While it may not feel like it, spring will soon be arriving. But, before that can happen, kids across the province get to enjoy some relief from school and homework in the form of the annual March Break – which will be taking place March 16-20.
Parents across the community will be happy to know there are a ton of activities and day camps available to keep their young ones busy.
Midland’s Huronia Museum is running a March Break camp for kids. This year’s theme is all about spring, said education co-ordinator Gillian Ross. Each day will include games and crafts designed to take the kids’ minds off the cold.
“The kids have something to do all day,” she said, adding activities are also aimed at a variety of age groups.
Activities will include a hunt for a pot of gold, origami projects, frog races and a Welcome to Spring celebration on March 20.
Children will also have the opportunity to enjoy the last blasts of winter tobogganing on Campbell’s Hill and skating at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre.
Ross noted parents can book their kids for the entire week or just for one or two days.
“We’ve been running (our camp) for a long time, (so parents know) their kids are not only safe, but are also having fun.”
The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre will be offering a March Break Day Camp to children ages six to 12.
“Actively engaging in exciting exploration and learning is inevitable when your child comes to our March Break Day Camp,” Nicole Saltsman, marketing and communications co-ordinator, said in a news release. “It will provide your child with an increased understanding of and appreciation for the world around them.”
Children will get the chance to take part in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, guided hikes, tree and animal identification, and hands-on crafts. In addition, they will come face-to-face with turtles, snakes and birds of prey.
Quest Art School and Gallery, meanwhile, will be offering a variety of hands-on activities for young Picassos, including clay sculpture, decorative painting, beading and print making – all taught by well-known local artists.
Fledgling Jamie Olivers or Nigella Lawsons will have the chance to hone their culinary skills during the Real Canadian Superstore’s camp for kids ages six to 11. On March 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, kids can get stuffed full of fun as they learn all about food that is stuffed.
On March 20, they’ll get to clown around the kitchen as they have a blast making circus-inspired favourites. Participants will get to take home a clown-face cake and learn simple cooking and baking skills.
Staff at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum will also be busy as they explore the globe with children during the museum’s day camp.
“We will be very busy visiting five different countries in five days,” said curator assistant Jan Gadson.
Participants will travel from Egypt to Ireland before heading south to Jamaica and Mexico. Kids will be given a different clue each day as to their final destination.
“We’re going to have lots of activities both inside and out,” said Gadson. “We’re a small and nurturing group, and the kids will have a fantastic time.”
Space is limited in most of these programs, so parents are encouraged to pre-register their children as soon as possible.