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New Port Richey offers one-day camp to help working parents

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:55 AM

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NEW PORT RICHEY -

Pasco County public schools are closed for winter break through Monday, and many parents will need to find a one-day child care option for that day.

To give parents a little relief and meet the needs of area families, the city is offering a one-day camp for kids ages 6 through 13 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St.

The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

The camp costs $25 per child and includes lunch and a field trip to Lane Glo Bowl.

At the recreation center, children can play games inside and outside, as well as participate in arts and crafts.

"We are glad to be able to offer a one-day camp for parents," said Parks and Recreation Director Elaine Smith. "It allows the parents to go to work that day, and gives kids a chance to take a break from being inside and get active."

The city has previously offered one-day camps, such as last Oct. 22, when students participated in games and crafts and took a field trip to Big Cat Rescue for $30.

Donna French, recreation supervisor, said the city usually offers camps on teacher planning days and holiday breaks from school to help out working parents.

For information or to register your child for New Port Richey's one-day camp, call (727) 841-4560. Early registration is recommended as space is limited to 30 children. If fewer than 10 children register, the camp will be canceled.

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