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Posted in Family and Friends | March 2013

When school’s out, fun’s in!

March break activities
Kids look forward to it with glee: a whole week of freedom and fun! Parents, on the other hand, sometimes look at it with a little bit of trepidation. It is, after all, a whole week

The good news is that all it takes is a little bit of planning and preparation to ensure that the kids’ week off is fun and fabulous for all of you!

First of all, remind your kids at the start of the week that they need to take some responsibility for making their own fun every once in a while. Being able to entertain yourself is a valuable life skill, and it’s one that a lot of kids haven’t yet honed since instant gratification and on-demand entertainment is so easy in this digital age. Encourage them to weigh-in on the week’s activities so they feel involved in the merrymaking, but leave some free time open and challenge them to fill it with fun stuff they think of all on their own.

Of course, since it is a holiday, a little extra special fun is definitely in order. Just remember that you don’t have to do it alone!

  • Talk to other parents in your circle of friends. Plan playdates and group outings so you can have a little fun too! And remember that trading off (taking someone else’s kids for an afternoon so that you can have a free afternoon the next day) is a great way to ensure that you get a little peace and quiet during the week!
  • Check your local library and community centre for free March Break programs and activities.
  • Visit museum, farm, art gallery and local attraction websites to see if they’re running any special events during the break.
  • Call your favorite local bookstore to find out if they have any winter break activities lined up.
  • Plan to pay a visit to relatives you haven’t seen in a while, especially ones with children that yours can reconnect and play with.

If you’d rather stay closer to home, plan a few activities or projects that you can bring out when the kids get restless. Get everything you need in advance so you’re ready at a moment’s notice.

  • Visit TLC Family for a list of easy art projects your kids can make, like a cute family tree of hands or pebble sculptures.
  • Have a Go Fish, Crazy Eights or Hearts tournament. Once the kids learn how to play these fun card games, they’ll be able to amuse themselves for hours!
  • Have a carpet picnic. Order pizza, put on a favorite DVD, throw a tablecloth on the floor and enjoy dinner and a movie! Make it extra special by serving a dessert that the kids helped you make earlier in the day. This Banana Split Tart has fun written all over it!
  • Pass along a special skill that someone you love once taught you. Maybe it’s baking, cooking, knitting, or playing an instrument. Invite an older friend or family member over to help! They’re a font of knowledge and always eager to share what they know with younger generations.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt! Hide clues throughout the house and lead your kids on a fun adventure through their very own home!
  • Visit your library or bookstore at the beginning of the week and let your kids choose a few books to devour during the week. This is especially great if the weather is bad.
  • Look for more ideas on play on our member-only website

If the kids are free but you’re not, consider looking into day camps in your area, especially if you don’t have a friend or relative who is able to look after the kids during their week off. Libraries, community centers and schools often host weeklong day camp programs for kids. Be sure to check out local college and university campuses for art, science, cooking and sport camps too!

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