March Break fun that won’t cost a bundle

February 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager,

It’s almost that time of year when the kids take a break from the books for a fun-filled winter week. Your family may be heading south to a sunny destination for March Break, or maybe you’re still hoping to get away! If you’re staying closer to home, there are tons of awesome activities to be found right in your own town. Here are some top tips for taking a well deserved break…without breaking the bank.

  • Take a last minute holiday. There is still time to book a “fun in the sun” getaway the whole family will enjoy. Check out for daily alerts in Travel Specials. Daily travel alerts and My Holiday Home Rental in Florida available at
  • Save on “staycations”. Holiday at home with Attractions Ontario and receive up to $850 in savings on popular Ontario entertainment venues. A few dollars in discounts here and there can add up to big savings—and big fun!
  • Day tripping. Instead of spending the week in front of the TV or computer, get outside and get active! Plan a day trip and take the gang to Bird Kingdom or go cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or hiking.
  • Special city savings. Spend a day in the city…and stay the night! Explore your local cities and take advantage of super savings on weekend hotel stays. See for the best deals near you.
  • Mid-week dinner deals or lunches for less. Check with your favourite restaurants for dinner deals during the week and treat the whole family to a night out! Or go for a day of shopping and take the kids to lunch—it usually costs a lot less than dinner.
  • Movie night sleepover. Host a movie marathon complete with sleeping bags, PJs and lots of popcorn! Check out Wal-Mart, Rexall Pharma Plus and Shoppers Drug Mart for great deals and savings on DVD’s and snacks—visit the site for special deals.
  • Let the games begin! Bring out the classic board games for a day of fun! Get everyone together for a Monopoly Match, Twister Tournament or Sorry Showdown. Stores including Zellers and Wal-mart offer discounts on toys and games—check out their flyers on
  • Plan a theme day. Do your kids love baking, crafts, sports or have other special interests? Create a theme day by planning events around their favourite hobbies. Check out Michaels, Fabricland, Sportcheck and SportsMart for all supplies.
  • Adopt-A-Pet. Great specials at PJ’s Pets. The kids are home all week. Keep them pre-occupied and involved with the newest addition to the family. Why not have a pet naming contest?
  • Spring clear-out contest. Spring cleaning may not top your chore list, but why not make it a game for your kids? Challenge them to clear out old toys and clothes from their bedrooms to donate to charity. You can award points for each piece they give away to use towards a new item on their wish list.

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