ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - With thousands of students unexpectedly out of school all week, parents are looking for ways to keep kids busy while cleanup continues at schools across southcentral.
Many businesses and organizations are offering impromptu day camps or extended hours.
The Boys and Girls Club in Mountain View is operating on "non-school hours," meaning members can come in from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
The Alaska Club is offering day camps at its East and South locations.
"There's a lot of kids out there and we just want them to have fun and forget about Friday for a little bit and have a good time, play tennis and go swimming and just have a great time," said Frankie Dashiell, marketing manager for the Alaska Club. The gym is offering half- and full-day options at one price for both members and non-members of the Alaska Club.
On Tuesday, The Dome will launch its special camp for students. “Based on our legendary summer camp model, this short-term camp provides your kids a safe place to be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. With games, sports, creative time, and lots of exercise, your kids will get a break from the quake and have a blast,” a post on its website states.
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Camp Fire Alaska says it will offer emergency childcare to currently registered families on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-7, from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Huffman Elementary at 12000 Lorraine Street, Anchorage, and Nunaka Valley Elementary School at 1905 Twining Drive. The fee for service will be $45 and there is a limited number of slots available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tuesday, the organization added Alpenglow Elementary at 19201 Driftwood Bay Drive in Eagle River (programming times from 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.), and Loussac Place at 200 20th Ave. in Anchorage, for neighborhood kids from noon to 6 p.m.
The organization says as the School District makes school buildings available, it will work to get more sites up and running.
Trailside Discovery Camp is hosting a free camp Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-7 at the Egan Center, 555 W. 5th Ave.
The program will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. with age-specific programming from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The camp is for children ages 4-14.
Title Wave Books in Anchorage is offering a daily story time at 10:30 a.m. According to its Facebook page, selections will include books about animals, winter and snow.
This story will be updated with additional camps and resources as we find out about them.