While the winter seems to have gone and on, and Christmas seems like a lifetime ago, we are already at the March Break which can only mean one thing – even to those without kids in school – that Spring is just around the corner!
In case you find yourself home during this week of March, looking for a way to entertain your kids (or grandkids as in my case), check out these great local offerings to get us through the next week.
Free Public Skating: Local arenas will be offering free public skate times during the March Break. Both the Almonte and Pakenham arena have scheduled skates each week day, from Monday to Friday between 1:00 – 3:00. Just bring your skates and have some fun Kid’s World in Carleton Place: If the weather doesn’t allow you to be outside, head on over to Carleton Place and let the kids expend some energy with a day pass to Kid’s World, in the Industrial Park off of Townline Road. Closed Mondays, they are open the rest of the week from 9-12:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 8:00 p .m. on weekdays, and from 10:00 – 7:00 p.m. on weekends.
Fulton’s Maple Sugar Bush: Located at 399 Sugar Bush Way between Pakenham and Almonte is open daily during the March break, from 9-3:00 on weekdays, and 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the weekends. I am guessing it might be slightly less busy through the week, depending on the weather.
Daily they offer walking trails (no dogs please) for walkers, snowshoers and nordik skiiers. They even have some adult snowshoes to borrow. They have a self-guided Heritage Maple Path to teach you about the history of tapping trees and making maple syrup. Visit the Sugar Camp and see how syrup is made today – and pray that the sap is running by then! There are Trail Games and a Tobagganing Hill, and don’t forget the cafeteria with home-made pancakes, sausages, bacon and baked beans. Don’t want a full meal? No problem – but don’t leave without buying a sample of their maple taffy or maple cotton candy.
Mississippi Mills Youth Centre: In Almonte has a week of “day camp” ideas planned. The camp is available for kids between 10-18 years of age, with a variety of activities from tie-dying of shirts, to a trip to Extreme Trampoline. Times are between 11-5 each day, with a different charge each day depending on the activities. Registration before March 8, 2019. Check them out on Facebook @MississippiMillsYouthCentre.
Beckwith Township Day/Sports Camp: Two different camps being offered by Beckwith Township. They were offering a fun camp called LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Workshop for the budding scientist between the ages of 8-14, but it’s full!
Day Camp for little ones from 4-8 is offering a week filled with fun activities, and for the older kids from 9-13, there is a Sports Camp offering competitive activities that will help develop motor skills & knowledge of various sports. For more information about any of these camps, call the Beckwith Township Office at 613-257-1539.
Now, I just need to figure out what I am going to do with the little darlings in my life. I am going to pick the sunniest day there is this week and head outdoors. We are just so cooped up feeling – need to get some vitamin D and some sunshine! Hope to see you around.