March Break Boredom Busting

Many kids look forward to March Break as soon as the Christmas holidays are done.  But parents who aren’t heading south or hitting the slopes could be forgiven for not nearly being as excited about  a week stuck inside during a month when winter’s hasn’t made its final exit.  Thankfully, there are plenty of day camps in Burlington and Oakville to fill the week of March 11-15 with the most fun you kids will have all year.

City-run camps

The cities of Burlington and Oakville both have affordable day camps for school-aged children. Oakville offers day camps for children from four to 14 years (oakville.ca). In Burlington, kids can take in a magician, go skating or swimming or check out a reptile exhibit.  The cost is $188.81 per week, visit Burlington.ca for more information.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Turn kids’ thumbs green at Discovery Day Camps at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Programs include hikes, games, crafts and activities that explore RBG’s 1000 hectares of wetlands, fields and forests.

Register or find out more at rbg.ca

Oakville Galleries

Young artists can nurture their talent at the Oakville Galleries. Children aged six to 12 will use drawing, sculpture, painting and science to explore the supernatural, or use art to create an indoor midway. Cost is $208 for gallery members, $245 for non-members. Email education@oakvillegalleries.com for more information.

Oakville Museum

Kids go back in time to explore prehistoric paintings and sculptures, artists of the Renaissance or try their hands at impressionist painting. For children ages six to 10. Fees are $52.50 per day, an additional $10 for non-Oakville residents. oakville.ca/museum

Museums of Burlington

Students between the ages of five and 12 enjoy March Break camps at Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm. The cost is $25 per day, or $100 for the whole week. museumsofburlington.com

YMCA Oakville

Kids between ages six and 12 can swim, rock climb or play sports and do crafts at the YMCA Oakville Day Camp (Daily, $18, weekly $180). Or more adventurous 11 to 14 year olds can grab their sleeping bags for a week-long overnight camp at YMCA Camp Pine Crest featuring activities including games, snowshoeing, tobogganing and campfires ($350 for the week). Register for both programs at ymcaofoakville.com or in person at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA.

Planet Kids Camp

King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville, elementary school-aged campers will take in a live reptile show, go swimming, make a trip to an indoor playground, play games and do arts and crafts. The week ends with a talent show for campers’ families. Cost is $200 plus tax. Visit planetkids.ca  for more information.

Safari Science

Got a reptile lover or budding paleontologist at home? Check out Safari Science on Speers Road in Oakville.  Half day, full day or full week options are available for campers who want to learn more about nature and science.  Fees are $29 for a half day, or $59 for a full day. safariscience.com

Check our Upcoming Events section to find other ideas and inspiration to make March Break fun for the whole family.

Contributed by: Jill Scarrow

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