A lot of parents agree with the Chicago Teachers Union on the purpose of the upcoming Day of Action on April 1, which is, to obtain fair contracts for teachers and fund our children’s education.
However, no matter where you stand on this debate, the reality is that families in Chicago have to contemplate the question: Where do I take my kids on this walkout day?
While some will consider joining the strike with their children, working families will have no choice but to look for second options.
With the aim of accommodating most of the 300,000 students that will be affected by the walkout, CPS has designated more than 250 contingency sites, including 100 CPS schools, 80 Chicago Park District facilities, 80 Chicago Public Library locations and additional Safe Haven locations.
The sites will provide children with online learning opportunities, physical education and arts and crafts programming, as well as free breakfast and lunch.
Families are encouraged to register. You can find the closest location here.
Use Sittercity and its on-demand service for babysitters, Chime. From now until April 1, Sittercity is offering free access to its sitter pool if you join or upgrade from a free basic account by April 1 using this link.
You can also visit Chime to book one of Sittercity’s top sitters and use promo code CHISCHOOLS to get a $50 credit.
Additionally, for parents staying home with their children, members of Chime are offered free admission at play cafes Happy Play (Lincoln Park) Purple Monkey Playroom (Bucktown) and Explore and Much More (Southport); a free latte at Kids Island in Lincoln Park and a free cookie at Heritage Littles in Lincoln Park. Admission is first-come, first-served.
Find a class through Pearachute. Use the promo code STRIKEFRIDAY to purchase a one-month unlimited membership for $29 before midnight on Friday. Pearachute offers more than 2,000 classes each month, including open play, music, art, dance, sports, storytime and language classes.
Enroll them in a camp with Dabble Kids. Dabble Kids allows you to find one-day classes for non-school hours in everything from music and science to language and cooking. It’s Day of Action page currently features nine camps you can sign your kids up including Word Ninja at Open Books, Maker Camp at Bit Space, Painting Strike Workshop at Easel Art Studio and Spring Strike Camp with The Kid’s Table. Prices range from $25-100.
Find all the camps here.
Take a Break Playcare
2855 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60654
Drop them off at Take A Break Playcare. Drop off your children to do art projects, play board games, work on computers and play in an indoor gym. First child is $12, discount for siblings.
5255 N Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
Gift them some learning at Source 4. Their programming offers classes in drama, dance and foreign language classes for school-aged children. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75.
Windy City Fieldhouse
2367 W. Logan Blvd. Chicago, IL 60647
Prepare them for fun over at Windy City Fieldhouse. Campers will play baseball, kickball, hockey and basketball during the multisport camps which are offered 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12:30-3:30 p.m. $50.
The Paintbrush Art Studio
2646 N Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
Let them learn about art at The Paintbrush Art Studio. Campers will learn about real artists and get a chance to create their very own masterpieces. 12-3 p.m., $55.
Beauty and Brawn Gallery
3501 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60647
Create art over at Beauty and Brawn Gallery. Grade school kids can try their hands at mixed media work, photography, theater, music exploration, dance/hip-hop, painting, comics, book making, yoga/meditation, claywork, screen printing, drawing, beading, mobile making, daily outdoor playtime (weather permitting). Both half-day and full-day camps available. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $35-$65.
Super Soccer Stars
3435 N. Sheffield Ave, Unit 7 Chicago, IL 60657
Have them kick around with Super Soccer Stars. They will be offering two camp options that include a warm-up, tag games, relay races, team building activities, and a final game. That’s two and a half hours of indoor soccer and art activities for ages 2.5-5 and four hours of skill development in a camp setting for ages 6-12. $35-$70.