As we enter our third month of closure, I think we all are happy to see the controlled lifting of restrictions and the systematic provision of opening guidelines from public health authorities. While we have been very busy providing virtual classes and events, we have also been planning heavily for what our services will look like in the weeks and months ahead. I am grateful for all the feedback, suggestions and questions our community has sent, as it is truly helping guide us.
Current Virtual Zoom Programs
We've updated our programs and availability for June as we prepare to ramp up for summer programming.
Summer Camps, Classes and Virtual Events
We will be going ahead with summer camps, based on the most current information provided by the Government of Ontario (May 19). We have updated our camp programs, only offering those that can be conducted safely on-site. Additionally, we will only be allowing a maximum of 12 registrations per camp week at this time. Complete Camp information can be found by clicking on our Summer Camp 2020 tab at the top of the page. Additionally we've added in virtual camps and virtual STEM classes. More information can be found below or by clicking on the price list button.
Continuity Learning Program
The two main concerns parents have expressed to us is the good health and education of their children. Keeping these in mind, we are preparing to launch our Continuity Learning Program for September. We've consulted with a number of educational and health experts in its design to ensure it addresses both of these priorities in the best ways possible for the children and their families. Full details will be published next week.
Above all, the safety of our community is our highest priority. We have made the appropriate physical changes to our facility, prepared new protocols and procedures, and are making our services adaptable to the changing regulations. Starting next week we will begin staff training in all the new procedures so that we are 100% ready to go when the time is right. Our goal is to not only meet all public health recommendations but to exceed them.
On a final note...
Brick Labs Inc was a passion project for our family. We loved LEGO and wanted to bring all that LEGO has to offer to the children of our city. But now I am tapping in to decades of experience from previous careers to this unique situation including:
- 8 years as an Officer in the Canadian Forces Medical Services, where I ran both field and base medical facilities, and planned national and international medical operations;
- 1 year as a Health and Safety manager at a Markham based manufacturing facility with over 400 employees; and
- over 20 years in retail food and hospitality (owner/manager), maintaining the strict controls necessary for both customer and staff safety.
While I never thought this previous training would come in to play again in my life to this extent, I am extremely grateful to have built up this tool box of knowledge and skills to help us through the COVID-19 crisis.
Please stay well, and I look forward seeing you in the near future.
Director, Brick Labs Inc.
As the Premier indicated earlier this week, summer day camps will be allowed to operate under strict conditions beginning in July. With this in mind, we revamped our previously published camp schedule and adjusted our program loads to a maximum of 12 children per week for now. Some camp themes are already full. Complete details of our summer camps can be found by clicking on the button below or the SUMMER CAMP tab at the top of the page. Camps start at $325/week.
We are also happy to announce Brick Labs’ virtual camps that will run hand in hand with our on-site camps. Virtual campers will be able to join us via Zoom three times daily to participate in creative “build and shares”. Each session will last approximately 50-60 minutes. Sessions will take place at 9am, 11am and 1.30pm Monday to Friday. Virtual camps are $75/week.
We will be running virtual STEM programs on Saturday mornings focusing on Math and Science. Classes are 50 minutes long and are capped at 5 children. Programs start at 9am, 10am and 11am. These classes are at the SK-2 level and are a great way to ensure your child has the necessary learning in these essential foundation years.
As birthday parties continue to be restricted, we are offering virtual parties and playdates. We have times available on evenings and weekends. Parties are 60 minutes and we do a LEGO creative build and share for the kids. Recommended ages are 5 and up. Recommended group size up to 12. Cost is $49 for the event.