What to do with your kids as teachers go on province-wide strike Friday
CTV News Toronto's chopper flies over thousands of teachers and their supporters protesting at the Ontario legislature on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (CTV News Toronto)
TORONTO -- More than two million students across Ontario will be staying home Friday, as all four major teachers’ unions hold a coordinated one-day strike.
With every public school across the province planning to shut down, a large number of day camps and programs are springing up to offer parents a helping hand.
CTV News Toronto has compiled a list of programs for children Friday.
- The City of Mississauga is offering full-day camp programs at Erindale Community Hall, Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, Frank McKechnie Community Centre, Mississauga Valley Community Centre and Meadowvale Village Hall.
- The Living Arts Centre will run an art day camp with structured visual arts workshops, crafts and games.
- Town of Oakville is holding a day camp for kids aged four to 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
- The City of Brampton is offering full-day camps at the the Brampton Soccer Centre, Gore Meadows Community Centre, Cassie Campbell Recreation Centre and Greenbriar Recreation Centre for children aged four to 13.
- The Town of Ajax is offering a “winter day” camp filled with games, arts, and sports for children four to 12 years old.
- The City of Oshawa is offering day camps for kids aged four to 14 at its Civic Recreation Complex.
- Athletics in Motion is offering gymnastic full-day camps for children aged four to 15 at its Ajax and Pickering campuses.
- The Royal Ontario Museum is holding a full-day camp for children aged five to 14.
- The Ontario Science Center is offering a full-day camp for children aged five to 12.
- Downsview Park is holding a morning day camp offering families a free nature program.
- Clay with Me is holding a day camp for art and pottery for children aged six to 12.
- Toronto Zoo has its own full-day camp for children aged four to 10.
- STEM Minds is holding a day camp for children between the ages of four and 14 in Aurora, Ont.
- Markham is offering day camps and drop-in programs across the city, including at various library branches, community centres and even at the Markham Museum.
- Vaughn plans to hold day camps that will offer sports, games and crafts for children aged six to 12 at the Maple Community Centre, North Thornhill Community Centre and Vellore Village Community Centre.
- The Town of Newmarket is offering day camps and drop-in programs for children between the ages of four and 12.