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Holiday Camps?

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (although the leftovers still abound), we're looking ahead to holiday fun, like holiday crafty stuffs.  But, for many of us, we will also be faced with needing to find some all-day holiday cheer for our kids whose schools or daycares will be closed.  There are holiday camps, similar to summer camps, offered at larger institutions or community centers:

Children's Museum Camp runs from December 18 through 22, the full week before Christmas.  Full-time care can run from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, then there is additional aftercare offered until 5:30 PM.

Oregon Zoo offers 1/2-day camps for children ages 4 through Kindergarteners for $12-14 per day.  Full-day sessions for children in grades 1 through 4 are $27-35 per day.  Good animal winter fun!

Portland Parks & Rec offers Wild Winter Wonderland at the following community centers: Mt. Scott, Fulton Park, Matt Dishman, and East Portland.  Another offering (which seems to be the same offering) is Winter Madness at Sellwood, Hillside, University Park, Southwest Community Center, Montavilla, St. Johns, and Peninsula.  Some centers offer the whole week, others centers register day-by-day.

Do you have any other suggestions for finding holiday childcare or camp fun?  Aisha writes:

Can anyone recommend a good day care for the Xmas break in the North/Northeast Portland area--my hubby's 7 year old is going to be with us on Christmas break at a last minute's notice and we both have to work.  I have tons of recommendations in SE but nothing around our neck of the woods, any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.  Something like a winter break camp would be perfect--sports or art related in particular.  Thanks for the help and have a great holiday!

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We also found that most of the Y's offer a Xmas break day camp--specifically the Y on SE Holgate has an arts program that offers scholarships and a great art forum.

I saw that the Audobon Society (http://audubonportland.org/trips_classes_camps/camps/wintercamp2006folder) also has Winter break camps, mostly for grades 2 and up, only one for my first grader.

I am also thinking of finding a sitter for our two girls. Our neighbor's college-aged daughter will be home for the holidays, I think. We need most - but not all - days during the two-week holiday period, so it'll be nice if we have our neighbor fill in here and there.

This may not directly help you out, but perhaps you have a neighbor with a high-schoolers or older children who'd want to babysit?

I would also like to add that Sound Roots is hosting a Spring Break Rocks! Camp. Sound Roots is a locally owned and owner operated music school in NE Portland.

Warning: This is NOT your mama's band camp!

Can you think of a better way to spend your school holidays than forming your very own band and getting to perform for all your family and friends? Forget all your preconceived notions of "band camp" - this is something totally different.

During camp, kids in grades 1-7 get matched with up to six band mates of similar age and skill level. Together, they name their band, choose a song to learn, design fliers, even learn to write their own songs! At the end, there is a performance at a local music venue -- a REAL show, played to adoring fans, on stage LIVE!

All skill levels welcome- even total beginners. Sign up now - our last two camps were sold out! Cost is $130 for 3 days or $210 for 5 days. See our website for details.
http://soundrootsmusic.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15

It is the best site which deals with the child care and i also recommend this site for a simple reason that it’s easily navigated very useful tips.

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