Off-Site Childcare & Camps

Looking for programs that might offer after school activities and/or childcare during the school year? Interested in summer camps and other fun things to keep your kids occupied while school is out? Just want a night out with your significant other?!

This list of childcare, activities, camps and Parents/Kids Night Out providers was compiled by McDonald Int'l parents and provided for your information only - it does not imply endorsement by the school or PTA. Have an org you want to add to the list? Email

On-site childcare before/after school and during the summer is offered by Kids Co.

Parents/Kids Night Out

The Moonpaper Tent

Parent's Night Out Every Friday, 5:30-9:30pm, ages 4-up. Cost is $30 per child non-refundable (sibs receive a 10% discount). Kids enjoy the night out too! Each month adventure through a different amazing theme, creative drama, dress-up, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

Seattle Gymnastics Academy - Ballard

Parents' Night Out is every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 6-1pm. Enjoy a night on the town and know that your kids are having fun. Kids will be guided through a night filled with gymnastics, a pizza dinner, mind-engaging games, and a late night movie (you can bring your own G-rated options if you like). Cost is $35 per child. More info.

Woodland Park Zoo

Kids ages 4-11 will enjoy a fun-filled and educational evening (5:30-10pm) under the supervision of zoo staff inside Zoomazium. Supervised activities include games, puppet shows, movie, and a live animal encounter, plus a pizza dinner. Cost is $30 per child, $22 each additional sibling. More info.

Summer Camps & After School Programs

Japanese & Spanish Language Camps & Resources

Looking for summer travel and camps in Spanish or Japanese? Visit the Spanish and Japanese Resources pages.

Architecture for Kids

Architect Dora Taylor writes Architecture 101 for Kids and Teens and runs summer workshops for grade 3-8 kids that cover what's been built, what's being built now, and how architects do what they do.

With themes like "Egyptian Architecture and Design," "Amusement Parks," "Eco-House," and "Atlantis" - check out the workshop descriptions on Dora's website.

ART4KIDS 2018 Summer Art Camp

Fused Glass, Clay (sculpture and wheel work), Stone Sculpture, Printmaking, Drawing, and Mixed Media! Experience pure creative joy in our art camp with Luzita Roll, former art teacher at Tops K-8 for 20 years.

Visit our class schedule, online gallery and registration.

Boys & Girls Club of Wallingford

After school care is available from 2:30-7pm. Students can take a school bus directly from McDonald Int'l after school to Boys & Girls Club of Wallingford at 1310 N 45th St. The cost? Free to kids with $36 annual membership. No, that is not a typo.

C.A.N.: Clay Animation Network

Students of C.A.N. classes are supported in creating original animated movies, and learn how to interact with art and technology as creators rather than consumers. C.A.N. offers free workshops, summer programs, weekend and after school classes.

Another of our fabulous After School Activity providers, check out C.A.N. Summer Programs to keep those creative juices flowing while school is out!


Keep your kids' minds active over the summer in chess camps and combination chess+partner camps. Studetns learn, practice, and improve their skills in chess and compete in low-key camp tournaments. Check out their Summer Camp schedule.

Grand Slam Camp

Grand Slam Camp will be at Lower Woodland Park for its 23rd year August 1st through 4th.  Grand Slam is a baseball/softball camp for kids ages 7-12 and operated by teachers leading a staff of current college ballplayers, providing positive role models.  Campers learn the game in a positive, upbeat and safe environment.  The culture of baseball and the life lessons the game provides are a point of emphasis.  For details visit

Green Lake School-Age (GLSA) Care Program

Located across from Greenlake Elementary on 65th. No transportation currently offered from McDonald, but they welcome McDonald kids for before/after school care and summer camp. Green Lake School-Age (GLSA) Care Program

Little Explorers Everyday Enrichment Club

Located near 65th & Latona, Little Explorers offers fun with friends, special enrichment classes and plenty of time outdoors.  Enrichment includes Crafting, Cooking, Writing, Science, Art, Math, Sports and more! Students can enroll on an ongoing basis or drop in if space is available. Transportation from McDonald after school is provided - parent pick up time is 5:30 pm at Little Explorers School. Little Explorers Everyday Enrichment Club

Northwest Girlchoir Summer Sing Camp

Wanting to sing through summer and beyond? Consider joining Northwest Girlchoir’s Summer Sing camp for girls entering 2-7, a fun music camp that emphasizes play, great singing and teamwork! More info, and more about the choir at Also take a look for auditions for next year’s program. It’s an outstanding nonprofit organization that offers a well-rounded musical experience for young girls.

nourishME! Camp

Children will learn basic cooking skills, the importance of good nutrition, and taste a wide variety of foods in a creative, fun, and supportive environment. Please visit the site for class and camp information. 

Om Culture

After School: OmCulture Wallingford provides affordable after school care on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2:30-5:30pm for kids in 1st through 5th grades. There is a school bus stop right next to our studio (McDonald bus #782), where kids from McDonald are met by a staff member to safely walk over to the program together. Each day consists of activities like gymnastics, free play, and healthy snacks, as well as a short Circus Arts class. Give your kids the magical experience of OmCulture this school year! Get more information and sign up on our website, here.

Summer Camp: Want a fun, safe place for your child to play this summer? OmCulture Wallingford is offering 8 weeks of affordable, all day, circus arts summer camp, from June 26 - Sept. 1 for children ages 6-12. Kids will get the chance to learn circus arts skills on silks, as well as have time for free play, outdoor activities, music circle time, and more! Visit for more information and to sign up.

One on One Basketball & Dual Sport Camps

Love sports? Check out these summer camp programs from another one of our After School Activity providers.

From One on One: "We do not pack kids into a gym like sardines... we run smaller-sized camps that enable us to teach fundamentals more easily with the ability to reinforce technique with each individual player.  Your child may be a beginner or they may play on a competitive team doesn't matter.  They will be challenged and they will progress in our camps."

Peace Camp International

Peace Camp is an all-ages, non-denominational community day-camp experience for children and youth located in the Ballard area of Seattle. Learn more.

Reel Grrls & You Grow Girl!

Learn how they make your favorite cartoon show or movie! Girls work in teams to use clay, paper, puppets, whiteboards and more to create an animated world. Learn storyboarding, script writing, teamwork, acting/directing, using a camera, editing and more. Reel Grrls is a nonprofit organization partnering with You Grow Girl! to offer summer camp programs for girls. Scholarships are always available - no grrl turned away due to lack of funds. Click the link to register for summer camps and find out more about You Grow Girl! 

Seattle Bus Camp

McDonald International students are invited to join Profe Mayra and your school friends for a week of Spanish language emersion and fun summer adventures. We will spark our Spanish skills and get comfortable using the Metro Bus while we visit local beaches, parks and pools.

We will play, share stories, explore nature, create art and deepen our friendships during our adventures.

A new session has been added. Click here to register.

Summertime Tutor

Cynthia Simon (she took over for Ms. Brooke's 2nd grade class this year) is available as a tutor for this summer. She can best support 1st-3rd grade with any classroom subject (math, reading, writing, social studies, science, art, etc). She also can teach students how to use the abacus/soroban to do fast (and mental) mathematical arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.). Email for more information.

TCSP Tennis Camps

Tennis Center Sand Point offers tennis camps at two locations, TCSP & Kellogg Middle School. Camps focus on tennis skills for all ages and ability levels, athletic skills, and life skills.  All in a fun, positive, upbeat atmosphere. Full and half day options are available to best fit your schedule. Visit to register.

TGA Golf and Tennis Camps

TGA combines expert instruction, on-course-on-court application and exciting activities and drills that keep your kids active all day.

TGA offers half-day and full-day camps at various locations. After care is available for the full-day camps. Visit the TGA website to register.

University YMCA

The University Family YMCA offers a variety of after school, no school, and summer camp programming options at a variety of locations. Visit their website for details and to register.

Violin Lessons with Lindsay Hills

After school violin lessons with Lindsay Hills are available now at Ted Brown Music in the U-District at 1006 NE 50th Street. Lessons are taught Monday-Friday after school and on Saturday mornings. Visit or email Lindsay for more info!

Wilderness Awareness School

Since 1995, Wilderness Awareness School’s Summer Camps for ages 4-18 have cultivated young people’s understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self.

Through exploration, adventure, and creative play, students work together in small groups gaining knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds and survival skills.

Highly trained instructors guide students into experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and build skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

WISE Camps

WISE camps offer exciting chemistry and math courses in the morning & afternoon in August for students entering grades 3-9 at Newport High School in Bellevue. The science camps are designed to give students hands-on experience with lab equipment and learn basic chemistry (students will learn the chemistry behind fire, tie-dye, color-changing reactions and so much more!). The math camps are designed to excite students about advanced topics with tons of hands-on activities. Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt for tie-dying and lunch on campus for those who choose to do full day. Register here or email Mrs. Baker or Mr. Nonis

Woodland Park Zoo School Days Out & Summer Camps

Woodland Park Zoo offers school days out fun on teacher in-service and days between semesters.

During the summer there are half-day camps for pre-schoolers, Natural History games for 10-14 year olds, and a lot in between. They offer activities and camps throughout the year. For more information, see Camps & Programs on the Woodland Park Zoo website.

Y.E.S. at Theatre9/12

Calling all young actors, ages 8-13! Set the stage for summer fun through our StageCamp 2018 program. We’ll cover all aspects of theater, from props to costumes to scripts as we mount a show, which you’ll perform at the end of the week. Sharpen your acting skills, gain confidence, and have a lot of fun. Space is limited, sign up now!

Contact Michael with questions. To register, call 206-790-8583, email or visit their website for all the details.

Summer Activities

Woodland Park Zoo: Zoo Tunes Concerts

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo hosts an annual Zoo Tunes summer concert line-up, which is reliably awesome and much of it FREE!

For more information, see BECU Zoo Tunes at the Woodland Park Zoo website. Ticket fees vary but one child 12yrs and under is free with each paid ticket.

Outdoor Summer Movies

Check out these great venues for outdoor movies this summer:

McDonald Int'l Summer Playdates & Other Events

Don't forget your McDonald Int'l PTA still plans events for the summer too! March in the July Wallingford Family Parade in our school section and join other families for summer playdates.

See what Upcoming Events are planned and come join other McDonald families in the fun. All current and incoming McDonald families are welcome!

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