Keeping kids entertained during March break isn’t easy — it’s winter, the days are long, and cabin fever is catching. Don’t stress; March break can be jam-packed with fun!
Keeping little hands busy (and minds stimulated) just takes a bit of creativity. Here are 10 ideas that won’t cost you a dime.
Sign up for library programs
Libraries host a ton of free kids’ programs, from author readings to craft workshops. Keep an eye out for events that are up your child’s alley at a branch near you, and head over for an afternoon of brain-tickling fun. While you’re there, stock up on free books and DVDs for cozy nights in.
Take a hike
A winter hike is a rewarding way to spend a winter afternoon. You’ll get the blood flowing, which is great for releasing those mood-boosting endorphins, and actually enjoy the winter wonderland outside rather than hide from it.
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Spend a day in the garden planting bulbs to sprout in time for spring. If you’re limited for space or pressed for time, start a windowsill garden. Cultivating any kind of plant life is an empowering hobby for kids.
Plan play dates with family
Pencil in some quality time for baking with Grandma or building something with Grandpa. It’ll be a nice break for you and a change of scene for your child, not to mention a great way for them to catch up with family.
Go on a winter picnic
Don’t wait until spring to use that picnic basket; a winter picnic can be just as much of an adventure. Pack up a big blanket and a basketful of goodies, and head to the park or beach for an alfresco affair. Don’t forget a Thermos of hot chocolate!
Kids can lend a hand to improve their community in lots of ways. See if there are any community gardens starting up for the season, community centres with mural restoration projects or shelters that need dog walkers. If you can’t commit, you can still do your part by heading to the park and picking up litter for an afternoon.
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Visit a farm
Checking out a local farm in the winter is like visiting a different world. It’s super peaceful, and a promise of new beginnings is in the air, but there are still animals to be fed and corn to be harvested. It’s also maple syrup season! Tapping this stuff is a fascinating experience, and it’s a natural and tasty kid-pleaser.
Head to the flea market
They’re cheaper than visiting a museum but often just as interesting. Check out all the curiosities, like records, clothing, books and cool furniture, and guess what their stories are. If your child feels inspired, start a collection together.
Take and then edit photos
Set your kid loose in the backyard with your digital camera, and see what happens. Playing around with their photos on Photoshop will make them feel like a real artist.
Unearth those shiny blades from the basement, and head to a community rink. Whether indoor or outdoor, skating is a surefire way to break out of the winter blahs.