March Break in Ottawa is just around the corner from March 14 to 18. While some families choose to travel far and wide for this event, some choose to stay home and have a staycation. Trust us…Ottawa has some great activities for those sticking close to the nation’s capital.
Here is a huge list of “To-Do’s” from Ottawa Tourism
Climbing Day Camp – Clip and climb your way to an awesome March Break! The Altitude camp is being offered for both the Quebec break (Feb. 29 to March 4) and the Ontario break (March 14 to 18).
Learn about Ottawa’s history at the Bytown Museum and stop by the museum’s newly redesigned Youth Activity Area. Here, kids can learn about Bytown through the characters of Clara and Henry while also learning what Victorian life was like through historic toys, journal entries and more.
Commonwealth Day – Monday, March 14 is Commonwealth Day at the Bytown Museum! Go to the museum and see its collection, and also learn about Canada’s ties to the British Empire. You can also enjoy a cup of Earl Grey tea with your admission.
Spring Break Ski Lessons – Learn how to ski from professionals during spring break with their 3, 4, or 5 day lesson options. Your lift ticket is valid for the day with a two-hour lesson.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Barnyard Break – From March 12 to 20, take in a wide variety of demonstrations, make some fascinating food discoveries, and visit the animals in the museum’s barns. There’s nothing better than a farm in the spring!
Mystique Magic Show – Head to the museum on March 13 to take in a “Sky-High Magic” show at 11:00 a.m. This show, by Michael Bourada, is full of illusions that are choreographed to music. It’s sure to delight any age! Entry to the show is also FREE with museum admission.
March Break Tinkering Workshop – Each day of March Break, the museum will offer different full-day workshops that explore the worlds of engineering, computer science and art. These workshops are bilingual and are designed for children six to 12 years old. A registration fee applies.
Canadian Museum of History
March Break Viking Adventure – Visit the museum and head to its iconic Grand Hall to participate in several Viking-themed activities. Craft your own Viking helmet, help build a 30,000-piece Mega Bloks Viking ship and more! These activities are related to the museum’s special Vikings exhibit, which is on until April 17, 2016. The Viking-themed activities are FREE with museum admission.
Handmade Fun: Build a Viking Vessel – This activity takes place in the Canadian Children’s Museum over March Break. Work together with your little one to create a unique Viking vessel out of several craft materials. You can also learn about the techniques Vikings used that earned them the reputation of being skilled seafarers and shipbuilders. This activity is FREE with museum admission.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Build-a-bug – Visit the museum over March Break to participate in this hands-on arts and crafts activity that invites children to create their own bugs out of Crayola Model Magic. Build-a-bug takes place daily from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This activity is related to the museum’s special Bugs: Outside the Box exhibit, which is on until March 28, 2016. This craft activity is FREE with museum admission.
Cooking Demos with Real Bugs – Ever wonder what a ginger cricket cookie might taste like? Or what about a meal worm with apple and honey? Now’s your chance to find out! Catch some cooking demonstrations using real bugs throughout March Break. These demos are presented daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters 3D – Go on this 3D movie adventure to learn about super bugs such as beetles that shoot chemical fire and more! The movie is presented in English and French. An additional fee applies.
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Spy Camp – Enjoy a spy-themed day camp where you can learn the art of espionage from disguising for cover, to breaking codes, using spy gadgets and more! Each day will cover a new skill. This experience is designed for children aged seven to 12.
Maple activities – Make maple taffy in the snow, go on a horse drawn sleigh ride and enjoy a pancake breakfast with delicious maple syrup! Several local sugar bushes will have activities going on during the 2016 maple season, which runs from late February to early April.
Funhaven Family Fun Centre
Located just minutes west of Ottawa’s downtown core, Funhaven offers a world-class laser tag arena, the latest high-tech mini-bowling lanes, an arcade and prize games, simulators, bumper cars and a huge jungle gym. The little ones are sure to be entertained during March Break!
Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Jail Tours – Families can take a spooky guided tour though Ottawa, which is a unique way to see the city. Tour the Old Carleton County Jail and learn about why Ottawa was once considered ‘the most dangerous town in North America’. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada.
March Break Ski Camp – From March 14 to 18, kids aged six to 12 can participate in a 3, 4 or 5 day ski camp that offers four hours of instruction per day, lunch and other activities such as snowshoeing, skating, movies and more!
National Gallery of Canada
Artissimo – This weekend series of hands-on workshops has kids making their own creative artworks in the museum.
Shenkman Arts Centre
March Break camps – From March 14 to 18, kids can participate in various March Break programs that explore visual arts, theatre and more. Registration is now open.
Ottawa Irish Festival
Why not get familiar with Irish culture this March Break? Running from March 11 to 19, this festival is presented by The Irish Society of the National Capital Region and offers a Family Fun Fest, a live Celtic music breakfast as well as the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Parade & Party, among other activities. Visit The Irish Society website (www.irishsocietyncr.com) to learn more.