Kids’ Camps

Summer 2020

Registration is now closed for our in-person summer camps. We are offering an at-home package for families who prefer to stay home this summer.

We are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and following all government health directives to prevent further spread of the disease. This includes:

  • A strict policy of keeping campers at home when sick, and offering refunds if campers are unable to attend camp for reasons related to the pandemic
  • Holding the majority of our activities outdoors in the Nikkei Garden
  • All campers and instructors/leaders will be asked to practice physical distancing
  • Accepting fewer campers this year than usual

See our full Manga Camp COVID policies for more detail. These are in addition to general building policies for Nikkei Centre

Contact learning[at] if you have any questions about these policies.

Manga Camp | Ages 9 - 12

Summer 2020: July 13-17 OR August 17-21 | 9:30am-4:00pm

Summer registration is now closed. Check back in 2021 for next year's Spring Break and Summer offerings!

Manga is a popular genre of illustration in the world of comics, originating in Japan. Manga Summer/Spring Day Camp is a fun-filled week of Japanese culture and arts with a special focus on MANGA! We have an exciting week of activities to immerse beginner and intermediate level manga enthusiasts in Japanese Canadian arts and culture. They will experience a lineup of workshops by local Vancouver comic artists who will share their knowledge of illustration, storytelling, and design. Manga Camp kids will design and create their own Manga and will take home a copy of their comic booklet including stories designed by all of the day campers! The manga component will be complemented by cultural crafts and activities led by local teachers of traditional Japanese arts.

Camp Fee $200.00 members, $225.00 non-members

NEW! Manga Camp at-home package

Family fun, Manga-Camp-style!

Keeping your kids at home this summer doesn’t have to mean missing out on Manga Camp! Our new at-home package includes do-it-yourself Manga drawing challenges, as well as fun Japanese cultural activities that you can do with the whole family at home. Register on Eventbrite and receive the downloadable package starting August 1!

Camp Fee $50 + tax, per household. Materials not included.

How does it work? More details here!


For in-person camp registration, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Interac, and Cheque in-person at the Nikkei Centre Information Desk. Payment by credit card can by made by the phone. You will be contact to process the payment after submitting the online registration form.

Cheques should be written to: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Address cheques with attention to Culture, Education & Programs Coordinator.

For more information, please contact our learning[at] or call 604.777.7000 ext 113.

* Please note:

The programs will run in English. Artists and volunteers will have varying degrees of Japanese language competency, from fluent to beginner. Lunch is not provided. We cannot provide personal care, administer medication, or provide one-to-one assistance on an ongoing basis.

Creative Joy | Ages 7 - 10

Postponed in 2020. Check back in 2021 for possible Spring Break and Summer dates!

Kokoro Creative Arts class instructor, Miss Cheryl, will host this 5-day summer camp for children ages 7-10 years old, to discover the fun of creating! "Kokoro" means heart, mind, emotions and feelings in Japanese. At Kokoro Art Studio, we believe art is powerful in nurturing the hearts and minds of children. These days, children are very attached to finding entertainment with electronic devices and screen time. Through a variety of imaginative activities, children will learn how to foster their creativity, and explore different forms of artistic expression! We will also apply creative arts to drawing, painting, 3D art, textile art, and some simple cooking.

Camp Fee $200.00 members, $225.00 non-members + $30.00 material fee