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All-Day Spring Break Ideas?

Can you help a mama out? Do you know of all-day Spring Break ideas for Jennifer?

I have a seven year old son and work from 8am until 5:30pm. It seems that all the spring break programs I've found start at 8:30 and end at 4:30. This is really disappointing for me (and my son!) because I don't want to drop my son off at a daycare. I really want him to be engaged in one of those programs.

What are the options? What can I do? Do you know of programs out there that are all day?


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I haven't sent mine to all-day camp yet, so I can't make any specific recommendations, but I have been eyeing the extensive listing of spring break camps and classes in the March 2007 issue of Metro Parents. You can probably still find it around town, but it's online, here: http://www.metro-parent.com/MP_Mar07_3-2.pdf.

I also work fulltime, but have a bit more flexibility since I leave at 4pm. I have a couple of suggestions for next week.

Friendly House (http://www.friendlyhouseinc.org/) runs a summer and spring break camp for kids 5 and up. I know the summer hours are ample: 7AM to 6PM, and cost is reasonable (it was $180 per week last year). The staff is great, the activities are fun, and the location is pretty accessible. My daughter has a FABULOUS time at Friendly House last summer. Friendly House runs an after-school program for kids at Chapman School, but I believe their camps are open to all. The program director is Sara Kolsky at skolsky@friendlyhouseinc.org or (503) 228-4391.

Also, Portland Parks & Rec runs a lot of camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Hours depend on the community center. A quick look at http://www.portlandparks.org/register/Activities for camps show that spring break camps are running at Matt Dishman (NE), SWCC (SW), University Park (N), St. Johns (N), Peninsula (N), Mt. Scott (SE), Montavilla (SE/NE).

Oh - I also see that Sellwood Community Center has a spring break camp that runs daily from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

I signed my son for one day at YMCA camp. He has not done it before, but my niece has, and loved it. It meets at various NE and SE elementary schools, including ours (Faubion) They leave the school for a field trip on some days (pizza parlor, bowling, cinema). They can be there from 6:30 am- 6:00 pm, if needed. It's $35/day or $155/week.

There was a form sent home from his school, and I can't find a website, but the contact number is 503-327-0007. Also, if anyone is interested and wants to contact me, I can scan the form and email it to you.

We offer an all day martial arts camp for Spring Break... hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call if you'd like more information. Our staff would be happy to answer any of your questions!

I think Tryon Creek has a full day camp for that age group. I can't say enough good things about tryon creek. they are really great!

The Riverplace Athletic Club has camps that run from 8AM-6PM.

Here's a link to the list of Portland Public Schools that offer all-day Spring Break childcare programs:

yes, the YMCA runs their little camp til 6pm or so. They have a great program in Woodstock

Sound Roots offers rock band camp from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri of spring break week (March 23-27). Check out http://soundrootsmusic.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15 for more info!

campfire usa has really cool all-day spring break programs... i believe they are at sunnyside environmental on 34th and salmon this break.... also check art 4 life....

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Camp Wiz Kids introduces kids in K-6 to technology concepts such as computer animation, programmable invention, LEGO Robotics, and engineering. Camp Wiz Kids has something for every youngster to wow their friends and family with their creativity.

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Regular price is $180 for all week, 9am - 3pm. Camps are offered in Tualatin, SE and N. Portland, Woodstock, Lake Oswego, and Beaverton


Camp Fire programming at Sunnyside School is perfect for the times you need. Check out www.portlandcampfire.org Look at Summer Day camp

OMSI has all day spring break classes and overnight camps.

OMSI Spring Break Camps include Road Trip: Monterey Adventure for Grades 6-8, and Spring Break at Camp Hancock for Grades 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.

Classes include LEGO Extreme (Grades 2-3) and LEGO Robotics (Grades 4-5).

Members save $50!

There is a spring break camp at Champoeg State Heritage Area that goes from 8:30 - 6:30, for k-6 kids. It is a TAG camp, but any kid can attend. It is educational, hands-on, interactive and includes outdoor exploration. www.champoeg.org

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