When we were kids, March break was one of the most exciting times of the year (besides summer of course.)
But now that we’re all grown up, some of us with children of our own need to find a way to entertain the little ones for an entire week. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or working full-time outside the home, everyone could use some help entertaining. Don’t have children of your own? Entertaining your niece/nephew or younger sibling throughout the week will give you an excuse to act like a kid again! Here is a list of inexpensive, creative ways to keep the little ones entertained the entire week:
1. Enjoy the great outdoors
- This includes building snow forts or outdoor skating. Being off school for a week, children may think this is the best time for catching up on TV shows or playing video games for hours on end (it’s not like we do that, right?) Remember, for kids, March break is like a five-day long snow day – make the most of the amount of snow we have this year!
Now that’s a fort.
2. Visit museums or science centres
- Just because the kids are taking a break from formal education this week doesn’t mean we can’t engage them in other educational activities! This is perfect for those days where it’s so cold outside you fear that your eyelids will freeze shut. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, the Royal Ontario Museum is a must. There are activities for kids all week, along with daily tours if you’d like to accompany your child. Their site has more details about specific activities.
- Another favourite is the Ontario Science Centre. Also located in Toronto, the centre also has daily tours and child-friendly activities each day to keep your kids entertained.
- Most museums have child rates and offer discounts for families; what a deal!
3. Arts, crafts and baking
- Pinterest as a great deal of hands-on activities for kids; here are a few:
- One of the best parts of March break is having sleepovers during the week. Arrange with another parent to have a night at your house and a night at their house. It will give you plenty of opportunity to put your craft ideas to good use! Children too young for sleepovers? Arrange for play-dates during the day and set up a fort in the living room for the kids to play in (yes, forts are awesome!)
5. Visit your local community centre or pool
- Your local centre or pool will more than likely have special events on for the break so look into it ahead of time. It may be cold outside, but that can’t keep kids away from swimming indoors! A day of swimming activities will only cost around $5 per child, so dive in!