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Need child care for May 16? These locations are offering day camps when schools close for rally

Posted May 8, 2018 1:15 p.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2018 7:34 a.m. EDT

Local organizations are offering up child care options for parents who are scrambling as North Carolina schools close May 16 so teachers can attend a rally in downtown Raleigh.

So far, Wake, Durham, Orange, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Charlotte-Mecklenberg and Nash-Rocky Mount districts have announced that they will close to let teachers protest at the Legislative Building on May 16. They're seeking better pay, school safety improvements and repairs to crumbling buildings.

To help parents, Raleigh parks department will host day camps on May 16. Registration for the Raleigh camps opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 9. The program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 16. The cost is $30 for city residents and $45 for non-city residents. The locations are at Lake Lynn, Barwell Road, Laurel Hills and Peach Road community centers.

The YMCA of the Triangle also announced special day camps for May 16 at locations across the Triangle. The cost will be $25 for the day, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited.

Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh also just added a May 16 day camp. It will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per day for members and $56 for non-members. Before and after care is available. Registration is available now.

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Garner parks also will be offering child care on May 16, though most spots are filled. If enough people sign up for the waiting list, however, they will work to expand the program to include space for more kids. Registration is open now on its website.

Kidzu Childen's Museum in Chapel Hill will provide child care from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 16. The cost is $45 for the first sibling and $35 for additional children in the same household. This Parents' Day Out event will include exhibit play, lunch, and a movie. Interested parents with kids ages 5 to 9 can register online.

MVP Sports Factory in Wake Forest will offer a full day sports camp for $20 on May 16. It's at  1839-360 South Main St. in Wake Forest. You can register through the website, over the phone at 919-453-1503, or in person at the main office. It's for ages 5 to 12.

The Town of Apex has several pop-up camp options for kids on May 16.

The Town of Cary has six camps options for kids as young as 5 and up to age 15 on May 16.

Sonorous Road will offer an acting and improv camp in Raleigh.

Granville County Schools will provide child care for any Granville County kindergarten to fifth grade student. Care will be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 16, at Mt. Energy Elementary and West Oxford Elementary schools. Transportation will not be provided. Space is limited to 150 students at each location. It's free. You can sign up on the online registration form.

Our NC camp database also lists dozens of camps across the region. Some may be able to offer care on May 16.