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By Dani Hemmat

Day off! Now what?


September 29, 2018

Almost from the first day of school, most kids start looking forward to summer vacation. The average school year is about 180 days, which is a long time to wait if you’re a kid. Fortunately, aside from winter and spring breaks, the academic year is peppered with a day off here and there, so a kid can get a break from the daily grind. Then add in a few late start days, or early release days, just to keep things interesting. For working parents, these seemingly random days off can present a challenge—what will I do with my kiddo while I’m at work?

St. Vrain Valley Schools have 27 days off during the 2018-19 academic year, and Boulder Valley School District schools have 30. With a little planning, you can keep your student busy and safe during those days of respite.

St. Vrain Valley Days-Off Options

The YMCA of Boulder Valley provides Day-Off Camps for grades K-5 at the Longmont Y location and at several Boulder schools. Their offerings include field trips, sports, arts and crafts, group games, clubs, and outdoor play. They do have drop-in rates, but those are lower if you remember to pre-register.


Renaissance Adventures serves Longmont, Lyons and Boulder, offering camps for both kids and teens during holiday breaks and days-off. Campers embark on role-playing adventures, solving riddles and dilemmas while swashbuckling with foam swords. http://www.renaissanceadventures.com/kids-camps-boulder-denver/school-year-programs/holiday-school-breaks/

Inspiration Art Academy offers art and sewing classes for kids age 5-12 for all days-off, conference days and holiday breaks.


Longmont Indoor Soccer has plenty of soccer clinics for your budding Mia Hamm during all days-off and holiday breaks. http://longmontindoorsoccer.com/camps_clinics/day-off-youth-clinics/

SVVSD Community Schools offers enrichment and activities options for ages 5-12 on days-off where the SVVS District offices are not closed, but kids aren’t in school.


The Living Arts School doesn’t have days-off camps, but they do offer camps during the holiday breaks, and your child can learn crafts and folk arts in a woodsy environment. https://livingartsschool.com/holiday-camps/

The Longmont Museum doesn’t offer days-off camps, but it does have options for SVVSD Late-Start days, and offers programs during both fall and winter breaks. https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/museum/education/summer-camps

Boulder Valley Days-Off Options

The YMCA of Boulder Valley provides Day-Off Camps for grades K-5 at several Boulder schools. Their offerings include field trips, sports, arts and crafts, group games, clubs, and outdoor play. Pre-registering will save you some money.


Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids provides parents with a little peace of mind while their kiddos enjoy a full day of theatrical activities, which may include classes in music, acting, dance, makeup, improvisation, scene work, and rehearsal. Ages 5-10.


City of Boulder Parks and Recreation has camps for days off and holiday breaks for ages 5-11. Campers spend the day playing games, doing arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, and much more! https://bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/camps

Boulder Rock Club offers both day-off and holiday break indoor camps for kids age 6-14. They can learn safety and climbing skills, and play climbing games.


Tinker Art Studio offers art instruction, creative play and outdoor time for students age 5-12. Day-off camps are limited in size, and often fill up quickly.


FC Boulder provides indoor soccer camps for kids age 6-14, filling their days off with games, training and fun.


Fabricate Boulder gets your schoolkid into the fabric arts of sewing, quilting and knitting during their days-off workshops. For ages 8 and up.


ABC Kids Climbing gets kids age 5-14 up on the wall in no time at all—the climbing wall, that is!


BVSD Lifelong Learning also offers various days-off and holiday break camps for kids age 5-12 that cover climbing and fitness, cooking labs and garden adventures.


While SVVS and BVSD don’t keep the exact same schedule, there are some days that overlap, which opens up options for parents and kiddos in both districts. Those are October 12, November 19-23, December 24-January 4, February 15 & 18, and March 25-29. For St. Vrain Valley Schools’ calendar, visit https://www.svvsd.org/files/Adopted%202018-19%20District%20Calendar.pdf

And for Boulder Valley Schools’ calendar, visit https://www.bvsd.org/calendar/Documents/2017-18-Decorative%20Calendar.pdf.


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