March Break Staycation

Families foregoing the big splurge on a beach holiday can still have fun close to home this March Break. And parents on a budget don't have to spend a ton of money on activities. Here are some fun ideas of things to do for those staying in town during March Break.

Design some invites, bake some cupcakes, and host a tea party with neighbouring children.

Invite friends and family over for make-your-own-pizza and a movie night.

Host a sleepover party without the actual sleeping. It’s now called a "Sleepunder Party." Invite kids to come over in their jammies (with teddy bears of course), eat popcorn, and watch a movie. Then send them home.

Organize a movie marathon with your family’s favourite movies. Don't forget to serve movie snacks! Here are some ideas.

Make a visit to your local farmers' market and have the kids help pick out dinner. Let them choose the brightly coloured fruit and vegetables then help you put it all together in the kitchen. For a list of farmers' markets, click here. You'll find many in the Toronto Area and we've also listed those in the GTA.

Be a tourist in your own city and do some fun things that you've never done before. Take a bus tour or try the city's newest restaurant. Just make sure it’s something new! If you can splurge for one day, check into a hotel that has cool programs for kids, for an overnight stay.

Libraries can be a great kid-destination during March Break. Many offer free shows and activities. Check your local library website. 

Go geocaching. It's a fun recreational outdoor activity that gets families out into nature. It's kind of like a futuristic treasure hunt, currently being played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with a GPS (Global Positioning System) device. 

Raid the craft supplies in your home and get the kids working on Spring, Easter, or Passover crafts. Click here for some inspiration!

A day as simple as playing board games, trading movies with friends, sledding, skating, or playing dress up for a silly photoshoot with a digital camera are ways for parents and kids to have fun together without spending extra money.

What activities does your family do on March Break when you don't go away?

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