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Trips on no school days offer adventures for children

While children may jump for joy when the calendar says “no school,” it presents a dilemma for working parents looking to find child care during those days off.

Fortunately, the St. Charles Park District provides options for working parents, including three days of field trips during the Thanksgiving break.

Interactive adventures are in store for children ages 5 to 12 who register for the No School Day Trips on Nov. 19, 20 and 21.

Chaperoned by Baker Station staff, children will depart and return on a school bus at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles.

The week will kick off with a trip to Brookfield Zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Dress your child for the weather as they will visit animals inside and outside throughout the day.

On Nov. 20, children will visit two locations during their time away from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll start the day at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora, where they will make and enjoy pizza and play laser tag. The group then will head to the nearby Aurora Skate Center to roller skate the remainder of the afternoon.

On Nov. 21, children will explore the wonders of the sea at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“These trips are really fun for kids. The experience keeps them active and allows them to be engaged and learn about the world around them,” recreation supervisor Taylor Krawczyk said.

She said the activities over Thanksgiving were chosen based on program surveys, as well as gauging the interests of children enrolled at Baker Station.

The Park District also will offer Before and After Care at Pottawatomie from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee is $15 each day.

No School Day Trips are offered to all children at a fee, but those enrolled in the five-day Baker Station program receive a discount.

For fees and to register, visit For information, call Taylor Krawczyk at 630-513-4331.

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