Soledad Solis keeps a close eye on an elementary-school-age boy with oversized feet as he bumps from one wall to the next, trying to get laughs from girls walking next to him.
Solis' eyes widen as another boy staggers dangerously close to the curb.
Solis, a teaching assistant, is acting as the caboose for a train of 27 children bouncing their way to the Lodi Avenue Taco Bell, for the day's field trip to learn about how the restaurant works.
The field trip is part of Hutchins Street Square's Fabulous Fall Madness Camp. The camp is part of a larger effort by Lodi's many clubs and organizations to keep children entertained and off the couch during the current two-week break from local schools.
Now In its second year, the Hutchins Street Square camp accommodates first through six graders.
"There's a really big need," said Diane Amaral, arts and education coordinator for Hutchins Street Square, who said that parents only have so much vacation time to take with their children.
At Fall Madness teachers mix arts and crafts with field trips.
Teacher Lisa Lopez said the camp goes to places like the police department as a cheap and easy way to entertain the children.
"It's like they say, 'Livable, Lovable, Lodi,'" Lopez said.
Other camps, like the one at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, have similar interests at heart. During the break, the Boys and Girls Club is offering the Sunrise Program.
As part of the program, students between the ages of 6 and 18 who are members of the club can come to the club starting at 7 a.m., five hours earlier than its usual noon start-up time.
The cost to go to the program is $10 a day for members. Membership to Boys and Girls Club is $35 per year.
Students can participate in sports, arts and crafts, play video games and use the club's computer lab.
During the break, the club serves approximately 130 students a day, said Lisa Randall the site's director.
The Lodi Public Library is also looking to entertain students during break by sponsoring Teen Read Week, which promotes reading among teens.
This year's theme "LOL at Your Library" will focus on comedic literature.
As part of the event, the library will host a Comedy Night tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature joke, short story and funny-face contests.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting a sports camp called "Journey with Jesus."
The camp, which is in its second year, offers students an opportunity to play sports with their friends while learning about health.
Sports include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and football for the boys and cheerleading and softball for the girls.
Nearly 105 kindergarten through eighth-grade students are participating in the camp, which costs $25 for the week, said Jim Stall, director of family ministries at St. Paul.
"(We're) using sports as a way to bring it into a church environment for the kids who don't go to church," Staal said.