Free & Frugal March Break Fun Ideas

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The kids are off school for a week … what are you going to do to the avoid the dreaded “i’m bored”?  Fun doesn’t have to be expensive!  It’s all about the memories that you can create and that your kids will remember for years to come.  Here are some of our  top ideas for fun, frugal and FREE things you can do with the kids this March Break.

Camping

Yes I know it’s too cold to go camping but why not camp out at home.  Set up a tent in your living room, make s’mores, tell camp stories and sleep together as a family.  Be sure to check out this yummy Nutella S’mores Dip

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Family Movie night

Rent a movie or pull out a family favourite and pop some popcorn.  Snuggle up under some blankets and enjoy just being together.

Baking

Kids love to bake and love eating it even more.  Have your kids choose their favourite baked good and make it together.  Or make some cupcakes and decorate them together to deliver to neighbours.

Snow Tubing

There are many places that now offer snow tubing for family fun.  There is no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube, hang on and let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Visit your local library 

Visiting a local library is great for everyone in the family as there is something for everyone.  Kids and adults alike can peruse the books, movies and video games at their local library and sign them out for additional enjoyment at home.  Many libraries are offering special March Break activities to keep the kiddies entertained and best of all it’s FREE!

Skating

Tim Hortons restaurants across the country are offering free family skate times at local arenas.  Get out and get some exercise and have some fun compliments of Tim Hortons.

Tobogganing

Tobogganing is great because it costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.  The key to tobogganing is finding a great hill.  Find a great hill and get safety info here

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Scavenger Hunt

Plan a scavenger hunt around your neighbourhood!  Send the kids out with a list of things they need to find in the neighbourhood.  The list can include: signage, people, animals, items in nature, certain coloured vehicles, house numbers, garbage, and the list goes on and on.  Be sure to have prizes or at least some hot chocolate waiting for them when they return!

Swimming

Tim Hortons is offering complimentary swimming at local pools across Canada. As a way of saying thank you they want to invite you to come out and swim for free to spend time having fun and being active with your family.  Find a location near you

Maple Syrup Festivals

The maple syrup is flowing at a conservation area or sugarbush near you! Get out and experience the tapping of the trees, sample some yummy maple products and skip making a meal by enjoying pancakes!

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Playdates

Not only fun for the kids but great for Mommy’s sanity too.  No cost out of your pocket, the kids get to play with their friends and the Moms can visit with another adult.

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (February 6-8 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Well Winter definitely made an appearance this week for most of us.  Now we could sit back and complain about the shovelling OR we can get outside and have super fun in the snow!  Make your own family fun this weekend by going skiing, tobogganing, tubing or snowshoeing or check out a local event!!

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Family Ski Resorts in Ontario

Snowtubing

Snow tubing in Ontario

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Tobogganing – FREE family fun!

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town …

Barrie

Winterfest – The City of Barrie’s Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the winter season. Grab your mittens and join us for winter fun adventures that the whole family will enjoy.  Outdoor activities include polar bear swim, horse-drawn wagon rides, dogsled rides, lumberjack show, ice maze, and much more including spectacular sculptures carved from 300lb blocks of ice.  

Batawa

Frostfest – Entertainment from 10 am – 2 pm at the Batawa Community Centre. Enjoy lunch and skating with the Trenton Golden Hawks on the outdoor rink, the community Bonfire with S’mores making, an outdoor petting and horse and carraige rides. Inside enjoy arts and crafts, facepainting and balloon twisting, cotton candy and live entertainment with Andy Forgie.

Campbellville

Winter Days in the Country @ Mountsberg – Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire (additional fee applies). Mountsberg’s majestic team of percheron horses makes the experience unforgettable!  Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!     Runs until Feb 16th

Cobourg

Winter Festivities – Come join us for the first 3 Saturdays in February. Free skating & music at the outdoor rink, horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, maple candy station, NZone Kids Club at Northumberland Mall and much more.

Cochrane

Winter Carnival – During February 6th to the 16th, everyone is invited to take part in Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival. With over 110 different activities crammed into a week, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  From the classic favourites like the Princess Pageant, Torchlight Parade and the Polar Bear Dip, to the new events like the Camao Snow Drags, there is no excuse to stay inside, curled up by the fireplace.

Georgina

Sno*Fest @ The ROC – Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Join us for this wintery FREE Family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With many activities for all ages, you and your family won’t want to miss out on this snowy event that will warm up your winter! 

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Winterfest – Winterfest Weekend has lots of activities this Friday to Sunday to get your family out and enjoy the winter weather. Fun events for the entire family include a candlelight walk, chili cook-off, snow-pitch tournament, childrens theatre, crafts, fireworks “Don’t Hibernate ~ Celebrate!”

Kingston

Febfest – This week long festival features tons of winter fun for the entire family including figure skating, hockey, free public skating, snow and ice sculptures, historic hockey and more! Great fun for the whole family!

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Milton

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Ottawa

Winterlude – A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating, sporting events and let’s not forget the world’s largest skating rink. Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.

Parry Sound

Snofest – Family Fun in Market Square Park includes activities, Dinners and dances, bon-fire, fishing derby, 3 on 3 hockey tourney, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner and much more!

Sault Ste Marie

Bon Soo Winter Carnival – A week long winter carnival that incorporates the entire city. Set in the middle of winter, events include a children’s fantasy ice kingdom, polar bear swim, and a diverse program of outdoor and indoor sports and activity events, as well as cultural activities including concerts and ice sculptures.

Toronto

Kuumba – Come down to Harbourfront Centre for FREE Black History Month events, including music, film, panel discussions and more.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Sportsmen’s Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Canada’s biggest and best outdoors show!  More than 500 exhibitors displaying the newest selections in products for camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The four-day event includes a dog show, a birds of prey exhibit, a spring boat show, a Canadian forces display and an outdoor adventure zone.

Vaughan 

Winterfest – Fun-filled family event held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will feature FREE stage entertainment on the outdoor Amphitheatre stage, the Midway Zone,  a new Video Gaming Zone, IceZone Carving Demos, face painting, art, and pizza making workshops along with opera performances and workshops by Opera Bel Canto of York, displays and much more!

 

Weekend Fun Guide (January 16-18 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

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There a few Winter Festivals starting to pop up this weekend for some fun but remember you can always make your own family fun by going skiing, tobogganing, tubing or snowshoeing and making the most of the snow!!

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Family Ski Resorts in Ontario

Snowtubing

Snow tubing in Ontario

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Tobogganing – FREE family fun!

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town …

Campbellville

Winter Days in the Country @ Mountsberg – Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire (additional fee applies). Mountsberg’s majestic team of percheron horses makes the experience unforgettable!  Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!     Runs until Feb 16th

Milton

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Napanee

Winter Chill Festival @ Market Square – Bring your ice skates and snow suit for some great winter fun at the Winter Chill Festival. Join us for a special public skate on the Outdoor Ice Rink created just for the event! Don’t miss marshmallow roasting, snow painting, snow volleyball tournament, chili challenge cook-off, snow mountain, horse drawn wagon rides and more! Dress warm, come out and have some fun in Downtown Greater Napanee!

Petawawa 

Cabin Fever – Check out the great line-up of activities planned including: Family skating, food, Snow drag races, ski races, children’s programming and more…

Peterborough 

Snofest – Celebrate the 38th anniversary of Snofest Peterborough with fun events throughout the month of January.  We have some great new events happening this year! New events include; YMCA Snofest Youth Night, VON Snowflakes arts and crafts and tea and many more events including: The Birds of Prey display and Jumping Mouse Nature Education organization,  “Come in out of the Cold Sidewalk Sale” and join in the fun at our “1st Annual Snofest NHL 2015 Tournament” at Mark Street Church and so much more!

Toronto

Toronto International Boat Show – The Toronto International Boat Show is back for another year, with over 1200 boats on display. The event features the world’s largest indoor lake, and offers free boat rides in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats. Also, guests can enjoy a wakeboarding demonstrations, the discover boating centre where experts are on hand to give advice and tips, special guests and over 140 seminars. The event is family-friendly with a kids boating zone with paddleboats on a mini-lake. Runs until the 18th

Maple Leaf Monster Jam @ Roger’s Centre – Experience the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Trucks. Leading the charge is free- style champion, Northern Nightmare driven by Canada’s own, Cam McQueen. Don’t miss out on the twelve-foot-tall, ten thousand pound machines that will keep you at the edge of your seats with thrilling stunts and nail-biting action.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Windsor

Winter Bites Restaurant Week – During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10.  Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15 $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

 

Weekend Fun Guide (January 9-11 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

The holidays are behind us and hopefully everyone transitioned easily back into school and activities.  There doesn’t look to be a lot of events taking place this weekend but that’s not a bad thing.  Make your own family fun this weekend by going skiing, tobogganing, tubing or snowshoeing and making the most of the snow!!

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Tobogganing – FREE family fun!

ski

Family Ski Resorts in Ontario

Snowtubing

Snow tubing in Ontario

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town …

Campbellville

Winter Days in the Country @ Mountsberg – Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire (additional fee applies). Mountsberg’s majestic team of percheron horses makes the experience unforgettable!  Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!     Runs until Feb 16th

Milton

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Enjoy the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s foremost illumination festival in its most famous address – Niagara Falls – as we capture the magic of the holiday season from November 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Celebrations – Located on historic Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, your favourite wineries will be pouring liquid gold all weekend long. Icewine will be served with the swinging sounds of Canadian Jazz and culinary pairings to delight the palate.

Petawawa 

Cabin Fever – Check out the great line-up of activities planned including: Family skating, food, Snow drag races, ski races, children’s programming and more…

Toronto

Toronto International Boat Show – The Toronto International Boat Show is back for another year, with over 1200 boats on display. The event features the world’s largest indoor lake, and offers free boat rides in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats. Also, guests can enjoy a wakeboarding demonstrations, the discover boating centre where experts are on hand to give advice and tips, special guests and over 140 seminars. The event is family-friendly with a kids boating zone with paddleboats on a mini-lake. Runs until the 18th

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!