March Break 2019

by Michelle Lefrancois

There are so many great events happening in New Brunswick for March Break.  This list is mainly for the Saint John and surrounding Area.

 

 

 

 

To kick off your March Break you can head to the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, just a short 1-hour drive from Saint John. This is an amazing historic hotel to visit for a staycation. For March Break they have 2 themed weekends and events throughout the week.  You can find the full schedule of activities here.  

In addition to the 2-night accommodation, the March Break weekend package includes an amazing buffet breakfast for 4 people each morning, tonnes of activities & crafts with so much space for the kids to run around and play, and our favourite part…. the indoor pool and thrilling water slide.

Close to the Algonquin Hotel you’ll find the Huntsman Marine Science Centre / Fundy Discovery Aquarium. They are open from 10am to 5pm  Saturday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 10th. During this time, children’s admission is FREE when accompanied by an adult at regular price!

In addition to drop-in visits, the Aquarium is offering an afternoon hands on program for children age 5 to 11. Monday – March 4th to Friday – March 8th. Programs run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with a different theme each day.  Registration is required, program is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Theme schedule and registration can be found here.
 
If the weather is mild over March Break (here’s hoping!) you may want to check out the wooden playground at the Vincent Massey Elementary School at 166 Frederick Street while in St. Andrews.

 

Daily / Week Long Camps

Sky Athletics All-Star Cheerleading and Tumbling is offering two different March Break Camp options this year in Quispamsis. 1) Guest Instructor Camp: Each day is catered to specific competition cheerleading levels with a focus on perfecting skills, learning new drills and developing new skills.
2) Sky Cheer Camp: Each day is a fun new theme! Each theme is incorporated into all of the fun stunting, tumbling, dancing and jumping. There are also games and crafts to keep each day exciting and the entire week FUN! For children age 4 – 12. 
Registration for all the SKY Athletic March Break Camp  can be completed online by clicking here. Also located in Quispamsis, Fundy Gymnastics is offering full day and half day Recreational Gymnastics March Break Camps for girls and boys age 5 – 14 years.   Their goal is to provide a safe, fun-learning environment that utilizes gymnastics as a medium for motor skill development, strength training, flexibility, enhancement and positive child development. Camp is open to the the newest beginner to the maturing competitive gymnast.

In addition to the gymnastics opportunities, the camp will provide arts and crafts, team games, movies and much more!

Full-Day Option: 8.30am to 5.00pm – $175 or Half-Day Option: 8.30am to 12.30pm – $125.   For online registration, please visit Fundy Gymnastics here.

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is offering March Break Day Camps for children age 5 – 12 with a different theme each day including  Pirate Day, Sports Day, and Science Fiction, Arts & Crafts and more. Your child will even receive a swim lesson each day by a certified instructor.  $45 day or $150 for the week.
If you want to go swimming without enrolling in the day camp, you can! Ultimate Public swims are being held Monday through Saturday 2-4 pm.

Have a little one interested in Animals? The Cherry Brook Zoo –  March Madness Zoo Camp is running from March 4th until the 6th for children ages 7-11. Register by emailing  bookings@cherrybrookzoo.ca.

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is also offering March Break Day Camps for children age 5 – 12 at 7 different locations.  Millidgeville, Regional Y,  Early Learning Centre Uptown, St.Marks (West), St. George, Forest Glenn Community Centre and the QPlex in Quispamsis.
Camp Rates: Adventure Camp/Ultimate Challenge: $140.00, Specialty Camps: $160.00

If acting, musical theatre, and dance are what catches your child attention, check out InterAction School of Performing Arts located in Uptown Saint John. They offer morning camps for children age 3-5 for $20, and full day camps for children age 6 – 12 for $35.

Basketball fan at home? At Harbour View High school you can find Summer Jam March Break Basketball Camp happening from March 4th – 8th. at Harbour View High School for Ages 6-11 (it’s ok if you turned 12 in 2018) Cost is $150 and include a T-shirt.

The Saint John Riptide basketball academy is holding a basketball clinic March 4th – 8th, 9am – 5pm,  at Saint John High School.
Two Age Groups: Elementary and Middle School.

East Coast Basketball Academy is offering skill development camp for any level of player both boys and girls.
Junior March Break PT Camp (Ages 9-13) Friday, March 8th, 9am – 3pm.
Senior March Break Personal Training Camp (Ages 14-18) Saturday, March 9th, 9am to 3pm. 

Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) has two camps happening over March Break,  Soccer Academy and STEAM Camp for all children in grades 1-6.  Click here to register

If you have a child between the age of 6 and 11 who loves to cook, check out the PC Cooking School held at the Atlantic Superstore.  Classes are being offered at the Rothesay Avenue Superstore in Saint John Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday and in Rothesay Tuesday and Thursday.  

Hampton Bible Camp has 2 camps happening, Junior Blast March 1st to 3rd for children aged 7-13 and Day Camp from March 4th to 8th for children aged 5-12.

Snider Mountain Ranch (outside of Sussex) is also hosting a March Break Camp March 3rd – 6th for children age 8 – 13. Click here for more info.

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn a new skill. Poley Mountain March Break Camps are 3 days long and sessions are for first timers to experts and available for those 3 years to adult for skiing and from 7 years to adult for snowboarding. Registration is required. 

Crabbe Mountain is also offering ski and snowboard camps, your choice of 2 and 3 day programs for children age 6-14 and all skill levels.

March Break Specials

Fit Rocks Climbing Gym Saint John is offering a March Break Super Pass. This pass gives you 10 days access for just $30!  Available starting March 1st, until March 9th. Your 10 day pass will start the day you purchase and last for 10 consecutive days. For more info, please visit them online by clicking here. 

If you’re looking for a unique activity to do over March Break, Breakout Saint John has family friendly rooms and is offering 15% off for youth (15 and under) and students (don’t forget your student ID).  So many awesome Rooms to choose from!

Bowlarama on the Saint John’s Westside has a March Break Bowling Deal: 2 hours of bowling, bowling shoes and 2 slices of pizza for $10 from 4-6pm.

Indigo at East Point has free activities happening each day.  Everything from Marine Monday, LOL Surprise/Pokemon Collector Day to Paw Patrol and Peppa pig.  Schedule can be found here.

Micheals in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton all offer in-store Kids Club activities on Saturday, March 2nd and March 9th. From 10am – noon.   Cost is just $2 or $5 (depending on project chosen).

The Saint John Free Public Library is busy over March Break with Toddler Time, Story Time and movies.  Here you can find the schedule for the Uptown Library, East Branch and West Branch.  If you can’t make it to a scheduled event, it’s open for drop in all day. It’s a great place to visit for some quiet time. Tables are always set up with a craft, coloring sheets and books.

Did you know that all public skating in Saint John arenas are free of charge? It sure is!  To view the public skating schedule for Saint John arenas, click here and The River Valley Area in Grand Bay  click here. You can also find the Qplex skating schedule here.

Wednesday, March 6th to Saturday, March 9th 10am – 5pm you can visit Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. Meet a Camel and More! There will be 30 live animal exhibits, including a sloth, an alligator, an armadillo, a camel, snakes, and birds. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. $14.50, children 2 and under are FREE.

This March Break, let your children play at the New Brunswick Museum.  Celebrate Canada’s favourite pastime with HOCKEY, a temporary exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History, and bring the kids to check out what’s NEW in their Discovery Gallery! Crafting will be available all day every day, with interactive tours offered at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and a baking activity or experiment at 2:30 daily. Regular admission rates apply.  

Show your support and take in a game of the Saint John Riptides, these players put on an incredible game. Home games at Harbour Station happening March 1st, March 2nd and March 6th.  Bowl Tickets – Adult $18,  Student (13+) $13, Youth (7-12) $9, Child (0-6) FREE, but they do require a ticket if they require a seat. Tickets can be purchase online here.

The Saint John Seadogs have 4 home games over March Break.  Dates: March 3rd, 7th, 8th & 10th. For online tickets, visit the Harbour Station Box Office online or in person.  Adult- $19.00, 25 years and under- $10.00, Youth 5-12 Years- $8.00, 4 Years & Under- FREE, But requires a TICKET, if they require a seat. 

Does your child want to learn how to build a clock? Saturday, March 9th, 2018 – 10 am to 12 noon at the Home Depot in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton they can do just that.  This event is free but registration is required   

Lets Talk Science sponsored by UNBSJ is happening at McAllister Place, Friday March 8th from 10 am – 9 pm.

If all the running around has you tired you, and you just want to relax and catch a movie, Cineplex is offering 4 movies daily for just $2.99!  Line up includes: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,  Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups and Smallfoot. Check your local listings for date and times.   

If you wanted to grab lunch while out and about, don’t forget to take a look at where Kids Eat Free!

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If you’re heading to Moncton, please visit our friends at Pickle Planet Moncton for their all inclusive March Break Round Up.

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In addition to all the scheduled activities, make sure you have a little down time, read a book, take in a nature walk and just enjoy the extra time together.  You can find more indoor suggestion on this Rainy Day Checklist.

 

If you have friends with children, please share so they don’t miss out on the fun.

Happy March Break!

P.S. If you’re a mom and not already a member of the local Facebook group Network of Moms, I invite you to check us out. We have a great group of supportive moms where you can ask questions and lean on other moms for support and encouragement regardless if your kids are newborn, toddlers, school aged or teens. Join the group and maybe even meet some new mom friends.

dsc_1205-2Michelle Lefrancois was born and raised in the small town of Grand Bay-Westfield, NB.  She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Business Degree in 2004. After graduation, she worked in the Finance and Banking world for 10 years before deciding to be a stay at home mom to her two young daughters. She’s the founder of Network of Moms and loves helping other moms connect.  In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, 2 children and 2 Boxers.

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