Things To Do During March Break
Yikes! March break is right around the corner and while the kids the counting down the days parents may be wondering how they are going to keep their kids busy throughout the week.
While it might be too late to enroll your kids into a camp there are still many fun things do for kids of all ages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Why not take in some culture this March break with a trip or two to your local museums. Many museums are running special programs and exhibits specifically targeted at engaging and entertaining children. PRO TIP: Before planning your day, do a quick search and find out when the museum is most busy and plan your trip around those times. While your kids might not enjoy getting up early they will appreciate being able to get up close to the exhibits and not having to wait in line.
It’s worth the drive to your local sugar bush! If you are lucky enough to live in an area that produces maple sugar make sure to add this to your list of things to do. You will find that many cater to the younger kids with wagon rides and tours through the sugar bush complete with the history of maple syrup and how it is made. PRO TIP: Dress for the weather. Since you will be outside you want to be prepared for snow, rain, and potentially mud on the trails. Pack extra clothes, socks and shoes. You don’t want them bringing mud into the car!
There is so much natural beauty in Canada it would be a shame not to squeeze in time to explore over March break. And you don’t have to travel far! Most cities have walking and nature trails, complete with a breakdown of what you will find on the trail, accessibility, and if the trails are maintained during the winter. You can easily turn your walk into a learning opportunity by playing a game of identifying foliage or animals spotted along the trail. PRO TIP: Don’t let the cool weather fool you. Pack water and snacks to keep hydrated and energized during your walk.
From skating to swimming to reading, most community centres will be running special programs throughout March Break. Some may offer drop-in programs or bring in special guests to keep kids entertained. PRO TIP: If possible, invite one of your child’s friend to come along with you, or plan to meet them and their family at the community centre. This gives you both a break and your child the chance to have fun with their friends.
You don’t have to be on the move every day. Bring out the art supplies or plan an afternoon of cooking together. It is a great way to create memories and share quality time together. PRO TIP: Whether you are creating a masterpiece and baking award-winning cookies – chances are you are going to make a mess. Plan ahead. Use drop cloths under paint and art supplies, wear old clothes, and accept something will be spilled.