Here are some possible child care resources to utilize during school closures
during the teacher walkouts. Please contact the resources directly for
additional information, including registration requirements.
- Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs will be open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm
starting Thursday, 4/26/2018. Space is limited at each location and club members
will be given priority, but non-members can pay $20 per day if there are any
openings. The clubs serve youth from kindergarten through high school. Lunch
and snacks will be provided. Website
- Valley of the Sun YMCA will have many sites available as care centers.
Registration fees range from $30 to $70 (depending on location and membership).
Parents need to pack a non-perishable lunch for their children and the YMCA will
provide a morning and afternoon snack. Website
- The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Center can provide child care for up to
100 children between the ages of 5 and 12. They will be open 7:00 am until 6:00
pm. The daily cost of $25 per child (no member discounts) includes 2 meals and
- The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will offer reduced admission rates ($9 instead
of $12) and day camps ($50 which includes camp t-shirt) for children 5 to 8 years
old. The museum is usually closed on Mondays but will be open if schools remain
- The Arizona Humane Society will be having day camps for children between the
ages of 6 and 12 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm ($10 for after-care until 5:30 pm).
Cost is $50 and parents are asked to pack lunches and snacks for their children.
- The Arizona Animal Welfare League will be having day camps for children
between 1 st and 8 th grades from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The cost is $55 and before-
and after-care is available from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm for an addition $10. Parents
are asked to pack lunches and snacks for their children. Website
- Arizona Science Center will be having STEAM camps for children grades
kindergarten through 5 th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The cost is $40 and before-
and after-care is available from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm for an additional $15.
- Surprise’s Community and Recreation Services Department will have a
recreational day camp at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center for children grades
kindergarten through 9 th from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm. The cost is $35. Website
- The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is offering a free kids day camp for children
in 1 st through 6 th grades. Website
- Mountain Park Church in Chandler will provide a camp on 4/26 and 4/27 (if
needed) from 7:15 am until 3:00 pm for single parents and families where both
parents must work. The camp is for elementary age students only and pre-
registration is required. Website
- The Springs Church in Chandler is looking into providing child care during school
- Reveal Church in El Mirage will have free child care for kindergarten through 4 th
grades from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
- Valley Life Church in Phoenix will have free child care for 100 children in
kindergarten through 5 th grades. They are asking parents to send their children
with snacks and lunch if possible, but will provide lunches for children whose
parents are unable to send food. Website
- Tempe Community Christian Church will be open from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm and
will provide free child care. They will have breakfast, lunch and a bagged meal to
take home if needed and will have arts/crafts supplies, an outside patio, and kids
videos/movies in Daley Park. Website
- City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Community Centers will have extended hours at 24 of their locations on 4/26 and 4/27. Their hours will be from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm for children ages 6 to 17. No formal programming is planned, but there will be non-structured activities such as board games, sports, arts and crafts, and movies may be available. Website
- The Challenger Space Center of Arizona will have activities for children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade on 4/26 and 4/27 from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm for $10. Pizza will be provided but children can bring a non-perishable lunch. Website
- The Phoenix Herpetological Society will have a reptiles day camp for children
ages 9-12 on 4/26 and 4/27 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for $50 with extended care
available from 8:00 am until 9:00 am or 4:00 pm to 4:00 pm for an addition $15
per hour. Children need to bring their own lunch but water and snacks will be
- Skateland in Chandler and Mesa and Great Skate in Glendale will host a kid's
camp for children pm 4/26 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm for $25; extended stay is
available from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm for an additional $10. Includes breakfast,
lunch, snacks, skating, games, crafts, and activities. Call (480) 917-9444 to
- The City of Peoria will have 3 sites (Peoria Sports Complex, Rio Vista Recreation
Center, and Community Center) open from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm for $25 per day.
Registration is required; there is limited space and priority will be given to children
already registered with AM/PM programs. Call (623) 773-7137 to ask about
- City of Tempe Kids Zone will have day camps from 6:00 am until 6:30 pm for $25
per day at Broadmor Elementary, Rover Elementary, Fuller Elementary, and
Waggoner Elementary. Camps are limited to 200 children and will be on a first
come, first served basis. Those already enrolled in KidZone can register online,
www.kidzonelogin.com. Those who do not have a Kid Zone account must register
in person at Edna Vihel Arts Center (3340 S. Rural Road) by Wednesday, April 25
between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Broadmor, Rover, and Fuller will provide breakfast
and lunch. Waggoner will provide morning and afternoon snacks and children
must bring their own lunch.
- City of Tempe North Tempe Multi-Generational Center will be open on 4/26 and
4/27 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm for drop-in programming. Parents will have to
create a free membership. The center will be limited to 60 participants. Call (480)
858-6500 to register.
- City of Tempe Escalante Community Center will be open on 4/26 and 4/27 from
8:00 am until 8:00 pm for drop-in programming for children 6-17 years old.
Parents will have to create a free membership. Call (480) 350-5800 to register.
- Click here to view The Children’s Action Alliance’s up-to- date list of these
resources and more.
Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa are collaborating to have 4 community centers (Webster Recreation Center, Jefferson Recreation Center, Eagles Community Center, and Broadway Recreation Center) open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm to provide free, supervised activities for children from kindergarten through 6th grades. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Availability is on a first come, first served basis and parents will need to show identification when they sign their children in and out each day. Children need to wear closed-toe shoes. You can expedite the drop-off process by printing and completing the registration form by clicking here. Website
- Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will have supervised, themed activities on 4/26 at their Phoenix and Arcadia locations for children ages 3 to 13. Activities include gymnastics, a foam pit, trampolines, bounce house, obstacle courses, and organized games. Cost is $57-$78. Website
- AZ on the Rocks in Scottsdale will have a day camp from 7:45 am until 3:15 pm for $50 for children in 1st through 8th grades. Website
- Baker Performing Arts in Gilbert has a day camp on 4/26 for children 5 to 14 years old from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm for $25. Children can purchase a Johnny Rockets kids lunch for an additional $5. Activities will include singing, acting, games, and more. Website
- Childsplay Theatre Academy in Tempe will have Story Voyages Drama Workshops for children ages 6 to 12 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for $40. Extended care from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm is available for an additional $10. Website
- Engineering for Kids’ STEM program has a “SOS” camp from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm on 4/26 and 4/27. Program includes fun park activities during breaks and lunch at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Peoria, Kids that Rip in Mesa, and Urban Air Adventure Park in Phoenix. Website
- Flip Dunk Sports in Phoenix has daylong camps for children ages 5 and up from 8:45 am until 4:00 pm for $55 ($35 for half days). Older kids can play at Flip Dunk for a discounted rate of $6 per hour. Website
- Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale has a free day of singing, dancing, and games on 4/26 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm for children ages 6 to 13. Website
- i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa has Sonoran Safari Day Camps on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:30 am until noon or 4:00 pm for children ages 5 to 12 for $12-$30. Website
- Impact Gymnastics in Phoenix is offering camps on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until noon or 3:00 pm for $50-$80. Activities include gymnastics, group games, and team building. Website
- KidsPark, a drop-in daycare facility in Peoria and north Phoenix for children ages 2 to 12 is open days, nights, and weekends and charges $8-$9 per hour for one child with discounts for siblings. Website
- Makutu’s Island in Chandler will have a Special Day Camp on 4/26 from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm for $50 for children ages 5 to 12. Activities include play time, arts and crafts, science, math, music, and movement. Website
- More than Modeling is offering free classes on 4/26 and 4/27 from7:30 am until 5:30 pm for children ages 5 to 15; space is limited. Contact Erika at (480) 442-9833 for more information.
- Rachel’s Young at Art Studio in Scottsdale is offering games, dramatic play, storytime, and instructor-led projects for children ages 3 to 9. Camps will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm for $44-$56. Website
- Sylvan Learning in Glendale and Phoenix will have academic childcare on 4/26 and 4/27 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, with drop off at 7:45 am. Cost is $45 per day and parents will need to send their child with a sack lunch. Call ahead to reserve: (602) 548-2600.
For children who rely on meal-assistance programs, please contact your local
school and/or school district to see if they have made alternate arrangements
- The Association for Arizona Food Banks can be contacted at (602) 528-3434 or
you can check out their website at www.azfoodbanks.org