Families don’t have to go far to find March Break fun for everyone. Schools will break for the annual leave on Monday, March 18, and local organizations and businesses are ready to keep everyone busy and entertained.
Second-hand Shopping Spree
Set out to score some second-hand deals with a day of shopping at second-hand shops. Frenchy’s has locations in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Liverpool and Bridgewater. This is a great way to shop and save cash on your spring and summer wardrobe. Plus, it’s fun digging through the bins for some unique finds. Make a day of it and stop for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant somewhere along the way.
Love the library
The South Shore Public Libraries always have great programming for kids and families. But during March Break, there are special programs at each branch. At the Margaret Hennigar Public Library, check out the story time, a science and engineering workshop, technology and games hours, or escape room. At the Lunenburg Public Library, programs include knitting for beginners, craft table, musical story time, or a Body Break session to get moving. And at the Thomas H. Raddall Library, make some black-light art, take part in a games’ day, or learn how to make ice cream.
A night away
Take the family away for a night to one of the resorts in the area. At White Point, there are daily events include bonfires and marshmallow roasts, but also other activities such as face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and nightly entertainment. Check out the kids’ room, indoor pool, or visit with the white bunnies that live on the property.
At Oak Island in Western Shore, there is a schedule of family events for each day during March Break. Plus, kids and parents can sit by the bonfire and indulge in s’mores. Or spend the day at the indoor pool.
Ross Farm Museum is open year-round and celebrates the province’s rural heritage, particularly life on a farm during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through this living museum to learn about life on a farm. Tour the buildings, some of which are original, or spend time with the farm animals. This March Break, Ross Farm is hosting a theme each day. The themes include Tasty Treats, Fun on the Farm, For the Birds, Traditional Skills, Explore the Outdoors, as well as the holidays of the season, Easter and St. Patrick’s Day. Other activities at the museum will include sleigh rides, weather permitting, and arts and crafts. Hot chocolate will be available, too.
The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during March Break. Visitors at the museum can explore the journey of the Black Loyalists from Africa to the United States, to Nova Scotia and then back to Africa. The stories are told through multimedia exhibits and visitors can create a virtual quilt square before they leave.
Creative types will enjoy some of the workshops and shops where they can make arts and crafts hands on. The Lunenburg Makery is a craft studio with sewing facilities, a library, reading room, and retail space. They also offer workshops on activities like felting, as well as evening craft circles. The Makery is open Wednesday to Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Check online for workshop details.
A day camping we will go
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater has March Break Day Camps all week. Kids can spend the day swimming, playing outdoor activities, making arts and crafts or more. Daily or weekly rates available. Register online, in person or over the phone.
Made in the movies
The Cineplex in Bridgewater has its Family Favourite March Break movies with four titles starting each day at 11 a.m. The cost is just $2.99 per person. This year’s movies are The Grinch, Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups, Smallfoot and Fantastic Beasts’ The Crimes of Grindelwald. Meanwhile, the Astor Theatre in Liverpool is showing the Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on Mar. 20 and 21 with showings at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
March is maple season and the sugar shack at Maplewood Farm in Barass Corner should be in full operation during March Break, boiling the sap from its tree to make a sweet treat. Check out how maple syrup is produced, sample some sugar on snow, and take a late winter tour in the farm's award-winning woodlot. You can even buy maple products like maple butter, sugar, and, of course, syrup. Call ahead before you visit at 902-644-3358.