The B.C. teachers' strike has many parents scrambling for day care for their children, but there are still spots at day camps at community centres across Metro Vancouver.

Despite nearly doubling the number of day camps and special programs, the Vancouver Park Board says they're rapidly filling up and developing waiting lists.

Last week, 12 community centres were offering day camps with indoor-outdoor play. This week 21 of the city's 24 community centres started offering special programming for children.

There are currently 22 community centres offering day camps in Vancouver. All the city's day camp programs are for kids six to 12-years-old.

The park board says day care camp staff have had criminal record checks and have received training.

The cost of the programs varies. The city says Inner city programs are less expensive while camps that offer field trips cost more.

Parents wishing to register online can go to vancouver.ca. Contact your local community center for more information. or call they city information line at 3-1-1.

Vancouver community centres

No wait lists

  • Champlain: day camps full, but no wait list
  • Douglas Park: day camps full, but no wait list
  • Hastings: one day camp (25 spots) registration on a daily basis, small wait list
  • Kensington: 5 spaces available this week, 17 spaces available next week
  • Kilarney: day camps full (50 children), no wait list 
  • Ray Cam: has space for 15 children
  • Renfrew Park: day camps full, no wait list

Camps full — wait lists

  • Britannia: 20 on wait list
  • Coal Harbour: three on wait list
  • Dunbar: 10 on wait list
  • False Creek: four on wait list
  • Hillcrest: eight on wait list
  • Kerrisdale: 20 on wait list
  • Kitsilano: 10 on wait list
  • Marpole/Oakridge: 17 on wait list
  • Mount Pleasant: 20 on wait list
  • Trout Lake: 22 on wait list
  • West End: 1-6 on wait list
  • West Point Grey: 20 on wait list

No camps offered

  • Creekside
  • Strathcona: licensed childcare only, no spaces left, not taking waiting list
  • Sunset
  • Thunderbird

North Vancouver

The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture (NVRC

  • Offers special day camps in September. Parents can begin registering their kids
  • More info: 604-987-Play (7529) 

Port Coquitlam

Children Services Recreation Camp 

  • More Info: 604-927-7529.
  • Arts and Culture Art Camps

Youth Fall Camp 

  • Join youth leaders in September and enjoy a fun and active out trip each day. Bring your swimsuit, towel, water, sunscreen, lunch and water each day. Transportation and entry fees 
  • More Info: 604-927-7529.

Port Moody

Port Moody Recreation Complex

  • Offers a six-hour day camp of games, crafts active play and fresh air for kids 5-10 years
  • More Info: 604-469-4556

Surrey

The City of Surrey is also providing day camps for children aged 5-12 at its recreation centres. The following camps are available this week Sept 2-5.

Surrey day camps

The City of Surrey is offering day camps this week for children aged 5-12. (City of Surrey)

Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Contact Cloverdale Recreation Centre - 604-598-7960

  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode 4381490
  • Camp Fun Zone - Daily - Course Barcode 4381095
  • Camp Connections - 7:00am-9:00am - Course Barcode 4381056
  • Camp Connections - 3:00pm-5:30pm - Course Barcode 4381057  

Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

Contract Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre - 604-598-5898

  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode - 4381148

Guildford - Port Kells Community Hall

Contract Guildford Recreation Centre - 604-502-6360

  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode  4381438
  • Camp Fun Zone - Daily - Course Barcode 4381446

Fleetwood Community Centre

Contact Fleetwood Community Centre - 604-501-5030

  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode 4380444
  • Camp Fun Zone - Daily - Course Barcode - 4381139

Fraser Heights Recreation Centre

  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode 4381049
  • Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Newton Recreation Centre

  • Contact Newton Recreation Centre - 604-501-5540
  • Camp Fun Zone - Daily - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode 4381151
  • Camp Connections - Daily - 7:30am-9:00am and 3:00pm-5:30pm - Course Barcode 4381160

North Surrey Recreation Centre

  • Swim & Sport Camp - Tuesday to Friday - Course Barcode 4381472
  • South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre
  • Camp Fun Zone - Tuesday to Friday Course Barcode 4381442

Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex - Arena

Contact Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex - 604-501-5950

  • Swim & Skate Camp - Tuesday - Course Barcode 4381026
  • Swim & Skate Camp - Wednesday - Course Barcode 4381027
  • Swim & Skate Camp - Thusday - Course Barcode 4381028
  • Swim & Skate Camp - Friday - Course Barcode 4381025
  • Tot Fun Hockey - Tuesday to Friday - 10:00am-11:00am - Course Barcode - 4381352
  • Children's Fun Hockey - Tuesday to Friday - 10:45am-12:00pm - Course Barcode 4381353

Additional drop-in swim and skate times will be available between September 2-5.

Newton Recreation Centre - Drop-in Swim

  • Monday and Wednesday - 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday (extended) - 10:15am-3:30pm
  • Friday - 1:30pm-9:00pm

North Surrey Recreation Centre - Drop-in Swim

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 6:00am-12:30pm/1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday - 6:00am-4:00pm

Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex - Arena

Public Skate

  • Tuesday - 1:15pm-2:45pm
  • Wednesday - 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Thursday - 11:45am-1:00pm/1:15pm-2:45pm
  • Friday - 2:15pm-4:15pm

Stick & Puck

  • Tuesday - 11:45am-1:00pm/3:00pm-4:15pm
  • Wednesday - 11:00am-12:15pm /2:15pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday - 3:00pm-4:15pm
  • Friday - 12:45pm-2:00pm

South Surrey Arena

Public Skate

  • Tuesday - 11:15am-12:45pm
  • Wednesday - 12:45pm-2:45pm
  • Friday - 2:00pm-3:30pm

Stick & Puck

  • Tuesday - 1:00pm-2:15pm
  • Friday - 3:45pm-5:00pm

Other Lower Mainland municipalities