March break is upon us!
And that means the kids are home from school for the week, which is great!
….until the inevitable cry of “I’m bored” echoes through the house (usually around hour 3 of Day 1)
Fortunately, Barrie and the surrounding areas are awash in answers when that chant does emanate from your living room.
Read on for ideas to entertain the entire clan for the coming week!
City of Barrie March Break Camp – Click here
Jack’s Urban Jungle March Break Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
The new adventure centre in the south end is now offering full and half day camp options. Aimed for children 8 – 15 years of age with any level of experience, these are led by industry-trained staff. Ideal for anyone keen to learn the fundamentals of climbing and fitness.
MacLarean Art Centre The Shape of Colour Art Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
Join a regional artist for five days of art-making experimentation and fun inspired by Modern Art! With each camp day focusing on a different colour, participants will be introduced to a variety of professional art materials and techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and more! Ages 6 – 11.
Vertical Zone Trampoline Centre – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
This is definitely one to try if your goal is tiring the little ones out! Vertical Zone has 8 competition grade trampolines that, frankly, put the average backyard bouncer to shame. Camps include daily activities and outings.
Talk Is Free Theatre Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
Perfect for the budding actor and comedians in the house! TIFT instructors lead students through various dramatic exercises, improvisation, and games and creative craft sessions, all while rehearsing a piece of theatre that is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. Available for two age groups: 6-9 and 10-14 years old.
Glama Gals Kids Spa Around the World Workshops – March 11 – 15th, 2019 – Click here
Travel around the world this March Break with Glama Gal’s March Break Workshop Sessions. Sessions are 2 hours and include spa fun, crafts & a snack. Workshops take place Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm. Visit website for pricing and to book.
HANDS ON EVENTS AROUND BARRIE
Bradford Greenhouse March Break Workshop
March 11, 13 & 15, 2019
Green thumbs at the ready! Take on a fun project with the kids this March Break at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery
Beans & Dragonflies – March 11th, 2019
Green Hair Face Pots – March 13th, 2019
Cactus Rocks – March 15th, 2019
The area’s premiere lakeside resort, which is just a few minutes outside of Barrie, is rolling out a full slate for the week.
Outdoor fun includes capture the flag and exploring the trails of the Nature Preserve. Indoor hangouts are available too with board games, card games and a build-a-buddy station. Then wind down from all the excitement with popcorn and a movie in your PJs.
Guests can explore even more of the Resort on snowshoes, cross-country skis and fat bikes* which are available for rent at the Harbour Master. Learn more here!
Scenic Caves — Collingwood
If you haven’t been to the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre in Collingwood, March break presents the perfect excuse to check it out.
Visitors can enjoy southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, a scavenger hunt, a children’s adventure playground and warm-up cabin.
Attendees will also enjoy roasting “spider dogs” and s’mores at the outdoor fire pit..
More information about the March Break event can be found online.
March Break at Blue Mountain — The Blue Mountains
Blue Mountain Village is packing in a whack of fun, on and off the slopes.
The week will be replete with live music, interactive activities, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks and more.
See the full schedule of events on their website.
HANDS ON EVENTS IN BARRIE
March Break at the Museum
The Simcoe County Museum is a terrific outing at any time of year, but during March Break they’ve got even more to see and do.
Daily themes include Common Senses, Cosmos and Cosmonauts and the Boppin 50’s.
More information, including details on how to register, can be found on the museum’s website.
Georgian Mall March Break Madness – Barrie
Closer to home, Georgian Mall has a five day program for the kiddos.
Events includes live shows and meet and greets from Paw Patrol characters Chase and Syke, Thomas and Friends, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Dorthy and Wags from the Wiggles.
More information about March Break Madness, including a schedule of events, can be found on the mall’s website.
Barrie Public Library
Both branches of the BPL have an extensive agenda for the week, including scavenger hunts, crafts, movie marathons and Robotics workshops. Find it all here.
Concerts? We got ’em! There is a full slate of performers at Mavericks, Donaleigh’s, Flying Monkeys and more on our events page.
And if comedy is your thing, don’t forget about Laffy Taffy on Tuesday at the Foxx Lounge.
Georgian Idol Qualifiers
Georgian Idol is back at TLC another year of musical hopefuls vying for college supremacy.
With cash prizes up for grabs for the ultimate winner, it’s bound to be another electric evening of musical talent. Doors open at 8pm on Tuesday March 12th.
The Uptown has a Oscar winning lineup for the week, including matinee showings of
The Favourite, A Star is Born and Green Book, as well as Aquaman.
Captain Marvel opens in wide release at both Barrie Cineplexes, with
How To Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie 2 and Wonder Park also running.
Public Skating – Both the downtown and Centennial rinks will be open (weather permitting) through the week, as well as the city rec centres.