Free or Low-Cost Summer Recreation Programs

Looking for great ways to keep kids engaged, active and social during the summer months? Here are some local activities that are free or low-cost!

You can also find recreation programs at municipalities throughout Windsor-Essex County. A Recreation Discount is available for eligible families toward many programs in the city of Windsor and municipalities across Essex County.

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Free programming for parents and caregivers with children ages 0-6 years to foster a sense of belonging, well-being, and engagement. Parents/caregivers can bring their children for playtime and healthy snacks at various locations throughout Windsor-Essex County.

795 Giles Blvd. E, Windsor, N9A 4E5
(519) 252-3200

Greater Essex County District School Board Day Camps

The GECDSB offers a three-week day camp every July for elementary students. These summer camps help develop students’ mindsets to be able to learn new things through active, inquiry-based activities. Diverse camps are available for ESL and ELL students, French, Indigenous, and black students.

451 Park Street West, Windsor N9A 6K1
(519) 255-3200

UHC Hub of Opportunities – Summer Newcomer Program

Offers children’s daytime programs that are geared for children and youth ages 19 month – 24 years old during the month of July through August. See the flyer for more information.

6955 Cantelon Dr., Windsor N8T 3J9
(519) 944-4900

Community Housing Corporation – Summer Rec Programs

The Summer Recreation Program is a free program that provides children between 4 and 17 years of age who live in or near CHC housing communities with an opportunity to participate in various positive recreational and social activities during the summer months.

945 McDougall St., Windsor N9A 1L9
(519) 254-1681

South Essex Community Council – SPARK Camp

A community-based day camp for children in grades one through eight that operates during the summer months. Discounts available based on income.

Leamington Office
215 Talbot St. E., Leamington, N8H 3X5
(519) 326-8629

Kingsville Office
313 Main St. E. Unit 21, Kingsville, N9Y 1A7
(519) 733-5784

Windsor Office
1168 Drouillard Rd., Windsor, N8Y 2R1
(519) 915-5362

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Summer Camps

YMCA day camps in July and August create experiences that last a lifetime for youth 4 to 12 years of age. Financial assistance is available through the municipality or through the YMCA.  Camper drop off is at the Malden Park Visitors Centre - 4200 Malden Park Rd, LaSalle. View the brochure for Windsor and register today.

4200 Malden Park Rd., LaSalle, N9C 3R1
(519) 453-8858

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

The MCC offers newcomer youth a safe, fun, and active environment for youth to develop new skills, self-esteem, and friendships.  The Summer group is for newcomer youth and takes place at the MCC East location: 

7651 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, N8T 3H1
(519) 948-3631

The Gathering Church Windsor

The Gathering Church Windsor offers their “Surge” camp from July 8-12.  This 5-day camp allows children entering SK to Grade 6 a chance to make friends, have fun and learn about God. 

2401 Columbus Ave., Windsor, N9E 1R8
(519) 962-5110

City of Windsor Recreation and Culture 

The City of Windsor offers summer day camps for youth 4 to 13 years of age.  Youth can explore recreation through crafts, active time, sports, outdoor exploration, field trips and more.  Financial assistance available through Pathway 2 Potential Program.  Registration for upcoming summer day camps is available by visiting or by calling the Central Registration and Booking Team at 519-255-1161.

2450 McDougall St., Windsor, N8X 3N6
(519) 255-1161

Town of Tecumseh

Daily or weekly camps available for youth 5 to 12 years of age.  Activities may include sports, crafts, drama, movies, special events, swimming, and skating.  Specialty camps available.  Financial assistance available.  

Community and Recreation

12021 McNorton St., Tecumseh
(519) 735-4756

Town of Essex

Offers daily and weekly summer camps for youth 4 to 14 years of age.  Early drop-off and late pick-up schedules available.  Activities include sports, games, drama, crafts, movies. Financial assistance available. View the Day Camp Registration Guide.

Essex Recreation Complex
242 Talbot St. North, Essex, N8M 2E1
(519) 776-7336, ext. 1350

Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre

Day camps include programs and activities like physical activity, outdoor play, ice skating, swimming. Financial assistance available through Pathway 2 Potential Program.   

249 Sherk St., Leamington, N8H 4X7
(519) 322-2337

Town of Amherstburg- Libro Centre

Day camps include weekly themes for youth 4 to 11 years of age.  Active and passive games, crafts, outdoor exploration, and use of the indoor soccer turf.  Financial assistance available through Pathway 2 Potential Program.  

Libro Centre

3295 Meloche Rd., Amherstburg, N9V 2Y8
(519) 736- 5712

Town of Kingsville

Day camps including cooperative games, sports, outdoor crafts and more for youth 4 to 12 years of age.  Financial assistance available through Pathway 2 Potential Program.   

Kingsville Recreation Complex
1741 Jasperson Dr., Kingsville N9Y 2E4
(519) 733-2123


KidsSport Windsor

Apply for a grant to help cover the costs of registration fees for a sports program. Grants available for youth 18 years of age and younger whose families are facing financial barriers in Windsor. Grants of up to $250 per youth/per year available. 


Individual child grant funding may be allocated to support programs that involve a sport or physical activity.  Sport programs should be a minimum of five weeks in duration and include at least one session per week.  For sports camps, the program must last at least five consecutive days for consideration. Eligibility for funding for youth requires that families must meet financial criteria as per Revenue Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO).  Youth must also be 4 to 18 years of age. 

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