Free things to do during March break across Canada

Staying home this March Break? Here's a list of free activities the whole family will enjoy across Canada.

By Robin Stevenson

What to do on March break in your province
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We've rounded up some of the best free events, both by retailer and by province.

Ikea
The retailer will be hosting scavenger hunts, craft sessions and other kid-friendly activities each day of the break at select stores. Restricted to kids 12 and under. Check ikea.ca for participating locations in your area.

Indigo
Indigo and Chapters are hosting a number of in-store activities during the break. Monday: Let’s Read With Dr. Seuss (story time and activities); Tuesday: Let's Create (Rainbow Loom projects); Wednesday: Let's Build With Lego (Lego-person swap session and make-and-take activity, while supplies last); Thursday: Let's Go on an Adventure (pirate- and mermaid-themed story time and activities); Friday: Let's Go on the Road with Klutz (activities). Visit indigo.ca for more information.

The dates are:
New Brunswick: March 3-7
Quebec: March 3-7
Nova Scotia: March 10-14
Ontario: March 10-14
P.E.I.: March 17-21
British Columbia: March 17-21
Manitoba: March 21-April 4
Alberta: March 24-28
Alberta (St. Albert, Sherwood Park): March 31- April 4
Alberta (Lethbridge, Rocky View): April 21-25
Newfoundland: April 21-25
Saskatchewan: April 21-25

Lowe’s Canada

Check out the Build and Grow Clinics at a location near you during the break. Recommended for kids in Grades 2 to 5, clinics are held every other Saturday at 10.a.m. Kids take home the toy/craft they make, a merit certificate, name tag, apron and safety goggles. Space is limited, so it’s best to register in advance in-store at the customer service booth. For more information, visit lowes.ca

Home Depot
Register your child (ages four to 12) for Home Depot’s two-hour toy-building workshop. Find dates and register online at homedepot.ca

Tim Hortons
Look for complimentary skating or swimming events across the country. To see if your community is included, visit timhortons.com

Other best bets:
Don’t forget to check your local library branch for great free activities during the break. Most host movie screenings, puppets shows and story times.

Another great spot to find free activities? Your local mall. Check their websites for listings.

Here are 13 of our top picks for spring break fun, from coast to coast:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Easter Games
Makkovik
From April 22 to 25, Makkovik will hold its annual Easter Games. From snowmobile races and three-legged soccer games to barefoot running races and piggyback rides, this Labrador North event is packed with fun for the entire family.

Nova Scotia

Public skate at the Emera Oval
Halifax
Hit the ice at the Emera Oval before it closes for the season.

P.E.I.

King's Playhouse
Georgetown
Enjoy playing Wii or watching movies with the kids at King’s Playhouse, all week from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

New Brunswick

Sleigh Rides at Centennial Park Rotary Lodge
Moncton
On March 5, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., enjoy a sleigh ride (weather permitting) at Centennial Park Rotary Lodge Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Quebec

Skating at the Old Port Rink
Montreal
Stretch your legs by doing a few laps around the Old Port skating rink with the entire family.

Ontario

March Break at the Ontario Legislature
Toronto
During this 2-hour program (running from March 10 to March 14, 10 a.m. until noon), families with children aged 6 to 10 can explore the historic building via scavenger hunt, dress up in traditional black robes, and participate in craft activities. Pre-registration is required. Call (416) 325-0061 to register, or e-mail tourbookings@ontla.ola.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Manitoba

Festival of Fools
Winnipeg
Your kids can enjoy circus-style artists—jugglers, magicians, clowns, face painters—and interactive circus workshops at this popular event, which runs from March 29 to April 6.


Saskatchewan

Government House Museum

Regina
Open from 9 to 4, Tue-Sun, the museum offers a list of 120 things to do there, including a bunch of kids' activities. There are also booklets on the website that parents and teachers can download for kids.

Alberta

Farmers’ markets
Edmonton
Take the kids to one of the city’s lively markets to have breakfast and buy food for dinner. The Old Strathcona and City Market Downtown are both open Saturdays during the break.

British Columbia

Surrey Nature Centre
Surrey
Enjoy Discovery Day at the Surrey Nature Centre with your family from March 19 to 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include eco crafts, scavenger hunts and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Vancouver
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 at 11 a.m. The event will feature stilt walkers, dancers, pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians and more.

Northwest Territories

Long John Jamboree Celebration
Yellowknife
Between March 28 and 30, come out to Great Slave Lake for the Long John Jamboree Celebration which includes face painting, carnival games and a magic show for kids.

Yukon

Burn Away the Winter Blues
Whitehorse
Say goodbye to winter and celebrate the spring equinox with the annual Burn Away the Winter Blues parade and bonfire on March 22, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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