March Break Fun: The Top Activities Near Our Communities

March Break is coming up soon! The break begins in less than a week, running from March 11th to March 15th, with some school boards also including Friday, March 8th as part of the break. Do you know what your kids are up to this March Break? Whether you’re looking to sign them up for a day camp or have time off yourself to enjoy activities with them, we’ve rounded up the best options near the locations of our current new home communities.


Alliston

Alliston is home to our Treetops community, where you can live beyond your backyard. Take advantage of Treetops’ incredible community features this March Break – you can hike through the 45 acres of preservation area, play in the 7-acre community park or go tobogganing on the hill in the park. There’s so much to do right close to home!

The Nottawasaga Inn Resort next door is also offering special March Break Children’s Programs, with a spectacular line-up of kid-approved activities for all ages.

For March Break day camps, check out these great options:
• The Simcoe County Museum, for a wide range of camps;
• The Gibson Centre for Community, Arts & Culture for diverse and tailor-made arts camp experiences for your little artist; or
• The Alliston Gymnastics Club for a March Break gymnastics camp.

For a fun family excursion, head for a day on the slopes at nearby Snow Valley Ski Resort. The whole family will have a blast, with snowboarding and skiing (including lessons and rentals), snowshoeing and exhilarating snow tubing all available.


Aurora

Aurora is where our Woodhaven community is located, along with past communities Timberlane and The Arbors. The area is renowned for its many beautiful parks and conservation areas, and March Break is the perfect time to get outside and explore them! Venture out on foot, snow shoes or cross-country skis and discover the many local gems close to home.

For March Break day camps, there are countless options in Aurora, so you can find the camp that’s perfect for your child:
• The Town of Aurora offers a variety of camps, including a March Break Camp with a mix of fun activities, a Mad Science – Machine Maniacs Camp, Engineering for Kids and an Aquatic Lifesaving Training Camp;
• The Circus March Break Camp from the Big Top School of Circus Arts is great for active kids who’d like to learn fun skills like how to walk on stilts, juggle and do flying trapeze;
• The Kids’ Super Gym March Break Camp is great for active kids;
• The Aurora Cultural Centre offers a variety of fun art- and theatre-based camps; or
• The STEM Minds March Break Camp, which is great for kids who love to do hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and projects like graphic design, film, photography, coding, robotics and more.

The Aurora Public Library is hosting a series of fun events during March Break, including a Stuffed Animal Sleepover, a Harry Potter Party, a dazzling Fire and Ice Show, a Drive-in Movie, Reptilia (with live reptiles), a Slime Party and more!

Near the end of March Break, the 8th Annual Aurora Winter Blues Festival is taking place on Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th. The festival features Canada’s best award-winning blues acts and free music workshops.


Caledon East

Home of our Pathways community, Caledon East has many outdoor recreational opportunities close to home that are perfect to enjoy over March Break. Head out for a hike along the Trans Canada Trail, explore the Humber River Heritage Park, or go on an adventure through the Glen Haffy Conservation Area. You’ll enjoy the soothing feeling of connecting with nature, all while teaching your kids about Mother Nature and the great outdoors.

For March Break day camps, check out these fun options for your kids:
• The Town of Caledon has a variety of March Break Camps featuring a mix of indoor and outdoor activities including games, sports, arts and crafts and more, including one at the Caledon East Community Complex near Pathways;
Teen Ranch March Break Day Camp at Caledon Village lets kids enjoy pony rides, skating, tubing, snow activities and more; or
Blueprint Hockey School hosts a March Break Camp for kids who love hockey.

The Caledon Public Library also has some great March Break programming, including the Everything but the Kitchen Sink event on March 15th at the Caledon East branch, where kids can get creative and try everything from 3D printing to awesome crafts.

Looking for a fun family excursion? The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival starts on March 9th and takes place at various nearby locations, including the Island Lake Conservation Area and the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. The whole family will enjoy learning how maple syrup is made, going on wagon rides, sampling pancakes and real maple syrup, and other special activities throughout March Break.


Paris

There are a bunch of great recreational opportunities in Paris as well, which our Pinehurst homeowners will love. Go hiking on one of the many hiking trails near Pinehurst or explore the Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, where you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike or go ice fishing (ski and snowshoe equipment is available to rent on weekends).

For March Break day camps, here are some great options in or near Paris:
• The County of Brant offers various full-week or single-day March Break Day Camp options;
• The March Break Wild Wonderland, hosted by the Five Oaks Education and Recreation Centre just south of Paris, allows children to explore nature in a fun and educational way with plenty of crafts and exploration;
• The Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant has a March Break Day Camp for creative and artistically-inclined kids;
• The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford offers a variety of different fun day camps; or
March Break Adventure Camp at Apps’ Mill Nature Centre is holding a camp that’s all about getting outdoors and connecting to nature.

You can also check out the Brant Sports Complex and the Syl Apps Community Centre for a wide variety of fun drop-in programs, from kinderplay to fly fishing to ice skating.


Pickering

Our New Seaton community is located in North Pickering, close to many parks and ravines including Grand Valley Park, the Greenwood Conservation Area and West Duffins Creek. Spend some time in nature enjoying the fresh air, discovering new trails and spotting wildlife.

For March Break day camps, there are plenty of choices in Pickering:
• The City of Pickering offers several March Break Camps, from arts, drama and cooking to breakdance to various sports including hockey, skating and basketball;
• The City of Pickering also hosts various activities designed for parents and kids, like Stick & Puck, which gives parents the opportunity to help their kids practice and develop skating skills, as well as extended public skate and swim times;
• The Free Teen March Break hosted by the City of Pickering keeps teens out of trouble with fun, free activities throughout the week including breakdance battles, youth shinny, a dodgeball tournament, free pizza, Taco Tuesday and more;
• The Pickering Athletic Centre has a March Break Camp for gymnasts;
March Break Theatre Camp at the Act One School of Drama is a great option for kids who love drama and performing;
March Break Camp at Earthbound Kids is great for kids who love to spend time outdoors and/or riding horses; or
• The YMCA also has a bunch of March Break programs and child care options.

The Pickering Recreation Complex is offering daily March Break Skating all week, so it’s another great place to get out and have some fun.

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