15+ Affordable and Family-Friendly Ideas for March Break

Are you a little nervous for five whole days at home with the kids? Beat boredom with these fun and affordable ways to keep the kids busy over March Break.

At locations across Canada

Cineplex Family Favourites March Break Movies
During the break, Cineplex theatres are showing four family-friendly movies per day, beginning at 11 a.m. The stacked lineup includes Wonder, Despicable Me 3, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby. Dates vary by province (according to when March Break occurs) but the deal is the same across Canada with tickets just $2.99 each! (Psst: Are you an Air Miles collector? Get FREE admission thanks to weekly promo codes. More details at offers.airmiles.ca.)

Indigo Kids Spring Break Escape
From March 26 to 30, visit your local Chapters-Indigo store for creative fun with crafts, LEGO, Play-Doh and more.

West Coast

Stanley Park Easter Train (Vancouver, BC)
Hop aboard! Take an Easter-themed train ride through Stanley Park from March 22 to 25 and March 29 to April 2. Kids will love activities like the Bunny Burrow maze, face painting, an egg hunt and, of course, meeting the Easter Bunny. Tickets for each activity are priced separately but the train ride is just $6 per person.

Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum (Burnaby, BC)
Take your kids back in time to the 1920s with a visit to Burnaby Village Museum. From March 19 to 29, admission is free with plenty of unique activities happening each day. You may want to visit more than once!

VanDusen Garden & Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC)
During the month of March, kids under 12 are free at VanDusen Garden & Bloedel Conservatory. With over 55 acres to explore, including a hedge maze, picnic area and more than 7,000 different plants from around the world, you’ll easily spend an entire day here.


Spring Rally in the Alley (Calgary, AB)
Teach kids about how their great-great-grandpa travelled around the Canadian prairies with the help of fictional four-wheeled automotive characters. (Think: Cars for the history buff) Kids will love the interactive storytelling and dress-up.

Acura Tube Park (Calgary, AB)
Older kids will scream with excitement (and maybe a little fear) at Acura Tube Park. With 12 tubing lanes, this park is for the adventurous family.

Festival of Fools (Winnipeg, MB)
Back for its 17th year, the Festival of Fools will delight with circus workshops and performances. The festival is free and open daily from March 25 to 31.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (Morden, MB)
Make no bones about it; the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is a must-see in Manitoba! The centre boasts the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada as well as adventurous activities like fossil digs and an escape room. (Tickets for the Cretaceous Park Escape Room are sold separately but include admission to the Discovery Centre.)

Children’s Museum (Winnipeg, MB)
Spring Break at the Children’s Museum is busy! Construct life-size cardboard castles, get creative with cups (crafts, stack ‘em, and more!), and compete in a bridge-building competition. These are just a few of the activities planned for March Break.


Wizard World Fun Park (Toronto)
From March 11 to 18, the Wizard World Fun Park hits the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. Featuring more than 25 rides (for ages 2 to 92!), crafts, mascots and daily shows there’s definitely something for everyone.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! In Family Matters, the Musical
Kids will love seeing their favourite storybook characters come to life on stage. Visit this singing, dancing family in Bear Country (aka Chatham, Windsor, Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton) from March 9 to 15.


Sucrerue de la Montagne (Rigaud, QC)
Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s output. This sweet treat is practically liquid gold in Canada. (Seriously, remember the infamous maple syrup heist?) A visit the Sucrerie de la Montagne will be a real “treat” for the family.

Atlantic Canada

Sugar Moon Farm (Earltown, NS)
Start your visit with a tour of the sugar camp to see how sap is collected and turned into syrup over a wood-fire. Later, you can snowshoe part (or all) of the 6 km Rogart Mtn Trail, before filling your belly with Sugar Moon’s famous ‘Maple Brunch.’

Bowling at The Alley (Charlottetown, PEI)
Shine your shoes; the Alley is a family-friendly bowling alley with food and drink service on the lanes.

Northern Canada

Snowking’s Winter Festival (Yellowknife, NWT)
This annual festival is unlike anything you’ve ever been to. The month-long festival is held in a snow castle, built from real snow and complete with windowpanes, a café, courtyard and turrets. On opening day of the Snowking’s Winter Festival, the castle doors are opened and feature daily concerts, art shows, children’s theatre and more.

Melissa Greer

Melissa Greer

Melissa is a writer, editor and new mom. She lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter and two cats.