as you listen to wondrous tales from around the world. The Museum's galleries will set the scene for re-enacting stories of ambitious animals and eager explorers, and spur you on to spin your own tales of wonder!

Animal Architects  (Ages 6-7)

Beaver dams to termite mounds, beehives to cocoons, discover how and why animals build such spectacular structures. Explore how spiders create elegant webs in the exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Uncover the secrets of nature’s busiest builders as you create animal-inspired homes, shelters, and sculptures in clay, wood, cardboard, paper, and other neat materials.

Blast Off! (Ages 6-7)

Prepare to be starstruck as you master the basics of space exploration and begin your journey to the final frontier! Investigate human perspectives on the stars, from the initial imaginings of ancient civilizations to cutting edge discoveries of modern astronomers. Your astronomical adventures in the Starlab mini-planetarium and our galleries will inspire art projects and activities that are truly out-of-this-world.

Knights of the Museum (Ages 6-7)

From arms and armour to daily life, the knights of the museum are more than meets the eye.  Experience the day-to-day activities and the rigorous training a knight would endure during the Middle Ages. Jousting in tournaments, slaying dragons, all while wearing armour, are just some of the stories you will learn from the Knights of the Museum!

Rock On  (Ages 6-7)

Uncover geological formations, extinct sea creatures, dazzling gems, and traces of long-vanished glaciers right here in the city. Travel inside a volcano and learn what really happened in Pompeii. Your geological quest takes you from the earth’s core and ocean floor to the far out stratosphere. Learn to collect, identify and classify your own mineral and fossil collections. Your summer is about to get a little rocky!

ROM Sport Jr (Ages 6-7)

Discover the ancient roots of modern sports. From wrestling to the Olympic games we know today, sample the games pastimes, sporting events, foot races, feats of strength, and contests of skill of ages past! Develop coordination and teamwork skills while having fun participating in our very own ROM Sport Olympics and water day! 

New Frontiers (Ages 8-10)

Be on the cutting edge of science and technology as we explore new frontiers. Learn about how scientists are planning to travel to Mars, and gain insider knowledge on the ROM’s participation in an exploratory mission to the asteroid Bennu. Discover the research being conducted at the bottom of the ocean, and how scientists are combatting climate change by creating alternative energy solutions. Find out how researchers everywhere are pushing the envelope of science and finding new frontiers.

Geoquest (Ages 8-10)

Uncover geological formations, extinct sea creatures, dazzling gems and traces of long vanished civilizations. From the ROM’s vault of precious gems, to our renowned Earth Sciences galleries, your geological quest takes you from the Earth's core and ocean floor to the far-out stratosphere. Find out how large sheets of ice created the Great Lakes, and how there may even be fossils in your own backyard. Learn how the ROM took home a piece of the Burgess Shale, and how underwater volcanoes formed some of your favourite vacation spots. Get ready to rock on in this geological adventure!

Hometown Histories (Ages 8-10)

Learn the history of our hometown in one of Toronto’s greatest monuments – the ROM! For over two centuries, Toronto has been a mecca of conflict, diversity, and commerce. From the indigenous populations that inhabited Upper Canada’s second capital before its conception, to the Battle of York, and the amalgamation of the surrounding townships, Toronto’s rich history endures to this day. Uncover the secrets of some of Toronto’s most infamous areas, and travel to the lost neighbourhood of St. John’s Ward. Find out how the subway system was created, and how Toronto built the tallest free-standing tower in the Americas. Discover the stories of your own backyard as we learn the history of Hogtown!

Imagineering (Ages 8-10)

Make your way through the ROM as you discover some of the most important and imaginative inventions from around the world! From the discovery of the compass, to the creation of a writing system, the inventions of the ancient world still have an impact on us to this very day! Handle awesome inventions from China, Europe, and Rome as you engineer the next great innovation!

Made In Canada (Ages 8-10)

Towering Northwest Coast Totem Poles, a ravenous Albertosaurus, and the infamous Death of General Wolfe painting are some of the coolest things in the ROM, and they come from right here in Canada! Explore our country's rich natural history and cultural heritage as you are inspired by the voyageur’s canoes, gold-seeking Yukon prospectors, or Ojibway beadwork. Stay home this summer as you discover all of the things that Canada has to offer.

ROM Sport Sr (Ages 8-10)

Discover the ancient roots of modern sports. From ancient wrestling to the Olympic games we know today, sample the games pastimes, sporting events, foot races, feats of strength, and contests of skill of ages past! Develop coordination and teamwork skills while having fun participating in our very own ROM Sport Olympics and water day!

See morning options for classes also offered in the afternoons.

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Full Day Options

Architreks (Ages 8-10)

Use the ROM as a launching point as we study architecture old and new.  Encounter some of the world’s most amazing feats of engineering. From legendary lost cities like Pompeii, to modern-day museums, architecture has shaped the world around us.  Put on your walking shoes and join us as we trek around the city learning about the history of man-made structures and how they have evolved into the city around us.

Art Moves (Ages 8-10)

Take advantage of this whole-day program to discover Toronto’s exciting cultural sites. Galleries in and beyond the ROM will inspire you to expand your portfolio and develop artistic skills through studies in sketching, painting, collage, and sculpture. Get moving as you travel through the Museum and to some of the city’s hidden artistic treasures while developing your skills in the visual arts.

Clay Cultures (Ages 8-10)

Past meets present as you explore how people have expressed themselves in clay throughout history. Can you tell what culture made a bowl just by looking at it?  Using everything from simple coils to sophisticated decorating methods, you’ll have the chance to put your creativity to work as you let the ROM's galleries inspire your own clay creations.

Also available as a morning group.

Close Encounters (Ages 8-10)

Have you ever wondered what’s really out there? Join us on our quest to explain the unexplained mysteries of the world. Did you know that what was once thought to be dragon bones were actually the fossils of dinosaurs? What about life on other planets? Explore the facts behind the fiction as we hone our critical thinking skills.

Also available as a morning group.

Heroic Journey (Ages 8-10)

Let the myths and legends of ancient civilizations introduce you to the ultimate adventure: the Heroic Journey. Follow the adventures of the Scandinavian warrior Beowulf, discover the legend of the Egyptian God Osiris, or join in the quest of the Sumerian king Gilgamesh. Use drawing, painting and other art techniques to interpret your encounters and record your own valiant tales.

Naturequest (Ages 8-10)

Answer nature’s call and head outdoors for a full day of scientific investigation on shores and in forests around the city. Study everything from rocks and fossils to birds and mammals. See scientists in action in the new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination, and learn about Toronto’s biodiversity. Get up close and personal with pond creatures and urban wildlife. Develop an appreciation for the balance of nature and uncover hidden wonders right in your own backyard.

Palaeoquest (Ages 8-10)

From the origins of life, to the first flight of dinosaurs, to the rise of humans, palaeontology covers a vast amount of awe-inspiring science and history. Explore our world class collection of fossils spanning hundreds of millions of years, learn about the ROM's cutting edge research on prehistoric life and discover how palaeontologists preserve, piece together, and study their finds. How did life begin? Are dinosaurs truly extinct? Can Ice Age beasts be brought back to life? Find out in Palaeoquest!

Also available as a morning group.

Shutterbugs (Ages 8-10)

Learn the ins and outs of photography as we focus our lenses on nature! We’ll dive head first into the world of wildlife photography as we learn to shoot the outdoors like a pro. You’ll meet professional photographers, and learn the tricks of the trade. Discover how to play with light and exposure to create a picture-perfect landscape. We’ll explore the ROM’s collections – including the live spiders in the new Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibition, and travel around Toronto to document wildlife in the city’s many parks and botanical gardens. You’ll create a diverse portfolio, and display your work in the ROM’s galleries for our photography finale.

Summer Club Combo (Ages 8-10)

Can’t decide whether to fulfill your flare for the artistic or test your inquiring mind? Why not do both in this exciting take on the classic Summer Club experience. Sample a variety of topics inspired by the ROM’s galleries, collections, and research. Spend your mornings roaming the ROM to inspire your own artistic creations and then trek through our galleries in the afternoon to experience a world of scientific investigation.

All the ROM's a Stage (Ages 11 - 14)

Places everyone! Prepare yourself for a journey of the imagination and bring the ROM’s exhibits to life. Our special theatre school will draw on the Museum’s rich cultural and dramatic backdrop to enhance your acting abilities through training in voice, movement, expression and dialogue. All you learn will culminate in a final performance worthy of a Shakespearean stage.

Avant Garde (Ages 11-14)

Go bold this summer in an avant garde art experience! Discover new techniques through experimentation with different media. Find inspiration through the ROM’s world cultures and natural history galleries as well as the new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Use innovative patterns and designs to create radical masterpieces through canvas, fabric, and sculpture. Find your own unorthodox style, as you push the boundaries of contemporary art to new territories.

Battlefield ROM (Ages 11-14)

For centuries humankind has been waging wars and engaging in battles. Discover the armies, weapons and tactics that leaders have used throughout the ages to expand their empires and outwit their enemies. Relive the famous historic battles of Alexander the Great, William the Conqueror and Ramses II. You will have plenty of hands-on experiences as you investigate armour up close and apply your new found strategy skills in games and role play.

Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 11-14)

Learn about legends, monsters, scrolls, and weapons from the actual cultures and artifacts that Dungeons & Dragons-style games are based. Use your imagination to bring it all to life while playing an on-going campaign in a ROM-inspired table-top-gaming world. Create characters, strategize, and try to stay on the Dungeon Master’s good side!

Dynamic Planet (Ages 11-14)

We all have a part to play in the care of our planet. Using the ROM’s galleries, including our new exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination, learn how life is diverse, interrelated, and in crisis. Travel through ecosystems and study the interconnections of species and habitats. See what lessons we can learn about the first “Great Dying” as we enter our own phase of mass extinctions. Then see how your daily decisions can make a difference in the conservation of our environment and help save the planet!

Great Unknown (Ages 11-14)

Explore the vastness of the universe as we delve into the great unknown. Learn how mathematicians have attempted to estimate the probability of extraterrestrial life, and how they continue to ask the question “Where is everybody?”. Find out how scientists may genetically engineer the perfect astronaut, and how they already genetically engineer the perfect apple. Discover how scientists are attempting to resurrect the woolly mammoth, and how the emerging field of epigenetics may provide new treatment options for a variety of ailments. Be on the cutting edge of scientific discovery as we solve modern day problems.

Lost Civilizations (Ages 11-14)
Journey through the ancient world to learn about empires that fell overnight, statues and temples that fell apart over time, and civilizations that disappeared completely. Uncover the mysteries of how and why these civilizations collapsed and let their stories and architecture inspire your own artistic creations!

Portfolio Primers (Ages 11-14)

Build your portfolio as you find inspiration from the ROM’s diverse galleries, including the new Raghubir Singh: Modernism on the Ganges Exhibition. Learn the fundamentals of art techniques from drawing to printmaking and get comfortable with various mediums including pencil, pastel, and paint. Once your portfolio is primed and ready, it’s time to share your work with your very own art show.

ROM Reporters (Ages 11-14)

Explore the ROM's galleries and collections as you get the inside scoop as an official ROM Reporter! In an action-packed two weeks, craft new tales for ancient artifacts, interview specialists in topics ranging from art to science, and find new ways to investigate our favourite stories. Discover different stories about the ROM and the fantastic objects inside, and we’ll find the best way to tell it.

ROM Revealed (Ages 11-14)

Ever wonder what makes the Museum tick? Take a trip to the center of the ROM as we explore everything that makes a museum great! Meet a few of the amazing curatorial staff as they share the process of building a gallery.  Discover how the ROM obtained their world famous collections and see what it takes to build a world class museum!

Under the Microscope (Ages 11-14)

Delve into the world of high-tech laboratories and fascinating field research. Visit working labs, conduct your own scientific studies, and head outdoors on collecting expeditions. Get hands-on experience with the current tools and technologies used in the fields of anthropology, palaeontology, conservation biology, botany, and zoology. The sky is the limit as you consider future discoveries in these exciting fields.

Leadership (Ages 14-16)

Join our leaders-in-training program and improve your confidence, communication skills and ability to work with a team. Real hands-on experience working with children, assistants, and instructors in our Summer Club programs will reinforce exercises in problem solving, motivation and conflict resolution. You’ll also get a chance to meet with museum professionals and learn about museum careers. Graduates of this program will be considered for volunteer assistant positions in next year’s Summer Club, and other ROMKids programs.

Not offered in Session 5.



Date & Time

  • Session 1: July 3 to July 13 Session 2: July 16 to July 27 Session 3: July 30 to Aug 10 Session 4: Aug 13 to Aug 24 Session 5: Aug 27 to Aug 31, 2018 (Excludes July 2 & Aug 6)



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