March Break is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start planning some fun family activities. While the break gives kids a bit of rest from routine school activities, it doesn’t mean there should be a lull in their learning too. Cities across Canada will host all kinds of exciting and fun events that encourage kids to keep learning while away from school. Here are four creative ways to help your kids explore and learn even when they’re not in the classroom.
Many parents take time off during March Break to spend time with their children, but that may not always be an option. Luckily, there are all kinds of day camps available that may interest your child. Since many jobs of the future will require some coding know-how, computer camps are a great place to start learning the fundamentals. There are also dance, drama, art and cooking camps that could ignite a new passion for your child.
Be sure to check out if any activities are happening at a nearby university as well. For instance, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at U of T offers adventure programming for kids between the ages of 4 - 17.
Museums and Galleries
Many art galleries and museums develop special programming for March Break that encourages exploring and hands-on activities. Be sure to check out their activity listings soon! Most programmes suggest registering children as early as possible as spaces fill up quickly.
If your family is planning on doing an activity together during March Break, there are all kinds of unique museums to explore. In Cape Breton, there is the Miners Museum, and in St. John, NB, you’ll find the Chocolate Museum. There’s also the Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON, and there are tractor museums in many provinces, including the Canadian Tractor Museum in Alberta.
The weather over March Break can sometimes be hit or miss, but there’s sure to be some great days to get outside and explore nature. Research your area for nature trails or, if you’re in a large city, explore a neighbourhood you’ve never visited. Heritage buildings around some cities feature plaques that can share the history of the neighbourhood and surrounding buildings.
How about a treasure hunt for the whole family? Geocaching is also becoming a popular outdoor activity for families to do together, using GPS or another mobile device to navigate hidden geocaches in designated locations. You can also check to see if local markets have special events planned for the week.
Spend Family Time at Home
Not every day of spring break needs to be about going somewhere. Spending time together as a family on a project or activity together will help create cherished and lasting memories. You can try out a new recipe that lets everyone in the family lend a hand or get together and read a book out loud. If your family has a garden, depending on where you live, March Break might be an ideal week to start planting seeds indoors so they're ready to plant later in the spring.