Every year, once the new year has firmly established itself and the long days of January seem to disappear into a Valentine’s Day rush, parents start to worry what the heck they’re going to do with their kids for the looming March Break from school. We’ve got you covered!
Here’s our list of suggested things to do for March Break 2018 in Ontario:
Maple syrup for the win!
March break typically falls during the great maple syrup festivals around Ontario. One of Canada’s yummiest food exports around the world, the festivals offer a great opportunity to learn about the “sugaring-off” process that taps maple trees and turns the sap flowing inside to a delicious sauce. Your kids will love all the ways they can sample the goods!
Hop on over
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington (yes, Burlington has a botanical garden!) has a special frog exhibit running until April 15. They have a huge indoor and outdoor facility dedicated to nature, so your junior botanists will love checking out this great day-trip destination.
Let the music take you
The Aga Khan Museum on Wynford Drive in Toronto is offering an innovative, creative experience with music, instruments, live pop-up performances and a real Mongolian yurt! There are also these fun children’s shows around the GTA or at your own local theatre.
Check out a live show. Young People’s Theatre has the classic “The Secret Garden” playing during March break 2018 or watch some great movies at the Toronto International Film Festival for Kids.
Get outta town!
No, seriously. Take a break and go on a road trip for a little getaway in Ontario. There are loads of destinations to choose from across all budgets, each offering a wide array of interesting activities for your whole family.
Have a stay-cation
Plan an at-home event for each day of the break. Board games or video games tournaments, fort-building complete with picnics under the blankets, a scavenger hunt, a cooking and baking day, or an arts-and-crafts day will all stop you and your little ones from break boredom.
If there’s enough snow, use it! Build snowmen, go tobogganing, skiing or snow-shoeing and enjoy the last of winter’s bounty before the spring rains set in. There are also outdoor skating rinks (be careful if you’re choosing to skate on natural bodies of water, as spring thaws often start in early March) and the incredible skating trail on what used to be the Gardiner Expressway!
Camp for the win!
Not everyone can take time off work during March break, so thankfully most municipalities offer reasonably-priced day-camps with a range of themes and activities. There are also loads of privately-owned camps catering to your child’s specific interests, so ask what they’d like to do for March break and find the camp that fits the bill!
Be a day tourist
If you can stand the March break crowds, even a day or two of visiting popular tourist attractions keeps the kids happy and entertained. Here’s a great list of things to see and do grouped by geo-location.
Remember your parents taking you to the local library when you were a kid on break from school? Well those libraries still have kids’ programs! Check your local branch and see what fun stuff they have planned.