March Break 2016: 5 things to do with the kids before it’s over

Bottle cap magnets

Crafting is a great idea to keep kids busy during March Break. These bottle cap magnets were quite easy and inexpensive to make.

If it feels like March break is flying by that’s because it is! We’re at the midway point of the week already and if you’re tired of trying to keep the little ones entertained, you’re not alone (there’s only so many LEGO sets one can build before going nutty).

The rain we’re seeing in Southern Ontario is not helping matters and everyone is going stir crazy. That means it’s time to find things to do that will get us out of the house and not break the bank.

Here are 5 things I’m thinking could help make the rest of March break 2016 super fun for the whole family!

Go to a movie

If you haven’t taken the kids to see Zootopia yet, that’s your best new release bet at the theatre. It’s colourful, funny and won’t bore parents to tears. Cineplex also has a special March Break Family Favourites series running with daily screenings of Minions, Paddington, The SpongeBob Movie and Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. Tickets to these shows are only $2.99. Check out cineplex.com for locations and showtimes.

RELATED: 7 family-friendly movies to see in 2016

Jump around!

We recently held our son’s fifth birthday party at an indoor trampoline facility in Guelph and it was one of the best parties we’ve had for either of our kids. Whether they were bouncing off the walls, jumping into the foam brick pit or going head-to-head in the dodgeball court, all the kids had fun and all were exhausted by the end (adults can jump, too!). These trampoline parks can be found all over Ontario (Thunder Bay even has one) and don’t cost that much for an hour of jumping and a nighttime of sleep.

Birthday boy can't get enough of the foam pit at #airuguelph

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Spend the night with wild animals

The Toronto Zoo is holding a sleepover on Saturday, March 19 for children ages five and up. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes a full educational program. Guests will get to visit some of the zoo animals, have a snack and then get to sleep on cots in an open concept room. Tickets are $65 each ($55 if you’re a Zoo member). Kids must have an adult with them. What better way to wind down March break! Visit torontozoo.com for more information.

RELATED: You can now watch ‘The LEGO Movie 4D’ at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto

Go on an adventure

Just because it’s been rainy doesn’t mean you can’t get out to one of the many great hiking trails or hidden waterfalls Ontario has to offer. And it’s never too early to camp (although I’d recommend booking a yurt at this time of year). Remember to be careful near water as it’s rising quickly with the spring thaw and don’t forget to wear proper clothing and boots to stay comfortable. Check out the Ontario Parks blog for some other great outdoor ideas.

RELATED: 5 outdoor winter activities to do in Ontario with the whole family

Get crafty

When all else fails, craft! My kids and I recently made bottle cap magnets and it reminded me how great crafting can be. There are lots of ideas out there for things to do at home (Pinterest is your friend), but if you prefer to keep your house clean and get out, you have options.

Kids can make their own superhero masks at Indigo stores across the province on Thursday and partake in a DIY session on Friday. Both start at 11 a.m. and are free events! Michaels also has special March break classes for kids daily. These run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and cost $2 for materials. There’s also dedicated places like The Children’s Art Factory in Guelph or Crock-A-Doodle, which has many Ontario locations.

What are you doing with the kids for the rest of March break? Let us know in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

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