Zodiac Day Camp

501 Arlington Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M6C 3A4 (view map)

2.5 to 15 (Coed )
Day camp
0 available; 7 TBD
Traditional (multi activity)
$225 to $595
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)


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About this Camp

Zodiac Day Camp

Mid Toronto, 1 week sessions. Adult & Tot (2), Half & ¾ Day Care (ages 2.5-4); Full Day Variety (ages 3.5-6); Specialty (1/2 Specialty, 1/2 Variety, ages 6-12) includes: Arts, Sports, STEAM & Adventure, or Multi; Leadership programs (ages 13-15). Daily low-ratio Zodiac instructional swim. Extras include: lunch/bus, Camp Tamarack weekend/overnight, Multi-session/other discounts.

The Our Kids review of Zodiac Day Camp


Although operating as a day camp, Zodiac Camp looks to provide an overnight camp flavour, by providing tons of spirit, theme programs and creativity. Staff are warm, kind, sensitive and enthusiastic, the belief rightly being that no matter how great the program and activities are, it is the counsellors and other staff who truly make the camp environment vibrant, welcoming and exciting. Small ratios ensure campers receive personal attention from staff. 

Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 0 program available; 7 TBD.

Filter activities at this camp:

Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Hip hop|Jazz|Magic|Music Recording|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Zoology/Animals|Archery|Martial Arts|Rock Climbing|Swimming|Tennis|Yoga
Day Camp
Ages: 4 - 6
Traditional (multi activity)
Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Hip hop|Jazz|Magic|Music Recording|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Technology|Robotics|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|STEM|Archery|Gaga|Martial Arts|Rock Climbing|Rugby|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Yoga
Day Camp
Ages: 13 - 15
Traditional (multi activity)
Zoology/Animals|Leadership training|Robotics|Archery|Martial Arts|Yoga|Rock Climbing|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Magic|Painting|Cooking|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Baking/Decorating|Technology
Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Hip hop|Jazz|Magic|Music Recording|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Technology|Zoology/Animals|STEM|Archery|Martial Arts|Rock Climbing|Swimming|Tennis|Yoga
Day Camp
Ages: 6 - 12
Traditional (multi activity)
Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Hip hop|Jazz|Magic|Music Recording|Vocal training / singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Pottery/ceramics |Computer programming (multi)|Technology|Robotics|Nature/Environment|LEGO|Zoology/Animals|STEM|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Hiking|Hockey|Martial Arts|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Tennis|Yoga
Zoology/Animals|Martial Arts|Swimming|Yoga|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Magic|Painting|Cooking|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Baking/Decorating|Technology
Zoology/Animals|Martial Arts|Swimming|Yoga|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Magic|Painting|Cooking|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Baking/Decorating|Technology

Camp Address
501 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

Zodiac Day Camp
Zodiac Day Camp
501 Arlington Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M6C 3A4
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Reviews & Testimonials

Thank you!
Jennifer — Parent

Thank you for making my daughter’s first camp experience so amazing for all of us. I was so impressed at how professionally all my questions and concerns were addressed, and she had a great time and has fallen in love with swimming! We are very grateful. Thanks again.

Amazing Experience
Susan — Parent

My daughter has had an amazing experience at camp. She has loved the variety of activities from yoga to rock climbing and has progressed so much in the swim program. We have been so pleased!

So Impressed
Gillian — Parent

My son and I are both devastated that camp is over. He had the most amazing time I cannot even tell you how impressed we are with everything. The bus staff, the amazing programming, it’s just amazing. Thank you for everything!

Rebecca — Parent

I just want to express my sincere gratitude for all your efforts with my child this summer. I really felt that you had her best interests in mind and tried very hard to create a positive experience for her. She has told me many times that she loves Zodiac so thank you again leaving her with such a positive feeling about camp.

Accommodation & Property Details

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer Field


  • Forested Area
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field

Director's Message

Ellen & Rick Howard, Danny Goodman, Camp Directors

How do we top Summer 2019? We are thrilled and gratified by how many happy campers and parents have asked us this question. The positive feedback continues to be tremendous. We are already gearing up for another wonderful, memorable and enriching Summer 2020!

Camp spirit..concern for each individual… professionally run and exciting specialties, programs and activities… top-notch equipment and supplies… state-of-the-art facilities at our Leo Baeck Day School site and beautiful adjacent Cedarvale Park… central, accessible location near Bathurst & Eglinton… great transportation options… theme days… committed and caring staff…… supportive parents… and, of course, happy campers! This is truly the formula for an enjoyable and memorable summer for everyone, including three thrilled camp directors!

In addition to having an outstanding Leadership Team overseeing and motivating the entire staff, camper groups, program and operation, we assure the quality of our specialties and programs through relationships with top-notch organizations and individuals respected and recognized in their fields. Of course, having Zodiac Swim School’s amazing instructors and supervisors contributing to Zodiac Day Camp’s outstanding swim and overall program, only enhances the Zodiac experience.

We are excited about how many Zodiac campers have been able to enjoy another special place…Camp Tamarack, our beautiful overnight camp on a private lake in the heart of Muskoka. We introduced many happy campers to Tamarack in Summer 2019 through our Taste of Tamarack day trip, Mini Acorn Weekend and introductory Acorn sessions. We're excited to share Tamarack’s great facilities, multi-faceted program, fun and spirit with many more in Summer 2020.

At Zodiac, building skills and confidence, developing friendships and creating lasting memories are what we're all about. We pride ourselves on our amazing staff team, creative programming and variety of activities. We encourage you to check out the information and amazing pictures featured on our site. We'd love to chat with you further about our various camp program opportunities. We can't wait for the summer ahead. We look forward to your family being an integral part of our Summer 2020 vision!

Ellen, Rick & Danny
Zodiac Day Camp Directors

Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $225 to $595 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 4



Zodiac Day Care is an exciting new childcare solution and alternative in Summer 2017 for families with young children.

Parents do not have to be reminded of the inconvenience and reduction of options in the world of childcare caused by the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (the “Act”). While the intention of the Act to protect children is commendable, the repercussions of the licensing requirements have unfortunately caused some great summer camp options to no longer be available for children under the age of 4. Many parents appreciate the value of summer camp in instilling kids with confidence, social skills, activity experiences and development and love of the outdoors. Learning to be part of a team and community within a community only enhances the opportunity. Unfortunately, camps that could previously welcome campers under the age of 4 without a day care licence can no longer do so no matter how reputable or incident-free the camp is.

Zodiac Day Camp, entering its 20th year of operation, was not satisfied to bid farewell to its much loved “junior population” of campers under the age of 4 whom Zodiac has served for many years. Instead, Zodiac proactively navigated the intricate process of becoming a licensed day care operator. As Director Ellen Howard put it, “We have enjoyed successfully working with children under the age of 4 both in Zodiac Day Camp and Zodiac Swim School since 1978. We were willing to tackle the various regulatory steps to pursue our day care licence because we so strongly believe in the safety and value of our programs. Furthermore, we wanted to help meet the important childcare needs of families in our community, including providing varied opportunities for children to reach their full developmental potential through active learning, exploration, play and inquiry.”

Ellen and Rick Howard, co-owners of Zodiac and parents of 3 children of their own together with some of their resourceful staff, literally “crossed all the t’s and dotted the i’s”, and were delighted to recently open registration for the Summer 2017 licensed Zodiac Day Care. To say that there has been excitement in the Zodiac and general communities would be an understatement. Spots in Zodiac Day Care’s new Summer 2017 Half-Day and Three-Quarter Day options for 2.5 to 4 year olds are literally being snapped up. As Rick commented, “We expected a positive reaction, but have been surprised by the pent-up demand. We still have some spots in our 7 1-week sessions, but the rest will likely fill up soon.” Zodiac’s ECE-supervised and age-appropriate sports, arts, discovery, and general day care programs at its Leo Baeck Day School (South) campsite at 501 Arlington Avenue will take place both in indoor air-conditioned facilities, as well as outdoor fields/playgrounds at beautiful adjacent Cedarvale Park. Nearby Forest Hill Collegiate pool is the venue for each participant’s daily high-quality, low-ratio Zodiac Swim School swim lesson.

In addition to the new Zodiac Day Care program, Zodiac Day Camp is proud to continue to offer a variety of 1-week sessions in its reputable, popular and diverse regular day camp program for campers aged 2 to 15 years in Summer 2017.

To check out the programs, visit www.zodiaccamp.on.ca and/or attend Zodiac’s Open House/ Family Fun Day on Sunday April 23rd from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm. A variety of camp activities, tours, snacks and more will all be part of the fun… bring your kids for a free, fun taste of what the kid-centered, quality Summer 2017 experience at Zodiac Day Care and Zodiac Day Camp will be like!

Check out the official article in Pink and Blue Magazine here!


Parent Testimonials

THANK YOU for a great first day of camp. Ella had such a great time. Her first day was phenomenal. She was greeted by name this morning on the bus. I was a little worried that there would be some tears at bus time but she was really cheerful. She had an amazing day and came back with stories about all the fun that she had. I know that it must take a huge amount of effort to make sure that the first day of each session goes off without a hitch so THANKS!!”


Parent Testimonial

Thanks Zodiac for a wonderful month! I switched my kids to Zodiac from another day camp and it was the best move! My boys had fun, learned new skills, made new friends and were always excited to go each day. The warm and enthusiastic staff made them feel welcome and safe. Thanks to everyone for a great July 2016! See you next summer!!!!


Parent Testimonial

My daughters had the best time at camp over the last two weeks so I wanted to say thank you. They were excited to go everyday and so hyped up when they got home. My older one Leah loved robotics and she has been building things at home every night plus she made great friends. Sophie in Zodiaction had a blast too. She really really liked her counsellor who was so nice to her. She is scared of the rain buther staff always helped her feel better. You have a great program and really really great staff. I will definitely send my kids back next summer. Thanks again!



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