Find March Break fun without the crowds this year.
If your March Break plan is to explore Toronto or Niagara Falls attractions, pack a healthy dose of patience. Given that an entire province’s worth of students have a break from school scheduled at the same time, popular attractions and nearby hotels are typically bursting at the seams as parents look to keep their families entertained during winter’s last blast.
For families looking to spend their time having fun instead of waiting in lines and fighting crowds, Ontario’s Southwest is a great choice for a March Break getaway. Great hotels and family-friendly attractions and activities will keep kids happy, and leaving big city prices in the big city will make Mom and Dad smile too. Here are 7 family-friendly options for March Break fun in Ontario’s Southwest this year.
1. Hands-on Learning Fun
With three floors to explore and discover, children up to age 12 will have a blast as they explore the themed rooms at the London Children’s Museum that include a dinosaur room where they can dig up bones, a hydro room where they can use muscle power to supply electricity to a home, a child-sized street where they can take a plasma car for a spin, an Arctic room where they can crawl through an igloo into a modern Inuit household, and more.
Dinosaur lovers will adore discovering Sarnia’s Stones ‘N Bones Museum and its fascinating collection of dinosaurs, fossils, gemstones, minerals, Native Canadian artifacts and more.
2. Strikes and Songs
Sure, every city has bowling options, but Palasad in London is so much more than a bowling alley. Bring the family and entertain them for hours with laser tag, billiards, arcade games, ping pong and karaoke in this funky 1950’s space.
3. Outdoor Skating
Until Febaruary 26, Storybook Gardens in London’s Springbank Park transforms into a winter wonderland in the off-season thanks to its 250-meter outdoor skating trail. Afterward, visit the farm animals and warm up with hot chocolate from the concession stand. Other options for outdoor skating in the region include Victoria Park and Covent Garden Market in London, and Charles Clark Square and Lanspeary Lions Rink in Windsor.
4. Hit the Slopes
London’s Boler Mountain is a great hill for introducing kids to the world of downhill skiing. Their one-hour Discover Ski and Snowboard lessons are a great option for first-timers and includes a four-hour lift ticket and four-hour rental for just $47! More experienced winter warriors will love landing on the Bag Jump and the 10-story-high tube park is a perfect way to wrap up your day.
5. Play Robin Hood
Dodge ball meets laser tag at The Hood Archery Games in London, where teams battle in the arena armed with bows and foam-tipped arrows. This experience is offered for children ages 10 and up. Children between ages 7 and up can take part in Flight School to learn how to properly shoot a bow in a safe, fun environment.
The Adventure Bay Family Water Park in Windsor provides a full city block’s worth of wet and wild fun including a wave pool, tube slides, a three-lane racing slide, a body boarding surf experience, a lazy river, the Master Blaster water roller coaster and more. There’s also dry-land fun at Cannon Cove, which features air-powered cannons that shoot foam balls.
7. Make Sweet Moments
March Break is a perfect time to fuel up with a pancake breakfast at a sugar bush and Ontario’s Southwest has some great options, including Richardson’s Farm and Market in Dunville, Jakeman’s Maple Products in Oxford County and Palmer’s Maple Syrup in Port Stanley.
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