March Break madness

Author: Canadian Living


March Break madness

It seems like families have just gotten back into daily routines after the holidays and March Break is already looming on the horizon. For most of us, the pressure is on to find fun, enriching activities that parents and kids can agree on. Whether it's to keep the kids occupied while school is out or to begin developing a new skill, families across the nation are snapping up spaces to keep cabin-crazy kids busy with fun, informative and educational camps.

Capilano College in North Vancouver has an amazing medley of March Break programs -- kids can learn cooking, fashion design, computer animation or even golf. Snow bunnies can hit the slopes at places like Grouse Mountain for ski or snow board camp. If your little athlete prefers indoor pursuits, check out a track and field camp that includes instruction in throws, sprints, hurdles, distance and jumps from nationally certified coaches. Young adventurers will love the activities at Camp Byng: camping, hiking, expeditions, kayaking, skiing and orienteering.

Don't let a frosty Alberta spring deny your child the glories of golf! At Eaglequest Golf, Mike Weir wannabees perfect their swings under the Golf Dome. Artsy kids can combine two passions -- drama and drumming -- at the Calgary Young People's Theatre 'Drumma Camps'. Kids learn the basics of West African Drumming and theatre arts like improv, comedy and story telling. Little Einsteins won't want to miss the Telus World of Science's spring break camps.

Young naturalists can learn about endangered species, conservation, and migration and the Assiniboine Park Zoo camp. They'll get a kick out of the ‘Animal Olympics' -- can you guess who's the fastest runner, largest mammal or the longest lived? Radio performance, puppetry, moviemaking and animation are all a part of the Manitoba Theatre For Young People's spring break camp. Children build confidence and self-esteem though learning to perform in front of an audience, and working with others to develop new ideas. Build your own city, climb inside a 17-foot oak tree, produce your own TV show or prepare for lift off from the space station -- kids can do it all at the Manitoba Children's Museum spring break camp.

Harbourfront Centre has something for everyone: join the circus and learn juggling, stilt walking, tightwire and trampoline, try out tennis, ceramics, or Dungeons and Dragons. Younger campers stay busy with songs, games, crafts and drama. There are no boys allowed at the all-girl Ontario Children's Riding Camp, where in addition to riding horses, participants learn to care for, harness and drive a dog team, animal tracking and snowshoeing. Junior scholars will love the Ontario Science Centre's camp. This year's theme is creepy-crawly -- pinning and identifying insects, a chance to touch and hold some species, and learning about the nutritional value of bugs -- yuck!

Kids who love a challenge will thrive at the Chess ‘N' Math Association's Chess Day Camp designed to improve problem-solving skills and concentration. Instructors have over 1,000 hours of teaching experience and all materials are provided. The Museum of Fine Art's camp is ideal for crafty kids, featuring an eclectic mix of visual and digital arts like sculpture, print making, stained-glass windows and digital image transfer. Prepare for frosty fun winter camping at Lac Camp Adair with the girl guides! Enjoy snowshoe hiking, winter cook-outs, animal tracking, arts and crafts, outdoor adventure games, and snow tubing.

East Coast sporting types will find lots to do at Saint Mary's University over March Break. The hockey camp includes power skating, puck skills, movies and fun. Kids wanting to hone basketball skills will learn fundamentals, game situation drills and team competition. The place for budding thespians is the Neptune Theatre's March Break workshop entitled "Aesop's Animals." Teachers lead young participants on an exploration of Aesop's Fables -- did the tortoise REALLY beat the hare? The Kidz Kollective for older children examines more mature themes like aliens, peace and animal rights through the exploration of ideas and the development of performance skills.

Most organizations recommend early registration, as space is limited. Happy camping!


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March Break madness