On Your Side: Guide to all things spring break and beyond

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 3:55 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The first full week of April is spring break.

If you can’t take a vacation because of work, finding childcare can be tough. We did some digging and found plenty of options.

“Neither my husband nor I am originally from here. We don’t have you know, grandparents around the corner that we can just call or anything like that. So we rely really heavily on our daycare,” said Hailey Etzel.

But when the school bell rings for spring break and parents like Etzel can’t get off work, stress sets in.

“I’m always battling mom guilt, I love my career. And I love what I do. And I do it for a reason I, you know, I really push myself into that. But at the same time, I want to be sure my kids have a happy, healthy environment where they feel loved. And you know, they’re out doing fun things and they’re learning and developing while I’m working to provide for them,” she said.

A mother of two. She and her husband both own businesses, and spring break slams right into her busiest time of the year.

“Rolling into Masters in spring break. I have a lot of clients that I consult for in the wine business. I work nights at TBonz doing wine service there. I have a vodka company I do tastings and promotions. My husband runs one of the busiest liquor stores in town. I really am not sure what we’re gonna do,” said Etzel.

Brandy Mitchell realized in 2017 the resources were here, moms just needed a way to access them better.

She is the creator of CSRA Kids.

“There’s so much that the CSRA offers that people don’t even realize there are a lot of free activities for families to enjoy, you know, at their local libraries. A lot of different businesses they offer like princess opportunities,” she said.

From the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta to the Kroc Center, there are options with a variety of price points.

Etzel said: “There’s such a demand for this kind of thing you know most people even just looking for regular daycare now just even not during spring break the waitlist is usually a year-long. If I don’t start planning now, it’s gonna be very stressful.”

Mitchell says don’t let cost turn you away because there are scholarships.

“There are different things that you know, families can do to save some money,” she said.

Springtime fun

If you’re wondering about activities for your school-age kids during spring break April 3-7, here’s a look at some of the day camps in the Augusta area. For more, visit https://csrakids.com/spring-break-camps.

Sports and outdoors camps

Youth activity camps

  • YMCA (Aiken, Augusta South, Burke County, North Augusta, Steiner, Thomson and Wilson branches), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off and late pickup available. Cost $95-160, depending on location and membership status. Check location to see if lunch and/or snack will be provided. More: https://bit.ly/3ZcY495
  • Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., no early or late care available, $35 per day, ages 5-12. Scholarships may be available. Call 706-364-5762 or visit https://augustakroc.org/krocaugusta/children--youth.

Arts and education camps

  • Nailed It DIY, 7025 Evans Town Center Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (Monday, checkers/tic-tac-toe set; Tuesday, Hollywood star light; Wednesday, Plinko; Thursday, air plant holder; Friday, yardzee). More: https://evans.naileditdiy.com.
  • Painted Lady and Fort STEM, 108-109 Shartom Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., art and science activities, $250 for the week. After- and before-care is available at a cost. Discounts available for siblings and existing students. More: https://www.facebook.com/events/740039680991315.

Other activities

These aren’t camps but are some places you might be able to spend time with your kids during their free week: