1. Get outside and soak up some vitamin D at your local provincial park. Time in nature can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve our immune systems. Provincial parks across Ontario have countless activities and special events with children in mind. You might even want to try Geocaching! What’s going on near you www.ontarioparks.com
  2. Time to get crafty! March break is a great opportunity to work on a new project. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will provide an endless list of ideas, but here are a few: beaded or string jewelry, homemade bath bombs or lip balm, rubber band or balloon powered cars. Get creative and have fun!
  3. Spring is just around the corner and many Sugar Bushes are now open and offer special activities over the break. Remember to dress appropriately, with the possibility of melting snow that often means mud, and lots of it. Make sure to bring some money as they often have some food products you might want to buy and often only accept cash.
  4. If your tween/teen is wanting to earn some cash of their own, why not help them to start their own business?
    A few ideas: Pet sitting, dog walking, shoveling and salting walkways, cutting lawns, weeding gardens, babysitting or even helping their elders figure out how to use their electronics!
  5. Hit the big screen! Cineplex is offering 4 family favourite movies Monday through Friday. The show starts at 11am and the cost is only $2.99 per person. www.cineplex.com\promos\marchbreakmovies
  6. Winter Sports – Skating, skiing, tobogganing, snow tubing, snow shoeing – the list can go on and on. A little research to find out what’s available in your area and your family can have an active day embracing some classic Canadian winter activities. Many communities even offer free skating over March Break.
  7. Host your very own concert\talent show. Singing, dancing, acting, magic or any talent in between, organize a fun show for the kids to put on. You can spend time setting up a stage, designing costumes and props. This is also a great option if the kids are having friends over. Preparation should keep them busy, and parents will get to sit back and enjoy an amazing show. Don’t forget your camera!
  8. Safety First! Enroll your child in one of Safety Tree’s courses. From stranger safety, preparing them to be home alone and the dangers that come with today’s digital world, there are courses available for everyone from 6-14 years old. The courses we offer include My Safe Life, Home Alone Safety for Kids, Red Cross Babysitting Course and our newest course Digital Superhero Training. Enroll today as space is limited. Find a course near you. www.safetytreecanada.com
  9. Spa at Home. Whether your 5 or 50, who doesn’t love a nice relaxing spa day? By organizing a spa day at home indulging doesn’t need to break the bank. A quick Google or Pinterest search will provide countless recipes for facial masks, scrubs, lotions and more. It might not be quite as relaxing as a day alone at a fancy spa, but I guarantee you’ll make more memories and have a lot more laughs!
  10. Chef for the day. One of the best skills we can teach our children is to cook. No matter their age, they can help in the kitchen. The earlier children learn the importance of eating healthy, and are involved in preparing nutritious food the higher the chance they will continue these eating habits throughout their life. Why not have them plan the menu? Or practice making a grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, a salad, browning ground meat, cooking spaghetti, baking cookies or muffins!

No matter how your family chooses to spend March Break,  remember to keep safe and enjoy the time together!

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