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A survival guide for another terrifying summer program registration day in Toronto

Tomorrow is one of Toronto parents' most stressful days of the year

It is a day that gives many Toronto parents more stress than most others. Sometimes, an entire summer hangs in the balance. Parents, start your engines: Registration for the city of Toronto’s summer recreation programs begins tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.

This summer, more than 6,500 courses with approximately 114,500 spaces will be offered by the city, including instructional programs like dance (ballet, hip-hop, jazz); visual arts (creative writing, woodcarving, photography); music (singing, guitar, piano); and children’s play programs.

There will also be a number of drop-in programs on offer including crafts, computers, swimming, and sports.

This is the first time in two years that a full lineup of summer programs will be on offer for Torontonians of all ages to enjoy – so expect spaces to fill up quick. But before you start to panic or throw in the towel before you even begin, here are some tips which may hopefully make the process a little easier.

• Before you can sign-up, a family and client number are needed. You should have this info at the ready before attempting to register. In order to obtain a family and client number, you can set up a new account or retrieve your existing numbers online or by phone.

• If you haven’t already made a program wish list, now’s the time. Browse a full list of programs available by visiting the FUN guide, the city’s online directory. Remember to have a few options available in case your first choice(s) fills up.

• The quickest and easiest way to register is online. If you run into any tech issues, phone registration is also available at 416-396-7378. Call centre hours are extended today from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to help customers in advance of registration.

• In-person registration support is also available on Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. to noon at a number of community centre locations across the city including, Centennial Recreation Centre (Scarborough), Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre (North York), Driftwood Community Recreation Centre (Etobicoke York), Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (Toronto and East York), and Wellesley Community Centre (Toronto and East York).

If you don’t manage to nab the programs you were hoping for, do not fear: spaces are still available for CampTO programs, which will run weekly from July 4 to September 2.

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