Celebrating Spring Break in Alberta

I have to admit something.

I have no idea when March break is happening this year. I really have no reason to. With both of my girls under the age of four, every week is Spring Break. Looking it up online, I found out that Spring Break in Alberta is from March 23 – 30 this year.

Around our house it will be ‘business as usual’ and we usually spend a couple of days during the week going out, and a couple at home, outside or doing crafts and baking.

At some point during the Spring Break week, we will be planting some vegetable seeds. It will be time to get our heirloom tomato seeds in because we want to make sure that the plants are well established before we put them in to the ground in May. This year, our oldest is getting a small garden of her own with her choice of what she wants to plant. If you plan ahead, an exercise like this can be very educational and fun for everyone. Even if you don’t have an area in your yard to garden, you may be able to donate the plants, once ready, to a number of places including day cares, preschools, old age homes and neighbours.

Since we are staying around the city for Spring Break, I thought I would share some of our family activities that we do to inspire you to plan the perfect break together if you are located in or near Edmonton.

Telus Science Centre
The Science Centre has a brand new Discovery Area that is made just for kids. There is a small area for kids three years old and under. There is also a three-tiered learning and play area that includes an airport area, water play area and a building area that includes a walk on piano, and a tree fort.

And that is just the play area. There is also a huge, interactive area for space lovers, a section that teaches you all about the human body, a nature area, Imax and other exhibits depending on the date.

West Edmonton Mall
There are a lot of different things you can do at the mall, and during Spring Break, it is going to be busy. Here, you can go on rides at Galaxyland or hit the water slides and swim in the water park to name a couple of activities.

We enjoy our local library. There is an area for kids where they can access educational games on computers. There is also a fun area to sit and read that has a large wooden train and an aquarium.

I suggest taking the kids down at the beginning of their break so they can pick out a bunch of books, movies and games for the week. You can also go online with your library card and search and request for certain books, games, etc to be sent to your branch of choice so they are ready to go. Make sure you request them at least a week in advance.

Royal Alberta Museum
Take your little ones out to explore the many areas of the museum. Walk with dinosaurs, check out live creepy crawly bugs, and learn about the various animals around us. There are always a lot of different things going on at the museum depending on the type of year.

If your kids are younger, there is a book reading and craft activity at set times during the day.

Edmonton Zoo
The zoo is open 364 days during the year and if the weather is nice enough, bundle up and get out there. There are some nice indoor exhibits so you can go inside to look around as well.

What are your plans for Spring Break?

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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