The grandkids are coming home from school today....and not going back for 2 weeks! Keep them entertained by checking out some of these cool events!
If they like woodworking:
Home Depot Kids’ Workshop
Start off your child’s Spring Break with a FREE wood-building project at your local Home Depot. Every month, on the 2nd Saturday, kids pour into Home Depot sporting their personalized orange aprons. The project for March is a rain gauge. Word of warning, if your child does not like loud noises, ask to bring your project home. Ear protection is a good idea if you are going to build in-store. Just imagine the sound of 50 or so hammers going simultaneously. It is wild!
When: March 11, 2017
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: various Home Depot stores
If they like crafts:
Michaels Kids Club
Did you know you can shop and have your kids entertained at the same time? Just head to Michaels on any given Saturday and have your children craft while you browse. Parents are required to remain on the premises. Each Saturday, for just $2, you can sign up your little one (ages 3 & up) for a 30 minute crafting class. The projects are new every week and the kids always have a masterpiece completed to take home. Here’s what coming up soon (please confirm with your local store as some stores occasionally skip a Saturday):
March 11th: Fairy house
March 18th: Flower canvas
March 25th: Watercolour frame
When:March 11, 18 & 25, 2017
Time: 10am – noon (last class starts at 11:30)
Address: see their website to find the store nearest you
If they like movies:
Cineplex Family Favourites
Come enjoy Cineplex Family Favourites on Saturday mornings at 11am. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of proceeds go towards supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family!
March 11th: Kubo and the Two Strings
March 18th: The Wizard of Oz
March 25th: Space Jam
When: March 11, 18 & 25, 2017
Where: Click here for a list of participating theatres
If they like to read:
Spring Break Events at Chapters
Chapters is getting in on the Spring Break fun with a different activity every day for the first week of Spring Break. Give your local store a call to see if they require pre-registration, not all the stores do!
Monday March 13th: Qixels Craft Day – kids love the blocks that stick together when blasted with water. Bring an imagination & clothes that can get wet for an hour of building fun.
Tuesday March 14th: Klutz Craft Day – the youngsters will get hands on when trying out new products from the folks at Klutz. What kid won’t enjoy turning an egg carton into barnyard animals?
Wednesday March 15th: Hasbro Gaming Day – both classic & new board games will be available for families to try. Have you played Fantastic Gymnastics, Toilet Trouble, Jenga, and Operation?
Thursday March 16th: Hats Off to Dr Seuss – Celebrate 60 years of the magical Dr Seuss & help your kids make their own paper-bag hat. There’s also a fun Hat Toss game planned.
Friday March 17th: Come Play-Doh With Us – Yay…Play-Doh mess somewhere other than your home! Make pretend meals with the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations.
When: March 13 – 17, 2017
Time: 11am each day
Address: use the store locator to find a store near you
If they like magic:
Now That’s Magic with Gary Savard
Spring Break is about to get magical with Gary Savard. The award-winning magician is visiting many of the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries during the 2-week break from school. The magic show is both interactive & intended to dazzle audience members of all ages. Please call the library as registration is required for this FREE event.
When: March 13, 2017
Time: 2pm – 2:45pm
Where: Abbotsford Community Library
Address: 33355 Bevan Avenue, Abbotsford
Website: www.fvrl.bibliocommons.com (this site also has info on his shows in various libraries around metro vancouver)
If they like history:
Spring Break at Fort Langley National Historic Site
This Spring Break take the kids back in time to the birth of our province. From 11am – 3pm every day visitors will enjoy spending time with the farm animals, shooting a target with the Fort’s reproduction muskets (a small fee applies), and completing the fun activities in the Xplorers booklet. Check out the schedule of the day’s events:
- 10:30 am – Intro (in Storehouse)
- 11:30 am – Tools of the Trade—Blacksmith Demonstration
- 12:00 pm – Canada 150: Fort Langley puts BC on the Map
- 12:30 pm – Daily Feature
- 1:00 pm – Intro (in Storehouse)
- 1:30 pm – Tools of the Trade—Barrel-making Demonstration
- 2:00 pm – Historic Weapons Demonstration
- 2:30 pm – Canada 150: Fort Langley puts BC on the Map
- 3:30 pm – Tools of the Trade—Blacksmith Demonstration
When: March 11 – 26, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Address: 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
If they love music:
Norm Foote and the KC Kids Choir
Beloved children’s entertainer Norm Foote will perform some of his most popular songs & get back-up assistance from the Kanaka Creek after-school choir. Tickets are $13 (senior/child) & $15 (adult).
Date: Wednesday March 15, 2017
Where: The ACT Arts Centre
Address: 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
If they like theatre:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Master story tellers, Monster Theatre, have created a new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s classic tale of fairies, love potions and talking donkeys. Never too early to introduce children to Shakespeare, especially when presented in a fun and magical way.Tickets are $15 (adult), $10 (student/senior) & $5 child, plus service charges.
Date: March 25, 2017
Where: The Massey Theatre
Address: 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
If they like scavenger hunts:
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt
Anytime the Terry Fox Library is open kids are invited to take part in their Spring Break Scavenger Hunt. Using clues and a nimble brain, kids will be rewarded for their sleuthing efforts.
When: March 13 – 25th, 2017
Time: 10am – 9pm
Where: Terry Fox Library
Address: 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
If they like reptiles:
Exotic Reptile Show
Snakes and lizards and geckos, oh my! Spend an afternoon discovering the exciting world of exotic reptiles. Chat with experts from the West Coast Society for the Protection & Conservation of Reptiles. This is an all ages, drop in event. Admission is by donation.
When: March 11 & 12th, 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park
Address: 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
If they like art:
What kid doesn’t love mucking around with clay, paper, paint & more? Add in a 2pm magic show & you will earn a “parent of the year” trophy. Be sure to take time to explore the exhibition From Form to Fantasy which features more than 35 ceramic artworks by potter Don Hutchinson of Surrey. This is a drop-in FREE event for all ages; kids must be accompanied by a parent.
When: March 12, 2017
Time: noon – 4pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery
Address: 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
If they like to build:
Spring Break Fun Construction Zone
The Surrey Museum is under construction & the kids are invited to help! The little ones are invited to play in the dig site, build structures out of straws & go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum’s galleries. The kids will also enjoy the construction-themed crafts. This is a by-donation drop-in event open to all ages.
When: March 14 – 17 & 21 – 24, 2017
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: Surrey Museum
Address: 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey
If they like carnival games and rides:
Canada’s largest indoor carnival with over 45 rides and attractions is back to BC Place! Feel like you’re floating in air with the Zero Gravity ride, be spun around on the new open air cars of the Ring of Fire and be flung into oblivion on the Super Shot. Popular favourites such as 1001 nights, The Ferris Wheel and the Zipper are all back to be enjoyed. Tickets are available at the door. Each person must purchase one of the following passes to enter PlayDome:
$49 Ultimate Pass (unlimited multi-day Dome Pass)
$29 Dome Pass (day pass valid for all rides)
$8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator)
* Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride)
When: March 22 – 26th, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 9pm every day except the 26th when it closes at 6pm
Where: BC Place
Address: 777 Pacific Blvd. Vancouver
Also here are some things to do to celebrate St. Paddy's Day
St Patrick’s Day Lucky Charm Crafts
Well if you can’t find a real pot of gold, a lucky charms craft must be a suitable consolation prize. Head to the Cameron Library for this FREE event. Please be sure to pre-register for the St Patrick’s Day craft event.
Date: March 17, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Cameron Library
Address: 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Leprechaun Toonie Skate
Dress in green, enjoy face-painting, magical crafts & a fun pot of gold game. The price is $2 per person (kids 3 & under are FREE). Rentals of skates & helmets are included in the $2 price. Heads up…bars are not available during the toonie skate.
Date: March 17, 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Address: 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby