Kids & Family Programs

Summer Club 2020

After careful consideration and guided by the recommendations of the Chief  Medical Officer of Ontario, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Summer Club 2020. This ROM experience has brought joy, excitement and lasting memories to children who have explored the world of art, culture and nature for over 75 years and we do not make this decision lightly.
The health and safety of our campers, staff, volunteers and their families is our highest priority. Due to the current situation, we are unable to deliver what campers have come to expect from the ROM.  Summer Club will still be here in the future for more adventures, friendships and creating memories that last a lifetime.
We will issue full refunds and a confirmation receipt will be sent to you via email. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at
Parents, we know this has been an extraordinarily difficult time for you and your family.  We continue to update ROM AT Home with online activities, virtual gallery tours, collection highlights, and live events to keep you inspired and engaged. Please consider making a donation to support inclusive access to the ROM as part of our re-opening when it is safe to do so. Your support would be a significant help to us at this challenging time.
Thank you for your understanding and support of summer camp and the Museum. We look forward to welcoming you to Summer Club 2021.  
Stay safe and stay healthy.
Jennifer Wild
Deputy Director, Engagement
Royal Ontario Museum


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!

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Camp Sessions



Session 1 June 29 to July 10, 2020 (9 days, excluding July 1)
Session 2  July 13 to July 24, 2020 (10 days)
Session 3  July 27 to August 7, 2020 (9 days, excluding August 3)
Session 4  August 10 to August 21, 2020 (10 days)
Session 5 August 24 to August 28, 2020  (5 days)
Session 6 August 31 to Sept 4, 2020  (5 days)

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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.


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, child must be the appropriate age by the end of the calendar year. For example, if your child turns 5 by December 31, 2020, they can join a 5-year old group this summer as a 4-year old.

Registrations will not be processed if they are incomplete.

Session Dates



Session 1

June 29 to July 10, 2020
(9 days, excluding July 1)

Session 2 

July 13 to July 24, 2020
(10 days)

Session 3 

July 27 to August 7, 2020
(9 days, excluding August 3)

Session 4 

August 10 to August 21, 2020
(10 days)

Session 5

August 24 to August 28, 2020
(5 days)

Session 6 August 31 to Sept 4, 2020 (5 days)


Fees listed are per camper per session.


Half Day
$275  (Session 1, 3)
$300  (Session 2, 4)
$180  (Session 5, 6)


Morning + Afternoon or Full-Day
$550  (Session 1, 3)
$600  (Session 2, 4)
$360  (Session 5, 6)


Leadership (Full-Day)
$560  (Session 1, 3)
$615  (Session 2, 4)


Extended Care
$120   (Session 1, 3)
$130   (Session 2, 4)
$75    (Session 5, 6)



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.


If you have a child with Special Needs who would like to attend Summer Club, please contact Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director at 416.586.5636 or


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 $20; Adult size shirts $20 (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 session 6), 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 1st & August 3rd, 2020.

ROM Membership

You must hold a valid ROM Family Membership at the time of registration to take advantage of the Members' exclusive sign up period. Exclusive Members’ sign-up period runs until February 9, 2020.

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NOTE: To enroll in an age group, child(ren) must be the appropriate age by the end of the calendar year. For example if your child turns 5 by December 31, 2020, they can join a 5-year old group this summer as a 4-year old.

  • MORNING programs run from 9 am - 12 noon.
  • AFTERNOON programs run from 1 pm - 4 pm.
  • MORNING combined with AFTERNOON PROGRAMS or FULL-DAY PROGRAMS run from 9 am to 4 pm with a supervised 1 hour lunch break from 12 pm - 1 pm.
  • Extended Care is offered from 4 pm - 6 pm. .

Camps for Ages 11-14 and Ages 14-16 are offered as Full Day camps only (9 am - 4 pm).

All sessions are 2 weeks except Session 5: August 24 - August 28 and Session 6: August 31 - September 4, 2020 which are one week. 

No classes will be held on July 1st and August 3rd, 2020. 

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

Session 1: June 29 to July 10 (excludes July 1)
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning Science Safari Museum Marvels ROMbrandt    
T.rex Tales Frozen in Time
Animal Athletes
Afternoon Wondertales Mischief Makers ROM Sport Sr    
Blast Off! Rumour Has It
Mix it Up!
Full Day     Clay Cultures Lost Civilizations Leadership
Force of Nature
Naturequest Dungeons & Dragons
Session 2: July 13 to July 24
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning Treasure Chest Dig This All Wrapped Up    
Up and Atom Palaeoquest
Clay Days
Afternoon Call of the Wild Pharaohs and Friends Made in Canada    
Earthlings Starquest
ROM Sport Jr
Full Day     All the ROM's a Stage Cloak and Dagger Leadership
Architreks Great Unknown
That's a Wrap!
Session 3: July 27 to August 7 (excludes August 3rd)
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning Art Blooms Little Olympians Clay Cultures    
T.rex Tales Day in the Life
Mix it Up!
Afternoon I Spy Museum Marvels ROM Sport Sr    
Rock On New Frontiers
Building Blocks
Full Day     Art Moves ROM DIY Leadership
Ancient Odyssey Museum Mysteries
Dungeons & Dragons
Session 4: August 10 to August 21
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning Tiny Titans Pharaohs and Friends Rumour Has It    
Earthlings Frozen in Time
Clay Days
Afternoon Sea to Sky Dig This History's Mysteries    
Up and Atom Geoquest
ROM Sport Jr
Full Day     Picture This! Avant Garde Leadership
Palaeoquest ROM Reporters
All the ROM's a Stage
Session 5: August 24 to August 28
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning ROM ROMps Little Olympians History's Mysteries    
Up and Atom Palaeoquest
Building Blocks
Afternoon Globe Trotters Museum Marvels All Wrapped Up    
Earthlings Frozen in Time
Suit Yourself
Full Day     Day in the Life Dungeons & Dragons  
Toronto Underfoot
Session 6: August 31 to September 4
  Age 5 Ages 6-7 Ages 8-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 14-16
Morning Where in the World Mischief Makers ROMbrandt    
Animal Athletes New Frontiers
Afternoon Palaeo Pals Pharaohs and Friends Hometown Histories    
T.rex Tales Rumour Has It
Full Day     Hodgepodge Dungeons & Dragons  


Art Blooms (Age 5)
Let exploration in the outdoors awaken your artistic senses. Prowl the ROM’s Natural History galleries and head out to Philosopher’s Walk to let the sights, sounds, and textures of the environment inspire some astonishing artistic creations. Find your creativity and lead your own artistic adventure. Capture the beauty of nature, and let your imagination run wild as our art goes into full bloom.

ROM Romps (Age 5)
Join us on a romp around the ROM as we explore the fun and fantastic galleries the Museum has to offer. Dig for dinos, dance with bees, and mingle in the Ming Tomb. Have fun in a different gallery every day, hear about the adventures of kings, queens, and critters, and create amazing art projects to take home to remind you of your own ROM romp!

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!

Tiny Titans (Age 5)
Join us on an odyssey through the ROM! Hear the tales of famed heroes and heroines, learn about gigantic gods and goddesses, and face off against monsters and mischief makers. Travel to India, Greece, Japan, and beyond and discover the stories and glories of the ancient world!

Treasure Chest (Age 5)
The ROM is full of timeless treasures just waiting to be discovered. What amazing artifacts 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.

Where in the World? (Age 5)
Get ready to search every corner of the earth in this globe-trotting adventure. We’ll find something special on every continent and hear some of the world’s greatest stories! Why is the Great Wall of China so long? How did people create the pyramids in Egypt? Why are there giant heads on Easter Island? We’ll hear all of these stories and more as we travel around the world!

Animal Athletes (Ages 6-7)
What’s faster: a cheetah or a peregrine falcon? if all the animals did the high jump which one would win? Which animal is the fastest swimmer? Find the answer to these questions and more in a wild journey through the field, exploring the most athletic animals. Learn some of the incredible feats these animals can achieve and discover the science that makes it all possible!

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 day museum, or some of nature's greatest structures. Everyday you’ll explore the foundations of your very own world!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Clay Days  (Ages 6-7)
Spend each day, working with clay! Let the ROM’s galleries, including the exhibition, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. New Discoveries., provide inspiration for some incredible clay creations! Experiment with different textures and designs used throughout history to create your very own clay masterpieces. Prepare to enter the wild world of slipping, scoring, pinching, pressing, glazing, and texturing on your way to becoming a budding ceramic artist!

Dig This (Ages 6-7)
Dig into the natural world and ancient history and discover what buried treasures lay below us! From the prehistoric fossils that line our Museum, and the natural resources that fuel our homes, to the ancient cities that mystify us, our Earth is filled with amazing wonders just waiting to be uncovered. Explore, examine, and experiment your way to a better understanding of where our world came from, where it’s going, and how we can preserve it.
Also available as an afternoon group.

Earthlings (Ages 6-7)
Learn about the wonderful and weird marvels of planet Earth! Swim with our aquarium fish, spelunk in our famous Bat Cave and rocket to the moon. Visit Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries. exhibit and discover how ancient cultures interacted with the natural world. Discover what earth has to offer,and uncover the mysteries of space on this interplanetary adventure!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Little Olympians (Ages 6-7)
Go Team Canada! Prepare for the 2020 Olympics as we travel to antiquity to uncover its origins. Discover the national sports of countries around the world on this international expedition. Be inspired by the fascinating cultures that invented your favourite sports as you get ready to participate in our Olympic inspired events.

Mix It Up! (Ages 6-7)
Grab your canvas, put on your smock and prepare your paintbrushes! Embark on an artistic journey through the ROM’s many astonishing galleries! Find your muse as you travel to, Egypt, Greece and more! Meet our friendly curators to learn all about the world of colours, patterns, and shapes!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Mischief Makers (Ages 6-7)
What a rascal! Meet the many troublemakers, tricksters and mischief makers across various world cultures on this exploration of the witty and devious! Learn the story of Anansi the sly spider, hear chaotic tales of the famed Greek goddess Eris, and the prank that started a war, and learn how Odysseus discovered how to outwit a great cyclops!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Museum Marvels (Ages 6-7)
Tour our world-famous museum and discover the most amazing artifacts and spectacular specimens the ROM has to offer. Explore ancient Egypt and hear the history of Hatshepsut, take cover under our Chinese temple and learn about how the zodiac was created, and visit our Dinosaur gallery to say a quick hello to the mighty T. rex. Aspire to become a future ROM curator as we investigate the marvels this museum holds!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Pharaohs and Friends (Ages 6-7)
From pharaohs to tsars, to queens and beyond! Put on your crown and get ready to learn all about the different types of royalty from around the world! Visit our special Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries. exhibit to meet the mummies of ancient Egypt and Nubia. Join us on a royal escapade around the ROM as we trek to Greece, and traverse the sands of Egypt to learn the histories and hear the stories of past rulers and their people!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Up and Atom (Ages 6-7)
All young scientists are welcome as we embark on a journey to understand how life began! We will work our way from the tiny building blocks that make us who we are, to the amazing organisms  that inhabit our earth. Conduct hair raising experiments and eye-popping demonstrations as we dig deep into the world of science!
Also available as an afternoon group.

T.rex Tales (Ages 6-7)
Calling all dinosaur hunters! Hear stories of incredible dinosaur finds, handle real fossils, learn casting techniques, and create 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.
Also available as an afternoon group.

All Wrapped Up (Ages 8-10)
Spend your days learning all about the ancient civilizations and their past traditions. Discover why and how ancient peoples mummified their dead and the ways the environment naturally preserved them. Find out about the significance of King Tut's sarcophagus in Egypt, learn the story of Lady Dai in China, and travel to the Austrian Alps to hear about the freezing of our favourite Ice Man Otzi. Join us on a trip around the world as we learn about all things Mummy!
Also available as an afternoon group.

Frozen in Time (Ages 8-10)
Junior archaeologists wanted on this journey across the world! Dig and dive your way through this exploratory expedition to learn what it’s like to discover historical objects frozen in time! Dig up dinosaur fossils, excavate ancient Islamic sites and unearth secrets of the past! Visit the Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries. exhibition to hear learn about the archaeological sites of Egyptian mummies. Learn about the world of artifacts and ecofacts and what they can tell us about the past lives of animals and humans on this archaeological excursion!
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 artifacts, 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 mysteries!
Also available as an afternoon group.

ROMbrandt (Ages 8-10)
Put on your smock and get ready for an art filled session! Be inspired by amphorae in Greece, and the butterflies in Biodiversity as we paint like Picasso and colour like Carr. Join us on an artistic endeavour through the ROM!

Rumour Has It… (Ages 8-10)
Join us in debunking history’s hoaxes on this quest to fact-check history! Discover the true story behind the Patagonian Giants, hear about the radio broadcast that simulated an alien invasion, and learn about the Etruscan Terracotta warriors and how even museums can be fooled by fake artifacts. Study how rumours, false reporting and hoaxes can shake the world as we know it and what you can do to make sure that truth prevails!
Also available as an afternoon group.

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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 the blue whales of 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.

Globe Trotters (Age 5)
Calling all world travelers! Pack your bags, grab your passport, and prepare yourself for a trip around the globe. Grab your sun-block as we trek through the deserts of Egypt, don your parka as we journey through the arctic, and put on your life jacket as we swim through the Pacific as world explorers. Spend every day discovering the wonders of each corner of the world. Buckle up for an adventure of global proportions!

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, and 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. 

Palaeo Pals (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.  

Sea to Sky (Age 5)
Swim with the fish, soar through the sky and traverse across the wonderful earthen plains as we adventure around the world! Meet the ROM’s critters and creatures, face off against our giant T.rex and obsess over our glittering gems! Join us as we learn about everything from the sea to the sky!

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!

Blast Off! (Ages 6-7)
Prepare to be star struck 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 mini-planetarium and our galleries will inspire art projects and activities that are truly out-of-this-world. 

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 to Pompeii. Embark on a quest of mountainous proportions as you journey through the earth’s core into far outer space. 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 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 our very own ROM Sport Olympics and water day!

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!

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. 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 learn about 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!

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 the things that Canada has to offer.

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.

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 our very own ROM Sport Olympics and water day!

Starquest (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 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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Ancient Odyssey (Ages 8-10)
Prepare yourself for a voyage of mythic proportions through ancient times and places. Each week you’ll have a new quest to fulfill as you discover the myths and legends of the Celts, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and more.  Follow the Labours of Herakles, join the Argonauts on their hunt for the Golden Fleece or search for the Holy Grail. All this adventure will guide you as you create your own monsters, heroes and myths.

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.

Day in the Life (Ages 8-10)
The ROM is the largest museum in Canada, with some of the most diverse exhibitions in the world, and researchers studying everything from archaeology to zoology. Travel back in time and discover what it was like to live as ancient peoples! Become a pharaoh and rule over ancient Egypt, don your knight’s armour and prepare for battle, and discover the hierarchies of civilizations past! Fast forward to the future and sample the best the ROM has to offer as we focus on the historians and scientists who discovered these times gone by. Look at the world of archeology, palaeontology, anthropology and more. Spend a day in the life of people past and present!
Also available as a morning group.

Hodgepodge (Ages 8-10)
There are so many different things in the ROM – so let’s see them all! Art, culture, nature; why choose just one? We’ll explore the ROM from all angles as we combine all of the greatest things the museum has to offer. We’ll make great masterpieces of art and dabble in backyard science experiments. We’ll make our way through every gallery as we become masters of all things museum. Get ready for a little bit of this and a little bit of that as we create a hodgepodge of adventures!

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.

Picture This! (Ages 8-10)
Learn the ins and outs of photography as we focus our lenses on nature! We’ll dive headfirst 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 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.

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 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.

Avant Garde (Ages 11-14)
Go bold this summer in an avant garde art experience! Discover new techniques through experimentation with different media. 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.

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 explore dramatic traditions across time and from all over the world. Let the museum set the scene for creative expression through voice, movement, design, and dialogue. All you learn will culminate in a final performance worthy of a Shakespearean stage.

Cloak and Dagger (Ages 11-14)
Shhhh! Become a spy-in-training and discover the world of espionage, subterfuge and secret missions. Travel to civilizations past to uncover the history of spying and intelligence. We will journey to Japan to learn about ninjas, sneak our way to Europe to hear about the development of modern espionage, and join secret services across the world. Keep your ear to the ground as we learn about real-life gadgets, remarkable undercover agents and extraordinary covert operations on this enigmatic adventure!

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 table-top-gaming world. Create characters, strategize, and try to stay on the Dungeon Master’s good side!

Force of Nature (Ages 11-14)
Our world is on fire, but we can still save it! The climate crisis is posing a very serious threat to the world around us. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and wildlife are in danger. Together we will trek through the ROM’s diverse galleries to discover the earth’s vast and interrelated ecosystems, meet our endangered animal friends and learn about the science behind the climate crisis. Then join us in discovering about how you can reduce your carbon footprint through daily sustainable practices. The world needs innovative and mature leaders, and youth are stepping up! Become a force for nature and learn all about how you can use your voice and action to promote positive change in the world!

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)
Everybody knows that what goes up must come down, and so it goes for these Lost Civilizations! 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!

Museum Mysteries (Ages 11-14)
Get ready to unlock some of the museum’s greatest mysteries as we learn the secrets behind Toronto’s largest museum. Find out how one of the ROM’s most famous dinosaurs went missing for decades, and how the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found made its way through the doors. Explore the ROM’s hidden collections and learn the stories behind some of the most mysterious artifacts and specimens. Become a museum insider as we discover the ins and outs of the Museum’s history.

ROM DIY (Ages 11-14)
Take your crafting to the next level as we upcycle our way to becoming master crafters! Explore new mediums including wood and textile to create unique functional pieces for your life. Find inspiration from ancient items in the ROM’s galleries and apply them to your modern-day masterpieces. Get your doctorate in DIY as we spend our summer proCRAFTinating.

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 craft new tales for ancient artifacts, interview specialists in topics ranging from art to science, and find new ways to explore our favourite stories. Whatever story you want to tell about the ROM and the fantastic things inside it, we’ll find the best way to tell it.

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!

That’s a Wrap! (Ages 11-14)
There is no business like show business! Join us on an enthralling exploration of the world of entertainment! Take a story idea from script to screen in this two-week crash course on film and video technique. You’ll learn about scriptwriting, storyboards, acting, and cinematography – just like the pros. From film theory to hands-on practice, we will have you calling the shots in no time!

Toronto Underfoot (Ages 11-14)
Did you know that people have inhabited Toronto for several thousands of years? Join us as we delve into the history of our great city. From Fort York to the Toronto Islands, we’ll uncover the rich history underneath our own feet. We’ll travel to iconic Toronto landmarks, and find out how Hogtown got its name. Haunted walks, epic battles and amalgamations wait for us as we traverse the 4-1-6. Prepare to take a historical journey and discover the hidden past of your own home.

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 and Session 6.




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