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How can youth experience an active and well-rounded lifestyle at UBC?

UBC Recreation offers exceptional physical activity experiences that help youth enrich their fundamental life skills, engage with physical literacy and activity, build friendships, and experience an active and well-rounded lifestyle.

Keep your child engaged and occupied

UBC Recreation believes youth should experience the positive benefits of recreation and the opportunity to build confidence, social, and life skills through tailored programming. Our youth programs are centered around providing an exciting, educational, and memorable experience for all participants.

"The most important thing is that he has fun – and the level of instruction is awesome. After a week camp his skating was significantly better!"

- Jeff Smith (on behalf of his son Sam)

Enrich your child’s physical literacy and activity

All children should experience the positive benefits of physical activity, and families play an important role in determining how children incorporate activity into their life. UBC Recreation offers opportunities for you to enable children to be physically active and learn new physical literacy skills!

"There’s such a variety of programs to choose from including hiking, aquatics, and hockey! I always have so much fun."

- Ryann

Help your child build friendships and community

Sport communities can be one of the most memorable experiences from an individual’s childhood. At UBC we focus on fostering an environment of teamwork and sportsmanship, paired with high quality coaching to provide exceptional and memorable experiences for athletes in our youth performance programs.

"Practices were really fun, and I enjoyed playing with all my friends. I am a better hockey player thanks to the great coaches!"

- Peter

UBC Camps:

UBC Camps offers half-day and full-day camp offerings during Pro-D Days, Spring Break, Winter Break, and in the Summer. UBC Staff & Faculty can also submit for a discount on their child’s camp.

Drop-In Swimming:

Take advantage of the family drop-in rate and enjoy a few hours in the pool. On weekends there are often diving boards, the tarzan rope, and an inflatable obstacle course open during public swim! Check the drop-in schedule for updates on what will be available.

Family Hockey and Public Skating:

A fun way for parents and kids to play together in a safe and fun atmosphere. Check the drop-in schedule for “Family Hockey” or “Public Skating” drop-in times.

Tennis Lessons:

From fundamentals through to high performance players aged 3-18 have the opportunity to learn and have fun through our progressive tennis programs.

Skating Lessons

Children ages 3-12 can lace up their skates and learn skating and hockey skills from quality instructors.

Swimming Lessons:

Swimming is an important life skill for a city surrounded by water. From infancy to age 16 the UBC Aquatic Centre provides swim lessons for any experience level and ability.

Jr. Thunderbirds Hockey Program:

If your child is looking to take their hockey skills to the next level while learning the value of team spirit check out the Jr. Thunderbirds Hockey Development Program.

Thunder Baseball Program:

For baseball players looking for skills, strategy, and teamwork development the Thunder Baseball program may be a perfect fit!

Jr. Thunder Rowing Program:

Everything from learn to row to competitive teams, rowers build close friendships within their crews and the rowing community.

Please note all of these discounts are available to UNA, CSC, or U Town card when they present a valid card at the time of purchase.

Facility Membership & Drop-In Fees:
  • Discounts on drop-in rates, memberships, and programs at the UBC Aquatic Centre. You’ll see “UNA/CSC” rates listed on all pricing tables that discounts apply.
  • Discounts on drop-in public skating at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
    • Discounts on other drop-in offerings like figure skating, stick & puck, or hockey
    • Discounts on skate rentals
    • Discounts on Learn to Skate & Hockey Programs
  • Discounts on fitness centre memberships at the BirdCoop & ARC
    • Discounts on fitness classes, boot camps, dance classes, martial arts classes, as well as yoga and Pilates classes
    • Discounts on personal training packages
  • Free drop-in sports at the Student Recreation Centre and ARC
  • Discounts on adult programs at the UBC Tennis Centre
  • Discounts on eligible UBC Camps programs when you register in person at the UBC Camps Office. On the website each camp states whether it is eligible for a discount


Features for Youth

Storm the Wall Community Festival

March 22nd

Are you and your kids ready to embrace the storm? Then bring the whole family and come out to celebrate the iconic UBC tradition that is Storm the Wall at the 6th annual Community Festival! Race, watch, or simply enjoy, as this free festival has something for everyone!

Spring and Summer Programs

Registration Opens March 2nd

From Aquatics to Tennis to Fitness and everything in between, there is something to fit everyone’s schedule! Register for your favourite classes early or try something new from all the different styles of classes available this season. Get active and have fun!

UBC Summer Camps

Registration is Now Open

UBC Camps is a leading provider of high-quality camps for children ages 3-17. We offer a vast selection of summer camps, including adventure, art and music, enrichment, and sport and recreation programming. Visit our website for registration details and staff & faculty discounted rates.

Aquatics Youth Programs

Get in the Water!

Our Junior Programs accommodate youth of all levels and abilities by allowing them to develop the fundamentals of swimming at an early age and continue to progress. See the programs available.

Youth Swim

Tennis Programs

Junior Programs for Youth of All Levels and Abilities

Develop the fundamentals of the game at an early age and continue the progression to becoming tournament-level players. The UBC Tennis Centre uses a Progressive Tennis methodology where players learn the game through a fun game-based approach with modified courts, rackets and tennis balls. See our programs!

Youth Tennis Program

Wibit at the Aquatic Centre

Weekend Drop-In Hours Online

Come test your aquatic racing skills on our inflatable obstacle course! The Wibit is set up in the competition pool area which is located in deep water. Visit the competition pool schedule our website for Wibit hours at the Aquatic Centre.

UBC Performance Summer Camps

Advanced Skill Camps

UBC Performance Camps partner attendees with varsity coaches to provide your child with top-level performance experience. Visit our website for registration details and staff & faculty discounted rates.

Junior Thunderbirds ID Camp | UBC Recreation


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