September 9, 2014 6:00 pm

Daycare and camp options during the teacher’s strike

WATCH: Just 6 days left to salvage the school year, and there’s no end in sight to the teachers’ dispute. Daycare and day camp spots are at a premium — some parents even say they’re being gouged. And as Tanya Beja reports, the financial hardships are being felt all around.

This is a list provided to Global News of various daycare or day camp options for parents during the teacher’s strike.

Province-wide

4Cats has several art studios for kids throughout BC with many offering workshops and camps to assist parents with daycare needs. For more information head to their website.

Abbotsford

  • Drop-in Art Camps at The Reach: for kids ages 6 to 12.  The creative camps will only run if, and while teachers are on strike. The Reach team offers two camps per day on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays starting September 3, 2014 from 9 to 11:45am and from 12:15 to 3pm. The cost for Art Camp at The Reach is $20 per child for a half day and $40 for a full day.
  • Inspiration School Dance and Fine Arts: for kids in grade one to seven there will be tutoring and dance at $40 a day or $200 a week. For more information, contact Cindy Smith 604-746-9797 or online.

Burnaby

  • 8 Rinks is offering full-day camps for kids for the first two weeks of September. Prices vary depending on length. For more information call 604-291-0626 or get more information online.
  • Simon Fraser University is offering free educational activities for elementary school children grades 2-7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education at the SFU Burnaby campus. For more information check their website. To register email: science_outreach@sfu.ca
  • Fall Heritage Adventure Camp For ages 6 – 10 years of age, the Burnaby Village Museum has crafts, activities, games and exploring from 9-3 p.m. with after-care available until 4 p.m. for an extra $11/day. Register by phone or online.
  • Fall Nature Camp Burnaby Lake Regional Park - is for students in grades 1 – 4 from Sept. 2 – 5. The camp will consist of four days of hikes crafts, games and nature exploration. Each day will have its own theme related to nature and recreation in the outdoors. The program will be cancelled if schools are back in session. Cost is $200 per student. Register online barcode 5940 or call 604-432-6359.

Coquitlam

  • Day of Arts – Runs 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. with optional after-hours care available until 4;30 p.m. for a nominal fee. Students in Grades K to 5 can choose from fantastic art, drama and music activities. Registration is now open and spots are limited. Registration can be done online, by phone (604-664-1636) or in-person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.
  • School Strike Camp - Let us entertain your kids with our amazing Bricks 4 Kidz robotics classes using Lego bricks. Children will learn all about engineering and architecture while building different types of models and watching them come to life. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $45 per child. To register go to: http://www.bricks4kidz.com/canada-britishcolumbia-coquitlam

Howe Sound

  • Keats Camps - is offering strike camps for 7 to 13 year olds on Keats Island in Howe Sound. For more information head to their website.

Langley

  • The Cedars Equestrian Centre — will be running a program teaching kids math, science and history related to horses followed by a horseback riding lesson. More details can be found at their website.
  • Incredible Athlete – will be running extended day camps during the school strike. The camps will be filled with volleyball activities, arts and crafts, outdoor play and possibly some theme days. Regular hours will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $150/week for regular hours and $180/week for extended hours. For more info and to register, head to their website.

Maple Ridge

  • Ridge Wilderness Adventures - are offering Fall Day Camps at Rocky Point and Whonnock Lake starting Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $52.95 + tax per student and is open for children in Grades 5 – 9. The days will be filled with Voyager Canoes, Tandem Canoes, First Aid Training, Wilderness Skills, Team Building Activities and making some bannock! Spaces are limited. Register online.

North Vancouver

  • Capilano University is offering Serious Fun Camps starting September 2. For more details or to register, click this link or call 604.984.4901.

Port Moody

  • Port Moody Recreation Complex - Offers a six-hour day camp for kids ages 5-10 years. Join us for a day of fresh air, games, crafts and active play. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody. (604) 469-4556 http://www.portmoody.ca

Richmond

  • Outside the Box Learning Commons - is offering day camps during the school closures from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Their maker-space combines resources and experiences to allow students to develop academic skills through exploration and creation. The camps will be run by trained, experienced teachers and in addition to outside activities and art, will focus on math review, storytelling, science, multimedia and robotic design. Space is limited each day. To register call 778-960-2720 or email for more information.
  • Sasamat Outdoor Centre - is hosting a camp for 6 to 12 year olds beginning Sept. 8. The cost is $200 per week. In the event the teachers return to work a refund will be provided. Register at www.sasamat.org“Special Events”, “Children’s Day Camp Strike”. Please note there is no before or after care available.
  • Panther Cheer Athletics – is offering full and half day camps for children ages 5-13 years. The day will be filled with free play time, tumbling and trampoline, games and crafts. The cost is $40 for a full day and $20 for half a day. For more information, check out: http://panthercheerathletics.com/strike-day-camps/.

South Surrey

  • Arts Umbrella  – is now offering programming and childcare options during the B.C. teachers’ strike in Vancouver and South Surrey from September 2 – 5. More camps will be offered the week of Sept. 15-19. Get more information online.

Surrey

  • Incredible Athlete – will be running extended day camps during the school strike. The camps will be filled with volleyball activities, arts and crafts, outdoor play and possibly some theme days. Regular hours will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $150/week for regular hours and $180/week for extended hours. For more info and to register, head to their website.
  • BCSPCA is extending their camp schedule which will include fun and educational activities that will warm up your kids brains until they go back to school. The camps run from Sept. 8-19 at the BC SPCA Surrey Education & Adoption Centre. For more information head to their website.

Tsawwassen

  • Digivations Education Ventures will provide Mini Academies for students aged 6 to 9 years old and Advanced Innovation Programs and Seminars for students aged 10 to 14 years old at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre starting Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Lego Encounter Aftercare available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. DIGIVATIONS Education Ventures, provides NASA award winning K-12 STEM+ARTS+MOVEMENT hands-on programming (in school residencies, home school, World Building & other Workshops, after school and more)  throughout the Lower Mainland. For more information call 604-628-9825 or head to their website.

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Aquarium is offering aquatic conservation day programs for grades K through 12 starting on Sept. 2. Children will connect with aquatic animals and learn about marine life. For grades 8-12, the Aquarium is offering the youth environmental leaders program, where participants will work with our educators and scientists to create personal and community action plans in one-day intensive workshops. For more information contact Linda Nishida at 604-659-3400 or visit their website.
  • Vancouver All Stars Baseball is offering a baseball camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 to learn, develop and grow through the sports of baseball and softball. Get more information online.
  • Skills 4 Kids will offer a special program to help parents looking for things for their kids to do. The program is designed to keep kids active and engaged in learning during regular school hours (9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday). They offer academic classes from 9:00 – 3:20 p.m., including: Math, Reading, Science and Nutrition, and Art. Skills 4 Kids programs are for children aged 3 to 8 years. Veronica Reguero, Skills 4 Kids, 250 Smithe Street, Vancouver. Tel.: 604-259-2294 Email: info@skills4kids.ca Site: http://www.skills4kids.ca
  • Vancouver Park Board Community Centres are offering programming and camps. Currently, 6 community centres across the city are offering camps. They are: Kensington, Britannia, Coal Harbour, Marpole-Oakridge, Roundhouse and Kerrisdale. Prices vary. To register visit vancouver.ca and click on the ‘search’ button.
  • Academie Duello welcomes girls and boys of any athletic ability and will feature all the fun of their popular summer camps, including practicing knightly virtues, history lessons, playing medieval games and of course lots of swordplay. There will be camps for the first two weeks of September. These camps will be running from 9am to 3pm, with aftercare available from 3-5pm. To register visit www.academieduello.com/knight-camp.
  • Arts Umbrella  – is now offering programming and childcare options during the B.C. teachers’ strike in Vancouver and South Surrey from September 2 – 5. Get more information online.
  • Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics - Gym and swim camp for kids 5 – 10 years old from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register online; phone (604) 737-7693 or in person Millennium Gym
  • Fall Science Camps for Elementary School Students: Science World will be offering week-long science camps to engage elementary school children with science, in fun and interactive ways, during the labour dispute. Science World will run three concurrent camps each week, for four weeks, on weekdays. The camps will run Monday to Friday, 9am–3pm, starting September 8 and ending October 3. Please check Science World’s website at scienceworld.ca for details and updates.
  • Free Kick will be offering soccer and other sports, along with creative workshops and reading time at the Jericho Hostels. For more information, contact Carrie Serwetnyk 604-551-7006.
  • Playland has extended its fall schedule for the month.Instead of the usual weekend openings, Playland will be open Friday through Sunday — one extra day — for the next three weekends.The rides will be running from ten in the morning to five in the afternoon — all three days.
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