Ottawa Tourism

March Break Activities

Jessica Finn © Canadian Geographic

When March Break in Ottawa rolls around from the 2nd through the 20th, families can make some great travel plans and keep the kids entertained with some of the city’s best holiday activities.

Altitude Gym

Climbing Day Camp – Clip and climb your way to an awesome March Break!

Bytown Museum

Learn about Ottawa’s history at the Bytown Museum and stop by the museum’s newly redesigned Youth Activity Area. Here, kids can learn about Bytown through the characters of Clara and Henry while also learning what Victorian life was like through historic toys, journal entries and more.

Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Here’s your chance to become a History Explorer! This scavenger hunt invites young visitors to find and collect seven different stories hidden on the Bytown Museum’s second and third floors. Together, these stories form a timeline of Ottawa’s history.

Camp Fortune

Spring Break Ski Lessons – Learn how to ski from professionals during spring break with their 3, 4, or 5 day lesson options.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Barnyard Break – From Feb. 28 to March 8, take in a wide variety of demonstrations, make some fascinating food discoveries, and visit the animals in the Museum’s barns. You can also explore Foodology to take in a wide variety of demonstrations that explore food science!

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

24th Annual LEGO Contest – Bring your space-inspired LEGO creation to the museum on March 6 and March 20 for a chance to win great prizes. Pre-registration is required.

Space Mining and Gaming –Discover the museum’s special Space Mining March Break exhibit that looks at the challenges of space mining. This exhibit runs from Feb. 28 to March 8, 2015. Kids from eight to 13 can also participate in a Minecraft Gaming Workshop, where they will team up to dig for materials and build a space shuttle. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for the workshop.

Canadian Museum of History, Children’s Museum

Tool Trek with Bob the Builder and Wendy – Until March 22, visit the Canadian Children’s Museum (at the Canadian Museum of History) to participate in Bob the Builder activities. In this Tool Trek, look for clues that lead to tools hidden in the Children’s Museum.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Arctic Food Fair – Step in from the cold and savour a special selection of Arctic-themed delicacies such as bannock, Arctic berry tea and much more! Kids can also decorate reindeer-shaped cookies. (Running Feb. 28 to March 8 and March 14 to 22, 2015)

Tiny Giants 3D – Take in this 3D movie that looks at one of our planet’s smallest creatures, the chipmunk. Presentations are available in English and French. (Running daily Feb. 28 to March 8, March 14 to 22, on weekends from March 28 to May 24, 2015 and on certain holidays)

Arctic Floor Map – Enjoy a walk across the Arctic on a large-scale floor map where kids can learn about geography and the natural history of Canada’s Arctic. Map activities will be available at 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. daily throughout March Break.

Canadian War Museum

Strategy board games – Luck and skill play a role as you try to defeat your opponent and claim victory. With a variety of classic games available, there is something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned players!

Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum

The Art of Espionage and Spy Camp – Take part in a massive, spy-themed training program with other kids.

Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

Maple activities – Make maple taffy in the snow, go on a horse drawn carriage ride, go on a family hike and try some maple-flavoured cotton candy. The Fulton’s maple season goes from Feb. 14 to April 19, 2015.

Funhaven Family Fun Centre

Located just minutes west of Ottawa’s downtown core, Funhaven offers a world-class laser tag arena, the latest high-tech mini-bowling lanes, an arcade and prize games, simulators, bumper cars and a huge jungle gym. The little ones are sure to be entertained during March Break!

Haunted Walk of Ottawa

Jail Tours – Families can take a spooky guided tour though Ottawa, which is a unique way to see the city. Tour the Old Carleton County Jail and learn about why Ottawa was once considered ‘the most dangerous town in North America’. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada.

Mount Pakenham

March Break Ski Camp – From March 16 to 20, kids aged six to 12 can participate in a 3, 4 or 5 day ski camp that offers four hours of instruction per day, lunch and other activities such as snowshoeing, skating, movies and more!

National Gallery of Canada

Artissimo – This weekend series of hands-on workshops has kids making their own creative artworks in the museum.

Shenkman Arts Centre

March Break camps – From March 16 to 20, kids can participate in various March Break programs that explore digital arts, theatre, smartphone video-making, drawing, cartooning and more. Registration begins Jan. 14, 2015.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm

Spring season events – Bring the family to an all-you-can-eat homemade pancake brunch and enjoy the petting zoo and sugar shacking while you’re there. The Stanley’s Maple Lane Farm maple season goes from Feb. 28 to April 12, 2015 (Weekends only). Stanley’s will also be open daily during the Ontario March Break (March 17-20) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.