March Break is just around the corner! If you plan on sticking around the National Capital Region this March Break, then you’re probably wondering what there is to do to keep the kids busy, entertained and happy.
With that in mind, here are 10 March Break Activities in Ottawa:
1) Visit a Sugar Bush
Over the March Break, you won't have to wait until the weekend to visit a Sugar Bush. The Log Farm in Nepean is open March 12th to the 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a bonfire and wagon rides! Visitors will not only see how the pioneers would have collected maple syrup, but also learn how maple syrup is made using modern wood fired equipment.
2) Try Downhill Skiing, Winter Tubing or Snowshoeing!
March break is a prime time to take the kids downhill skiing or enrol them in downhill ski lessons. But if you aren’t skiers, hills such as Mount Pakenham, Edelweiss and Domaine de l’Anne-Gardien offer winter tubing too! And ski hills, such as Calabogie also offer snowshoeing (including rentals). Fun in the snow for all ages and abilities!
3) Visit a Museum
Ottawa has many great museums that appeal to a a variety of interests. Whether you want to teach kids about farming and agriculture at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum or learn about dinosaurs or Canada's Arctic at the Canadian Museum of Nature, there are plenty of things for kids of all ages to see and do at a local museum.
This year the Canadian Museum of Nature has a special Butterfly Exhibit that is only on until April 3rd. March Break is a great time to go check it out (tip: it's really busy, so make sure you book your time slot ahead of time).
For younger kids the Children’s Museum at the Museum of History is always a hit! They currently have a special Dreamworks Animation exhibit that features over 350 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings and interactive displays from DreamWorks animated classics.
From March 3rd to the 18th, the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum has something space-oriented for children of all ages going on each day. The museum will focus on a different aspect of basic astronaut training, including flight training, parachute training, and more – with fun, interactive activities. There will also be daily demonstrations of Shaping the Future in Space, or take part in self-guided craft activities.
And we can't forget - the Canadian Science and Technology Museum is open again! March Break is a great time to reacquaint yourself with this beloved museum and its new, updated exhibits and galleries. We recently wrote a post all about the museum's new look and what you can expect on your first visit.
Exploring a museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours or an entire day!
4) Take a Haunted Walk (for older kids)
Older kids, who are also fans of a good ghost story, may appreciate the fun and mystery of Ottawa’s Haunted Walk. They run every night from downtown Ottawa and are definitely a memorable way to spend an evening as a family. There are usually a couple of different tour types to choose from and each offer a unique way of seeing our city!
5) Go Cross Country Skiing
March Break is usually a goot time to check out the groomed cross country ski trails in Gatineau Park or the new multi-use Sir John A. MacDonald trail. If you don’t own skis you can usually rent them from places such as Mountain Equipment Co-op and Fresh Air Experience.
6) Skate as a family at the Sens Rink of Dreams and Rideau Hall
Weather-permitting, the Sens Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm and unlike many other public skating rinks there is also a heated changing facility. If you don’t own skates (or you just discovered your kids have outgrown theirs) you can rent skates right on site (during designated times).
Rideau Hall also has a public outdoor skating rink which is open until March 25th, weather-permitting.
7) Slide or Dive into a City of Ottawa pool
The City of Ottawa offers a wide range of public swimming schedules during the March Break and have locations all over the city that offer everything from standard swimming, to slides to waves! The great news is that it isn’t expensive, in fact kids 2 and under are free!
8) Sign up for a program at the Ottawa Public Library
Every year the Ottawa Public Library offers free programs for school age children and teens as part of their March Break. Program themes and length vary depending on the library, but past programs have included programs about science, technology, arts and more!
9) Paint Pottery
If your kids love to be creative bring them to a ceramic painting place in Ottawa. There are several including Pottery Playhouse in Stittsville and The Mud Oven on Bank Street. Kids can paint something as simple as a plate or mug and make it their own – or get a head start on birthday gifts for family and friends. It’s a lot of fun and the mess is left behind!
10) Try Bowling
If you’re anything like me the last time you went bowling was on the Nintendo Wii. Bowling is great exercise and a fun way to play together as family. Ottawa has several bowling lanes to choose from including Walkley Bowling Lanes and Orleans Bowling Centre. Merivale Bowling Lanes even has glow in the dark bowling!
How do you plan on spending your March Break this year? What are some of your favourite family acitivities?