Your little one won't be walking in a winter wonderland while school is out over the holidays. He or she will be walking -- more likely running -- all over your freshly mopped floors trailing cookie crumbs and possibly blood, if there are siblings.
Below, you'll find a list of places in town that will gladly babysit while you see to the business of cooking, cleaning and shopping; or merely indulge in a peaceful moment of quiet with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Don't thank us. Really. It's nothing.
Sports Camp, ages 4 and up (toddlers must be potty trained): Daily rates are $27 for 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., $37 for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $7 for early drop-off, $7 for late pick-up, $5 for lunch. Dec. 26-Jan. 4 and Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Advance registration is required.
3622 Allen Road, in the northwest, 589-2100; and 4401 Ride St., in the southwest, 833-3986, aaog.com.
New Years Eve Pizza Party, age 3-13 (toddlers must be potty trained): Advance registration $35 for first child, $30 each additional. $10 walk-in fee for same-day registration. 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
3622 Allen Road, in the northwest, 589-2100, aaog.com.
Boys & Girls Clubs
Arts and crafts, sports. Ages 5-17.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. $30 registration fee, plus $100 for full-day or $60 half day for both weeks; or $60 full-day and $40 half-day for one week. Half-day is either 7 a.m. to noon or noon to 6 p.m.
Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St. 325-3730; and Stockdale Club, 5207 Young St., 663-8733. www.bgclubsofkerncounty.org.
Bright Beginnings Learning Center
Arts and crafts, free play. Ages 5-12. 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. $29 per day or $245 for both weeks.
2906 Loma Linda Drive, northeast Bakersfield. 324-1253.
Kern County Museum
Around the World in Six Days Camp featuring crafts, gift making, cooking and science. Ages 4-12.
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. Half-day pick-up by 1 p.m. $55 a week for members, $85 a week for nonmembers. Full-day $100 a week for members, $130 a week for nonmembers.
3801 Chester Ave., 852-5026, kcmuseum.org.
Moore's Art School
Painting, drawing and sculpture. Ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. $20 per class.
10205 Hurlingham Drive, 837-1037, mooresartschool.com.
Wasco Kids Club
Mentoring, arts and crafts, dance and other activities. Second grade and up. Free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29.
Veteran's Hall, 1202 Poplar Ave., Wasco. 758-3081.
If your organization is holding a winter camp, let us know and we'll add you to this list online as soon as possible. Provide the above details to email@example.com.