Alternative Childcare: Strike Camps & Programs Guide

School Strike programs guide GTA

Schools have announced more strike days this month for January 20 (Elementary Schools GTA), and January 21st (Catholic School Board and Secondary Schools).

School boards are warning parents they will need to find alternative childcare options. We’ve asked local childcare centers and camps to share with us any programs that they have arranged to help families during the week(s) ahead.

Most programs offer a full refund for any days not needed due to strike resolutions, so it’s safe to book ahead of time and give yourself some peace of mind for next week! We are adding to this guide daily so be sure to check regularly if you are in need of care. 

The Ontario Government has also just announced financial support to families for childcare during school closures due to a strike. For more information about eligibility and how to submit an application visit ontario.ca/SupportforParents or call the Helpline at 1.888.444.3770.

Casma Toronto Strike Camp

School Strike Camp at Toronto Soccerplex

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Toronto Soccerplex
CASMA (Canada Art Sport Music Association) has a fun filled day camp planned for children ages 4-14 consisting of soccer, ultimate frisbee, touch football, STEM, art and many other active and fun camp games …
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TAC Sports Strike Camp

TAC Sports Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Toronto Soccerplex
TAC Sports is offering two sports activity camps for the January Strike dates of January 20 & 21st. Adventure Camp for ages 4-5 years, and Activity Camp for ages 6-12 years. Before and after …
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YPT Pop up Drama School

YPT Pop Up Drama School

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Young People’s Theatre
Full-day workshops for children (Grades 1-6) Monday, January 20, 2020 – $50/day Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – $50/day Register for a full-day of fun with drama exercises led by experienced artist educators. The day …
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Big Day Off

Toronto Zoo Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Toronto Zoo
Send your kid to camp on their time off from school! Children will tour the Zoo, enjoy a behind-the-scenes encounter, animal-themed activities, games, and more! Ages 4-10. Cost: $50 (Zoo Member)/ $60 (Non-Member). Before …
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ETFO Strike Day Camp - Monday January 20

ETFO Strike Day Camp – Monday January 20

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
CharActors Theatre Troupe
On Monday January 20th, ETFO has announced a strike that affects YRDSB and TDSB. In addition, OECTA, the Catholic Teacher’s Union, has announced that should an agreement not be reached they will be holding …
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Children Programs during School Interruptions

Children Programs during School Interruptions

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Developed to provide meaningful engagement for children during the upcoming school service interruptions, this program combines art studio activities and gallery visits with healthy outdoor hikes and games. Day at the Gallery is a …
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Special ROMKids Day Camp

Special ROMKids Day Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Royal Ontario Museum
Looking for something to do with the kids while they’re away from school? Join us at the ROM for a day at camp! The ROM is offering ROMKids Day Camp on Monday, January 20th …
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Strike Camp Ontario Science Center

Ontario Science Center Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Ontario Science Centre
To assist families affected by school closures, special days of fun interactive discovery will be available at the Science Centre for your 5-12 year-old. They’ll make new friends, explore the exhibit halls and take …
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Gym O Gym Strike Camp

Gym O Gym Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Gym O Gym
Gym O Gym will provide daily camp during the strike period. Join us for School Strike Camp on Jan 20 / 21, 2020 Junior Camp (4-7 years) – Puffy 3D Painting Senior Camp (8 …
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Crafts at Main Street Kids

Main Street Kids Strike Childcare

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Main Street Kids Unionville
Main Street Kids id open for emergency childcare during the school strike. Activities include: Glowing winter terranium project, winter outing, pizza lunch! …
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Earthbound Kids School Strike Camp Programs

Earthbound Kids School Strike Camp Programs

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Earthbound Kids
Earthbound Kids is opening it’s doors to support families in need of care during any school closures that result from strike actions in January at it’s Stouffville location. We will run educational programming for …
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Busy Buddies Playground School Strike Camp

Busy Buddies Playground School Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Busy Buddies Markham Indoor Playground
Looking for a fun and creative way for your child during the Teacher Strike? Join our fun-filled one -day camp at the playground! Sign up now on our website as spots are limited! …
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emergency backup care

School Strike Childcare & Programs Available

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Considering alternative childcare options for next weeks strike? Care Connect Network has full-time spaces available in local centres. Browse our online calendars to find care near you, sign up for free membership. All spaces …
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OECTA Strike Day Camp - Tuesday January 21

OECTA Strike Day Camp – Tuesday January 21

Start:
Jan 21, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
CharActors Theatre Troupe
On Monday January 20th, ETFO has announced a strike that affects YRDSB and TDSB. In addition, OECTA, the Catholic Teacher’s Union, has announced that should an agreement not be reached they will be holding …
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Tricks with Bricks STEAM Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Tricks with Bricks
STEM & Robotics Camp provides a fun, accessible way for children to explore their sense of curiosity through structured, hands-on experiences and learning opportunities. Children collaborate with each other to think, explore and solve …
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Adventure Valley Strike Camp

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
We plan an exciting day of activities that mix in nature, art, cooking, music, dance, sports and outdoor fun. Please be sure to pack weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoors! January 20, 2020 Strike Camp …
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City of Brampton Strike Camps

Start:
Jan 21, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
The City of Brampton will be offering full-day camp programming at select Community Centres for children and youth should the Peel District School Board (PDSB) and the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) …
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School Closure Day Program

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum is running school closure programs for children aged 6-12 years. This program is open for residents, and if space allows, non residents. Non-residents will able able to register 24 hours prior …
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Markham Libraries Programs during School Closures

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
The City of Markham is planning to offer day camps and drop-in programs in response to the following pending school closures: Monday, January 20, 2020: York Region District School Board elementary schools Tuesday January …
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School Strike Day Camp at Art One Academy Markham.

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Art One Academy Markham
Dear Parents, Art One Academy Markham is offering School Strike Day Camp starting from Monday, January 20, 2020 ATTENTION! You may be eligible to receive up to $60 rebate from Ontario Government due to …
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School Closure Day Program

Start:
Jan 21, 2020
End:
Jan 21, 2020
Venue:
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum is running school closure programs for children aged 6-12 years. This program is open for residents, and if space allows, non residents. Non-residents will able able to register 24 hours prior …
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Strike Camp | Music and Arts | Newmarket

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Harmonic Melodies
Day Camp, runs 8:30am until 3:30pm (regular) or 6:00pm (extended). Age group: 4 to 13 years old. Maximum 12 students. Some snacks included. Program with Arts and Music time, A.M.+ P.M. Reading and Writing …
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Energy Martial Arts Strike Camps

Start:
Jan 20, 2020
End:
Jan 20, 2020
Venue:
Energy Martial Arts Academy
Announcing our strike camps! Students enrolled in camp will enjoy Martial Arts classes, wholesome activities, excellent instructors, and, weather permitting, outdoor time. Camps take place in Scarborough at 5550 Lawrence Ave. East (Port Union …
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