If you live in Ontario and have children, odds are good that your kids have next week off for March Break! This is the first year that I’ve been taking daytime classes at Algonquin College, so it’s also the first year that I’m having to make plans around my schedule (since postsecondary students get their Reading Week in February) instead of just filling up the week with fun activities for my daughters. Luckily, my husband has vacation time that he needs to take so we’ll be off together for the week as a family and Ottawa has lots of great activities for us to take part in! If you’re not lucky enough to live here, all of these suggestions will still work for you – you’ll just need to find the specific information for your city.
- My ‘go-to’ suggestion is always the library (no wonder I’m a librarian in training now). The Ottawa Public Library has free activities for kids of all ages at all of their branches, and if you have a library card for your child, you can register them online. If you don’t, head over to your nearest branch and get one! When you’re done, you can also pick up some new books and movies to enjoy for the rest of the week.
- Indigo Kids has a different free activity every day of March Break! Visit your local store to sign up.
- Swimming is always a fun time, and it’s a great way to pretend that you’ve gone on a beach vacation instead of staying at home. We’ll be heading to the Kanata Wave Pool because it was such a huge hit last year!
- Going to see a matinée movie is a fun way to spend the afternoon if the weather isn’t cooperating. Read my Zootopia review before you go and enjoy the popcorn!
- Any time is a good time for crafts as far as my daughters are concerned! Check out my Pinterest board for kids crafts and activities to get you started.
- We’ve never actually gone to a sugar bush, but Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush is highly recommended in the Ottawa area. The Log Farm isn’t running a Sugar Bush this year, but there will be a Maple Roundup at the Lone Star Ranch at 4420 West Hunt Club Road that sounds like lots of fun!
- Of course, we’ll be having play dates with friends that my daughters don’t get to see as much when they’re in school.
- If this lovely spring weather keeps up, we might even be able to get our bikes out of the shed and take our first family bike ride!
What are your plans for March Break? I’d love to hear your ideas for how to keep busy and have fun!