It feels like every month there are a few “school's out” days that take us by surprise. For working parents, these days can be rough. If you can't schedule a mini-break, here are a few resources you might want to bookmark so that you can arrange childcare now for school holidays.
Seasonal Camps in the East Bay
Childcare for Fall holidays, Presidents Day, and other no-school days
Abundant Beginnings, Oakland takes place in local parks where kids can enjoy the break from school to be outdoors all day, from 9 to 3:30. They organize around common school closure days. With enough notice, they'll create a pop-up camp custom to the days you need.
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Bladium (Alameda) invites kids 5-14 to spend the day playing sports and games in their enormous facility when school is out. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm with extended care available. Check if the holiday you need is covered >
Cub Camp at Cal's Golden Bear Gymnastics, Berkeley has 9 am to 3 pm programs scheduled for kids 4-12 years old during fall breaks, January and February days off, and Spring Break.
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Hands-On, Berkeley has STEAM camp for 5 to 11 year olds. See the dates >
JCC East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland) offers full coverage from 8 am to 6 pm on most professional development days for kids ages 5 to 10 1/2. Kids go on field trips such as ice skating and have supervised play at the JCC. More info >
Swiss Cheese Collective (your home) is a collection of babysitters who can be booked through their website.