With March Break right around the corner, many parents are looking for ways to entertain their children locally. For the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, and Catholic Board, March Break is from March 12-16, 2012 this year.
We have rounded up some of the activities happening for March break right here in this blog post so check it out and feel free to add anything else you know about in the comments!
Bank of Canada Currency Museum
Join other parents and children during March Break for free family-oriented activities! There will be games, crafts and loads of other free fun. Plus, the Museum will make sure the trip is memorable for your kids. Each will be given a scrapbook that they can fill with photos of great Canadian landmarks along the Trans-Canada Highway and take home with them as a keepsake.
For more information, visit http://www.currencymuseum.ca/2013/02/06/16969/family-road-trip-currency-museum/.
Canada Agriculture Museum
From March 2 to the 17th, you can get a sneak peek at the interactive demonstrations for the upcoming exhibition A Piece of Cake, set to debut in May. Milk, butter, applies, maple syrup, wheat and eggs may all be that is required to bake a delicious cake, but getting those ingredients to your table is no cake walk! Other demonstrations showcased during March Break period include butter-making, grain grinding and maple taffy making. You can also participate in eggs-periments to learn how to tell if an egg is fresh or rotten, hard-boiled or raw and other fun facts about eggs. The animal barns are open per usual so you can also pay a visit to your favourite farm animal.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.technomuses.ca.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
On Saturday, March 9 from 11-2pm, the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, The Skyhawks, will be at the museum to present a hands-on demonstration of their equipment and tell their stories about how they came to join such an exciting team, that has represented Canada before 75 million spectators since 1941. Also on March 9, from 10-4pm, some of the team of the Ottawa International Airport Authority will be on hand to tell the story about how they battle the weather to keep the airport open during winter. On March 7-8 and 13-15 (weather permitting), the Rockcliffe Flying Club invites you onboard its own snow plow to keep its runways clear. Other exciting features — test your aviation knowledge by playing Cessna Jeopardy, take the spacewalk obstacle course and don’t forget to participate in the Chris Hadfield 2D Competition, the Lego contest and more.
For more information, visit www.aviation.technomuses.ca.
Canadian Museum of Nature
The Museum of Nature has many, many events on during March Break. You can experience any of the following events: Freshwater Fish Feeding Time, Reptiles Rock! Presentations, Live Animals from the St. Lawrence Valley, Up Close with Our Live Animals and Animal Artwork.
The Museum also has its Nature Unleashed exhibit on, which is a must-see, and you can go and cast your vote as part of their Dino Idol special exhibit. The Museum of Nature provides fun and education for the whole family.
For more information, visit www.nature.ca.
Canada Science & Technology Museum
From March 2 to 17, the CSTM will be offering a variety of fun activities that will keep your mind on edge through March Break. Imagine the giant marble run you can create using funnels, pulleys and tubes. Build tall towers and bridges using Kapla blocks, while learning about the forces that keep them standing. The Museum will also help your little ones celebrate National Engineering Month by assembling K’Nex structures on March 10. You can also be entered to win a prize thanks to the Ottawa Chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Or, you can explore some engineering marvels with their volunteer Engineers-in-Residence on March 16. On March 13 and 14, you can discover the tactical unit robots that are used by the Ottawa Police Service to perform dangerous work. From March 11 to the 15th, the Cowguys’ gravity-defying juggling act will be at the Museum to impress and amaze. Lastly, the Club de Cube de l’Escale will be there from March 13 to the 15th showing off their tricks; including how quickly they can solve a Rubik’s cube.
For more information, visit www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca.
City of Ottawa March Break Camps
There are many, many March Break Camps available through the City of Ottawa. While registration happened way back in January, you may still find some spaces available if you do some digging around in registration! There are neighbourhood specific camps, creative arts camps, sports camps and an entire section dedicated to specialty camps. There are also special needs and leadership camps too!
For more information, check out the March Break Camps PDF here.
Free & Cheap Things to Do During March Break
Like doing free stuff? Trying to keep March Break costs low? This list will help you navigate some totally free activities happening during March Break this year.
- Bank of Canada, Currency Museum (FREE)
- Cineplex Family Favourites – $2.50 Movies, Saturdays at 11AM
- Gatineau Park, Animal Tracking on Snowshoes (FREE)
- Hazeldean Mall, Daily Activities (FREE)
- Lowes, Build and Grow Workshops (FREE)
- Nepean Museum, $7.50 1/2 Day Programs
- Parliament Buildings, Tours (FREE)
- Place d’Orleans, Daily Activities (FREE)
- RCMP Musical Ride Centre (FREE)
- Rideau Canal (FREE)
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 15-16)
Have something else to add? Leave it in the comments below!
March Break Day Camps in Ottawa
Ottawa also has many, many day camps available for March Break. Here are just a few of the day camps that we’ve rounded up for you.
- Above the Rim Basketball School
- Capital Camps
- Dovercourt Recreation Centre Day Camps
- Futurekids Computer Camps
- A Gym Tale
- Ottawa Little Theatre
- Ottawa School of Speech and Drama
- Starr Gymnastics
- Tiny Hoppers
Have another to add? Leave it in the comments!
Museum of Civilization
The Museum of Civilization has a few things happening that might be of interest to you and your family! First, the Canadian Children’s Museum (located inside the Canadian Museum of Civilization) is hosting Handmade Fun from 9:30-4pm and Thursdays until 7pm through to March 31 in the Studio. You can bring your children there to participate in drop-in workshops that will jumpstart their imaginations and stretch their creative-thinking skills. Be sure to also bring a special item from your own collection (all items must fit inside a shoebox and must be made of entirely inorganic materials) for display in the museum’s unique Pop-Up Museum (March 8 and 15, 10:30am to Noon). Your children will learn about conservation techniques that will help them take care of their favourite objects.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm, Thursdays from 9-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-5pm. More information can be found at www.civilization.ca.
Ottawa Public Library March Break Activities
The Ottawa Public Library is hosting many March Break activities across all of their branches. Here are just a few of the highlight events happening at various branches around the city.
- Alta Vista Branch – Animals Live Here, Building Bonanza, Nature Art, The Mystery of the Diefenbunker and more.
- Blackburn Hamlet – Block Party, How to Build a Log Cabin and more.
- Carlingwood – Techno Buddies, Gamers Unite, Intro to Robotics and more.
- Carp – Out of this World Plaster of Paris, This House is Green and more.
- Centennial – Crazy Kitchen Orchestra, Paper Beams for Paper Buildings, Dig It! Build It! and more.
- Constance Bay & Fitzroy Harbour – Radical Structures
- Cumberland – Babysitting Course, Smallest… Tallest… Most Unusual and more.
- Elmvale Acres – Welcome to My Neighbourhood, Game On! and more.
- Emerald Plaza – King of Your Own Island and more.
- Greely – Nature Art and more.
- Greenboro – Get in the Game, Intro to Robotics and more.
- Hazeldean – Appliance Box Playhouse!, Building Bonanza and more.
- Main Library – Anime Afternoon, Radical Structures and more.
- Manotick – Nature Art, Block Party and more.
- Metcalfe – Over, Under, Around and Through
- Munster – King of Your Own Island
- Nepean Centrepointe – Animals Live Here, Home is Where My Heart Is and more.
- North Gloucester – Dig It! Build It!, Block Party and more.
- North Gower – King of Your Own Island
- Orleans – Babysitting Course, Block Party, Rock Your Room and more.
- Osgoode – Block Party and more.
- Richmond – Nature Art
- Rideau – Amazing Animal Homes, Home Sweet Home and more.
- Rosemount – Crazy Kitchen Orchestra and more.
- Ruth E. Dickinson – Game On!, This House is Green and more.
- St-Laurent – Home Sweet Home, How to Build a Log Cabin and more.
- Stittsville – Animals Live Here, Rock Your Room and more.
- Sunnyside – Block Party, Intro to Robotics and more.
- Vanier – Nature Art, Home Sweet Home and more.
- Vernon – Radical Structures
Find out more information and see a complete list of activities here.
Ottawa Swimming Pools
If your children are little fishies, consider taking them to one of the many local area swimming pools. Here is a list of the pools that we have in Ottawa.
- City of Ottawa Swimming Facilities
- Kanata Wave Pool
- Splash (Gloucester Wave Pool)
- YMCA Pools
- Carleton University Pool
Check to see if any of the pools are experiencing reduced hours or if they have special programs on for March Break.
Now is the perfect time of year to hit up those sugar bushes! Here is a list of the local sugar bushes.
- Fultons Pancake House and Sugar Bush
- Proulx Berry Farm
- Sand Road Sugar Camp
- Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
Check to see if any of the sugar bushes have modified hours for March Break and if they are offering special programs!