The Best of the Break

March Break Activities
The Best of the Break

Spoiled for choice we are, us parents of small children here in the nation’s capital during the March Break. The pressing question is not what to do but rather, what to choose?

If you’re working, you need to know about the best March Break camps. Our top picks are at Carleton University, where kids not only get great instruction in a range of sports, but also a daily swim and cafeteria lunch. Trust us: the cafeteria lunch, for most kids, is an even bigger attraction than the Olympic-sized swimming pool (and a huge hit with parents who are sick of making lunches). Kids need to be at least six years old to attend.

If you’re home during the break with the munchkins, but would still like a little programming, consider a series of downhill ski lessons at Camp Fortune, which is offering a March Break session. Lessons are two hours (10 am to 12 pm), with a three-day minimum commitment. Kids as young as four can sign up for lessons, and you’ll be amazed at how easily even very small kids catch on. Those aged six and under don’t pay for lift passes. (Warning: Monday morning can be a little hairy as everyone gets sorted into skill-appropriate groups, so bring along a giant canister of patience. After the initial sort-out, all should run smoothly.)

Even if you’re looking forward to cozy days at home spent crafting and baking, at some point you’ll probably start casting around in search of an activity to stave off cabin fever. The Ottawa Public Library has really stepped up its offerings this year. Options vary depending on your local branch. Best of all—it’s free!

Meanwhile, Starr Gymnastics is offering the most flexible March Break camps imaginable. Sign up for half or full days, for as few or as many days as you like—even just one day. Why not schedule a midweek, sanity-saving half-day? Set your kids loose on ropes and rings, in the fun foam pit, on the balance beam, bars, vault, trampoline and Tumble Trak.

Hate crowds? Head to the Quebec side, where the break is long over and the kids are back in school. Tubes & Jujubes, a 15,000 square feet indoor playground with play structures, ball arenas, a climbing wall, agility games and a kiddy park, is always a hit.

If the weather cooperates, the break may be a good time to check out a local sugar bush. The spring season at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush began February 18 and will run until April 22. In addition to the traditional sampling of maple taffy on snow and catching a sleigh ride, Fulton’s will also offer face painting and organized trail games on select dates during the break. Bring snowshoes, skis or a toboggan, if you like.

And keep your fingers crossed for sunny, spring-like weather!

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First published 2011.03.03

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