Here in Ontario the kids are out of school soon for a week for what we call March Break. Anywhere else it may be called Spring Break but not here… not when most days in March look like this!

Since outdoor activities for us are limited to sledding, snowshoeing and igloo making… we usually stick to the indoors to have a little fun.

Much like the Canadian Geese, many of our kid’s friends will head south for the break but not us, I don’t like huge crowds {and I’m cheap thrifty} so we go away off-season when lines are low and the stress isn’t high.

When you decide to stay home, it’s important to make a plan.

If you don’t have a plan, you’ll end up staying home, watching TV and before you know it, the kids will be back in school.

I can hear it now, “Mom, I’m BORED!”

Here’s some ideas for you to keep the whining at bay {or for at least half the break}:

  • Check your local faith based listing, many churches will have a week long March Break camp.
  • Some of our big grocery chain stores here have kid’s cooking classes. See if your store has a community room.
  • Arts & Crafts stores often have Kids Classes where they can learn scrap-booking, cake decorating, painting, beading and so on. Register them early to make sure you get in, they’re wildly popular in our city.
  • Since the kids are home all day, let them get involved with making the meals, even if it’s for one night, they’ll love it. We make Thursday nights their night to cook. They’re involved from the very start, picking the recipe to getting the ingredients to making it.
  • Many of your kid’s friends who will be home, make some play dates – and not all at your place – no need to drive yourself insane. 
  • Turn off the TV,  or at least don’t let it be the only thing entertaining your kids this March Break!

Enjoy your time together!!


I'm the Cool Mom of 4, Married to the Preacher Man, but at times I'm a little more Sass than Saint!

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  1. Great ideas shannan. I am thrifty too / can't afford march break travel.


  2. We love staycations at our house! The week flies by!

  3. Yep, right with you. I'm thrifty as well. I love going on family mini vacays when there isn't too big of a crowd. We love staycations because they aren inexpensive, I can still get work done and the kids still have fun.

  4. I love having my kids close and really enjoy the school break in March. Hope you enjoy your week.

  5. Fab ideas, we're home this March Break so I'll be using some

  6. I like the making meals idea, keeps them occupied and helps you out.

  7. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about the conference! 🙂

    Great post! Love all the ideas. You've got a really sweet looking family! xoxo

  8. LOL now those are faces I can recall from my past!! I love it – great pic and awesome ideas for keeping kids entertained

  9. bwahahahaha!!! Those are the best faces ever!!!!! 🙂

  10. Welcome home!

    Love all your tips! My littles are still too young to embrace March Break. March Break is an everyday occasion to them. 😉 One day though!

  11. These are great tips! And a great reminder that March Break will soon be upon us. Like the geese we typically head south for our March Break but not this year. Mommy will be working and Daddy will be home with the kids – I'll be sure to send him the link to this post 🙂

  12. Your bored kids picture cracked me up. Fantastic tips. I'll be referring back to some of these in a few weeks.

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