It's almost March Break and we know that we are all still reeling from the March Break that never ended a couple years ago - however, things are looking up and opportunities are back on the table. This includes getting together with family, friends and even travelling.
So let's dust off those usual March Break plans and see what we can do to make the week special for the whole family. Although there still may be some restrictions and rules in place depending on where you live, but we have included some ideas to help you escape a little and make this March Break one to remember (for the right reasons).
How about a road trip? Who doesn't love the feeling of packing up a few things, stopping for a coffee and getting on the road without a nailed down plan. Sometimes it is fun to re-explore your province or a neighbouring city/town. Maybe rent an Air BnB in cottage country where there are a number of bike trails and areas to hike that might be outside your usual stomping grounds. Also, you don't even have to book for the whole week. You can take a couple days to visit a new place and experience new restaurants, markets and local shopping.
A place to consider is the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. It is a great family weekend getaway that’s a 2.5-hour drive from Toronto The area has everything you need for a fun-filled family staycation in Ontario, which offers a lot of outdoor excursions and camping opportunities without as many crowds.
If winter activities are more your speed, and you want to take advantage of the break before the weather fully warms up, consider driving a little further north. There are many ski resorts that would still be open and have amenities like outdoor rinks and obviously hills to get some late winter activities in such as sledding, snowboarding or skiing. Silent Lake Provincial Park has some incredible cross country ski and hiking trails with some of the most beautiful lookout points along the way.
Other areas to explore include Niagara Falls, which remains to be one of the best places you can enjoy March Break in Ontario. Beyond catching a glimpse of this mesmerizing natural attraction, you can enjoy nature with a walk or bike ride on the Niagara River Recreation Trail or Niagara Glen.
With travelling opening up and people feeling more comfortable getting on a plane and going a bit further, perhaps you are in search of some warmth and sun. Travelling the US now is less complex so maybe this is the year you take that trip to Florida for some Disney Magic or Nashville for some music inspiration.
If you prefer to take a break from the kids (we won't judge you) consider a week long vacay to see the grandparents and then you and your partner can escape for some R&R to recharge before the hustle and bustle of spring begin A quick jaunt to the California coast is a great option. Visit the city life in San Francisco and then take a road trip to Napa and Sonoma for some slower paced (wine filled) adventure. If you prefer to stay closer to home or inside for that matter, there are a lot of activities you can plan for to keep your family entertained.
I am not much of a camper, but inside camping I can do. How about an impromptu family sleepover in the living room. Set up a tent or fort and fill it with multiple items such as pillows and blankets. Get snacks and games and fall asleep while watching your favourite movies. Sometimes it is ok for the kids to have a late night and sleep in (gets you some alone time in the morning!). If food is your jam, perhaps invite the kids/ or as a couple you can try new things in the kitchen. Plan out dinners for the week and have fun as a family preparing new things to try and perhaps order in as well from some local businesses. There are some simple recipes here to try and it might be fun to see your kids lead the charge. Overall - don't put a lot of pressure on yourself to fill the break with the 'perfect' plan. Just go with it. Be sure to get outside when you can, and embrace the lazy days indoors too. For more ideas, we have additional indoor and outdoor activities you can refer to as well.
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