The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do.
Sometimes, a spring holiday is out of the question. So how are the kids going to keep busy when you’re on the job? Do you have a caregiver lined up? If your kids are older, they may balk at the idea. At the same time, you might be reluctant to leave Your youngsters may want to go to camp for a week. Across the city there are over 100 action-packed March Break camps focusing on sports, arts, water fun and more. They can take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. Try indoor soccer or rock climbing. Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps. Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps. Get messy with clay, paints and glue. Work on leadership skills and make new friends.
The City of Ottawa’s selection of trusted camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. And in many cases, you can find a camp adventure for the kids right in your own neighbourhood.
If you are at home with them, you can also browse the holiday schedules for public skating and public swimming to get active with your kids.
Highlights of the City of Ottawa’s spring offerings:
March Break with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is offered at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. Ballet Jorgen is offering fully professional ballet classes. Kids can meet three dancers from CBJ and ask them questions. Classes offered are: Ballet & Pointe Dance Intensive, Master Ballet, and Junior Ballet classes. Classes are at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Road in Bell’s Corners. Registration and fee payments are online: visit balletjorgencanaca.ca/Education.
The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity at the March Break camps by Nepean Visual Arts Centre and the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. They offer specialty arts camps for kids aged three to 14. You can register them for full or half day Arts Centre Camps.
You can also sign them up for a Step Kick Dance Performance Workshops, geared to participants aged 11 to 17. They’ll learn Jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop in this series of workshops in April. Registration starts March 5. Basic to intermediate moves will be choreographed around participants’ abilities.
The Writing My Life So Far family workshop (for participants Aged 10 and up) allows you and your loved ones to tell your unique story creatively! The class is March 29 and 30 and registration starts March 5.
Ottawa Hand in Hand – Recreation & Culture fee support
The City of Ottawa offers a system of fee support to ensure that all residents have access to municipally offered recreation and culture programs and activities regardless of their ability to pay.
For details, see ottawa.ca/recreation.