There will be plenty for kids to do in Tillsonburg during the March Break, between March 11 – 15, 2013.
For starters, there will be March Break Madness at the Station Arts Centre.
“We’ve offered it for quite a few years now and we’re just continuing on with the tradition,” said Emma Kellins, coordinator for March Break Madness. “It’s just to get kids out of the house during March Break, have fun and keep them active.”
During March Break Madness, each day will have a theme focusing on activities and things to do for the kids.
“On the Monday we’re doing monster crafts – they’ll be making two-foot furry monsters, some monster feet and some monster masks,” said Kellins. “Tuesday they’re doing painting with one of our professional artists, on Wednesday it’s mad science so the kids are going to get messy making volcanoes or anything that can ignite their excitement.
“We pre-plan them, there’ll be a few experiments they do in house here and there’ll be a few experiments they can take home with them. We’ll give them time to experiment a little bit – each of the experiments have a bit of leeway in them so they can put their own creative twist on it,” she added.
On Thursday, children will learn pottery and finish up the week with a crafty crafts theme.
“It’s just a day full of crafts, we have a few planned but lots of time to do their own thing.”
Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can enjoy March Break Madness activities at the Station Arts Centre Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per day or $140 for the entire week, pre-registration is required.
In addition to the Station Arts Centre, the Tillsonburg Community Complex has a number of fun activities for kids to enjoy during the annual week long break from school.
“We have a March Break day camp program from Monday through Friday,” said Jodi Aspden, program coordinator at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. “We will go skating and swimming every day, and we have some special programs planned.”
The day camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to children aged 4 to12 and will also include some special guests.
“We’ll have a visit from the skunk lady (Laurel Beechey) on Tuesday,” she said. “She has pet skunks and she’s coming in to show them off, let the kids pet them and do a presentation.”
If Mother Nature cooperates, Aspden said they hope kids participating in the March Break day camp will have the chance to enjoy time outdoors as well.
“We’re hoping for some nice weather so we can be outside at the park,” she added. “We’ll most likely have a scavenger hunt.”
On Thursday, the Community Centre is offering a pizza lunch for an extra $5 per child. As with the Station Arts Centre, pre-registration is required for the day camp, for the entire week the cost is $120.50 or $29 per day.
“We do this every year - it’s just a great opportunity to get the kids together and get them doing some activities and to stay active during March Break, and it also helps the working parent out,” Aspden concluded.
Also available during March Break, there will be free skating open to the public, between 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m Monday to Friday, sponsored by the Tillsonburg Lions Club and swimming every day will take place, for a fee, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Community Centre at (519) 688-9011 for details and pricing.
There are still spots available for March Break programs at both locations. For more information or to register for March Break Madness at the Station Arts Centre, call (519) 842-6151 or visit www.stationarts.ca and for the March Break day camp at the Tillsonburg Community Centre, drop by the customer service desk at the complex.