Whether you work full-time, part-time, at-home, overnight, or whatever the case may be, these are great options for parents who need to — or want to — send their kiddos for at least one of the events listed below. In most cases, paying for single days is possible. These programs all have fun featured front and center — the childcare is just a bonus! Pack a sack lunch and send your child on his/her merry way.
Thanks to The Little Gym of Champaign for sponsoring the Champaign-Urbana Area Winter Break Camps directory.
The Little Gym: Geared for ages 3-12, camps have two themes each day (9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.) on Dec. 21, 22, 28, 29, 30. Cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Siblings are $10. Kids who want to stay all day can bring their lunch and pay only $10 extra. Kids must be potty trained. Themes: The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party (Dec. 21), The Little Gym Stars on Ice (Dec. 21), Dinosaur Ice Age (Dec. 22), Superheroes (Dec. 22), Winter Camping (Dec. 28), Dazzlin Dancin’ (Dec. 28), Holiday Goofy Games (Dec. 29), New Year’s Beach Bash (Dec. 29), Islands to Icebergs (Dec. 30) and X-treme Sports of All Sorts (Dec. 30).
Champaign Park District The district’s programs are geared toward elementary school-age children (kindergarten to fifth grade). There will be programs either at the Douglass Community Center or the Leonhard Recreation Center on Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Jan. 4. Costs range from $36 to $50 per day for residents and $54 to $75 per day for non-residents.
Urbana Park District Their program for kids aged 5-12 will be held at the Boat House at Crystal Lake Park and costs $35 to $42 per day for residents (non-resident cost is $53 to $63 per day). Dates are: Dec. 18, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30. Each date features a full day (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) of programming; single day participation is possible. Early bird alert: Sign up early to get reduced rates, as well as discount for all of the dates.
Savoy Rec Center The program also covers Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Jan. 4. Camp runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Cost to participate is $38 per day for Savoy residents and $49 for non-residents. For children ages 5-12.
Stephens Family YMCA The Y has camps on most days when the Champaign Unit 4 schools are on break including Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Jan. 4. Activities include crafts, games, indoor/outdoor play, and homework time. Campers ages 5-12 are welcome to register — advanced registration is required — and the cost is $30 per day for members, more for guest members. You can pick and choose individual days on which your kids will participate.
I-Power School of Gymnastics I-Power’s winter camps are geared for kids age 5-13 and will include gymnastics on all events, group games, free time in the gym, crafts, and movie time after lunch. Attend all day or half days. All day rate is $45; discounts given for multiple day enrollment. Dates offered are Dec. 21, 22, 23, and 28, 29, 30.
Keep an eye on this list as we will add more opportunities as we hear of them (email us or leave below in the comments). And stay tuned for our annual “Winter Break Survival Guide,” coming soon!