Kids & Family Programs

Summer Club 2017

Summer Club 2017 - Register Now!

Join us for a celebration of epic proportions as Summer Club commemorates its 75th year!

One of the city's most creative and fun summer camps we offer an exciting array of fun, activity-based programs inspired by the collections and research of a world-class museum. Our huge variety of offerings ensures that you'll find a program to match your child's interests and abilities. The ROM's fascinating galleries, authentic artifacts and outstanding professional staff guarantee an unforgettable camp experience.

Exclusive sign-up period for ROM Members until February 13, 2017.

Registration begins February 14, 2017 starting at 9 am.

Buy a ROM Membership and take advantage of the exclusive sign up period for Members.

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New This Summer

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with two new exhibitions; Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, and Anishinaabeg: Art & Power. Summer Club campers will explore the shores of Eastern Canada as they come face to face with the largest animal on earth - the blue whale. Learn how this eighty-foot skeleton journeyed from the Atlantic  Ocean to the Museum, and explore the many mysteries surrounding this elusive creature. Plus, campers will be inspired by the art of the Anishinaabeg peoples, and discover the rich creative histories of North Americas most populous and diverse indigenous communities, while cultivating their own artistic styles.

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

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Upcoming Sessions:



Session 1 July 4 to July 14, 2017 (9 days, excluding July 3)
Session 2  July 17 to July 28, 2017 (10 days)
Session 3  July 31 to August 11, 2017 (9 days, excluding August 7)
Session 4  August 14 to August 25, 2017 (10 days)
Session 5 August 28 to September 1, 2017  (5 days)

Exclusive sign-up period for ROM Members only until February 13, 2017.


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We accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express

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 2017 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 4 to July 14, 2017
(9 days, excluding July 3)

Session 2 

July 17 to July 28, 2017
(10 days)

Session 3 

July 31 to August 11, 2017
(9 days, excluding August 7)

Session 4 

August 14 to August 25, 2017
(10 days)

Session 5

August 28 to September 1, 2017
(5 days)



Museum Members

General Public

Half Day
$225 (Session 1, 3)
$250 (Session 2, 4)
$130 (Session 5)

Half Day
$240 (Session 1, 3)
$265 (Session 2, 4)
$145 (Session 5)

Morning + Afternoon or Full-Day
$450 (Session 1, 3)
$500 (Session 2, 4)
$260 (Session 5)

Morning + Afternoon or Full-Day
$480 (Session 1, 3)
$530 (Session 2, 4)
$290 (Session 5)

Leadership (Full-day)
$482 (Session 1, 3)
$535 (Session 2, 4)

Leadership (Full-day)
$525 (Session 1, 3)
$580 (Session 2, 4)

Extended Care
$84  (Session 1, 3)
$90  (Session 2, 4)
$50  (Session 5)

Extended Care
$93   (Session 1, 3)
$100 (Session 2, 4)
$55   (Session 5)


A fee of $20 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.


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 $12; Adult size shirts $14 (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 3rd & August 7th, 2017.

ROM Membership

You must hold a valid Family Membership  at the time of registration to receive the Membes’ discount. Exclusive Members’ sign-up period runs until February 13, 2017. Download 2017 Summer Club Brochure (PDF).

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


Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

Session 5:


July 4 -
July 14

July 17 -
July 28

July 31 -
Aug 11
(Aug 7th excluded)

Aug 14 -
Aug 25

Aug 28 -
Sep 1

Morning Options 9 am – noon


Wild Things


Science Safari

No Place Like Home



Mighty Mariners

Building Blocks

Days of Knights

Land & Sea

Days of Knights

Dino Days

Animal Athletes

Canadian Critters

Dino Days

Canadian Critters

Eew & Awe

Clay Days

Clay Days

National Treasures



Fables & Folklore


Explorers & Expeditions

Monks & Mercenaries



Science Sleuths


Science Sleuths

Art Works

Art Works

ROMick Books

Wildlife Wonders

Clay Combo


Afternoon Options 1 pm - 4 pm


I Spy

Call of the Wild

Art Express

Animal Adventures

Time Bandits



National Treasures

Mighty Mariners

Building Blocks

Suit Yourself

Backyard Science

Rock On

Eew & Awe

Backyard Science

Eew & Awe

ROM Sport Jr

Land & Sea

ROM Sport Jr

Space Cadets

Animal Athletes


Explorers & Expeditions

Monks & Mercenaries

Relics & Ruins

Fables & Folklore

Made in Canada

School of Hard Rocks

Star Gazers

School of Hard Rocks


Wildlife Wonders

Made in Canada

ROM Sport Sr

Art Works

ROM Sport Sr


Full-Day Options 9 am - 4 pm


Clay Combo

Relics & Ruins

Summer Club Combo

Art Moves


Science Frontiers



All the ROM's a Stage


Ocean Scapes

Battlefield ROM

Portfolio Primers

ROM Reporters

Dungeons & Dragons

ROM Revealed

Eco Ambassadors


Close Encounters


  Dungeons & Dragons Lights, Camera, Action! Dungeons & Dragons Lights, Camera, Action!






Morning Options

DinoMite! (Age 5)

Get up close and personal with the biggest residents of the ROM…the dinosaurs! Hear about the adventures of ROM palaeontologists, learn about how they know where to look, and how they get these massive fossil finds out of the earth and back to the Museum. Use the ROM's galleries as inspiration as you try your hand at making fossils and recreating your own dino friend for home!

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.

No Place like Home (Age 5)

Whether it’s an ocean tide pool, or a nest high in a tree, a Mediaeval castle or a hut made from mud, all creatures have needed a place to call home. Journey through the ROM to investigate the homes and habitats of both the human and natural world. Then, let your imagination guide you as you craft a new home for a lost creature, a colourful rainforest habitat, or a castle fit for a king.

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, and go on a Science Safari of the ROM!

Wild Things (Age 5)

Leaping lemurs! From scaly snakes to bustling beetles to wonderful whales - the ROM is just full of all kinds of fascinating creatures. Using artwork, creative play, costumes and real scientific specimens, you'll explore the animal kingdom as you discover the amazing biodiversity that roams our world. It's everything you need to know about your favourite wild (and not so wild) animals.

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 is the fastest swimmer? Find the answer to these questions and more in this wild journey through the field of the most athletic animals. Learn some of the incredible feats these animals can perform and discover the science that makes it all possible!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Artrageous (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 our new exhibits Anishinaabeg: Art & Power and Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, and gain inspiration for your brilliant masterpieces. No corner of the ROM will be left unturned as you let your creativity soar!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Building Blocks (Ages 6-7)

Travel around the world as we learn about the building blocks of great cities, ancient inventions and the world of animal architecture. Discover what it takes to build an Egyptian pyramid, a modern museum or some of nature's greatest structures. Spend every day building the foundations of your very own world!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Canadian Critters (Ages 6-7)

Let’s celebrate Canada 150 with a stay-cation! Camp out in our country’s spacious backyard, and tour the wildlife that lives all around us! Wade into our vast ocean coasts, and meet the largest creature of all time- the blue whale. Get to know the proud moose and find out why he has his antlers. Wander into the forest and meet bears, wolves and coyotes, and take a trip into the cold to visit our arctic friends. See the creatures of the great white north like never before in this animal adventure!

Clay Days (Ages 6-7)

Get ready to spend your days working with clay! Let the ROM’s galleries, including the brand new exhibits Anishinaabeg: Art & Power and Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, provide the 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 on your way to becoming a budding ceramic artist!

Days of Knights (Ages 6-7)

Spend your days in the Middle Ages! Develop the skills of the Mediaeval armourer, learn the secrets of the manuscript maker and experience what life was like for a knight-in-training. Voyage to far off lands and encounter characters, legends, costumes, and arts of different cultures from the days of knights!

Dino Days (Ages 6-7)

Spend the day exploring the everyday lives of the most awesome creatures ever to have walked the earth, and the amazing palaeontologists who search for them millions of years after their extinction. How do they get fossils from the badlands of Alberta to displaying them in museums around the world? Which dinosaurs were solitary, which hunted in packs, and why? If all you think about is dinosaurs, then Dino Days is for you! 

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, revolting recipes and squishy science experiments.  You’ll learn the ins and outs of mummification, peer inside a whale’s heart, sniff smelly minerals and meet a spindly-legged stick bug all while having gross amounts of fun!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Land and Sea (Ages 6-7)

Trek and sail along the routes of Kings and Queens, Warriors, Monks and Merchants. Then follow whales, butterflies and more as we learn about epic migrations around the globe. What inspired these travellers to go through dangers, bad weather, and hardship to reach their destination? Learn about the treasures and good fortunes these travellers found at the end of their journeys over land and sea.

Also available as an afternoon group.

Mighty Mariners (Ages 6-7)

Ahoy there, mateys! It’s time for an ocean adventure! Using the ROM’s galleries and our brand new exhibit Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, we’ll discover the secrets of the waters that cover most of our planet.  Join us as we explore all things ocean, sea, river and stream, including underwater creatures, birds, ancient water highways, and the legends that only such a wild frontier can hold.

Also available as an afternoon group.

National Treasures (Agse 6-7)

Did you know this year is Canada's 150th Birthday? Celebrate Canada as we take a tour around the museum and see Canada's national treasures. Get up close with the mighty Albertosaurus and meet the iconic General Wolfe, before getting to know our newest national treasure, the blue whale! Then learn about incredible Anishinaabeg art in the brand new Anishinaabeg: Art & Power exhibit!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Art Works (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 as well as the brand new exhibits Anishinaabeg: Art & Power and Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, for inspiration as you create your own works of art!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Clay Combo (Ages 8-10)

Biodiversity and ancient cultures collide as we explore how people have expressed the world around them in ceramics throughout history. 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, including new exhibit Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, inspire your own clay creations.

Also available as a full day group.

Egyptomania (Ages 8-10)

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.

Explorers & Expeditions (Ages 8-10)

Follow in the footsteps of famous and infamous explorers. Record an Egyptian expedition to the mysterious land of Punt, join today’s adventurers as they search for giant blue whales, or sail the seas with one of the famous pirates ever, Ching Shih. Map out routes, create 3D landscapes, and master timeless tricks of the navigation trade.

Also offered in the afternoon.

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 the epic adventures throughout history and make a few of our own along the way!

Also available as an afternoon group.

Monks and Mercenaries (Ages 8-10)

Take a tour through the ages and find out how these two groups shaped the world's greatest civilizations! Learn how Egyptian priests performed the mummification process. Meet the hired swords - or should I say katanas - that kept farmers safe in Japan. Find out what Siddhartha learned under the bodhi tree and how friars helped out during the Crusades. From monks who could do battle with the best of them to mercenaries that waged heavy peace, you'll meet all sorts of colourful characters in this journey through monasteries the world over!

Also available as an afternoon group.

ROMic Books (Ages 8-10)

From the Egyptians to the Maya, people have been telling stories by combining pictures and words for thousands of years. Guided by an experienced artist you’ll develop skills in composition, perspective, design and storyboarding. Carry on the great tradition by drawing on the ROM's collections to inspire your own illustrated stories of heroes and villains.  

Science Sleuths (Ages 8-10)

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist and solve the mysteries of everyday life? Well here’s your chance! Conduct simple experiments to find out why the sky is blue, why leaves change colour in the fall, and what paper airplane design flies the farthest. Your investigations will take you from the microscopic level of the cell to the cosmic level of the stars in a mini-planetarium. 

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 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!

Also available as an afternoon group.


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Afternoon Options


Animal Adventures (Age 5)

Incredible insects, rockin’ reptiles and wonderful whales are some of the cool creatures you’ll meet on your ROM animal explorations. Whether it’s journeying outside to look for animal tracks or participating in the Animal Olympics, our creative nature-inspired crafts and activities will awaken your wild side.

Art Express (Age 5)

All aboard for a global art-venture! First stop Ancient Egypt, where the magic of the Nile will inspire the recreation of a Pharaoh’s temple. In ancient China, home of the Forbidden City and celebrated dragons, add your touch to a Chinese zodiac mural. No corner of the Museum will be missed and no facet of the arts overlooked as you act, draw, paint, and sculpt your way around the world.

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 new blue whale from eastern Canada- 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!

I Spy (Age 5)

At the ROM there is no shortage of wonderful treasures to feast your eyes on. On your adventures you’ll meet brown bats in a dark cave, bustling bees in a busy hive, animals in art from Egypt, Rome, and beyond. What you see on your museum travels will unleash your imagination and inspire stories, art and more.  

Time Bandits (Age 5)

Spend your summer days caught in a time warp. Climb into your time machine and discover a few billion years of history right under your nose!  Colourful collages and dazzling drawings will help you to capture each day’s voyage. Whether you’re donning a helmet and shield for a gallant tournament or treading in the footprints of a mighty Maiasaur, after this adventure, the twenty-first century will seem rather dull.

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 the story behind 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.

ROM Sport Jr (Ages 6-7) & ROM Sport Sr (Ages 8-10)

Discover the ancient roots of modern sports. From ancient wrestling and the first marathon 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 high-energy, low stress events like the ROM Olympics or Splash Sports.

Space Cadets (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.  

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!

Backyard Science (Ages 6-7)

Use a keen eye and some simple tools to study science right in your own backyard. Find out why the sky is blue or why leaves change colour in the fall. You’ll develop your observation skills as you record your discoveries in your notebook and gain a greater appreciation for just how amazing and simple science can be!

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 our brand new exhibits Anishinaabeg: Art & Power and Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story — some of the coolest things in the ROM 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.

School of Hard Rocks (Ages 8-10)

It’s definitely a hard rock life for us! Take a journey as a geologist through the metaphorical mine-shaft of precious minerals and scarce materials. Travel back in time (and back out west) as we find gold in them hills, and discover the rare-earth metals that could be hiding in your pocket! Learn about the treasures that lay beneath your feet and beyond the stars. Explore the collections of precious gems the ROM has acquired, and visit our very own vault! Don’t rock it ‘till you try it!

Star Gazers (Ages 8-10)

Prepare to be star struck as you master the basics of space exploration. Discover the magic of the northern lights, create a cosmic comet, and plan your own space mission to Mars! Your astronomical adventures in the Starlab mini-planetarium will inspire crafts and activities that are truly out-of-this world. 

See morning options for classes also offered in the afternoons.

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Full Day Options

All the ROM's a Stage (Ages 8-10)

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.

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.

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. 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.

Relics & Ruins (Ages 8-10)

What can we discover from a fallen city? Why, just about anything! From daily life to their untimely demise, the relics and ruins of ancient civilizations are some of history's greatest treasures. Get your hands on relics like ancient inventions and weapons of war that made Egypt, Rome and Byzantium some of the world's greatest empires, before exploring their ruins to uncover the mystery of their final fall.
Also available as an afternoon group

Science Frontiers (Ages 8-10)

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.

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 smorgasbord of topics inspired by the ROM’s galleries, collections, and research. Spend your mornings roaming the ROM to explore world arts and cultures that will inspire your own artistic creations and then trek through our galleries and beyond in the afternoon to discover a world of scientific investigation.

Battlefield ROM (Ages 11-14)

For centuries humankind has been waging wars and engaging in battles. Explore 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 experience as you investigate arms and armour up close and apply your new found strategy skills in games and role play.

Close Encounters (Ages 11-14)

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? Why did whales suddenly die off the east coast of Canada? We will explore the facts behind the fiction as we hone our critical thinking skills and sift through the enigmatic world of scepticism.

Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 11-14)

Learn about legends, monsters, scrolls, and weapons from the actual cultures and artifacts upon which 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 D&D world. Create characters, strategize, and try to stay on the Dungeon Master’s good side!

Eco Ambassadors (Ages 11-14)

We all have a part to play in the care of our planet. Using the ROM’s galleries, including the brand new exhibit Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, 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!

Lights, Camera, Action! (Ages 11-14)

Take a story idea from concept to casting to filming and then straight on to the silver screen! You’ll learn about script writing, storyboards, acting, and cinematography – just like the pros. An effective mix of film theory, appreciation and hands-on practice will have you calling the shots in no time.

Ocean-Scapes (Ages 11-14)

Dive head first into the world of art, and become inspired by all of the beauty an ocean-scape has to offer. Submerge yourself in the endless ebb and flow of the sea, and learn to capture motion in different mediums. Learn techniques in figure and gesture drawing as you sketch aquatic creatures in the ROM’s exhibition Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. Experience your own “Blue Period” and create the world’s next great magnum porpoise – er- opus!

Portfolio Primers (Ages 11-14)

Build your portfolio as you find inspiration from the ROM’s diverse galleries, including the new exhibits. Learn the fundamentals of art techniques from drawing to printmaking and get comfortable with various media including pencil, pastel, and paint. Once your portfolio is primed and ready, it’s time to share your work with an exhibition.

ROMgineers (Ages 11-14)

From Ancient Roman aqueducts to railroads that connected North America from East to West, learn about some of the most important inventions in history! Whether it is the invention of the wheel in ancient Sumer 5,000 years ago, or the first discovery of glass from sand, learn all the contributions of the ancient world to modern science. Once you’ve looked back, it’s time to look forward at what the next big invention will be, and then dream it up yourself!

ROMology (Ages 11-14)

The ROM is one of the most diverse museums in the world, with researchers studying everything from archaeology to zoology. Sample the best the ROM has to offer through the use of hands-on labs and insider info on palaeontology, mineralogy, anthropology and more. Become a ROM Researcher as you explore a different “ology” every day!

ROM Reporters (Ages 11-14)

Take in the ROM’s galleries and collections as you get the inside scoop as an official ROM Reporter! In an action-packed two weeks, we’ll be a part of ROMKids twitter account, craft new tales for ancient artifacts, create fun and informative vlogs, and interview specialists in topics ranging from art to science. Whatever story you want to tell about the ROM and the fantastic things inside it, 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. Reveal the hidden secrets of the ROM they don’t want you to know. Discover how the ROM obtained their world famous collections and see what it takes to build a world class museum!

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.

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Date & Time

  • Session 1: July 4 to July 14 Session 2: July 17 to July 28 Session 3: July 31 to Aug 11 Session 4: Aug 14 to Aug 25 Session 5: Aug 28 to Sept 1, 2017 (Excludes July 3 & Aug 7)



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