We made it! Well, almost. It’s time to get ready for spring—even if (for now) we do it from the warmth and comfort of home.
March is a bit like November—except that the kids are home from school for a week. But that’s no excuse to wish this soggy and often still-chilly month away. Make the most of it with these tips on how to have fun while you’re dreaming of warmer weather. Remember, spring will be here soon (read and repeat often).
And March features lucky little green men with top hats! But more importantly, March brings with it the promise of little green leaves—from the ground and the trees. Keep your chin up and do a jig if you must. There is reason to celebrate. Here’s our Savvy Guide to March.
Get out and about (because it’s about time!)
By the time March Break rolls around we’re bouncing off the walls and ready to go somewhere, anywhere, never mind at a two-year mark of a global pandemic. We round up events, attractions, and fun things to do for families in Marc in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver that — frequently changing Covid-19 protocols notwithstanding — should satisfy your and your kids’ need for fun and connection.
Seeds for your garden (for real)
Why? Because scheming about what to plant together this year is a great way to pass a chilly weekend afternoon and remind everyone that spring will come. Even better? Gardening together will teach your kids about sustainable food production. Whether you’ve got a backyard plot or just a container or two, we think you’ll love the comprehensive selection available at Dominion Seed House. Their epic printed catalogue is no more, but browsing through the online version is a great way to kickstart your imagination for greener days.
Your Irish on (March 17)
Why? Because it’s St. Paddy’s Day and you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate. Your days of green beer may be long gone, but there are many ways to enjoy Irish culture. We share several sweet and simple ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids and we think they’ll enjoy Lucky Charms for breakfast almost as much as they would love to find a pot of gold. Almost.
Taking inventory for spring
Why? Your kids are still traipsing around in winter boots and snowsuits (and for the love of all that is good please don’t lose the last pair of mittens). But it’s anybody’s guess how much they’ve sprouted over the winter and you don’t want to be stuck with tight rainboots and three-quarter length jacket sleeves on the first warm spring day. Take stock of what you have, what fits, what’s worn, and what’s needed now (psst… here’s a look at the best kids rain gear) and you’ll truly be ready for spring being sprung.
Spring Cleaning starts now
Why? With the kids home for March Break it’s an ideal time to do a few extra chores around the house to help keep everyone feeling cozy and comfortable. And since the kids are home during March Break, even they can be corralled into the activities, making it a perfect opportunity to teach them a few new skills while decluttering the house at the same time. Spring cleaning with kids is totally a thing!
Get ready to turn the clocks forward by having a family slumber party
Why? Because we don’t want to be late for brunch or hockey practice, right? We know that nothing can make the unhappy occasion of a ‘lost’ hour of sleep much better for already sleep-starved parents. But when March 27 rolls around, try getting them into their PJs early. Then dim the lights, eat your dinner in your slippers and robes, and watch a classic family movie. Just be sure to start the whole production an hour ahead of schedule.