How to Have a Frugal Staycation During March Break

Next week, is March Break here in Toronto, meaning parents are looking for things for their kids to do. Across the country as Canadians kids get a break parents will be looking for ways to save on March Break activities. Here are some of the ways we have done it over the years here:






Check out your local library first

The first place I always check out for March Break programs is the local library. They often have fun stuff to do and it is free for the most part. Here in Toronto there is plenty to choose from this year. Clothing Hacking, the 3D printer certification and sushi making all caught her eye this year.

Hit the Park

Another favorite thing to do for us was discover a new local park. Here in Toronto there are so many parks, how many have you visited besides the park in your neighbourhood? A little too cold for the park? Why not hit up the Allan Gardens Conservatory. You might even bump into us there. Great place for the budding photographer in the family to play with their skills.

Get to the Art Gallery

Here in Toronto the AGO has the wonderful Free After Three program that is open to Youth age 14-25, and on it is free for everyone. Have you checked out your local art programs? Attention all High School students! Did you know you can visit the Gallery for FREE after 3 pm Tuesday to Friday? Simply present a valid student ID at the ticket desk. This program is not just for March Break fun. Now for regular admission, they have a drop-in program planned with Zero Gravity. Sounds like a fun time is to be had at the AGO.

Take in a movie

Cheap movies are back in many parts of Canada with March Break Movies. Great time to watch a movie, and for only $2.99 you can’t go wrong. Participating theatres are in New Brunswick, New Foundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

Want to stay home and watch a show, have Netflix, March Break is the perfect time to do a camp out in the living room and watch your favourite shows.

Check Your Favourite Retailers for Free or Frugal Activities

Chapters Indigo has a full slate of activities across Canada as well. You can always check out the Spring Break Escape with your little ones.

Ikea will be hosting scavenger hunts, craft sessions, and other kid-friendly activities each day  at select stores. This is for the 12 and under crowd. Check for participating locations in your area.

Have a toymaker in your family they can build a toy at Home Depot. Register your child (ages four to 12) for Home Depot’s two-hour toy-building workshop. Find dates and register online at


Take in a Free Skate or Swim

With this weather there is still snow on the ground across Canada this March Break so if you are looking for Tim Hortons free skating or swimming events there are many to choose from across the country. To see if your community is included, visit

Visit a Farmers Market

How about visiting a local farmer’s market? Have breakfast there. Buy the food needed to make a meal and then go home and cook it. March break is a great time to teach kids cooking skills.

Hit the Mall

The last on my list every year is to check your local mall listings as many have special events. I know here in Toronto several malls have fun things to do this week.

Volunteer in the Community

There are many organizations that will let you volunteer together as a family. You can find the best organizations for your family here in Toronto by visiting Volunteer Toronto.

Stay At Home

Want to stay at home? There are so many things you can do to break the boredom.

*Build a fort and have it be the place you camp out at home

*Bake cookies

*Do an art project

*Have a board game marathon


These are just a few ways to keep kids busy this March break. Tonight,  join me as we talking about ways to have a Frugal Staycation during March Break for the #CDNmoney chat on Twitter. The conversation starts at 7 pm, hope you can join me!


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