March Break is right around the corner in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton, and while the kids rejoice, parents might be wondering where to take their ecstatic children for some excitement and enlightenment in 2018. Luckily, there are a host of different spaces and places offering March Break fun for kids of all ages in a variety of different settings. Whether it’s active leisure, fun learning opportunities or getting your kids immersed in Canadian heritage, Halton has many family-friendly options for you this March Break.
5. Get moving.
The first Belong Oakville event kicks off on March 17 and offers up a full slate of free activities and special events across town, including swims and skates. You can find events on a map. There are daily free swims all week at the Milton Sports Centre and Leisure Centre. If the weather is amazing, why not grab your bikes (and dogs) and venture out to explore?
4. See the Berenstain Bears.
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You don’t have to be a parent or caregiver to wax nostalgic about this epic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain. This new musical, Berenstain Bears Live!, features four familiar faces: Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear. Cute bears who sing and dance? Sign us up! It’s taking place on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Oakville Centre.
3. Go to Art Camp.
Oakville Galleries is offering up a week-long camp at Gairloch Gardens specializing in everything (… everything!!) artsy. Kids of various ages will be coming home with creative pieces of all sizes and learning environmentally conscious art practices. Activities include handmade board games, silkscreened posters, sculptures, comics, and my very favourite – OK I haven’t actually been, but I’d love to do this – You’ve Got Mail (Art). Kids will create their own books, patches, artist trading cards, and sew, photocopy, etc. It’s basically textile heaven!
2. Head to the Maple Syrup Festival.
The annual Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek … that’s when Fresh Ontario maple syrup flows. You can catch it from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. each weekend in March and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through March Break. There’s a guided tour of Maple Lane, where interpreters costumed for the 1890’s demonstrate different historical ways of collecting and making maple syrup. It ends in the middle of Spruce Lane Farm, where you can learn how to make fresh maple sugar or enjoy a stick of delicious maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals in the yard.
Remember to hop on a wagon and head to the Pancake House for a stack with sausages and pure maple syrup!
1. Get your frog on.
Why not head out to Aldershot to check out RBG? With ‘Marsh Break’ programming, you’ll find plenty to do all week. There are animals, the escarpment trains exhibit, frogs galore being featured at a cool new exhibit. Frogs! is running at the Royal Botanical Gardens’ RBG Centre until April 15. You can experience the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing, and adaptively remarkable life forms on earth. “If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind,” according to the RBG. Frogs! is a dynamic exhibit experience with two special exhibitions and daily, family-friendly activities where visitors of all ages can explore the wonderful world of frogs and their wetland homes.