West Shore Parks and Recreation offers a number of child care options all year long, including during the winter break. (Photo courtesy of West Shore Parks and Recreation)

West Shore Parks and Recreation offers a number of child care options all year long, including during the winter break. (Photo courtesy of West Shore Parks and Recreation)

Child care alternatives for the holidays

While schools and a lot of daycare options close for the holidays, not all businesses do

The holidays can be a stressful time for parents, espcially if they’re scrambling to find childcare alternatives. Here are a few options that cater to a wide range of interests.

The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society hosts a number of winter camps for kindergarten-aged children as well as kids in Grades 1 through 6.

One option is the winter break camp, which includes time for crafts, games, swimming, skating and more.

The program is also fully licensed so you don’t have to worry about leaving your child.

For this camp, kids are asked to bring a lunch, swimsuit and towel, skates, helmet and dress for outside activity.

The camp runs from Dec. 27 to 29 and from Jan. 2 to 5, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $38 per day.

If your child prefers more arts and crafts, the aspiring young artist winter camp explores a variety of skills and participants will create winter-themed artwork. Artists will also spend time outdoors each day engaged in active play.

This camp runs from Jan. 2 to 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $140.

For more information, check out the West Shore Parks and Recreation Activity Guide.

Westshore Basketball will also host their sixth annual Christmas break camp from Jan. 2 to 5 at Belmont Secondary School.

There are three options including a full day program from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($150), half day from 9 a.m. to noon ($100) or a half day option from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The camps are open to boys and girls in Grades 4 to 8. And any players registered with Westshore Basketball teams or clubs will also receive a 50 per cent discount. You can register online by visiting westshorebasketball.com.

Find the entire holiday edition of West Shore Family online.


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