Take a deep breath parents, Spring Break is here which, unless you’ve made plans to head out of town, means you need to conjure up some fun activities to keep your kids entertained. Unfortunately costs can really mount up over the holidays so we’ve tracked down some of the most fun but thrifty things that you and your family can do over the next two weeks.
From blowing off steam in the great outdoors and getting up close with wildlife in our parks and lakes, to exploring their creative side or even learning swordplay or how to crack a tricky case as a junior detective, there is something to suit absolutely everyone. Have fun!
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
There are still a few places left on the fun half-day week-long courses for kids here focussing on drama, drawing and nature. If your little one loves to draw and paint, perhaps they’d enjoy signing up to Cartoons and Speech Bubbles, a cartooning class for 6-10 year old which will teach them new skills and they’ll have a ‘zine of their very own to take home at the end. At the Drama Adventures camp, children learn stage craft, musical theatre and drama as they create their own variety show and also get crafty making hand puppets and masks.
Port Moody Arts Centre
Port Moody are running art camps for kids from 9-13th March and activities include sewing, clay wheel throwing, theatre, painting and drawing. Best of all for working parents you can sign up for after-camp day care which is available from 3-5pm for just $10 incl. tax daily. Register online or call them to find out more.
Burnaby Village Museum
If you’re a member of the museum then you get to sign up to this activity for free, otherwise tickets are $7 on the door. This year’s Spring Break Scavenger Hunt runs from March 9-20th from 12-4pm, and the theme is Village Adventure Game. Study the clues, spin the giant spinners then explore the village using your detective skills to find the answers. You can make this a day out as there will be plenty of fun entertainment including giant games of snakes and ladders, chess, and tic-tac-toe, there is also a movie playing in the Central Park Theatre and craft activities in the Tram Barn.
It’s tempting to pretend to be aged between 8-14 to get onto this fantastic activity at the Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay. Lucky kids can sign up to Knight Camp from 9-13 and 16-20 March and learn the chivalry, discipline and martial skills of a knight. Ideal for boys and girls of any physical ability they’ll tackle swordplay, play medieval games, learn about heraldry, and the knightly virtues such as courage, mercy, and generosity. Best of all for parents, childcare is available before and after too.
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Your wildlife mini-ranger will love this fun free drop-in activity suitable for all ages over at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 10 between 11am-3pm. Meet at the nature house at 4519 Piper Avenue and learn how to track animal signs. You’ll find out how to examine fur, feathers and scat, be taught how to dissect owl pellets and even make some “slug slime” to take home.
Vancouver Police Museum
There are still a few places left for kids who are aspiring junior detectives to sign up for CSI camp at the Vancouver Police Museum. This rare opportunity allows children aged between 8-13 to learn about gathering witness statements, crime scene photography and forensic investigations. They’ll learn fingerprinting and take part in a ballistics workshop as well as heading out suspect tracking with the Dog Squad and other exciting activities.
Terminal City Tabletop Convention
For the first time the Terminal City Tabletop Convention is launching a Kids’ Game Library packed with fun activities for children aged between 4-8. Kids under 10 get free entrance at this board, card and role-playing convention which takes place on March 14-15 in Burnaby.