The Top 10 Fun Activities For Kids To Do Over March Break
Whether you’re staying close to home or heading out on a weeklong adventure, there are endless fun activities for kids (and adults) to check out over March Break.
March Break is nearly here, and there’s no doubt the little ones in your life are getting excited at the idea of a full week off. Of course, it’s not quite as carefree for parents looking for fun things to do with their kids all week long. Luckily, if you’re focused on filling the calendar all week long, we’re more than happy to help. From exciting outdoor treks to days spent learning and playing indoors, we’ve put together a list of fun activities for kids to do over March break in the Maritimes that will make the time you spend together memorable.
Discover Something New at the Discovery Centre
The Halifax Discovery Centre offers endless learning opportunities for children (and adults!) of all ages. In fact, during your visit, you’ll find permanent exhibits dedicated to a wide range of topics, including flight, health, and energy. You’ll even find a unique exhibit just for kids! In addition to their permanent exhibits, The Discovery Centre also plays host to a wide assortment of touring exhibits. These exhibits tackle diverse topics ranging from music to pets and everything in between. Perhaps best of all, every Wednesday from 5 PM until 8 PM The Discovery Centre is free to visit, making it as affordable as it is exciting for visitors of all ages.
Learn to Ski at a Maritime Hill
March break offers a great opportunity to take up a new winter sport like skiing or snowboarding, and there are plenty of locations throughout the Maritimes for you and the kids to hit the slopes. Nova Scotia is home to Ski Wentworth, Ski Martock, and Ski Ben Eoin. In New Brunswick, you’ll find Poley Mountain, Crabbe Mountain, Mont Farlagne, and the Sugarloaf Park. If you’re spending March Break on Prince Edward Island, you’ll find the Brookvale Provincial Ski Area, which offers many outdoor activities beyond downhill skiing. These hills often offer March Break group programs, making it easy and fun to learn the basics as a family.
Visit the Local Library
If the fun activities for kids that you have in mind are a little more relaxed, consider spending some time at your local library. Libraries are more than just books (though, to be fair, they do have a lot of amazing books to check out). In fact, they offer programs throughout the year for the entire family. The most popular Library in the Maritimes is the Halifax Central Library, which is a must-see building that offers five stories of action, adventure, mysteries, and more! If you’re closer to Saint John, check out the Saint John Free Public Library, which has been serving the city of Saint John for over 130 years, and if you call Charlottetown home, be sure to stop by the Confederation Centre Public Library.
Explore Sugar Moon Farms
If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, consider making the journey to Sugar Moon Farms. A wintery scenic slice of paradise located near Earltown, Nova Scotia, Sugar Moon Farm is the perfect spot for a day trip. While you’re here, the entire family can take a nature hike, learn the history of maple syrup, and, perhaps best of all, enjoy a fantastic meal made using local ingredients. Before you visit, consider booking your family in for the Maple Magic package, which includes brunch, a special tour of the Sugar Camp, and an opportunity to make your own Sugar on Snow syrup sucker.
Cheer on Your Favourite Local Team
If your family are hardcore hockey fanatics, you have to spend at least one evening during March Break cheering on one of the teams in the Maritime Division of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (more commonly known as, simply, The Q). The Halifax Mooseheads, the Moncton Wildcats, the Titan Acadie-Bathurst, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the Charlottetown Islanders, and the Saint John Sea Dogs are stacked with the best young talent playing hockey today. A Q game is not only an opportunity to see a great game, it’s also a chance to watch future superstars perfect their skills before turning professional.
For many, sledding is the ultimate winter activity. Nothing beats getting out the crazy carpet, hiking to the top of the hill, and racing back down. Not only is this an awesome winter activity, it’s also a good workout that’s certain to zap a lot of that youthful energy most kids are known for. There are great sledding locations all over the Maritimes, but a few of the best spots include Citadel Hill in Halifax, the Rockwood Park Golf Club in Saint John, and the Brookvale Activity Park in North Wiltshire (PEI).
Try Snowshoeing at Inside Out Nature Park
If you’re looking for a scenic way to spend a day outside, consider learning to snowshoe at the Inside Out Nature Park in Saint John. With more than 26-kilometres of picturesque trails, snowshoeing in the park is a fun activity for kids and adults looking to spend some time in nature on a beautiful winter day. One thing to remember is that if you don’t own your own snowshoes, you’ll need to call ahead and reserve a pair for your jaunt into the park. You’ll also want to bring your camera with you, as you’re certain to see some awesome sights on your adventure.
Hit the Bowling Alley
A fun activity for any season, bowling is an especially great way to spend an afternoon during March Break. Not only is it leisurely, it’s inside, warm, and able to accommodate groups of all sizes. If you’re looking for an event that’s sure to be a strike with your bowling buddies, call your local alley and see if they offer glow-in-the-dark bowling. It is a must-have experience, usually accompanied by an awesome soundtrack of songs you’re sure to love (though your kids might not know all the words).
Visit the Wildlife Park
Animal lovers will jump at the chance to spend a day touring the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. The home of Shubenacadie Sam—the world-famous groundhog who recently predicted an early spring—the Wildlife Park is a sanctuary for animals of all shapes and sizes. The animals you will meet during your visit to the Wildlife Park come from all across North America. Usually, these animals have been born in captivity or were orphaned at a young age. While the ultimate goal of the park is to rehabilitate and release these animals back into the wild, some are better suited to a life spent in the park where they can remain healthy and well cared for. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to see these animals up close as well as learn about the efforts going on at the park to keep animals all across the Maritimes safe. When planning your visit, keep in mind that the park is only open on the weekends in winter, from 9 AM until 3 PM.
Get Away From it All With a Family Adventure
If you’d rather escape from the hustle and bustle of March Break, consider taking the family for a getaway at Digby Pines Resort. As beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, Digby Pines is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. It’s close to lovely hiking trails for the explorers in your family, and also features a fantastic spa on-site for those who love pampering. Best of all, Digby Pines is dog-friendly, so even your four-legged friend can get in on the March break fun.
With so many fun activities for kids and adults, the Maritimes are the perfect place to spend your March break. To learn more about exciting things you can do throughout the region, be sure to check out Explore the Maritimes.