Organizations helping with post-Irma childcare


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With school being out following Hurricane Irma, many parents are having childcare issues and wondering what to do with kids to keep them busy.

Several local organizations are stepping up to help.

While most Boys and Girls Clubs will be closed through Monday, the following locations will be open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • St. Augustine (The PLAYERS Championship) Club, 555 W. King St. St Augustine
  • NFL YET Club, 555 West 25th Street, Jacksonville
  • The Bridge Weaver & Learning Zone Clubs, 1824 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville
  • The Beaches Club 820 Seagate Avenue, Jacksonville

Fun, safe and educational activities will be provided and all kids must bring their own bagged lunch and a book to read.

The zoo is offering a discount this week. Admission is $5 for kids and $10 for adults Thursday and Friday.
They will be open Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are until 6:00 p.m.

Several YMCA locations are offering “School’s Out Camp” in the wake of Hurricane Irma on Thursday and Friday.

  • In Duval County, parents can bring them to the DuPont YMCA Youth Development Campus.
  • In Clay County, head to the Barco-Newton Family YMCA and the Dye Family YMCA.
  • In St. Johns County, the Ponte Vedra YMCA is participating.
  • In Nassau County, the Callahan Center and Yulee Kids Campus is open just for Thursday.

The Museum of Science and History in downtown Jacksonville will also be open Thursday. 

Pump it Up on Beach Boulevard has summer camp available on Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TNT Gymnastics and Fitness on St Johns Bluff Road will have summer camp for children as well.

News4Jax wants to hear from parents and what their plans are to keeps kids busy while they are out of school. Head to our Facebook page and let us know where you’re taking your kids this week.


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