Options for Balanced Calendar Parents
Writer / Katie Burrell
If school’s out and work is still on, where do the kids go? The Greenwood area has a number of childcare options for parents who don’t have the vacation days to match the new balanced calendar schedules a number of local schools have adopted. So, whether your child gets one or two weeks off for traditional school holidays, check out these options for camp and daycare during school break. You may be surprised to find that you have a variety of options for children of all ages. Still on a traditional schedule? You’re in luck! Those breaks fall within the same couple of weeks, so most of these options are available to you as well.
Mount Pleasant Christian Church offers three weeks of camp during the balanced calendar school year. Children ages 2 years through 5th grade can attend Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Camp is offered both weeks during balanced calendar fall break and the first week of balanced calendar spring break. There is no camp offered during winter break. Cost is $65 per week. Activities include messy, fun activities, worship time and Bible lessons.
Fall and Spring Fun Days at Mount Pleasant Christian Church
381 N. Bluff Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46142
Rainbow Child Care Centers in Central Indiana and Greenwood offer camp for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old for balanced calendar and traditional school breaks, snow days, delayed starts and early releases. Costs vary by age and the township in which a child attends. Daily activities include learning and exploring in a classroom setting with teachers and peers, as well as physical activity in the center’s gymnasium and outdoor playground. The center offers summer camp and before and after school programming, which includes homework help and community service projects, as well as the five key areas of learning. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rainbow Child Care Center
3438 W. Smith Valley Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46142
Greenwood Christian Church offers services for children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade. In addition to providing daycare, a full-service preschool and elementary school through 6th grade, the center offers camp during balanced calendar school breaks and enrichment classes in the mornings. Camp hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday. Prices are $45 for one day, $75 for two days, $100 for three days and $130 for 4 or 5 days a week. Parents may also enroll children in enrichment classes from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 9 a.m. to noon each day. Children who are not enrolled in camp are welcome to sign up for enrichment classes separately. A before- and after-school program is also available for children who attend the center’s school and for those who attend other local schools, but transportation is not provided.
Greenwood Christian Church
2045 Averitt Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46143
Saints Francis and Clare Catholic School offers Wolf Adventures Camp during balanced calendar fall, spring and summer breaks. Each individual week of camp has its own theme, and all activities, crafts and games are loosely based around that theme. All camps include indoor and outdoor activities, along with both physical and mental activities, which include Core Activities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Challenges each day. If possible, the center takes children off-site to field trips that are related to the week’s theme. Last year, the camp visited a fudge shop in Brown County for Willy Wonka week. Wolf Adventures is open to anyone ages three through 8th grade. Children must be potty trained to attend. Rates vary.
The Baxter YMCA offers School’s Out Camp for children in kindergarten through 8th grade during school breaks. This year’s calendar includes childcare for fall, winter and spring break, as well as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day and flex days. Camp activities include field trips, crafts, cooking, swimming, games and art. Cost is $36 a day or $134 a week for YMCA members and $41 a day or $169 a week for non-members. The YMCA also offers before- and after-school programming for kindergarten through 5th grade in Beech Grove, Clark Pleasant, Franklin Township, Greenwood, Perry Township and Southport Presbyterian Christian School. It offers before- and after-school care for 6th through 8th grade in Clark Pleasant Intermediate, Franklin Central Middle West, Franklin Central Middle East, Perry 6th Grade Academy, Southport 6th Grade Academy and South Grove Intermediate School. All before- and after-school programs are on-site with the exception of Perry Township Schools, which are provided transportation to the Baxter YMCA.
Baxter YMCA School’s Out Camp
7900 S. Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
IUPUI Sport Complex is offering its first spring break camp this school year during the weeks of March 24 and March 31, 2015. The camp is open to children ages 5 through 12 and will offer science activities, crafts, swim lessons, camp games and sports. Full- and part-time rates are available. Register early to receive a discount and use the code SPR15 for 15 percent off.
IUPUI Sports Complex Spring Camp
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department offers Vacation Station for school-aged children at the Greenwood Community Center. Vacation Station is available for children in 1st through 6th grades. Register for the full break or individual days. Children will participate in a variety of crafts, games and activities that are both fun and challenging. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with early sign-in and late sign-out options available. Early sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. Late sign-out ends at 6:30 p.m. The program is limited to 20 children.
Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department
300 S. Madison Ave.
Greenwood, IN 46142
Honey Grove Extended Care offers Intermission (fall and spring breaks) and summer camps for kindergarten through middle-school–aged children. Activities are learning-based and include weekly themes. Camps are designed so that kids have several choices and all sorts of interests to choose from within their groups. Field trips are also planned throughout the breaks so kids have variety and can visit different places based on their theme. The cost varies based on attendance; the more days the child is enrolled, the lower the cost. It is $165 a week or $550 a month for full-time. This includes a snack, water bottle and T-shirt. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Honey Grove also offers before- and after-school care at Center Grove schools.
Honey Grove Educational Center
1709 S. State Rd. 135
Greenwood, IN 46143
La Petite Academy offers camps for children ages 5 through 12 during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. They are also available during teacher conferences, inclement weather and half days. You can purchase prepaid cards in five-day increments through your school, and each is good for one full year. There is no limit to how many days you can purchase in advance. There is no registration fee at the time of purchase or when you use the service. After completing the enrollment paperwork, just call 48 hours in advance to reserve your spot. Children will be able to complete homework and participate in group activities and crafts. Before- and after-school programs are also available.
3824 S. Emerson Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
KinderCare Learning Centers offer School Break Solutions for winter, spring and summer breaks. Childcare options are offered for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Days are filled with preschool- and school-age learning activities. Options are also available for flex schedules.