Thinking Playground

Thinking Playground camps were cancelled this year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Do you want your child to have the ‘thinking tools’ to solve problems? To make good decisions? To be open to exploring different ideas, and transform imagination into innovation?

Then the THINKING PLAYGROUND is just what you have been looking for!


Because the camps are FUN—yeah! And, in the process, kids will learn how to THINK! 

But what is thinking?

Thinking is learning to:

• listen to each other
• ask interesting questions
• make connections between ideas
• to build on each other’s ideas
• see what counts as a reason
• express your reasons
• think before you act

Thinking is essential:

• for constructive communication
• for healthy mental and emotional development
• for dealing with the pressures of life
• for good judgment
• for self-growth

The University of the Fraser Valley, its Philosophy Department, its College of Arts and the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy For Children ( are joining energies to bring “fun” and “thinking” to youngsters in the Fraser Valley by putting on camps for each of the two weeks with carefully crafted curriculums and a unique pedagogical approach.

Check for more information.

All camps take place at UFV Abbotsford Campus. View photos from past camps on Facebook.


Registration fees
Registration typeFee
Domestic registration $250.00/week
Second registration $150.00/week
International registration $295.00/week
Second international registration $195.00/week


10% for children of UFV employees

20% for children of current UFV students

2020 Thinking Playground Registration- Please PRINT CLEARLY when completing the form. Thank you.


Camp days are from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Children may be dropped off between 8:30am-9:00am and picked up between 4:00pm-4:30pm at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford campus, North Gym in Building E, UFV campus map 

WEEK 1: JULY 6 – 10, 2020

CAMP 1, ages 6-9 - SPACE AGENTS

How would you interact with an alien whose society holds different values than your own? After encountering a crash-landed alien, we will need to quickly figure that out! Throughout the week, we will explore such virtues as courage, forgiveness, altruism, and more! This will all be done through our work on building spaceship prototypes to aid our new visitor in his quest to return home, challenging ourselves with daring activities (would you eat a bug dipped in chocolate?), playing a week-long simulation game, and so much more. All the while, we will be inquiring about some big and enticing questions that are bound to grab your interest. This will be a week of fun and exploration that no earthling will want to miss! 

CAMP 1, ages 10-13 - METAMORPHS

How do you get out a Metamorphing Maze? If you would be able to change yourself into anything or anybody, what or who would it be? Maybe you think you will always be the same person? Well, think again! There is change all around us like we’re in a Living Labyrinth! As a Metamorph, you will explore the change in and around you and meet some mysterious guests… Can machines metamorph into humans? Can you even change an empire? Can you magically change other people? Maybe other people secretly change you!  We will be building, crafting, designing, dressing up, playing the Metamorphing boardgame and, of course, fun games inside and outside. Let’s think together as we are all Metamorphs! 

WEEK 2: July 13 – 17, 2020


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Transformed into an insect, a star or a famous person? Join the Transformers to crawl around new worlds, explore questions you have always wanted to ask and fly through exciting activities. We’ll be exploring questions like what it means to transform, if you can transform into anything, what makes you transform and how you can transform the world around you. As a Transformer, you will be making your own masks, designing body parts, mud paintings and creating more amazing art and…playing exciting games! We will also have many surprises and mysterious guests as we investigate what it means to ‘change’. So come and transform your way over here!


Have you ever thought about what it would be like if aliens came to earth, and if their values were vastly different from ours? If they acted in ways that we didn’t like, should we try and change them, or shun them, of put them away somewhere? But wait! Lots of humans have very different values. How should we deal with them? These questions will become relevant this week as we meet crash- landed aliens! If their understanding of good behaviour is very different from ours, how can we create understanding? Through a wide variety of games and activities, we will explore these issues and inquire about a variety of virtues, such as courage, forgiveness, altruism, and more! This will be a week of fun and exploration that no earthling will want to miss!



Lunch and Snacks

Please pack a nutritious lunch for your camper and 2 snacks--one for the morning and one for the afternoon. Please also include a bottle of water with the camper’s name on it.

Note: Some campers have severe nut allergies, so consider the camps a NUT-FREE zone.

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