Toronto FUN Guide - How to Register for Summer Camps and City Programs
Have you seen the new edition of Toronto FUN Guide Spring/Summer 2012? Summer seems still so far away even with the unusually mild winter we have been experiencing in Toronto. Yet with schools March Break around the corner - it is that time of the year again for families to register for children summer camps and recreation city programs for all ages.
Registration begins in March!
Pick up the free Toronto FUN Guide at your local library or your local community centre - it is a popular publication and libraries may run out of print copies quickly. You may also find a reference copy of the FUN Guide that can be used at the local library - just ask staff. Or you could always access and browse Toronto FUN Online.
The Fun Guide will tell you what programs are available in your area, where and when they are offered. Prices are very reasonable.
From camps and dance to swimming and tennis, there are more than 54,000 recreation programs and activities available through "Parks & Rec" (City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation). My family has tried yoga, swimming and preschool programs in previous years, while this summer we are planning to be playing soccer for the first time!
The registration process for such programs can be challenging for newcomers. Below are some of the steps.
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION BEGIN FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012?
- Etobicoke York District - Saturday March 3.
- Scarborough District - Sunday March 4.
- North York District - Tuesday March 6.
- Toronto & East York District - Wednesday March 7.
Some of the popular programs get filled very quickly, you may want to register early. For example in December I phoned at 11:00 am on the first Saturday of registration to sign us up for a "learn to skate" program. When I finally got through the busy operator - all the spots were filled for my preferred location. I will be early next time :-)
There are four different versions of the FUN Guide for each part of Toronto. Click on the images below to donwload the PDF edition for your area:
FIRST TIME REGISTERING? Your first step is to call the customer service at 416-338-4FUN (4386) to set up an account (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday). They will give you a Client and Family Number that you can then use to register online, by phone or in person.
If you know the barcode of the course you would like to take, you can enter it in the search box of Toronto Fun Online. Otherwise, click on the Find Programs tab to browse program options. You can register for programs from the registration date up to the start date of the course.
HOW TO REGISTER:
- Online registration - if you have your Family PIN and Client Numbers, you are ready to register online - it is the fastest way to do it. Browse programs and register online from any computer connected to the internet.
- Register in person - at a designated civic or community centre on registration day or later on.
- By phone - call 416-338-4FUN (4386) to register with a Customer Service Representative. You will need to know the program codes for your first program choice and alternative choices and to have a credit card.
If you are having trouble registering or finding what you are looking for, or you wish to use other languages (you can get help in more than 10 languages) - call the City of Toronto hotline at 311.
DO YOU NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO JOIN A CITY RECREATION PROGRAM?
The City of Toronto Welcome Policy helps low income individuals and families register for city recreation programs for free. To apply for the Welcome Policy membership, fill out this application form (or pick up a copy of the application at your nearest community centre) or contact the Welcome Policy information line at 416-338-2000.
School’s out! What to do? Encourage your child to be outside, active, learning new skills and making new friends this summer. Whether your child is attending camp for the first time or is a returning camper, Toronto Parks & Rec offers fun, safe and memorable day camp experiences.
Does your family have favourite summer memories with city programs and camps in your town?
Do you have any words of advice or comments about registration or programs you liked?