Surviving March Break...Again!

Surviving March Break...Again!

March Break, that annual, filled-with-anticipation-can’t-wait-for-a-break-from-that-horrendous-place-called-school that fills all children with hope, and parents with panic at the thought of how to occupy their darling offspring, is almost upon us. If you have not already planned an escape to some place warm for the week, here are a few ideas of things you and your family can do to pass the time.

Ottawa is a beautiful city, and more fun than some people give it credit. Surrounded by rivers and mountains, we have easy access to several ski hills, numerous museums, trampoline parks, theatres, and skating rinks, just to name a few.

Gatineau Park is approximately a 15 minute drive from Parliament Hill, and boasts approximately 165 km of hiking trails. It’s also a favourite place for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and anyone who wants to get outside to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. (A possible side benefit of all that fresh air is that it might help the kids get to sleep faster, leaving some alone time for Mom and Dad.)

At Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean, two shows are on offer. Starting March 8, 2018 and running until March 17, the musical Godspell will be running. Show times are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Godspell has a sliding scale for ticket prices, ranging from $25 to $65. Check out Centrepointe’s website for more information. Grease is also onstage, running from March 9 to March 18. Showtimes are March 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 pm, with a total of three matinee shows: March 11, 17, and 18 at 2pm. Ticket prices range from $15.75 to $45.75. Contact the box office at 613-580-2700, or call toll-free at 1-866-752-5231.

Parents looking for educational outings (just don’t tell the kids that’s what it is, or there could be outright rebellion at having to “learn” while on March Break), might want to check one of the numerous museums we have in and around Ottawa. Each museum has something different to offer and have detailed descriptions on each of their websites. Check out ottawamuseums.com for a full list of available options. The Museum of History might have the hottest ticket in town though, with its Dreamworks Animation exhibit, featuring over 350 items that include drawings, models, interactive displays and tons more. Make sure to call ahead to find out more information.

A short drive outside the city, will bring you to three sugar shacks open for the season (and who doesn’t like a little maple taffy on snow?)  Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm in Edwards, The Log Farm in Nepean, and Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush in Pakenham have a number of family friendly activities everyone can enjoy. Check out each website for pricing info and opening hours.

And just in case all that family togetherness leaves you wanting a little “grown-up” time, check out the LCBO’s website. There are recipes for food and drink that will inspire and entice your taste buds. Make sure to check out the Learn dropdown menu, for the Taste & Experience classes available at the Nepean Crossroads and Rideau Street locations.

Whatever you decide to do this March Break, get out, explore this beautiful city, and have some fun!