Moms Talk: How to Deal with Spring Break

Moms share what local programs and events can help fill up the days of Spring Break.

We’re only 10 days away from Spring Break. Yes, 10 days.

And while some families head off for vacations, others try to find activities to do or someone to watch their children during the week-long break.

So we asked some local moms what their plans are for Spring Break. Here are a few programs and events they plan to participate in:

Angela Slate, mother of two

Since this is my daughter's first year in Kindergarten, it's my first time having to deal with Spring Break. I thought I would just stick her in a camp and it would be simple, but it was a lot harder than I thought. First, Newark's camp involves swimming, and my daughter is not proficient enough for that, so I had to look at other cities. Then you have to check if other cities have Spring Break at the same time. Union City does not. So that left Fremont. Unfortunately, Fremont only offered a lot of half-day camps at various locations, and not many that accepted Kindergarteners. So thanks to some fellow Newark moms that are in a similar situation, I was able to find the Harbor Light Church in Fremont that offers a full-day camp for the same week as Newark's Spring Break. And now that I have that figured out, I'm experiencing the same kind of difficulties with Summer! Oh, the joys of working motherhood.

Jennifer Martin, mother of five

We don't usually have a plan for Spring Break. We usually just relax and let the kids do their own thing, playing and hanging out with friends and what not. We don't take vacations because one of us usually has to work. This year their paternal grandmother is taking three of the five kids to Disneyland so I think I'll try and take the youngest to the park and aquarium, so he gets some fun in too. I'm looking into other little events too at places like Ardenwood and the library. I don't encourage too much studying while on vacation. I figure they need a break from school for the week. 

Need help finding something to do this Spring Break? Check out Newark Patch’s Calendar of Events at http://newark.patch.com/events and to learn about visiting local museums and more for free.


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