Yup, it’s March Break. If you’re home with the kids, it can be fun to have pyjama days and relax, but sometimes you need to get out and burn off that energy, too. Got nothing planned for the week? No problem. Here are some last-minute ideas to get you through the week.
For the sweet tooth
First up, March Break is prime time to hit a sugar bush. Running sap is a sure sign that spring is right around the corner and who can resist authentic and sweet maple syrup?
There are a ton of sugar bushes in the region you can visit and many offer free activities such as petting zoos and toboggan hills as well as for-a-fee treats like sleigh rides, snowshoeing and, of course, pancakes and maple syrup.
Last chance at snow?
Ski: Before you know it, the ski season will be over. But despite the mild spell we had at the end of February, temperatures now seem to be more typical, so there’s still time to slap on those skis and chase a trail. Camp Fortune, Mont Ste. Marie, Edelweiss, Mount Pakenham, Mont Cascades, Vorlage and Calabogie all still have plenty of runs open.
Skate: The Rideau Canal may be closed for the season, but there are still several outdoor skating options, including the refrigerated rinks at City Hall, Lansdowne Park and Ben Franklin Place (details here). And the Rideau Hall rink may still be open as well.
Slide: And there may still be enough snow for the various toboggan hills to be open. You can find out more here.
It can be easy to take Ottawa’s museums for granted; we have so many of them. March Break makes for a great time to rediscover these local treasures as pretty much all of them have special activities and events. You can find out some of those events here and here.
If indoor pursuits are more your thing but you’ve got restless little ones, check out one of the city’s fun gyms. There’s laser tag at Laser Quest or Funhaven (Funhaven also offers an indoor rollercoaster, bumper cars and huge jungle gym), rock climbing at Altitude Gym, and gymnastics and more at Sky Zone, just to name a few. But be warned: these spots will get busy quickly and expect lots of noise.
Why not try a workshop run by a local store? Home Depot and Michaels, for instance, offer free or low-fee workshops where kids can build things like bookends and planters or create art. There’s also painting pottery at The Mud Oven.
Catch a movie
At least one theatre chain, Cineplex, is offering March Break/family movies with admission prices as low as $3 and show times as early as 11 a.m. It’s a great option if the weather is discouraging you from an outdoor activity.
Of course, there’s always going for a swim at your local pool, enjoying a game of bowling or trying an escape room. Looking for more ideas? Try these links:
Ottawa Tourism: Mix of camps, events and free activities.
To Do Canada: Everything from museums to arts to camps to fun in general.
But most importantly, enjoy some quality time with your kids. Believe it or not, they grow up fast!