Get active (indoors and outdoors)

March is the month of the year where we can begin to walk around and enjoy the great outdoors. People start to come out of hibernation and our spring jackets are slowly pulled out of the closet. Although the weather does start to warm up, it’s still that awkward phase where you’re unsure about how to dress. You either wear a sweater with your jacket and end up boiling throughout the day or you wear your spring outfit and freeze.

Tae E. Lee Taekwondo

During Spring Break Camp at Tae E. Lee Taekwondo, Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee’s renowned camps incorporate exciting games, challenges, parties, awards and fun with extensive Taekwondo training and discipline. The unique blend of hard work and high-energy activities brings kids back again and again! Kids between 5 and 16 years of age are given a great opportunity to get ahead in their Taekwondo Training and accelerate promotion, improved self-confidence, physical fitness, mental agility, concentration, improved coordination and family relationships are all benefits of the program, and emphasis is placed on a unique blend of self-control, discipline and FUN!

Gees-Gees March Break Camps

The University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees Sports Camps welcome active kids of all ages during the Ontario March break! The bilingual programs encourage learning and development of athletic skills through sports, games and activities. Kids can participate in a multi-sport camp or sign up for a specialized program for sports like rugby and soccer.

Maple Syrup Fun

Maple taffy on snow, horse drawn sleigh rides, delicious pancake breakfasts or brunch – what’s not to love about maple season? Several sugar bushes and other sites located throughout Canada’s Capital Region offer programming during the 2019 maple season, which runs from late February to early April. Check out some of our suggestions for maple syrup fun.

Some History

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Where else can your kids learn the art of espionage including disguising for cover, breaking codes and using spy gadgets? Each day during the Ontario March Break at the Diefenbunker’s Spy Camp, (kids 7 to 12 years of age learn these new skills and more. The museum is located about 30 minutes west of downtown Ottawa in Carp, Ont. Before and after care is available.

Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is always alive with special programming. Walk amongst hundreds of fluttering butterflies and luscious live plants in the museum’s solarium during the Butterflies in Flight special exhibit. (Admission to this popular exhibit is by timed entry, therefore it’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance on the museum website.) You can also see live reptiles, sloths and other creatures up close at the Survival of the Slowest special exhibit. For more critter fun, there’s hands-on programming in the Activity Zone and movies in the museum’s 3D theatre!

National Gallery of Canada

During both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks, the National Gallery of Canada offers a range of art activities and games at the Artissimo kiosk. Or have fun and get messy at the Artissimo Studio while experimenting with clay, paint or soap carving. These hands-on family programs are included with Gallery admission. While there, don’t miss the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and special exhibits!

Canadian War Museum

Build, play, create and learn as a family at the Canadian War Museum during the Ontario and Quebec March Breaks! Use Imagination Playground blocks to create engineering and architectural marvels; challenge your family to a game of giant chess; and explore the Museum’s galleries on a family-friendly tour with a program interpreter.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

From Mar. 2-17, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum celebrates all things spring during their Barnyard Break! Special programming is offered each day, including encounters with farm animals, kitchen demonstrations, maple taffy on snow, children’s story time and creative crafts. It’s all free with the price of museum admission!

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Participate in out-of-this world activities and learn about Your Place in Aerospace during March Break at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Each day from Mar. 2-17, kids get to focus on different careers in the aviation and space industry through fun and interactive activities, as well as daily demonstrations and special tours. Activities are available for children of all ages and are free with the price of museum admission.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Keeping kids’ brain cells active during March Break has never been so fun! Visit the Canada Science and Technology Museum from Marc. 2-17 for fun-filled activities, experiments and demonstrations linked to coding, engineering, neuroscience and more. Activities are available for children of all ages and are free with the price of museum admission.

Get locked up

Haunted Walk of Ottawa

The cloaked guides from the Haunted Walk of Ottawa dare you to join them on their tours of the historic old Carleton County Jail! The Ghost and the Gallows tour (available separately in English and in French) focuses on the Jail’s reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in North America. Tour the cellblock where inmates were once imprisoned and walk the steps from Death Row to the one of the last working gallows in Canada. The Crime and Punishment tour (available in English only) explores the jail’s incredible history including living conditions, prison escapes and executions. Both tours offered select dates between March 2 and March16, 2019.

Escape Rooms

Nothing bonds a family and friends together like choosing to be locked up in a room and working together to escape! Escape attractions throughout the city like Escape ManorJigsaw Escape Rooms, and Room Escape Ottawa have rooms and themes that are suitable for all ages. If your kids are older, you might even be able to create your own escape by sitting back and relaxing in the lounge areas (some of which have cash bars) while your kids have a blast solving clues and attempting to breakout.

For even more ideas of what to do during March break or anytime in winter, check out our Free or Nearly Free Ottawa in Winter suggestions!

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