6 March Break Staycation Ideas to Enjoy with Kids

There’s nothing relaxing about a March Break vacation filled with travel delays, cranky kids, and overpriced food. If you’re skipping the airport security lines and road trip meltdowns this year, we’ve got some great ways to fill your week with staycation adventures. Check out these attractions and activities that are close to home:


These three great day trips will bring history to life for your kids in a whole new way:

Capture the Moment at Dundurn National Historic Site, HamiltonMarch 10 - 18
Visit Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum and ‘strike a pose’. Kids are invited to make their own costume pieces and dress up and take pictures in front of recreated backdrops of Dundurn from the 1840s to 1960s. On a guided tour of Dundurn, costumed staff invite you into some of Sir Allan MacNab’s rooms for a photo opp. At The Hamilton Military Museum, dress up like an 1812 solider and have your picture taken in front of a British encampment or ‘camp out’ in the hands-on discovery gallery.

Have a Monumental March Break at Battlefield House, Hamilton - March 12 – 16
See the past come to life with fun and fascinating hands-on activities for the whole family.

Join in a Historical Scavenger Hunt at Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster - March 13-18
Bring the whole family to participate in a fun scavenger hunt of historical Ancaster locations, explore the exhibit, wander the beautiful grounds, and even win exciting prizes.



Looking to minimize screen time over the break? Here are some ideas to get the kids thinking, doing, and off the couch:

Unplug at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site - March 10 - 18
Do away with screens, blinking lights, and dead batteries at the museum’s March Break Activity Centre. Families can drop-in and try some low-tech games and activities – including a giant chess board, train puzzles, and matching games. Try your hand at origami, build a house of cards, and make your own puzzle to take home.

Go March Break Mad at Hamilton Children’s Museum - March 10 – 18
Satisfy the budding dramatic artist, inspiring engineer and innovative environmentalist at March Break Madness. Kids can discover the uses of the “mountain” and the Hamilton Harbour in building the city of Hamilton.  


Test their flying skills in one of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s flight simulators. Kids will love having their picture taken sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet. This world-class aviation museum boasts over 40 vintage aircraft, including several famous and rare ones as well as interactive video displays, movies, photographs and Canadian history memorabilia.

Defy the law of gravity at iFLY Toronto in Oakville and experience the sensation of free-fall. Step inside this indoor wind tunnel and you will have a real sense of what skydivers experience during the free-fall portion of their jump.  This experience is accessible to children aged 4 years and older.



Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! from March 15-18 at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Moana saves her island; Anna races to save Elsa and stop winter; Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream; fearless Belle uncovers Beast’s gentleness; and Cinderella makes her heart’s wish come true in this skating show that’s sure to enchant the young ones.


Running through April 15, Royal Botanical Gardens’ latest exhibit, Frogs! is a dynamic experience with two special exhibitions and daily, family-friendly activities where visitors of all ages can explore the wonderful world of frogs and their wetland homes.

RBG - Frogs Exhibit


Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions with these day trip ideas:

Bronte Creek’s Maple Syrup Festival is open weekends in March from 9:30 am – 3 pm and during March Break. Includes historical re-enactments, tree-tapping demos, and hot pancakes.

Maple Syrup Festival at Westfield Heritage Village runs Sundays in March, March Break days Wednesday March 16 and Thursday March 17 and on Good Friday March 25, from 10 am to 4 pm. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. 

Mountsberg’s Maple Town runs February 24 until April 2, 2018 on weekends, holidays and March Break from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Take a guided wagon ride through the sugar bush and learn about the history of maple syrup. Climb, jump, and run in the Play Barn and see dramatic birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre.

Sweet Water Season at Crawford Lake runs February 24 until April 2, on weekends, holidays and March Break from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by indigenous people as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration.

Maple Syrup

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