Starting June 28th we will resume our daily email-based programming that is filled with a range of activity ideas and their how-to instructions for you and your family.
Gratitude is one of the most important skills to nurture in our children, and creating thoughtful gifts for their teachers is a great way to show it.
The May 2-4 weekend is always a favourite as it marks the final countdown to summer vacation! It's the boost we all need right now to get through the next few weeks as we remain hopeful for a return to more normal times ahead.
Our resident educational strategist shares strategies to maintain a healthy family dynamic while stuck at home. Plus, 3 great indoor activities for you and the kids.
The holidays will be different this year. Despite this, you can still prepare for a holiday that’s relaxing and fun — one that has a comfortable balance of family time, independent activities, and rest. You can create new memories while also staying sane and healthy (mentally and physically!).
In the days leading up to Mother's Day, we have lots of great activities to keep the kids engaged while turning their minds to giving gratitude to mum. Choose from a range of activities that use materials and items you would typically find around the house.
On Sunday May 16, 2021, join us at the virtual Dance + More for Tomorrow event! Let’s dance while raising funds together to help ensure every young person in Canada has someone to talk to today, tomorrow and every day.
Educational strategist and author Jane Kristoffy offers advice for parents on how to respond to your child's progress amid the pandemic.
Many kids have transitioned back to in-class school. Here's what parents can expect and how to prepare for it.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel, yet for many parents, there's still work to be done for our kids on the education front. Here's Jane Kristoffy's advice on getting your child back on track.
Many parents wonder how to cope with this seemingly never-ending pandemic. As tough as things are, as parents, let’s continue to model coping skills to our kids. They watch our every move! Here's 6 ways you can do that.
Distanced learning, virtual learning, online learning...call it what you want, but this model of schooling has quickly become a reality for many students across the globe. While we sometimes focused on the logistics of the technical and physical aspects of online learning, let’s not overlook the emotional and mental health side of it as well.
When the Spring Break weather decides not to cooperate, we're here to help. Our program team has reviewed our hundreds of ideas and are suggesting these activities to keep your kids engaged and entertained until things dry up outside.
We’re glad to see so many parents and children have enjoyed our email newsletter and website, based on your feedback in our recent Backyard Camp community survey. With that, some big news! We'll continue to share fun, educational and age-appropriate activities with the launch of our premium, subscription-based Backyard Camp e-newsletter...
With Family Day just about upon us, here's activities at home that can aid family relationships while creating tangible benefits for kids. It isn’t always easy to keep kids active indoors but the solution is within your reach. The best part? Decreased screen time and reduced childhood stress.
Erin Elfassy is both a Backyard Camp founding parent and volunteer. Recently, we caught up with Erin to learn a little more about her background, role in Backyard Camp, and what makes the camp a fun, successful program for both kids and parents.
As a father of 3, technology executive and faculty at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Mark Silver already wears many hats. So it may seem surprising that Silver decided to don another by co-founding a camp program for kids. For Silver, though, his decision hinged more on necessity than choice.
It's common for many of us to dismiss plants as inanimate objects that we see in places we haven’t yet paved over. The ways that plants utilize light and water can be fun to experiment with, and they can give us a better understanding of the fact that plants are living beings that can sense and respond to their environments.
I've lost count of the minutes I’ve spent in front of my laptop trying to convey my complete adoration of Amanda Gorman’s poem ‘The Hill We Climb’
We spoke with Jane Kristoffy, an educational strategist based in Toronto and owner of Right Track Educational Services about strategies for parents and caregivers to help overcome the mental and emotional challenges children face while learning remotely during the pandemic.
Let the Backyard Camp community know about your own favourite activities to do with your kids using #BYCChallenge
The volunteers that bring Backyard Camp to life each day wear many hats. If you view Backyard Camp as a car made of many parts, "The Teachers" are really the drivetrain that powers the program.
We want to thank everyone in the Backyard Camp community who participated in our recent survey. Your feedback is tremendously valuable as we look to gain insight into how the program will evolve in the coming weeks and months. Ready more about what you've told us.
While we would like to see our kids spend time engaging in outdoor activities this summer, don't be quick to discount the emotional and mental health benefits esports offers during these unique times as video game companies continue to focus on games' social components.
Whether it's a rainy day, or on the beach or in the park, keep your kids' minds engaged and away from the screens for a while. Part 1 of our favourite children's books.
Backyard Camp teams up with Kids Help Phone to raise funds, awareness and promote summer fun with $25,000 pledge to help families navigate unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Bird watching, or birding, has been a favourite summertime family activity for generations. We dive into why it has withstood the test of time and tips you can use to bird watch in Canada, home to some of the most beautiful species in the world!
The world's most popular sport has had the highest child participation in Canada for a long time. has been the sport with the highest participation in Canada. What makes this sport the "Beautiful Game"?
The universe has captivated human beings for thousands of years. It's no surprise that stargazing is a common summertime activity, it's one of our personal favourites and we explain why.
Backyard Camp was started just a few weeks ago when a group of parents started asking the question - “What are we going to do with our kids if summer camps are cancelled as a result of Covid 19?”
Basketball is the fastest growing sport in Canada. Our thoughts behind this fast paced and wonderful game and why it's a perfect outdoor activity for the kids this summer.
Throughout the summer we’ll be featuring a number of fun, engaging and entertaining products from our friends at Super Toy
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Backyard Camp Esports League powered by Mission Control.
Parents and caregivers can reboot the summer camp experience at home with today’s launch of Backyard Camp – a new, free service delivering daily activities and customizable programs by email aimed at keeping kids active and engaged all summer long.