Tuesday, March 8, 2011
March Break 2011
How can you NOT have fun on March Break? I remember when I was a young chicken - March Break was the highlight of my March; no school, no (or very little) snow and lots and lots of things to do. Burlington and the Halton region has always excelled in providing tons of entertainment to keep parents from going crazy, or having to take the whole week off work, whether their kids are 6 or 15 years old. This year, March Break is from March 14 to the 20 (not like your kids haven’t been reminding you every day for the past month or two). Whether your kids like to ski, hike, skate, swim, learn, explore or be creative – there is an activity for them to take part in this March Break.
There are March Break camps, skating, and swimming available at city facilities. The camps are for kids of all ages as well as camps available for kids and adults with disabilities. Click HERE to learn more about these camps and to see the schedules for skating and swimming. Please visit the City of Burlington website.
Do you have a 12-16 year old? Why not enroll them in Babysitter Training at the Tansley Woods Community Centre? During this 2-day course they will be trained in childcare, safety and their rights and responsibilities as a childcare provider. They will be given a babysitters certificate upon completion. This is a great way for young adults to gain experience and have the knowledge and skills to help out with younger siblings or even get a summer job! Click HERE to register.
The Royal Botanical Gardens has a multitude of activities planned to keep the children busy all week long. Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life, on daily, are holding an interactive drumming program on Tuesday, March 15, from 1pm-2pm. This program allows the participants a chance to play the drums and learn about the history around different instruments. There are also various day camps available for kids from 4-13 years old at the RBG; they range in topics from the forest, environmental science, frogs to maple syrup! Check out their website for more information and event registration.
Crawford Lake’s Sappy Strolls and Sweet Water Demonstrations are learning opportunities for the young and young at heart. These events include walking tours to learn about the First Nations’ maple tapping techniques and demonstrations about the origins of maple syrup. Sappy Strolls will happen twice daily at 11am and 2pm and Sweet Water Demonstrations will happen twice daily at 12pm and 3pm on March 12, 13, 19, and 20; for more information on these events and to see some of Crawford Lake’s other March Break activities visit Conservation Haltons’ website.
If your child has a love for the snow, and an interest in adventure, then Glen Eden’s ski and snowboarding camps would be perfect for them! Running from 9:30am to 3pm daily during March Break, these lessons are sure to be a hoot! No, I don’t mean there will be owls, you would be more likely to see owl’s at Mountsberg!
Speaking of Mountsberg, they also have exciting activities planned! Maple Town features horse drawn sleigh rides, maple syrup samples and best of all, the Pancake Pavilion; for more information read our previous blog, It’s Maple Syrup Time; we delve into Maple Town, Sweet Water Season and the Maple Syrup Festival held at Bronte Creek Provincial Park where guided tours of Maple Lane, wagon rides, the pancake house, maple museum and the Maple Gift Shoppe are all offered daily from 9:30am to 3pm.
Arts and Crafts are always something kids enjoy; why not check out the Burlington Art Centre’s various camps for ages 4-13. These aren’t just for children either! They have a great variety of adult studio classes. Or if you want to keep them active, Burlington Gymnastics offers half-day and full-day camps for ages 3-13. It’s bound to be a high-jumping of a tumbling good time!
Want to make your March Break a staycation? Holiday Inn Burlington is offering a one night standard room accommodation with daily live shows, movies and scavenger hunts to get the feeling of going away without really leaving our beautiful city!
Want to raise a little chef or just get your family more involved with dinner at home? Paradiso Restaurant hosts cooking classes throughout the seasons but during March Break, it’s Kids Only Kooking Klass! Paradiso has put together a collection of 3 hour classes to introduce some basic techniques to kids in the kitchen with the use of household items.
Heritage is an important topic for some families, why not have your children understand the history of Burlington and Chief Joseph Brant and the Ireland Family. Both Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge farm are open this March Break and offering Mystery Investigations workshops, make SWEET stuff and beware of the wild things with special guests and a mix of activities, crafts and entertainment.
We know March Break can’t be frustrating and sometimes expensive. We hope you enjoy all that Burlington has to offer, like our Coupon Book with deals from Burlington Bowl, Climber’s Rock, Conservation Halton, Lil’ Monkeys Indoor Playground, Royal Botanical Gardens and other great restaurants and shopping destinations!