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Free Reading Tents and day camps

All Welcome! We have a lot of fun and engaging events happening this summer. In communities across Canada, we're offering free Reading Tents and day camps all summer long. These events are great opportunities for kids and families to get outside and have fun with books and games. 

Calgary, AB

The reading tents are drop in and open to the public. 

  • July 2, 10am-12pm
    West Confederation park

  • July 8, 11am-1pm
    Shouldice park

  • July 22, 11am-1pm
    Tuxedo corner playground 

A volunteer reading a book

A volunteer reading a book under a reading tent

Edmonton, AB

The reading tents are drop in and open to the public. 

  • August 3, 4, 5, 11am-3pm
    Reading Tents at Heritage Festival 
    Edmonton EXPO Centre - 7515 118 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta
    Open to all ages!

  • August 17, 18,  24, 25, 11am-3pm
    Reading Tents at KidsFringe
    Light Horse Park - 10324 85 Ave #10316, Edmonton, Alberta
    Open to families! Children ages 0-14

A Community Coordinator reading a book during a Reading Tent

A volunteer reading a book to children

Grande Prairie, AB

The reading tents are drop in and open to the public. 

Activities are intended for children ages 5-12 and their families, but people of all ages are welcome!

  • July 4, 10 am to 12 pm
    Muskoseepi Park (behind Ernie Radbourne Pavilion, near playground)

  • July 11, 10 am to 12 pm
    Avondale Park (113 Ave & 102 B St)

  • July 18, 10 am to 12 pm
    Maskwôtêh Park (108 St, across from Centre 2000)

  • July 25, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
    Rotary Soccer Field Playground (Smith)

  • July 30, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
    Lion's Park, 9933 90 Ave (Highland Park)

  • August 7, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
    J.C Mackie Park, 111 St. & 106 Ave (Gateway)

  • August 14, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
    Avondale Park (113 Ave & 102 B St)

For inquiries, contact Morgan:
[email protected]

Families reading during one of a reading tent activity

A Community Coordinator reading a book during a Reading Tent

Manitoba, MB

The reading tents are drop in and open to the public. 

  • July 17, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    Outdoors at West Broadway Farmers market
    185 young St., Winnipeg

    Age group: 2-8 and caregivers.

Contact information for inquiries:
[email protected]

Fredericton, NB

The reading tents listed below are all open to the public and are drop-in style.

From July 2 to August 23, 2024

  • Mondays, 10am - 5pm
    Wilmot Park  
    15 Saunders Street
      
  • Wednesdays, 10 am - 5pm
    Royal Road Park 
    35 Royal Road

  • Fridays, 10 am - 5pm
    Wilmot Park  
    15 Saunders Street 

Moncton, NB

The reading tents listed below are all open to the public and are drop-in style.

From June 24 to August 16, 2024

  • Mondays, 10am - 5pm
    Sumner Park
    170 Lorne Street
      
  • Tuesdays, 10am - 5pm
    Fair view Knoll
    111 Fairview
    Knoll Drive

  • Wednesdays, 10 am - 5pm
    East End Park
    35 Fergus St 

  • Thursdays, 10am - 5pm
    Auburn Circle Park
    39 Sands Drive

  • Fridays, 10am - 5pm
    Centennial Park
    137 Centennial Park

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cindy Hancox, 
    NB CommunityCoordinator: [email protected]

Longlac, Geraldton and Nakina, ON

Summer Reading Tent (Registration required) 

  • July 8 - August 2nd

    Available at 3 different locations:
    Longlac Sportsplex
    Geraldton Community Centre
    Nakina Community Centre

    To register, send an email to:
    [email protected]
    Or call 807-853-0387

Join us for some fun and creative activities, including: Storytelling, Writing and numeracy activities, S.T.E.M. activities, Painting Arts and Craft, Fun Games, Music and Dance Outdoor activities. 

Thunder Bay, ON

The reading tents are drop in and open to the public. All ages.

  • July 9, from 11 am to 3pm
    Teddy Bears Picnic – Event hosted by the City of Thunder Bay
    Location: Vickers Park
    All Ages; Free to the public – no registration

  • Every Fridays, July 12 to August 16, from 11 am to to 2 pm
    Literacy in the Parks different park across the city of Thunder Bay

  • Every Wednesdays, July 17 - August 29, from 6pm to 8pm
    Live at the Waterfront City of Thunder Bay

  • August 7th, from 6pm to 9pm
    Live at the Waterfront - City of Thunder Bay
    125 Anniversary Reading Tent 

    Any related updates will be posted on social media!
    Follow United for Literacy - Thunder Bay on Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/UnitedForLiteracyThunderBay

A reading tent in a park

a reading tent in a park

Estrie, QC

In collaboration with R3USSIR, the Literacy Squad is a project that aims to introduce children aged 0 to 5 and 6 to 12 to reading in a fun and inclusive way. One of the main aims of the Literacy Squad project is to help young people avoid the school slide. Children's learning is easily lost during the summer, when what they've learned isn't always put to use in their daily lives as it is during the school year. So, by the time the new school year rolls around, there's a good chance that students will have forgotten some of the material they learned during the previous school year. Reading helps young people retain many of their skills, making it easier for them to return to learning. This project also helps develop young people's vocabulary and motivation for reading by introducing more reading into their daily lives. 

Contact information for registration or inquiries: [email protected]

  • mid-June to mid-August
    Eastern Townships 
    0-12 years old

Link to register.

A group of students reading in circle

A group of students reading in a hallway

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