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March Break 2016

by Linda Cvetanovic

Wondering what to do this March Break?  For kids that can’t wait for a week off school and for parents that are anxiously looking for activities to keep them busy, look no further.  Burlington is a great destination for a quick getaway, day trip or “staycation” with lots of things for families and kids to do.

Looking for some sappy ideas? Okay, maybe we’re not that “punny” but the maple festivals at Conservation Halton and Bronte Creek Provincial Park do offer up some sweet sappy fun.

Conservation Halton – Weekends, March Break and holidays to April 3rd
Crawford Lake : Sweet Water Season – Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples.  Enjoy an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Watch as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow and have some fun with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.  Leave time to take a hike around the lake and enjoy the hide and seek trail.

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Mountsberg: Maple Town – Mountsberg’s sugar bush has approximately 600 trees that are tapped for sap and then transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty.  Visit Maple Town and watch a demonstration of maple syrup making in the Sugar Shanty. Watch as staff make some delicious maple candy and then try a free candy sample.  *Enjoy a pancake breakfast (or lunch) with fresh maple syrup outdoors under the pavilion nestled in the woods. *Take a guided wagon ride through the sugar bush and learn about the history of maple syrup.  If the kids (and you) still have energy to burn, head to the play barn and then take in the dramatic birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm) . View bison, eagles, hawks and owls along the Wildlife Walkway and more.
*extra fees apply for food and beverage and wagon rides.

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Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Every weekend in March + March Break (March 5-6, 12-20 and 25-27), Festival will not be running on Easter Monday, March 28.

Maple Syrup Festival – At Bronte Creek Provincial Park the history of maple syrup is presented on a heritage farm from 1900. Staying true to it’s historical theme, the staff dress in period attire and help to immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shoppe, wagon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more.
*extra fees apply for food & beverage and pony rides.

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Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Kids will love the Reptile Rendezvous exhibit at the RBG. With a wide variety of animal exhibits to explore and lots of interesting and educational information this is a win-win for kids and parents.  My girls loved checking out all the reptiles and testing out their knowledge to give me the details on each one.  I now know how to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile, although if I see either outside of an exhibit, I’ll be running so no need to confirm species! The exhibit also includes daily activities including puppet shows, meet the animals, and more.  Be sure to take a wander through the indoor gardens, it’s like a tropical oasis complete with a koi pond and bench to relax and unwind.  If you are more inclined toward outdoor activities, head to the trails and check out the winter/spring wildlife.

*RBG also offers March Break Camps

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Glen Eden

Get vertical this March break at Glen Eden! Head to the hills to get in some skiing or snowboarding before the season ends.  With 16 runs and a terrain park there is no need to head north, it’s all here in your own backyard.  the park is open daily 7 days a week from 8:30am to 9:30pm but it’s always a good idea to check the current slope conditions before heading out.

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Glen Eden also offer March Break Camps

Museums of Burlington

Connect with local history at Joseph Brant and Ireland House Museums.  In addition to the regular exhibits and tours there are two special events being held during March Break.

Saturday March 19th at Joseph Brant Museums kids can create, build and have fun with Lego and parents can enjoy two hours to themselves.  Lego Club is a supervised drop off program and requires pre-registration.
*March Break Camps also offered

Sunday March 20th head to Ireland House Museum for a Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event. Join in the fun with children’s egg hunts from 12 noon to 3pm and activities including visits from Princess Elsa from Frozen and the Easter Bunny.  Take part in Easter crafts, carnival style games with prizes, and so much more!  And that’s not all—hop on over to the Ireland House Homestead and imagine life as it was over 175 years ago. There will be baking demonstrations and sampling, natural egg dying, costumed historic interpreters, traditional artisan demonstrators such as rug hookers and tours of the house.  There is a BBQ and bake sale so you won’t go hungry. Some small costs associated with crafts & activities. The event is a fundraiser for the Museum and proceeds will go to support the children’s educational programs and conservation of the museum’s collection. Free admission to the event made possible with the generous support of the Rocca Sisters & Associates. Donations at the gate are greatly appreciated.
*March Break Camps also offered

Sp'egg'tacular Easter Event

Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB)

Who doesn’t love getting creative? Kids and adults will have a great time at the Creative Hub on Sunday March 20th.  Instructors/artists are on hand to offer creative guidance as you try different hands on activities inviting you to explore your inner artist. Be sure to spend some time viewing the current exhibitions, you never know what will inspire you!
March Break Camps are currently sold out at AGB.

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Burlington Mall

Kids will have a great time at the Burlington Mall Creative Kids Event.  From March 14 to 18 at 10am or 1pm, children will have the opportunity to get creative and paint their own ceramic pottery with Crock a Doodle. This is a free event but, you must reserve your space in advance.  All supplies are included but be sure to “dress for a mess” as there is painting involved. 🙂

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Experience the theatre with your child(ren) this March break at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. On March 12th, Theatreworks USA presents, Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move  – Based on the highly successful Alexander series of books by Judith Viorst.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Fun Stuff – Other fun activities in Burlington that you can try include;

  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Indoor Golf
  • Escape Rooms
  • Bowling & Laser Tag
  • Indoor Playgrounds
  • Drop in swimming and skating
  • Outdoor skating at the waterfront
  • Drop in City of Burlington rec centre programs
  • Library programs
  • and more!

March Break Camps

If you are looking for a March Break camp, there are lots of options, check out this blog by Burington Parents covering camps across Burlington.

Staycation Accommodations

This March break make it feel like a getaway by choosing to stay at one of these wonderful local accommodations:

  • Waterfront Hotel – located in downtown Burlington with special March Break offers and an indoor pool
  • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre – located in mid-town Burlington with special March break packages, an indoor pool, air hockey and billiards.
  • KOA Toronto West – located just outside Burlington, enjoy glamping in a camping cabin with these March break specials.

Indoor saltwater pool Waterfront Hotel

 

For more information on planning your visit to Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook we’re always happy to help.

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