FREE Day Camps

Little linguists join the lab! 

We hold Day Camps throughout the year for children in Kindergarten to grade 4. These Day Camps are FREE, fun, and educational days for your child to learn more about language and to participate in research. Day Camps are often held on Pro-D-Days or weekends to best accommodate family schedules.

Be sure to check out our Fall Day Camps on October 19th and November 23rd. In October we will be exploring the magic of language just in time for Halloween and in November we will leave no stone unturned as we search for our missing wug using all the tools that language has to offer. Check below for more information about these upcoming camps and for some general information about camps we have run in the past.

To register your child for an upcoming day camp please email us at: 

Please note, completion of this form does NOT register your child for the upcoming day camp.

This link takes you to the form on a webpage of an SFU lab we collaborate with. Any contact information you provide will be put in a shared database between the Phonological Processing Lab and LangDev Lab. It will only be used to contact you if we have a study or day camp for which your child is eligible in the future.

Future Little Linguists

The Magic of Language - October 19th, 2018

Around Halloween is the best time of year to learn about the magical side of language. Your children will get to create stories, learn how we communicate without speaking, create magical spells and magical wands, and go on a scavenger hunt for ingredients for a magic potion. Join us for our magic themed language day camp on Friday October 19th from 9am to 3pm and enjoy discovering how magical language can be! Click here to see the flyer.

The Mystery of Language - November 23rd, 2018

Help us solve the mystery of the missing wug by using the language skills you never knew you had. Your child will get to learn about the language of newspaper headlines, how we decode secret messages, and about vocal disguise all leading up to a scavenger hunt to find the missing wug. Join us for our mystery themed language day camp on Friday November 23rd from 9am to 3pm to help us find our wug! Click here to see the flyer

For more information about these camps or to register please contact us at


If registration for our two fall day camps is full don't worry, there will be more day camps taking place in Spring of 2019. As always these will be FREE day camps about the why, where, and how of language. Children from Kindergarten to grade 4 are eligible to register. Throughout the day children will learn about language by making crafts, playing games, and maybe even creating some of their own made up language!

Exact dates for future day camps are being established. In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when registration for these camps opens contact us at

Past Language Fun

The day camps were created as a way to connect with families in the community about the research happening on campus and to engage kids in the exciting topic of language.

The days are filled with lots of crafts, games, and hands-on language practice that show the campers how exciting language can be. Campers partake in a variety of age appropriate activities. In the past, older campers have learnt about hieroglyphics, discovered different ways animals communicate with each other, and learned about how people can make up new languages for movies or books including making up their own Harry Potter themed spells using parts of Latin words! Younger children have solved language based clues on a scavenger hunt, learned about what make speech special and completed fun craft activities making their own wugs (an iconic bird like creature created to investigate children's acquisition of plurals). 

In addition to the other activities throughout the day, each camper had a turn to participant in a research study. The Phonological Processing Lab is interested in understanding how children use and acquire language. The research studies run in these day camps investigate these topics helping improve our knowledge of language acquisition. In the past, campers have participated in research projects which explore children's phonological representations using eye-tracking. More information on our other childrens' studies can be found here.

Some of the past day camps have been run in collaboration with the Culture and Development Lab at SFU.